Daniel Craig: The new face of James Bond
BY A CORRESPONDENT
15th October 2005:
James Bond has a new face: It belongs
to Daniel Craig, a low-profile actor, known for his roles in
Road to Perdition and Tomb Raider. He was in the
lead role in neither. But then, as James Bond's casting
director Debbie McWiliams said, they did not want someone as
big as Russel Crowe to be the next Bond either.
Daniel Craig picks up the tuxedo from Pierce Brosnan, till now
the reigning spy of the eternal intelligence flick James Bond.
Brosnan is now 52. Craig becomes Bond at the age of 37.
Craig the Bond will debut with Casino Royale, a remake
of the first Bond novel. The endearing MI-6 spy comes across
as a cold, yet humorous character in the Bond movie, which
will begin shooting in early January.
Before Daniel Craig, the other actors starring as James Bond
were Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy
At a function to announce the name of the new Bond to the
media, Daniel Craig turned up in a military speedboat, attired
in Bond a suit, wearing shades. Craig said he had to down a
couple of drinks just to come to terms with the reality that
he is to star as the agent of agents. Craig was chosen from
among about 200 actors vying to play the MI-6 spy.
Said Daniel Craig: "It's a huge challenge. Life is about
challenges and this is one of the big ones as an actor."
Craig had put up a commendable performance in Layer Cake.
Like many aspiring actors, he started his acting career with
television. Daniel Craig has also had his studies in acting at
the National Youth Theatre and Guildhall School of Music and
Dance. Ace director Steven Spielberg recently finished
shooting his movie Munich with Craig, a fact not widely
known. Munich is based on the historical events of 1972, when
Olympics athletes were massacred at the peak of cold war.
Recently, Craig was in the news over his relationship with
Sienna Miller, a favourite of the British tabloid press.
The new Bond movie is expected to have less of gadgets and
more of character, according to reports. The next Bond movie
will be "definitely darker, more character, less gadgets",
said Director Martin Campbell.
BY A CORRESPONDENT