Surprise, surprise…it was all about money.
To star as 007 for a fifth and final time in next years Casino Royale, Bart claims Pierce was asking for a “compensation package” (meaning percentage of profits, etc.) that would “total out north of $40 million.”
Just to put this in perspective, this is more than the total budgets of the first nine James Bond films combined!
It now looks like Pierce’s repeated talk of the producers being in a state of paralysis might have instead been a bad case of sticker shock!
Pierce was reportedly paid $16 million for his last Bond outing, Die Another Day.