Daniel Craig has made it very clear that he no longer wishes to appear as the virile spy, James Bond. He reportedly said he would rather ‘slash his wrists’ than act in the 007 series again, although whether or not he will return as Bond is still indeterminate. On the bright side, Craig has apparently joined the cast of Purity, a 20-episode, multiple series dark comedy-drama TV show adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s book of the same name. Franzen is author to a number of hits, including Freedom and The Corrections (which won a National Book Award for fiction), but Purity will be the first of his books adapted for the small (or big) screen.
Purity is about a teenage girl, Pip, raised amongst squatting Anarchists with her mother in Oakland. After college, Pip haphazardly travels from California to Bolivia to Colorado, meeting some unconventional characters along the way. According to Deadline, Craig will likely play “Andreas, a charismatic German provocateur… [who] heads a South-America based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world.” Both Andreas and his organization play a big role in Pip’s search for self, as well as for her father. This will be Craig’s first major role in a TV series, although he will not be the focal star.
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This will certainly be a different role for the Bond star, but he has already shown his versatile acting skills while playing the well-mannered and sensitive Mikael Blomkvist in the US adaptation of Stieg Larrson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although both characters are in spy-action series, Blomkvist and Bond have stark differences – one is a side-kick and the other is an action ‘hero.’ Needless to say, we look forward to watching him for hours on TV!
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