Daniel Craig has reportedly stepped down as James Bond, after ten years as 007 and has signed up for a new US TV series.
The 47-year-old MI5 spy will star in Purity, which will run for several series of 20 episodes apiece after playing the secret agent for a decade. Purity, is based on a novel by Jonathan Franzen, and it tells the tale of a young woman raised in unusual circumstances in Northern Carolina.
Having made a name for himself on UK TV in the 90s, a role in Purity would mark Craig’s first role in a US TV series. Daniel will play charismatic German Andreas Wolf, who offers to help US woman Purity find her father.
The series, produced by Scott Rudin — who worked with Daniel on 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film is at the centre of a bidding war between Showtime, Netflix, Amazon and FX.
Daniel Craig’s resignation is a blow to the Bond franchise, which has already lost Daniel’s director pal Sam Mendes after he decided 2015’s Spectre would be his last outing.
In October last year after Spectre release, which made £600million at the box office, Daniel was reported to have said
“I would rather slash my wrists” than play 007 again.
Asked who he would like to be the next James Bond, he replied:
“Look, I don’t give a f***. Good luck to them.”
‘We’re done. All I want to do is move on,’ saying that if he were to do another Bond movie, ‘it would only be for the money.
It is said that Craig’s animosity towards the popular franchise was brought on by the difficulties involved in the last film, Spectre.
A source claimed just before the movie was released: ‘They had problems initially with the script, Craig was injured on the set and needed knee surgery, and they were still doing re-shoots last month, even though the movie is out in weeks. It was a very difficult shoot, to say the least.’
Daniel first played Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale and went on to star as 007 in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
He has since become the highest-paid Bond actor ever, raking in $10.7m (£7.38million) for 2012’s Skyfall.
The film was a critical success and became the highest-grossing Bond of all time and the first film in the franchise to break the one billion dollar mark.
After the success of Skyfall it was reported he brokered a deal to be paid £31million for his next two 007 films, including Spectre, the 24th film in the franchise.
Among those tipped to possibly replace Daniel Craig and take on the iconic role are Idris Elba 43, who has been a firm fan favorite, Damian Lewis, 45, Tom Hardy, 38, Henry Cavill, 32, and Michael Fassbender, 38.
If chosen, Damian Lewis would be the first red-haired actor to play the spy role just as Idris Elba would be the first black Bond.