Is Daniel Craig done with James Bond? It’s a question nobody quite seems to know the answer to, although of late all signs certainly seem to point towards the 48-year-old actor’s fourth outing, Spectre, being his last in the role. And another piece of the puzzle may just have fallen into place, as Showtime have announced that they have given a full 20-episode order to the limited series Purity, which is set to star Craig and go into production next year.
Described as “a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder”, Purity is based on the 2015 novel by Jonathan Franzen. Earlier this year Craig was named as being attached to the project, but without any confirmation that it would be picked up by a network; now that it has been, it would seem to rule out his being able to play the lead in Bond 25 if it also shoots in 2017.
In what doesn’t sound like an entirely far-fetched leap from his work as Bond, Craig will play Andreas Wolf, an East German agent provocateur who serves as the link between several interconnected narratives across a wide range of locations and time periods. He’ll also serve as executive producer on the project. If you don’t count his uncredited Stormtrooper cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’ll be his first non-Bond work since 2011’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; and he’s reuniting with that film’s producer, Scott Rudin, here.
So where does this leave Bond? Are we heading towards an announcement any time soon? Could any of these men be in the frame…?Read More