Daniel Craig did Sean Connery proud. Craig gave his all to the James Bond character for a decade, stressing himself out while fattening his paycheck. Now it’s time move on. But not so quickly. Here’s a short tribute to the most realistic James Bond ever.
When Daniel Craig started shooting for his first James Bond flick, Casino Royale, he had absolutely no idea that his portrayal of writer Ian Fleming’s iconic assassin and spy combo was going to be a huge hit. And that is why Daniel would work himself to death in researching his new role and preparing for the enormous burden of playing the part.
In so doing, Daniel Craig would also do battle with several organic Internet campaigns to discredit him as James Bond. As if playing the part was not burdensome enough, Craig was like the Greek mythology character Sisyphus, sentenced by the gods to push a huge boulder up a mountain and then bring it down at the end of the day. If it was a huge burden, it was also a boon on his net worth as an actor.
It was on October 14, 2005, when Daniel Craig became the next official James Bond succeeding the debonair Pierce Brosnan, according to BBC News. At that time, Craig was just a rising actor with no big movie to back up his ascension to the 007 throne.
Craig would tell BBC that he was aware that the James Bond franchise was “a big machine and it makes a lot of money.”
Daniel Craig would also disclose that his personal James Bond mission was to bring emotional depth to the character, a promise that he had obviously lived up to in all four Bond films he completed: Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.
By the time Casino Royale raked in $594 million worldwide towards the end of 2006, Daniel Craig’s avowed critics had disappeared, nowhere to be found. All of a sudden, he was the toast of the town, past slights, and insults directed in his direction virtually forgotten. And so by the time he reprised his James Bond in Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig was every bit the epitome of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
And so Daniel Craig kept his attention on the prize, being magnanimous in victory. After all, it was a win-win situation. James Bond and Daniel Craig both made good money all the way to Spectre’s release towards the end of 2015. So what was the secret of Craig’s success?
Giving the fictional spy a huge makeover, particularly in terms of emotional depth is a giveaway. There is also the characteristic Daniel Craig hard work. At the same time, Craig would overhaul the James Bond resume by erasing “exceptional good looks” and replacing it with “as physically buff as the 2016 Olympics.”
Now Daniel Craig, as a lot of people may have heard already, is asking for an early retirement. Characteristic of the character he plays, he would jump the gun on the mad search for a James Bond replacement. Craig is not exactly suffering from aching bones or any tell-tale signs of aging which is so obvious from his current physique. After all, he is only 48 years old. Sean Connery retired from the 007 movie franchise in 1983 at the age of 53.
Tom Hiddleston is reportedly a top contender for the role of the next James Bond. What with Hiddleston’s very sophisticated looks especially with the superb way in which he carries his suit and tie. However, there are other contenders, such as the younger Theo James from the blockbuster Divergent movie series. Luke Evans of The Hobbits‘ fame might also work out, although no one has put in Evans name yet.
In the meantime, the producers of James Bond are also looking for possible Bond girls, of course. If Hiddleston gets the part of the sophisticated assassin, it would be an excellent idea to hire Taylor Swift for the Bond girl position. Why?
Notice Taylor Swift’s perfect chemistry with Hiddleston at the Met Gala dance, as captured by Sunny99 iHeart. And for the next James Bond pic’s theme song, how about Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman?” A Billboard blockbuster, the single from Grande’s latest music album of the same name has that classic James Bond ring to it.
Hopefully, Daniel Craig will still be part of the selection committee for the next James Bond player — or is a final decision already made by the top bosses at MGM? If not yet, we wonder if the most successful James Bond in history will consider the above recommendations to bring to the board’s attention?
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