Dear Gossips,

Page Six reported exclusively last night that Daniel Craig will likely be back as James Bond. As you know, there’s been all kinds speculation about him not returning as 007 because he was so crusty and exhausted after Spectre. Which, of course, resulted in additional speculation about who the next Bond could be.

Barbara Broccoli however, who produces the Bond franchise, is evidently not ready to let go of Daniel just yet. So she agreed to produce Othello off-Broadway, starring Daniel and David Oyelowo. And, according to Page Six sources, Daniel was so happy with that experience that his “talks with Barbara are going in the right direction. They have a script — screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade [who’ve penned several Bond movies] are writing and they’ll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit.” Oh and also this:

“Plus, Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond.”

But this is what they were willing to do to keep Daniel onside: throw money at another production, so that he could step into some non-Bond skin for a while, in order to protect their bigger investment, and of course all the cash they’re hoping to recoup with the next installment. If that’s how it really went down, well, it’s good business – both in Hollywood and the real world. It’s simple partnership satisfaction. That said, in Hollywood and in the real world, there exists a gender pay gap. According to a study released in January by the World Economic Forum, “economic gender equality will not be achieved for another 170 years”.

170 years!

I’m just curious whether or not the same would have been done for an actress in Daniel Craig’s position. If she had said that she’d rather “slash my wrists” than to reprise a role that made her millions of dollars, whether or not producers would finance her smaller projects so that she might consider working with them again on the bigger ones. Or would she be made to believe that she was ungrateful and therefore replaceable?

Yours in gossip,