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Daniel Craig fuels speculation he's quitting James Bond as he signs up for TV series

Published 15/02/2016 | 07:37

The film stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007
The film stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007

It looks like Daniel Craig may be officially bowing out of the James Bond franchise.

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The British star (47) has signed up for TV series Purity, in which he will play a charismatic German who offers to help a US woman, Purity, find her father.

The series is produced by Scott Rudin, who worked with Craig on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2011, and it is currently the subject of a bidding war between rival networks Showtime, Amazon, FX and Netflix.

Based on Jonathan Franzen's novel, it stars Craig as lead character Andreas Wolf.

Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci in Spectre
Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci in Spectre

Craig has committed to the 20 episode series, which may signal the end of his involvement in the Bond franchise.

Having previously stated he "would rather slash my wrists" than continue as 007, it would not be surprising if he bowed out at this stage.

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Spectre
Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Spectre

He also said, "Look, I don't give a f***.  Good luck to them" when asked who he would like to see take over the role.

Craig has starred in four Bond films, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, the latter of which made a whopping €775m at the worldwide box office.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Spectre’. Photos: MGM
Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Spectre’. Photos: MGM

Director Sam Mendes has also departed the franchise.

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