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Craig Talks Casino Royale Criticism

Published August 14, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
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It would seem that there are still people out there who bash Daniel Craig as the next Bond in Casino Royale. Why exactly? Well, we have thought long and hard and it seems to be anti-Aryan if you get the meaning. No? Let's spell it out:

B-l-o-n-d-e h-a-i-r and b-l-u-e e-y-e-s. Is that it? Actually, there are a couple reasons that sound almost racist so we will pass on those.

Daniel Craig on Casino Royale

As I have told critics hundreds of times, please go see Layer Cake or enjoy Daniel Craig in Munich; the man is the tits. Though I have received flack for saying this, Craig should make a much cooler Bond than Brosnan. There, I said it!

According to Craig, Campbell, Columbia Pictures and many others, all hate aimed towards the next Bond is clearly unfounded.

Esquire upcoming issue discusses this phenomenon and talks with Craig about Casino Royale.

'THE NAME'S BLAND...JAMES BLAND, announced one of the first headlines—which must have felt like a sucker punch, considering that Craig had been lavished with praise for his starring role in Layer Cake and supporting gigs in Munich, Sylvia, and Road to Perdition. Then came the anti-Craig Web sites. implored visitors to boycott Casino Royale, offering an elaborate sec¬tion comparing doctored photos of Craig with Vladimir Putin, Cosmo Kramer, and Al Bundy. People seemed to want to find reasons why the thirty-seven-year-old Liverpudlian is unfit to play Bond, like, say, he can't drive a stick, requiring 007's trademark Aston Martin to be converted to an automatic. "Listen," he says, sipping coffee on a cinder block outside the hangar, "I'll take you for a spin right now. Seriously. Right. Now."

James Bond would simply take these character hits, dust off his sullied lapels, and disappear the bloggers with his muffled Walther PPK. But for Craig, ignoring the swipes has not been as easy. "You lose your sense of humor very rapidly," he says. "I remember when the shit hit the fan on the Internet. We were in the Bahamas, working really hard. Then you read this stuff. I had a very dark two or three days. I was very despondent. But I realized I was peeing into the wind. I vowed to work twice as hard and get it right. Get it beyond right."

It's not just the press, either. Spend some time in London and you realize that the new James Bond is debated here not as a simple casting choice but as a matter of national pride. Everybody has an opinion. The bellhop at my hotel, who hadn't even seen a Bond movie in twenty years, offered this take on Craig: "Seems like a nice fellow. Friendly. He'll do all right. He's blond, you know? They'll dye his hair. Can't have him running around like that, now, can they?"

Well, at least we here at CanMag are strong supporters of Craig. Tell you what, let's talk after the trailer.

Casino Royale comes to theatres on November 17th.

For more clips, movie stills, production photos, teaser trailer, synopsis and movie info, go to the Casino Royale Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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