So much for Daniel Craig saying he’d rather “slash” his wrists than play James Bond again.
Craig will reportedly cash a $25 million paycheck for “Bond 25,” reports Variety. It’s one of the biggest movie star paydays in Hollywood history, according to the trade magazine.
Variety also revealed the salaries for other stars, including Dwayne Johnson, who comes in second behind Craig with a $22 million payday for the upcoming “Red Notice.” Vin Diesel scored $20 million for “The Fate of the Furious,” while Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence picked up $15 million a piece for the “Barbie” movie and “Red Sparrow,” respectively.
Robert Downey, Jr., according to Variety, picked up $10 million for about 15 minutes of screentime in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” (It’s good to be RDJ.)
“Bond 25” — all but confirmed to be Craig’s last as 007 — has been kept under wraps. We have no idea what the story is, other than Bond doing the usual “fighting bad guys around the world” thing.
No official word from long-time Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson as to who will be directing Craig’s next/final mission, but all signs point to Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”) stepping in behind the camera.
Craig’s last outing, 2015’s “Spectre”,” was a financial hit but a creative disappointment. It fell short of the box office and critical praise of “Skyfall,” the franchise’s most successful entry. Here’s hoping that Craig goes out on a better note than the one “Spectre” left for audiences.
“Bond 25” is set to hit theaters November 8, 2019.