Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered a staggering $150 million to shoot two more James Bond movies.
The 48-year-old British hunk, who has played the super sleuth since 2006, has yet to confirm his departure from the role yet famously said he would rather ‘slash his wrists’ than reprise the part.
Sources tell Radar Online that Sony bosses are desperate to keep Daniel in the picture for a further two films, in order to ‘phase in a younger long-term successor’.
Murmurs have been circulating Hollywood for some time suggesting Daniel’s replacement is imminent, with many insiders tipping the likes of Idris Elba or Tom Hiddleston to nab the iconic role.
Yet insiders claim Sony are determined to keep the first blond Bond in the role following his four turns as the spy in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Bosses are so pleased with his ‘genius’ take on Bond that they are desperate to keep him in the role: ‘Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.
‘Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen.’
The whopping sum is said to be an incentive to lure Daniel back to the role for a further two movies: ‘Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back.’
In May sources told MailOnline that Daniel has thrown in the towel despite cash offerings: ‘Daniel is done — pure and simple — he told top brass at MGM after. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.’
Away from his Bond duties, last week Daniel was unrecognisable as he turned into a bad guy himself while shooting scenes for Logan Lucky in Atlanta, Georgia – sporting a peroxide blond buzz cut with heavily inked skin.
The hunk is playing a prisoner in the forthcoming star-studded flick as he wore a monochrome striped uniform while shooting scenes opposite Star Wars’ Adam Driver, 32.
Daniel has seized a starring role in the forthcoming Steve Soderbergh movie, for which the iconic moviemaker came out of retirement, where he joins a phenomenal cast littered with an array of Hollywood’s biggest talents.
The plot follows two brothers, who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina, although little of the casting has been divulged.