A number of British newspapers are reporting that Daniel Craig has quit his role as Ian Fleming’s secret agent, James Bond, after signing up for 20-episode television series Purity.
The new series is likely to interrupt pre-production on what would be the 47-year-old star’s fifth Bond movie after Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
In October, it was widely reported that he had said he’d rather “slash his wrists” than appear as Bond again any time soon which has fed the rumours further.
However, he is still said to be contracted for one more film after agreeing a £31m two-picture deal following the success of 2012 hit Skyfall.
Betting is already underway on which actor will replace Craig.
Luther star Idris Elba has been a firm fan favourite and would be the first black actor to play the British secret agent. In June, bookies reported heavy betting on Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis as the next 007 who would be the first red haired Bond.
Recently odds were slashed on Grantchester star James Norton being named as Craig’s successor.
Other possible replacements include Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy.