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Daniel Craig as James Bond?
November 20, 2006
Sounds more like they did a serious deconstruction and revision by putting Craig in the role. Craig does not have the charisma to embody
James Bond. Mick LaSalle (of the SF Chronicle) calls him an "ape in a Tuxedo" in this movie, that's James Bond? Craig seriously is missing the "It" factor, can't manage the humor (Connery was absolutely disarming in this regard) and looks stunningly silly kissing a pretty girl.
The producers have missed the boat for the last 30 years with this franchise from the downright silly movies of Roger Moore, to the unbelievable cartoon antics of Pierce Brosnan. Kudos to them for wanting to finally make Bond more real, believable and gritty, however, in the James Bond realm, the embodiment of his image is ignored here, P Diddy wants to play the part, I guess chosing him would be equally valid? Danny DeVito as Harry Potter? Danny is a much better actor than Daniel Radcliffe so Potter movies with him in the starring role would be better right? Craig's image is of a bad guy,
a punk from the streets, this is the Sid Vicious James Bond, the runt of the litter. A facet of this character has to be the "thinking man's" part of it and Craig will never have that. Click here to read the staff review by Mania.