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Initial post: 31 Mar 2010 17:17:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2010 11:37:46 BDT
Who likes Daniel Craig as JB?, I don't mind him but my faves are Sean Connery which brought a suave style to Bond with the odd bit of humour and Pearce Brosnon because he brought humour along with suave.

Craig to me just seems too violent and menacing and too straight faced. He doesn't seem right in the role for me.

I'm not one of those ppl who bashed him before I had seen him in the Bond role and I agree it is more realistic to a degree but he's too violent compared to the others.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 13:21:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2010 13:22:21 BDT
Obelix says:
I don't think Craig was right for the role. (Granted, he is the first Bond who actually LOOKS lethal.) But it should have been Clive Owen. Simply put, he has what James Bond needs and Daniel Craig lacks - the right blend of slick humour and suaveness.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 13:40:18 BDT
JJG says:
Ultimately it is down to the film that he is given. Yes, Craig plays it lethal, but the series as a whole has changed because of how poor it had become in comparison to other action/thriller films. I think it was the right thing to do, Bond could have carried on the way it was going, gradually becoming a parody of itself and sticking to a (slowly dwindling) core audience, or it could move with the times. Craig has been given two very good films to work with, something that Brosnan lacked, with the major exception of Goldeneye. I liked Doltan, but he also had poor films to work with.

Owen would probably have been good, though he has yet to really impress me with any of his other roles (Children of Men was good), he was just about passable as Dwight McCarthy in Sin City, but I'm kind of glad his role will need to be recast in the sequels (or prequels?).

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010 20:58:05 BDT
Tweedy says:
Depends on if you mean as a reflection of the character from the books or the films.....? Connery and Craig are both quite close to the book Bonds where he was often described as 'cruel looking'

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 21:52:30 BDT
Smoose says:
craig just doesnt seem to have the right face, and you do need a bond with suave, i loved the way pierce when ever he had a gun to his head his neck vein always stuck out like a sore thumb, he just played the part perfect.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 18:58:08 BDT
Agree, he's just not suave and sophisticated enought to play James Bond. He doesn't have the charm and wit that Sean Connery and Roger Moore brought to the role... Daniel Craig seems a little thug-like, all fists...


In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2010 11:37:29 BDT
M. Stanbrook says:
But his eyes speak volumes - you can see the struggle underneath between his baser instincts and his pain. He looks pretty darn good coming out of the sea as well lol

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 11:54:44 BDT
Julia Flyte says:
I thought he was a terrible choice until I saw Casino Royale. Then I totally changed my opinion. I think he's a wonderful Bond.

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 13:43:27 BDT
Adam Jackson says:
I like him as an actor (see Defiance or Layer Cake) but didn't like him in Casino Royale or the film itself. Never bothered with Quantum as it had so many bad reviews. Maybe he is closer to Fleming but let's face it we go off the movie franchise don't we - and he's no Connery for sure! I couldn't abide Roger Moore but at least some of his movies were mildly entertaining. I am probably the only person who actually liked Lazenby and OHMSS is still my out & out fav of them all.
Tom Hardy (soon to be seen as the title role in Mad Max 4) would make a good Bond. Definitely cruel enough as seen in the likes of Bronson & The Take but with the acting chops for the part too.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 17:18:51 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
i think dale winton would make a better James Bond

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 20:28:44 BDT
Jase W says:
He is ok I suppose but I don't think Casino Royale was a good film. They basically turned it into Bourne then had a really overlong tedious game of cards.

They had to move with the times but when did moving with the times mean rip off the latest decent thriller? It made this film just another action film.

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 22:59:48 BDT
JJG says:
Maybe they did make just another action film (they made a superior one in my humble opinion), but I think they needed to. All this said, apparently Sam Worthington is going to be the next Bond.

Posted on 7 May 2010 15:04:32 BDT
Sam Worthington tested for Bond alongside Craig but failed to get it. Someone suggested he MIGHT be considered if there's another very long delay before the next Bond film. I quite liked him in Clash of the Titans but that was lightweight compared to a decent Bond role. Craig is a damned good actor (which is more than can be said for 2 of the previous Bonds) and I rather like the vicious Bond.

Posted on 14 May 2010 13:25:07 BDT
Baz says:
Craig is a first rate actor, but if you're a fan of the original books he's definitely not Ian Fleming's Bond by a long shot. For me, Lazenby epitomsed the Bond as I envisage him from Fleming's descriptions and OHMSS if my favourite Bond film. Shame he never made another.

The only other actor I would have liked to have seen play Bond is the late, great Stanley Baker. He had it all - in spades.

Posted on 2 Jun 2010 19:10:20 BDT
velobella says:
He's just not Bond material but then the films they have made aren't Bond films. OK action films but just used the name. Bring back Pierce Brosnan!

Posted on 2 Jun 2010 19:12:40 BDT
TJ Doc says:
I miss Brosnan.

Posted on 15 Oct 2010 06:12:40 BDT
R. E. Conary says:
Craig brings back the lethality of the character last seen in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE with Connery. Most of the films, starting with THUNDERBALL, have been little more than gadget-filled extravaganzas with no character (one reason Connery wanted out). Brosnan was good, but he was better as Remington Steele. And, yes, Dalton deserved better scripts.

Posted on 15 Oct 2010 15:57:55 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Generally, when an actor takes over the role of Bond the first film in the series seems to be the best. Always thought that "Doctor No" was the best of the original Connery series (though "Goldfinger" ran it a close second), and "OHMS" was a good Bond film let down by the wooden lead. Roger Moore's first outing in the role was a cracking film - even though he was no match for Connery and the subsequent films in his series became more and more puerile. Rather lost touch with the films in the Dalton and Brosnan era (didn't rate either of them particularly) but was pleasantly surprised by Craig's debut in "Casino Royale." He brought a genuine "tough guy" feel to the role which I don't think we'd seen since Connery, and the film was genuinely exciting. Unfortunately, it all rather went to pot with the sub-standard "Quantum of Solace" (it was bound to be bad with a crap title like that) and you do now start to wonder if this franchise has finally run out of steam.

Posted on 16 Oct 2010 10:20:33 BDT
Paul Wigley says:
Imho, Sean Connery was the best ever Bond and probably always will be. That said I think that Daniel Craig is the closest to him, he's kind of ruggedly good looking, tough and believable when the violence starts. I like him.

Posted on 17 Oct 2010 09:41:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Oct 2010 10:02:29 BDT
I don't mind DC as Bond but I'm not too keen on the ultra-gritty direction they seem to be taking the character. As someone who has read several of the Fleming novels I felt that the latest Bond entry lacked the glamour and excitement that made the character so unique. Bond now seems to be far too reckless and too much of a lose cannon compared to the troubled yet loyal professional described in the books.

In QoS, there was something very generic about the character as a whole. Bond was given little time to embrace the finer things in life and show any real charm or feeling that made him distinctive in the first place. Instead he comes across as an inferior Jason Bourne knock off.

I was actually won over by CR after initially feeling uncertain about it. Craig did a fine job and certainly has potential. However if this is where the character is heading (grimness with little of the fun) I would rather re-visit early Connery, Moore or Brosnan (some of those movies may have been more than a little cheesey but at least they were glitzy, entertaining and had an unmistakably Bond-like feel to them).

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 17:28:15 GMT
Bramley says:
Craig is a good actor but totally unconvincing as Bond. He comes across as menacing but there isn't ven a hint of humour or sophistication. He doesn't fit Fleming's description of Bond at all and he just looks weird in a dinner jacket. He's more like a combination of Harry Palmer and Bourne. Casino Royale just dragged on and on. I stopped watching about 3/4 way through. I couldn't even be bothered to watch Quantum of Solace. I';d rather watch Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 18:40:43 GMT
Daniel Craig is for me the best actor yet to play Bond. He is edgy and dangerous, yet suave and witty. He is a multidimensional actor who is able to play all of Bond's strengths and weaknesses. He looks like he was in the military and was head hunted to be a spy/assassin. Pierce Brosnan was for me the worst Bond, as he is a terrible actor.

Posted on 14 Jan 2011 18:51:01 GMT
Mel Comley says:
I'm not overly keen I'm afraid, he doesn't ooze charisma like Roger Moore and Sean Connery! ;-)


In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 13:49:03 GMT
N. Andrews says:
I think Mr Craig makes an excellent Bond. The franchise had to move on and Jason Bourne had reset the trend for action/thriller movies so Bond had to be grittier, dirtier and a stone cold killer that he was in the books. Casino Royal was a very brave film insoffar as out went the gadgets, one liners, and Bond babes. They changed the style and feel of the Bond series and it worked. Quantum was again avery different film, going for more action and big set pieces. It was alot shorter than the average Bond film, but again it worked well for me.

Daniel Craig is a great choice for the Bond of the new millenium. Long may he continue. If at some stage he steps down then I think Rufus Sewell ( Zen, Pillars of the Earth) would be an ideal replacement.

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 11:36:17 BDT
Fairy Mary says:
I thought he was Bonds grandfather when he first appeared.
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