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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