Daniel Craig, arguably the most compelling Bond since Connery, reportedly turned down a $100 million deal that would have kept him on for a fifth Bond film, and perhaps longer, opting not to follow up his prior appearances as the British secret agent which began in 2006’s Casino Royale and continued through Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and most recently Spectre in 2015.
Former Bond Girl/Miss Italy Caterina Murino (pictured above), who played Solange in Craig’s first 007 movie Casino Royale and certified bombshell, revealed that the 48-year-old Craig felt the intense pressure of expectation when he accepted the role.
And in an exclusive interview, she tells the Sunday People :
“It’s hugely stressful being Bond. There’s a lot of money involved, so that also brought more tension – and a lot of that tension was on Daniel.
“It’s not easy to go back time and time again. It can be tiring to keep trying to find new things in the same role.”
“You study for the role, then there’s six months of shooting. It’s a very tiring movie. And Daniel is not just an actor, he’s a human being too.”
But, but, Craig is the most bankable Bond ever, his four movies have amassed an astounding $2 billion over the past decade. To that, Murino said this:
“After a while those actors don’t really think too much about the money.”
I guess when you’re worth an estimated $95 million, it can be easy to turn down the best job on the planet.
Who should be the new Bond you ask?