The Bond producers dismissed Tom Hiddelston as a candidate for the iconic role saying he’s too smug and not tough enough,” and now sources claim that Daniel Craig is ready to sign on to return as 007 despite previously saying he’d rather “slash my wrists” than do a final Bond movie.
Page Six was told by multiple sources that the Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli has “just about persuaded Daniel Craig to do one more Bond movie.”
Broccoli had produced his hit off-Broadway production of “Othello” with David Oyelowo, which gave Craig the serious acting praises he was seeking.
“Daniel was very pleased with how ‘Othello’ went and the great reviews. Now Daniel’s talks with Barbara are going in the right direction,” said a Hollywood source. “They have a script — screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade [who’ve penned several Bond movies] are writing and they’ll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit.”
“Plus, Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond,” the source added.
It’s rumored that the British actor Hiddleston’s cringe-worthy romance with Taylor Swift sealed his fate with Bond producers, add to that his self-righteous Golden Globes speech where he preached about his trip to South Sudan, and how Doctors Without Borders “binge-watched” his series.
After finishing a difficult “Spectre” shoot in 2015, Craig was asked if he’d be back again and replied I’d rather . . . slash my wrists . . . I’m over it at the moment.” When asked who should take over the role, he added, “Look, I don’t give a f – – k.”
According to another source: “Daniel had such a good time in ‘Othello,’ produced by Barbara that he’s ready to do a final Bond.”
Bond in a new world:
The new film will be different from “Spectre”, according to Wade, he said: “You’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like [Donald] Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality.”