Sunday 23 October 2016

Craig is 'done' playing Bond - as betting favours Hiddleston as new 007

Laura Harding in London

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

Daniel Craig who has reportedly said he is
Daniel Craig who has reportedly said he is "done" playing James Bond
Tom Hiddleston. Coral has suspended betting on who will be named the next James Bond after a large bet was placed on the British actor.

Daniel Craig has reportedly said he was "done" playing James Bond, just days after a bookmaker suspended betting on his replacement following a large bet on Tom Hiddleston.

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Craig (48) is said to have turned down a €90m offer from MGM Studios to return to 007 for two more films after 2015's 'Spectre'. Last year the actor joked to 'Time Out' that he would rather "slash my wrists" than play the British Secret Service agent again.

He told studio bosses that returning to the role "just wasn't what he wanted" despite them throwing "huge amounts of money at him", a source told the 'Daily Mail'.

"Daniel is done, pure and simple. He told top brass at MGM after 'Spectre'," the source said, adding, "He had told people after shooting this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after 'Spectre' if he was offered a money deal."

The source also said a knee injury Craig suffered during filming for a scene in 'Spectre' had helped him decide that "it was a journey with an ending".

A flurry of bets at the end of last week tipped 'The Night Manager' star Hiddleston to replace Craig as the spy with the licence to kill, making him the 2-1 favourite. After a particularly big gamble, his odds plummeted to 1-2 and Coral bookmakers suspended betting on Saturday.

Last week Hiddleston was reportedly spotted meeting with Bond director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli.

Idris Elba and Homeland actor Damian Lewis had been frontrunners for the job in previous months, Coral said.

Bookmaker William Hill is still taking bets and has Hiddleston in pole position with 1-4 odds to take over from Craig.

Irish Independent

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