A new TV commitment has fuelled speculation that Daniel Craig has said farewell to the role that turned him into a global star according to Mirror.
The 47-year-old star has agreed to appear in the new US series Purity, according to reports, which means his schedule is likely to clash with the filming of the new Bond film.
Craig last appeared as super-spy Bond in Spectre, which was released last year and immediately broke all box office records. Craig is also the highest paid Bond, although he was recently heard saying he'd rather "slash his wrists" than appear as Bond any time soon, so perhaps something new is exactly what he needs.
A industry insider said: “Daniel’s commitment to this project really makes his return as James Bond a serious doubt.
“Once the TV show gets greenlit then it will need a few weeks for casting and then pre-prod before filming begins.
“It is likely that the show may be still filming at Christmas. MGM had hoped to get the next Bond film on screen in 2017 with Daniel at the helm.
“That may be problematic, and also adds to their concerns after Daniel admitted last year he was unsure if he would continue in the role.
“Daniel has left the year free so far to make Purity work, so out of the two productions it is clear that is where his head is at.”
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