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Bond Bombshell

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On Friday, British actor Daniel Craig was announced as the sixth man to portray super agent 007 James Bond. While the press wrote about him being the first blonde James Bond, no one seemed to get at the most glaring issue — he’s butt ugly! Not that James Bond needs to be George Clooney or Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Colin Farrell or any other pretty boy actor rumored for the role, but compared to the gents who went before him, Craig is the mangy, scrappy dog of the bunch. The words “suave” and “debonair” usually given to Bond do not apply to this somewhat surprising pick from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

They have said that they want to take the character into a more gritty, realistic direction. They certainly get that with Craig as their man.With a steely gaze and long jaw he may bring a tough, almost Steve McQueen-like look to the franchise. The polar opposite of the glam Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore. But more akin to the Ian Fleming description of Bond. This could work since the new film, Casino Royale is based on Fleming’s first Bond adventure. In it, 007 is new to the job and gets in over his head with a femme fatale and torturous villain. This reinvention of the series on film is a risky gambit, and by picking a brutish unknown to fill the role the producers cannot be faulted for playing it safe.

I like this direction of a less over-the-top Bond and going back to the beginning, but I just would have preferred a slightly better looking bloke. With his ability to pick up babes and charm his way across the globe, Bond needs to be someone you wish you looked like. It helps in the fantasy/daydreaming realm that all guys inhabit. We want to be James Bond, Superman, Batman and occasionally J.R. Ewing. But who wants to be Daniel Craig? Perhaps woman disagree with me and think he is hunky. Since I am often surprised by what they find sexy, who knows?

Of all the major franchise recasts this year, Brandon Routh as Superman and Christian Bale as Batman, the selection of Craig is the least obvious. My personal pick for the new role would have been Clive Owen or some unknown that better looked the part.

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  • Karrlyn

    We all have the right to our own opinion, but please consider this.

    Casting Daniel Craig as James Bond is like casting Oprah Winfrey as Snow White and Pee Wee Herman as The Incredible Hulk. It does not work. It will not work.

  • Mohit

    Craig was excellent in Layer Cake. He conveys a “street-wise” intelligence,posseses ruthless physicality and brings a unique vulnerability to the Bond character. It certainly was lacking in Brosnan and Moore. It had no place with Sean Connery – the consummate alpha-male. However, the Bond character needs to change and adapt to the modern sense of hero. A hero today understands his abilities and his/her limitations. Daniel Craig embodies this more “human” rather than cartoonish/comic-book Bond. Is he good looking? Maybe not in the traditional Pitt/Cruise mold but he certainly has what the cinema considers good looking – riveting blue eyes. From Paul Newman to Robert Redford and even Jude Law, this is proven cinematic gold.

  • Raju

    He is not only ugly but a real life druggie and orgy goer. If his blonde hair doesn’t kill the Bond series his morals will when the press dig deeper.

  • Eunice

    I am a huge James Bond fan and when I learned that Daniel Craig was being shortlisted as the next 007 I prayed hard that it not be true. But last Friday, my heart broke into several pieces when it was announced that Craig is to be the 6th Bond.

    Althought I have to be nice and try (hard) not to use the word ‘ugly’ … I hope that he does well. He really has a LOT LOT LOT to live up to. This must be a great time for all those men out there who wish they never had a chance because they were challenged in the looks department. But that said, we are talking about JAMES BOND here. Bond who is the most charming man in the world. Who wants reality when we face it everyday? Isn’t cinema supposed to give us a break from it all?

    I for one don’t think I’d be falling in line to watch Craig as Bond. Oh don’t get me wrong. I’ll watch it… maybe 10-20 years down the road when it’s on re-run TV.

    And yes, I watch foreign films and have seen Craig in his other movies. He does not impress.

  • Julane

    Chip, I cannot agree that Daniel Craig is “ugly.” Have you ever seen him in a movie? I saw him in The Mother and Layer Cake and he is riveting; I could not take my eyes off him. He is actually not an “unknown,” except to Americans who never see foreign films. I didn’t see it but wasn’t he in Lara Croft Tomb Raider? He had a smallish part in The Road to Perdition with Tom Hanks also.

    His appeal is more animal than cerebral–perhaps that’s what you mean by your comments. There is no way he got the role without readings and screen tests. He has smouldering eyes and a gorgeous body and is quite a skilled actor, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. He is talented and versatile and he is up to the job. He was definitely on the “brutish” side in The Mother but that’s what the role called for; he was completely different in Layer Cake.

    That said, it would not surprise me to learn that Clive Owen was considered and they just could not come to a satisfactory arrangement, or something like that. I think I heard that several actors were considered, but the minimum commitment was for three pictures and not all of them wanted to devote the next x years to being Bond and to be forever associated with Bond in the public’s mind.

    Your comment that you don’t know what women find appealing in men is very interesting. As a woman I have the same problem the other way around. There are women who look beautiful and perfect to me that I would think men would be salivating over and they’re not (e.g., Angelina Jolie, if her tattoos were magically gone).

  • magnumforce2006

    it’s still not seemingly as shocking/unfitting as Topher Grace as venom in Spiderman 3 (if that is indeed true)