Trying to determine whether or not British actor Daniel Craig is still playing super spy James Bond in the franchise’s next movie is beginning to sound like one of 007’s completely implausible missions. Ever since November, when the Spectre star “joked” about preferring to slash his wrists to starring in another Bond film, the media-driven rumor mill has been churning out freshly shaken content about Craig’s future and whether or not it includes the series’ next entry. Recently, this dovetailed into the wide world of gambling when bookies stopped betting on Tom Hiddleston’s chances as the new Bond following now-debunked rumors that the Marvel actor had met with director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli.
Hiddleston, for his part, appreciates the attention his rumored casting keeps getting, but has long maintained that Craig is still Bond. Whether or not he will still think this after reading the Daily Mail‘s latest report about Craig’s supposed departure from the franchise remains to be seen. That’s because, according to yet another batch of mysterious “sources,” Craig is out. And not just out of playing Bond, but out of playing Bond for a sh*tload of money. How much exactly? A whopping £68 million (or $99.5 million for the non-Brits out there) for two more films, which reportedly would include acting fees, “endorsements, profit shares, and a role for him working as a co-producer.”