Thursday, November 01, 2007

WENN: Craig Signs $60 Million Bond Deal

Actor Daniel Craig has signed a $60 million deal to star in the next four James Bond films. The blond 39-year-old is currently filming Bond 22 - his second outing as secret agent 007 following the success of 2006's Casino Royale - and movie executives have reportedly signed him up for another three films, tying him to the franchise for the next 10 years. A source says, "To date Daniel has been quite cautious over saying how many films he'd be starring in. It was presumed he'd probably do a couple more but the word is the new deal ensures he'll do at least another four across the next decade." Craig's predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, starred in four Bond movies - but the longest-serving 007 star remains Sir Roger Moore, who played the iconic role in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

When I read Jeremy Lynch's report of the deal last Saturday, I thought it was for four movies on top of Craig's original three-picture deal, equaling Roger Moore's seven. Still, I worry Craig may play Bond one time too many. It's good to know he's similarly wary.

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