Originally Posted by SmittyJS
I never liked Craig as Bond. He looked and acted more like a Bond villain. Bond is supposed to be sophisticated, suave, good with a quip and a good looking ladies' man. Craig was none of those. I've thought for quite a while that Clive Owen should have been Bond. He pulls off suave, sophisticated, confident and British better than anyone I can think of. But now in his fifties, he's too long in the tooth. And to a lesser extent, Hugh Jackman, although he's too big of a star and typecast as Wolverine for Bond anyway. I can't think of any of the younger stars who would be a natural for Bond, and of the twenty or so rumored, I don't think any of them fit the role. But who knows, maybe whoever they pick will pull a Michael Keaton and fool everyone.
There's much of this assessment that I have issues with -- to begin with, I don't see Craig as a Bond villain at all in terms of acting like one. For once, we got a Bond who WAS suave and a chick magnet, yet ALSO was cold, calculating and downright frightening when it came to "exacting revenge" for something or someone he felt was wrong or wronged. We saw this play out perfectly in Quantum of Solace
, when 007 goes to Haiti and beats the crap out of the "geologist" in the ratty hotel -- throughout that whole film, he had nothing but revenge for Vesper in his mind, and you can see it in his cold, steely blue eyes. In my opinion, no actor in the "mid-generation" series of films (those starring Dalton, Moore, Brosnan et al) pulled this off, and most of their performances were too "soft and campy" for an international superspy character.
But "acting like a Bond VILLAIN"? I don't see that at all, personally.
As for "good looking," I'm a dude, so I'm not gonna pretend to know what the ins and outs are when studying these types of elements, but I didn't have an issue with Bond's looks -- for a guy, I thought the blonde hair, blue-eyed thing worked well, though it's often been said that the Brits "aren't that attractive of a people in general" (just something I've read over the years; I went to London once, but can't recall what anyone looked like in particular -- they WERE very hospitable people to the Americans from what I remember). When Craig is out of makeup and doing interviews and such, you can see that "pale-esque" British look come to the forefront; in other words, he's better looking, I think, when on-screen doing the Bond films. Here's an interesting tidbit regarding what we're talking about
: My late father-in-law was a massive fan of the original Connery films, and when Casino Royale
came out (he passed away some time after that), I can recall him telling me that he was SO pissed because Bond was NOT supposed to be a "blonde-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob of some kind..." and that he was supposed to be a "dark-haired, debonair ladies man..." You know something? I TOTALLY respected his viewpoint on that, because he was RAISED knowing Connery and the way HE looked in the tux and such; I suppose I'm more of a "modern" 007 fan...
I like your nod to Keaton and the Batman
thing, though; indeed, that was a big surprise in Hollywood, and I think Keaton nailed it (I STILL say he had the BEST "Batman sneer" down from beneath the cowl).