Daniel Craig will play James Bond for a fifth time, a television boss has let slip.The actor, 49, was due to start work soon on TV drama Purity.
But the US series has been put on hold, with Showtime network boss David Nevins saying of Craig: “He’s doing Bond first.”
With an announcement yet to be made, he added: “I can’t say anything about what I know or don’t know about Bond.
“That’s not my area. It’s possible [Purity] may not shoot until 2019.” Purity, based on Jonathan Franzen’s novel, was due to go into production this year. Craig was expected to appear in most of the two 10-episode seasons, as a German provocateur.
Yet rumours have been circulating that he landed a bumper deal to make two more Bond films, despite vowing he would rather “slash his wrists” than reprise the role of 007.
Bond 25, working title Shatterhand, is due for release in November 2019.