With all the “who will be the next James Bond?” talk doing the rounds you might be tempted to feel a little sorry for Daniel Craig.
His tenure as 007 will come to an end with the upcoming No Time to Die, leaving many wondering just what the British star plans to do next.
But fret not, fans – Daniel is going to be just fine.
Streaming giant Netflix is shelling out a record $469 million (R6,5 billion) for two sequels to the star’s hit whodunnit, Knives Out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Agatha Christie-style murder mystery was released in 2019 and quickly became a critical and box-office success, with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes critic score and grossing $311m worldwide off a $40m production budget.
The film’s director, Rian Johnson, and his producing partner, Ram Bergman, will reportedly each earn “upwards of $100 million”, The Hollywood Reporter says.
Daniel, who starred as the eccentric detective Benoit Blanc in the film, will also make $100m to star in the sequels – the first of which begins filming in Greece in June.
On a per-film basis, that’s twice what the actor made playing Bond in No Time to Die, for which he earned a reported $25m.
Not that Daniel’s two daughters, Ella Loudon (29) and Grace Craig (2), will benefit from their father’s lucrative career moves.
“I don't want to leave great sums to the next generation,” Daniel, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz (51), admitted a while ago.
“I think inheritance is quite distasteful. My philosophy is to get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
With Daniel having moved on to bigger things, the question of who will replace him as the quintessentially British spy has reached fever pitch.
A number of bookies have Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page (31) as the frontrunner to be the next Bond, ahead of the likes of Venom actor Tom Hardy, Outlander star Sam Heughan and Luther actor Idris Elba.
The recent announcement that Regé-Jean will not be returning as the Duke of Hastings in season 2 of the Netflix hit has only served to fan the flames.
Commenting on the rumours, Regé-Jean says, "Ah, the B-word. I think if you are British and do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.
"That's fairly normal and I'm flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed. The concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. I've given up making them."
For his part, fellow Brit Idris admits that although he’s happy starring in Luther, his mom would love nothing more than for him to become Bond.
“I know the rumours about Bond have always chased me,” the 48-year-old said recently.“My poor mum is like, ‘One day you’re going to get it!’ I was like, ‘Mum, I’m good, I’ve got Luther!’ I’m definitely doing that.”
SOURCES: DEADLINE.COM, QZ.COM, HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM, THESUN.CO.UK, CAPITALEXTRA.COM, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, VARIETY.COM