It appears the fallout from Spectre has been more dramatic than the picture itself, with the stars of the film giving less than flattering signals about the direction of the franchise and their roles within it. As Sony looks to throw the checkbook at Daniel Craig to convince him that James Bond is still right for him, Vanity Fair reports that the whopping $150m on the table to the British actor is a thing of pure fiction.
Since Craig said he would rather "slash his wrists" than return to the set as Bond again, rumors have circulated that anyone ranging from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddlestone, Michael Fassbender or Henry Cavill would take over if it became vacant.
Interview Throws Bond Role Into Doubt
Craig had executives furious and bemused when the 48-year old opened up to the media, leading many to question his future and commitment to the films that put his name up in lights.
“At the studio there was a real keenness to get it done as soon as possible,” Craig explained. “In fact, there was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big.”
With news leaking that the $150m figure has no truth to it, the chances of Craig staying 007 seem slimmer by the day if there is no financial incentive to stay on.
Christoph Waltz Said His Blofeld Lacked Inspiration
If only to create more headaches at Sony HQ, newest cast member Christoph Waltz went public to criticize the role his character had in Spectre. The Metro reports that the German, who made his name in the mainstream through Inglourious Basterds, explained that he wanted more from the revival of the classic villain.
"I cannot claim that I’ve really nailed Blofeld," started Waltz. "Overall, it held water and was okay. But it wasn’t what I’ve been looking for. I was searching for more inspiration."
Having set the previous Craig installments around Blofeld and his plan of world domination, the last person Sony would have wanted or expected to hear a negative review from was the actor himself.