Bond debts spark Daniel Craig fears
Published 20/04/2010 | 14:57
Daniel Craig fans have voiced their concern over the actor's James Bond future after the latest movie was put on hold.
EON Productions have blamed the financial difficulties of MGM studios, which is reported to have a 3.7 billion-dollar (£2.4 billion) debt.
Now fans are concerned that a long delay could lead Daniel, who revitalised the franchise with his Bond debut in Casino Royale four years ago, to walk away from the role, with one fan writing on Empire online: "Really disappointed by this news, It does seem to mirror the whole (Timothy) Dalton era when after a six-year gap he upped and left. I hope this doesn't happen to Craig, he's arguably the best thing to have happened to this franchise."
But another wrote: "Maybe Craig will be like Dalton and pack it in for Bond 23 in 2014 and give Clive Owen his shot."
The next Bond film, part of the longest-running franchise in film history, was tipped to have Sam Mendes directing.
MGM owns the rights to the Bond film franchise and also has a stake in the forthcoming Hobbit movie.
But producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released a statement saying: "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely.
"We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23."
Daniel, the sixth James Bond, said in a statement: "I have every confidence in Barbara and Michael's decision and look forward to production resuming as quickly as possible."