JAMES BOND actor DANIEL CRAIG was paid an eye-watering $5 million (£3.1 million) to hold a Sony cell phone in a 007 movie, according to new leaked emails.
More than 17,000 emails and 30,000 confidential documents, which were stolen from the Sony Pictures computer network last year (14), were published on the WikiLeaks website last week (ends19Apr15).
According to one of the email exchanges, the British star received a $5 million fee from the movie giant’s electronics department for using a Sony phone while acting as 007 in an onscreen outing as the superspy.
In an email to colleagues including former Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal, Sony marketing boss George Leon details plans to secure a new endorsement deal with the phone brand for upcoming Bond movie Spectre, writing, “Here’s a quick update and a suggestion about asking for a placement fee… Sony Mobile has now provided us with the needed visuals of the new Z4 Phones. These phones are the planned phones for May/November of 2015. I’m attaching the visual for you to see. Barbara (Bond producer Barbara Broccoli) has it and will be meeting with Sam (director Sam Mendes)/Daniel (Craig) shortly to discuss and to come back with their design for the phone… In the past, Sony Electronics/Mobile… has paid the following:.. $ 5MM (sic) Daniel Craig fee…”
He also suggests Craig could be on track to earn the same again for a product placement in Spectre, unless Bond bosses decided to give the job to Ben Whishaw, who plays gadget master Q, instead.
Spectre, the 24th Bond film, is due for release later this year (15).