Bond: Back, blond, and Brit-beloved

143219__cr_lAttention, colonists: It is official. The British love their new blond Bond. As far as the papers are concerned, he’s as good as knighted, his license to kill renewed at least for the duration of the Gordon Brown administration.  The Daily Telegraph says he "steps with full assuredness into Sean Connery’s old handmade shoes" and has a face "like an Easter Island statue." They do not come out and say that some of his predecessors had faces like an Easter bunny statue, but they come close. They praise his tough physique and “acting.”

I haven’t seen this film. But that’s not going to stop me from agreeing wholeheartedly with these mysterious British critics. Or, at least, hoping they’re right. I’ve been a big believer in Layer Cake’s Daniel Craig from minute one, and the earliest trailers (with their tamped-down paranoia, flecks of inelegant brutality, and basic theme of “how a womanizing government thug becomes a debonair murder artist”) got my martini in a twist. (That last phrase… worst thing I’ve ever written? Or worst thing ever, period? Vote below!)

“How James became Bond.” That’s a nice tagline. We’ve all wondered. And this is not an acceptable theory, I’d argue.

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  • Lora

    maybe the worst thing you’ve written, but not even close to the worst thing ever.
    Daniel Craig can twist my martini anyday ;)

  • Ceballos

    Everyone knows the worst thing ever written was this:
    Anakin: “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft…and smooooth…”
    Ah…what will the movies do without George Lucas.

  • Miles

    I don’t care if the last phrase was the one you ever wrote. All I care is that Daniel Craig is BOND, and I consider him one of the finest actors around. cannot wait.

  • Mr. Williams

    I am very interested in seeing the latest Spy Thriller starring Bond. Its time for the franchise to get back on track. . . Trying something new with the character will be a joy to see. Bond vs. Osama Bin Laden would be a great film. . . Bond teamed-up with Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner)and fighting SPECTRE would be an even greater film. Or how about a World War II black & white Bond story. . . See, the ideas are endless.

  • Fagqua

    I’m sorry but I’m going to unleash my gayness all over this blog. Daniel Craig is freakin HOT! I don’t go to Bond movies because I don’t like blow up movies; but when I saw him in those tight trunks I got all wet.
    Daniel C does nudity like it’s going out of style. An old copy of Playgirl has some frozen bits of his nasty bits. HONIES, DON’T LET THE SCREEN FOOL YOU, THIS MAN HAS A NICE ONE! He “manscapes” quite nicely too.
    Everything about this man has me in a twist, I’ll be first in line to see this new Bond movie.

  • Ceballos

    By the way…thank goodness movie producers behind franchises are casting people that can act first…as opposed to someone that “looks” the part. Imagine that…casting someone who can act to carry your movie…what a novel concept. First with Christian Bale in “Batman” and lately with Robert Downey Jr. as “Iron Man”, I hope Hollywood keeps it up.

  • Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV

    Daniel Craig is a very good actor. Just look at Layer Cake and Munich. Hopefully, Casino Royale will be a little less silly and more edgy that the last couple of Bond films.

  • Jen

    ‘martini in a twist’, I like it. Of course, If you knew how many I drink per week, you’d understand why. I must spread your phrase among the lush community. In addition, thank you for that link to ‘James Bond Jr.” For the sake of full disclosure, I admit that I remembered the ENTIRE theme song. It has to be one of the worst ever written. Whoo!

  • borf

    For the record, James Bond Jr wasn’t about James Bond growing up. Jr was James’ nephew.

  • Silas Bent

    Daniel Craig is so hot he’s ridiculous. I think old-fashioned gays would call him trade, as will I. It’s about time Bond was butch. Amen.

  • brandonk

    So not interested. I like my Bond debonair, not thuggish.

  • Doug

    For me Craig just doesn’t have the looks to be Bond, and at 35 he’s too old to be “becoming” Bond and going on his first double-O mission.

  • Doug

    Craig is simply not good-looking enough to be Bond, and at 35, he’s too old to be “becoming” Bond and going on his first double-O mission.

  • stef

    ahh
    the blonde bond
    i canNOT wait for this movie to come out
    Daniel Craig ay be the best bond ever
    bringing the franchise back
    and hes dead sexy too

  • Christopher

    Why on earth did you put the quotations around acting? He was brilliant in Layer Cake.

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