Showtime Exec Says ‘Purity’ Won’t Keep Daniel Craig From Next ‘Bond’ Film

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Rumors have been circulating since last fall, well before the release of the latest Bond film “Spectre,” that Daniel Craig is ready to leave the iconic role of 007. Craig raised eyebrows with his comments that he “would rather slash [his] wrists” than play the character (which requires grueling stunts and training) again. Then, Craig took a role in a 20-part TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s book “Purity,” which looked likely to fill his schedule for quite some time.

To that end, Showtime exec David Nevins said fans shouldn’t worry. Speaking at TCA on Thursday, Nevins said, “It depends when they do the next James Bond movie, but I don’t think [the show] precludes him is the answer. This will largely be completed during the course of 2017, depending how long they’re willing to wait and shoot the next Bond. There might be some breaks somewhere, but [production] will be fairly continuous.”

For his part, Craig has neither expressed more nor less interest in reprising the role since making his initial comments. It’s also worth noting that after his negative comments about the Bond role, he later backtracked.

For quite some time, fans have thrown names into the hat for a potential replacement for Craig. The loudest clamoring seems to be for Idris Elba, who already plays a brooding spy-like detective on the BBC show “Luther,” or Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in BBC/AMC’s six-part TV adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller, “The Night Manager.” Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) is another name that’s mentioned frequently.

Not much is known about the next “Bond” film, but rumors have circulated that a female director may be in order.