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TheEveningStar
14-10-05, 17:19
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Blond. James Blond.

Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation.

His selection was revealed as he was whisked down the Thames River aboard a military Rigid Raider boat to a news conference.

Craig replaces Pierce Brosnan in the role of the suave spy in "Casino Royale," due in theaters next year.

"It is a huge iconic figure in movie history, and those things don't come along very often," the star said, after posing for photos with producer Barbara Broccoli and director Martin Campbell.

Craig revealed he only discovered on Monday that he had definitely been given the role and had to consider the offer.

"It was difficult, but I tried to think about it like any other job. We have got an incredible script, and that is my first line of attack. Once I had read it, I knew I did not have any choice," he said. "It is a huge challenge, and I think life is about challenges."

The film's producers tried to keep their decision secret, but Craig's mother told the tabloid Sun newspaper she was "thrilled to bits."

Craig is the first blond actor and only the second Englishman to star as Agent 007 in the movie series. (Roger Moore played Bond in seven films from 1973-85.)

Relatively unknown outside Britain, Craig appeared in the landmark 1990s British TV drama "Our Friends in the North" and in films including "The Mother," "Enduring Love" and "Layer Cake."

He played Paul Newman's sinister son in "Road to Perdition," was poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow's Sylvia Plath in "Sylvia" and starred in this year's thriller "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody.

Craig is also the tabloids' dream Bond. He once dated headline-grabbing model Kate Moss and has been linked to Sienna Miller, his "Layer Cake" co-star and on-off fiancee of Jude Law.

Producers announced last year that a replacement was being sought for Brosnan, who played Bond in the last four films.

"Daniel is a superb actor who has all the qualities needed to bring a contemporary edge to the role," Broccoli and Campbell said in a statement.

Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, originally published in 1953, "Casino Royale" is one of the few Bond adventures not to feature the MI6 gadget-maker Q. It was previously filmed as a 1967 spoof starring Peter Sellers.

Before Friday, speculation about the new Bond also included British actors Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, Irishman Colin Farrell and Australians Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana.

"I am looking most forward to actually starting getting on with it, and feeling intimidated about pretty much everything," Craig said. "It is a sort of responsibility, but it is also a huge adventure. I want to get as much out of it as I can."

Campbell said the movie would be "tougher and grittier" with "more character and less gadgets." He said the story would begin with Bond first becoming a "00" agent.

"It is really the arc in which he becomes Bond," Campbell said. "He starts out just having earned his double-0 stripes and comes out at the end the Bond we know and love."
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crux2
14-10-05, 17:41
I reckon he has real potential, but I've heard some less encouraging comments made.

What do people think here?

Mona Sax
14-10-05, 17:57
I've never seen one of his movies, but he doesn't look too bad in the pic. I think he deserves a shot at the role, we'll have to wait and see how it turns out.

UNDERTAKER
14-10-05, 18:03
Bad choice. I don't like it at all. But, I suppose we should give the guy a chance.

Greenkey2
14-10-05, 19:18
Not seen any of his movies??? What about the first Tomb Raider film??? He was Alex West, Lara's sometime-rival-come-boyfriend! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif Pretty good choice for Bond, he could do with some refreshing..... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif :D

Mona Sax
14-10-05, 19:23
Originally posted by Greenkey2:
Not seen any of his movies??? What about the first Tomb Raider film??? He was Alex West, Lara's sometime-rival-come-boyfriend! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif Pretty good choice for Bond, he could do with some refreshing..... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif Sorry, never bothered to check that guy's name!
I have to correct my earlier post: BAD choice.

Greenkey2
14-10-05, 19:27
It's OK Mona :D . I'm not a massive Bond fan, so I guess I can't really say if he's good or bad.....

Please ignore my earier comment about a refreshing choice! Maybe it's only because I've seen him in a TR movie that I thought he'd be a good choice http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

xMiSsCrOfTx
14-10-05, 19:38
I loved him as Alex in Tomb Raider! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif As for Bond, I'm not sure how that'll turn out. I agree with Greenkey though, I'm not a Bond fan. In fact, I haven't seen all of the movies. Well, Daniel Craig deserves his chance, so I guess we'll hear how it turns out by the people who do go and see it.

Nicky
14-10-05, 19:58
Is he naturally blond? I swear I remember him with darker hair in Tomb Raider :confused:

BoyTRaider
14-10-05, 20:39
I think it's a very bad choice.
>>Here's an Article about it (http://www.dancewithshadows.com/media/daniel-craig-new-james-bond.asp)
Btw, he's naturally blonde Nicky.

[ 14. October 2005, 21:41: Message edited by: Boyraider ]

Nicky
14-10-05, 20:45
Thanks Matt http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif And he was blond in TR too.

http://nikkie.tombraiderforums.com/forums/pictures/tr_movie.jpg

I don't know how I thought he had brown hair there :confused: Anyway, I don't think he's a good choice for the James Bond part either. Clive Owen or Gerald Butler (from the actors mentioned in the article) would be more more fitting.

T.Onix
14-10-05, 21:46
Gerard Butler is gorgeus, but he doensn't have the glamour Bonds requires, he's more a soldier kind, the kind that looks so sexy when he's dirty (IMO). Clive Owen is good, but really, there's something about him... I dunno, he'd probably make a GOOD James Bond, But Craig?????????
I dunno, Having a 007 blondier than Roger Moore, is something new, allthough I don't like that choice. I'll stay here and cry since Ewan McGregor wasn't chosen (In Fact Pierce Brosnan said that they were silly by not hiring McGregor)

Geck-o-Lizard
15-10-05, 12:16
I don't mind as long as they dye his hair. Bond is not blond.

tlr online
15-10-05, 12:58
Just to make this even worse, no Q or Moneypenny in this movie either.

Well, there ends the most-awesome James Bond franshise. I suppose we can be thankful for 20 awesome movies to date.

RIP James Bond.

Mona Sax
15-10-05, 13:49
Originally posted by tlr online:
Just to make this even worse, no Q or Moneypenny in this movie either.Well, to be fair, there was no "Q" in Dr. No, either. Since they want to go back to Bond's beginnings, it's possible they take the original tech guy, Major Boothroyd, or introduce the characters later. I'll miss Judi Dench, though.

tlr online
15-10-05, 14:17
You know what his farce reminds me of? The PR leading up to the release of The Angel Of Darnkess.

"A darker Lara, going going to her roots... "

Lesson not learnt then.

Scottlee
15-10-05, 14:22
I'm not so sure it's all bad. I loved the Dalton films, and it seems they want to make them more like those.

I can't wait for Casino Royale, personally.

Mona Sax
15-10-05, 14:29
Originally posted by tlr online:
You know what his farce reminds me of? The PR leading up to the release of The Angel Of Darnkess.

"A darker Lara, going going to her roots... "

Lesson not learnt then. The difference is that AoD couldn't be further from the roots whereas the early Bond movies and the books are much darker and grittier than what they've given us since the late '60s.

ELEN
15-10-05, 14:39
IMO, actor's job is to play various roles. We may have used to him playing a specific kind of character, but he is an actor, so he can show many things. As for the color of his hair, I can't see where's the problem. This can be fixed (if James Bond has to be brunet no matter what).

Well, I hate JB's movies, so I don't care that much :D