It was announced earlier today that Daniel Craig will be donning the tux of super spy James Bond for his continuing adventures, succeeding Pierce Brosnan. The first movie is said to be Casino Royale, which is set to start shooting this January. The story had previously been made as a spoof in 1967, with a variety of Bonds including Peter Sellers and Woody Allen.
Daniel Craig, 37, is the first blond-haired Bond. This makes me wonder if they will have him color his hair? In any case, it is an interesting choice. He is not a very high profile name, at least in the US. He has a growing resume of good films, including Enduring Love and Layer Cake, he is also in Spielberg's upcoming Munich.
There was a lot of competition and a lot of names thrown around for the role, with Pierce Brosnan bandied about as returning. Some of the names that were up for the role include Colin Farrell, Hugh Jackman, Henry Cavill, and Goran Visnjic. Even before the producers announcement today, Craig's mother was saying that her son had gotten the role.
Casino Royale will be directed by Martin Campbell, who also directed the Bond film GoldenEye with Pierce Brosnan. I am looking forward to it. I have enjoyed all of the Brosnan outings, and I enjoyed Campbell's direction in the initial Brosnan go around.
The more I think about it, it seems as if Layer Cake was a practice run for Bond. It was a gangster, not a spy, film and he didn't have all the gadgets. Still, the way the character carried himself was upright and proper, and has some mannerisms that could be carried over into a Bond-like role.
Anyway, time will tell if he has a long run like Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan, or if it is one and out like George Lazenby.