Monday, February 15, 2016 1:34 pm
Daniel Craig, the British born actor acting James Bond 007 has quit. Craig reportedly stepped down after signing up for new American Television Services to star in the new film, titled Purity which will run for several series of 20 episodes.
His spokesman said, “No doubt the decision will come as little surprise to Bond fans as Daniel claimed he’d rather ‘slash his wrists’ than play James Bond again.
An insider source told New York Post Newspaper’s Page Six that Craig’s animosity towards popular franchise was bought on by the difficulties involved in the last film, Spectre.
The film grossed over £600million at the box office.
Asked who he would like to be the next James Bond, he replied: “Look, I don’t give a f***. Good luck to them.”
Daniel has played the Brit spy for a decade, starring in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Among those tipped to take on the role are Damian Lewis, 45, Tom Hardy, 38, Henry Cavill, 32, and Michael Fassbender, 38. Idris Elba, 43, has also been touted as the first black Bond.
Purity is based on the Jonathan Franzen novel.
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.
*With additional reports by UK The Sun newspaper