Daniel Craig as James Bond – Editorial
I was very sceptical when it was announced that Daniel Craig was going to portray James Bond. But now, six years and four movies later, I have to admit; he is even worse than I could have ever imagined.
Before I start ranting, I want to state that it is not just Daniel Craig that ruins the latest James Bond movies. The combined efforts of actor, director, screenwriter, and many more people are what ultimately create the James Bond persona. So while I may refer to Daniel Craig or James Bond, what I really mean is the collective work of everyone involved.
So what elements make a James Bond? To me a true James Bond has an attractive distinguished look, an undeniable natural charisma, and enjoys the pleasures of life. Daniel Craig’s Bond possesses none of these elements.
Attractiveness is very subjective. The proverb ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ rings very true, and there are many different ways people are perceived as good-looking. Now I personally do not find Craig to be a handsome man, but even if you do it would most likely be in a more rough dangerous kind of fashion, rather than a distinguished one. He does have the physique of an action hero, but not that of a gentleman spy. And every time you see him in a suit, he looks completely uncomfortable.
Charisma is even harder to describe than looks, but often coincides with it. The best way to explain is to compare Craig to other actors that have played Bond, namely Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, and Sean Connery. If you would meet any of these in a club or casino, they look approachable. Their presence draws people toward them. Craig, on the other hand, looks stern, stoic, and cold. You would stay away from him.
And finally, Bond enjoys his hedonistic lifestyle. He drives the latest and fastest cars, wears fancy clothes, drinks his shaken vodka martini, and seduces beautiful women. He is witty and direct, but is rarely rude. Craig, however, drives an old car, is often seen without a suit, drinks whatever is around, and his method of seduction, which by the way really bothers me, is borderline rape. And since the standard expression on his face is morose, he sure does not look like he is enjoying life.
Now, Daniel Craig is not a bad actor. And I have to admit that I liked Skyfall, that is, until it turned into Home Alone. But he is no James Bond, and his films do not do the franchise justice.
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