The man that we didn’t want to be Bond.
Never has there been so much public opposition to the casting of James Bond. When Daniel Craig was announced, the fans went on the offensive, usually via the internet. Born in 1968 and hailing from Cheshire, Craig had acted in the theatre since the age of 16 but got his breakout role in the BBC drama “Our Friends In The North”, starring alongside Christopher Eccleston. He moved into films with a major role in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and his movie career took off.
Though publicly backed by several of the past Bonds, many people considered that with his rugged looks, Craig was simply not handsome enough to play Bond and so his first appearance in “Casino Royale”, a film which went back to basics and effectively wiped out the previous Bond cannon was eagerly awaited by some and greeted with trepidation by others.
If I went onto the Internet and started looking at what some people were saying about me – which, sadly, I have done – it would drive me insane.
Upon the release, he was vindicated with his harsh and ultimately humourless version of the spy receiving massive worldwide acclaim. He adopted Dalton’s approach of taking his cues from the original Fleming novels and produced an interpretation that was the coldest Bond yet, a man who weeps neat cyanide, if he ever weeps at all.
As far as I’m concerned, I want to be nowhere else. It’s difficult in film because everybody wants to make a safe bet with roles. But if you are going to do stuff then you should be getting strong reactions. I don’t want audiences to be going, `Yeah, that…
Craig is a big Star Trek fan and has quietly expressed a desire to make an appearance in that franchise. Originally married to actress Fiona Loudon, the couple divorced after having one child and after a seven year relationship with a German actress, he is now in a relationship with a film producer.
Always throwing himself into the role and keen to do all his own stunts, Craig managed to slice the top of his finger off during the shooting of a stunt scene for the sequel, “Quantum of Solace”. The second movie did as well as the first but apparently the franchise is now in limbo again. Who knows if Craig will ever complete the three other films in his bond contract?
It’s out of my hands. I’m ready and willing, and if I get the call, I’ll be there . . . Unless MGM can sort themselves out, we can’t make a movie. It’s hard to talk about things that aren’t happening. There will be more to say when things are happening. I’m really keen to get going, it’s as simple as that. And I’m hoping that, in a while, we will.
Most extraordinary appearance
As a youthful Ted Hughes in the movie “Sylvia” about the troubled life of Sylvia Plath, Craig gives a performance of smouldering intensity, a truthful performance that rivets your eyes whenever he is on screen.