Pay details of Daniel Craig`s new 007 contract revealed in tabloids
As MI6 reported earlier in the week
, Daniel Craig has signed a record-breaking deal to play James Bond for a further four films.
According to the Daily Mail
, Hollywood studio MGM has tied the 39-year-old actor into a deal which could make him Â£30 million ($60 million USD) over the next decade.
The contract will incorporate a sliding salary based on how much each consecutive film makes at the box office and, importantly, in merchandising.
His first film as 007, Casino Royale, made more than any other Bond movie when it was released in November.
The level of MGM's commitment to Craig represents its confidence that he will reinvigorate the franchise and become a global star.
The deal far eclipses those signed by any previous Bond actor, including most recently Pierce Brosnan, who parted company with the filmmaker in an argument over his financial worth.
Craig's tenure at the helm of the most profitable film franchise in history is estimated to make MGM hundreds of millions of pounds.
The film made Â£13million in Britain on its opening weekend, smashing the Â£9.1million record set by Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan's last film as Bond, in November 2002.
A further four films are likely to tie up Craig for the best part of a decade. It will mean that by the time he comes to the end of the contract, the actor will be pushing 50.
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