Is Daniel Craig done with James Bond?

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The dashing and mesmerising Daniel Craig will no longer be the actor of 007.

Reports are suggesting that Craig turned down a two-production deal that would’ve made him 68 million pounds ($AU137 million) richer.

Hmmm. Life must be pretty dandy for those willing to turn down such a large stack of bills. But hey, I have loved watching Craig as Bond in three of his four films (I’ll leave it to you to work out which one I’m leaving off the list), and his suave performances have left the franchise in a really steady position – let’s explore those films and roles.

Craig’s first stint playing the Omega-wearing agent was in the successful ‘Casino Royale‘ from 2006.

After waving goodbye to Pierce Brosnan and ‘that’ era of Bond, we received a new type of film, one which managed to do almost everything right that was wrong with the earlier renditions. Looking back at it now, ‘Casino Royale’ was the ‘Batman Begins’ of the Bond movies; it reinvigorated the series, added new life, brought a very human and not invincible-superhero sort of feeling. It’s what the studio needed to do. It’s what we wanted the studio to do. We felt Bond’s pain and emotions, standing by his side while he endured and overcame his hardships,  and we even learned a thing or two about poker. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually get dealt hands similar to his?

Director Martin Campbell was pretty gutsy in allowing James to tell the bartender that he didn’t “give a damn” whether his vodka martini was shaken or stirred.

Come on, we know how he really likes his alcohol. He does give a damn.

Unfortunately, what followed wasn’t too great. Roger Ebert opened his review of ‘Quantum of Solace‘ with the words, “Don’t ever let this happen again to James Bond”.

Well that seems promising, doesn’t it? ‘Quantum of Solace’ was a sequel to ‘Casino Royale’, starting off just minutes after Vesper Lynd died and followed Bond as he was seeking his revenge. Right from the get-go, this is a flat-out action movie. From one scene to the next, the focus is guns, explosions, fast cars and injuries, rather than character development and good storytelling. I’m going to stop ranting; if you want to see how bad this truly was, just press play on this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQBGudrMQLQ

What came next was the true solace of the Craig films, 2012’s ‘Skyfall‘.

Not only was this a stellar Bond film, but it was a fantastic film, period. Daniel Craig was excellent; he was wounded, cold, and derelict. His age was starting to show, and they played off that fact perfectly. Cheesy jokes were few and far between and old-school Bond references were in an abundance (Q, the Aston Martin and more) and the villain, Silva, played by Javier Bardem, was sinister, calculative and manipulative, playing mind games and physically challenging Bond. Not to forget, how good was Adele’s opening song?!

Most recently, we were treated to ‘Spectre‘.

In our review, our praise for the film definitely was not lacking. The opening scene was marvelously put together, panning through a crowded festival in one uncut, continuous shot. Bond is on a personal mission, and Craig is solid yet again. He is older and more mature, however, his physical attributes and required 007 skills and techniques have not seemed to waver. The fight and action scenes are realistic, believable and riveting. Would I recommend this film over Craig’s first and third Bond films? No. Would I say it’s a fun and exciting time to be had? Absolutely.

With his recent comments, some of which reach the extremity of how he’d prefer to “slash [his] wrists” than do another Bond film, his departure has swiftly turned into a rather stale one. It’s always a shame when these sort of situations happen; the quality service throughout the years becomes tainted almost immediately. But with Craig heading off, who will be his replacement?

urrently, Tom Hiddleston is sitting at the top of the list as favourite, in front of the likes of Aidan Turner, Tom Hardy and Hugh Jackman. We quite like the idea of Hiddleston as Bond. His recent performance in ‘The Night Manager’ had a very Bond-ish vibe, making us optimistic and hopeful.

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