Fans At War!
Despite my best efforts I find
myself completely at odds with the
casting of Daniel Craig. I struggle to muster any enthusiasm whatsoever
for Casino Royale.
As a Bond fan it is not a situation I ever expected to find myself in.
It is also the reason why I don't post on Bond forums.
The back and forth on forums
has died down gradually over the months.
This has more to do with a mass exodus of Craigosceptics than any
overwhelming acceptance of his casting. As far as I can see there have
always been two distinct positions on Craig which form the rift between
Bond fans. These can be described, broadly, as the following:
I'm glad they cast against
type. Craig is a proper actor who will bring something new to the part.
I can't believe they cast
Craig. He looks like the man who came round to unblock my drain last
That may be an
over-simplification, but it is close to the truth. If
your reaction to the Craig as Bond rumours when they first surfaced
last year was: "Daniel Craig? Are they having a laugh?", then I doubt
that you ever recovered from this initial reaction. If you've always
felt that Bond should be less of a hero type or handsome dandy and more
like an ordinary person then it was probably great news. One group
think that Craig is the problem and the other think Craig is the
solution. No wonder these fans have found little to agree on since
Like a lot of Craigosceptics,
I don't post on Bond forums. If someone
is looking forward to the film that is fine by me. I'm not going to
post a sequence of choleric posts about the miscasting of Craig. No
wonder the Daniel Craig lobby now and again say things like "Well,most
people (left) on this forum like the casting". It may be true but it
can't disguise the divisive nature of Craig's casting or the fact that
a lot of posters have buggered off or stopped posting. Was a new
direction completely dependent on getting Craig? I honestly don't think
it was. To me the first rule of casting is finding someone who looks
the part. If this unwritten rule rule didn't exist Christopher Reeve
would never have played Superman. They might have cast Gene Hackman in
the lead role on the grounds that he is a cool actor who would bring
more depth to the part.
There are a lot of unhappy
Bond fans out there right now. So what? you
might ask. The success of this film will be dictated by the general
public not the Bond fanbase. Barbara Broccoli could probably care less
that a section of Bond nerds don't like her latest decision. They, I
would respectfully suggest, should probably remember that Bond fans are
the people who could be relied on to see the latest film more
than once in the cinema and buy the DVD and book tie-ins. If they are
happy to p**s off a section of their own fanbase then good luck to them
finding new fans in the future. Is there a more aloof bunch of people
in the business? No website or fan interaction for them. Don't expect
that to change while Craig is around.
Back to Bond forums. I don't
post. If someone wants to do forty-seven
posts at all hours of the day comparing Craig to Steve Mcqueen then
good luck to him and his smouldering keyboard. The bumping up of
Craig's acting resume and appeal since October has been laughable in my
opinion but I have no desire to argue that point everyday on a forum.
Some people do - and good for them because it is important
all viewpoints to be placed out there, pro or anti. Personally I'd
rather get a few things off my chest on a site like this. You may agree
or disagree; but it's the honest view of a longstanding Bond nerd. I
- Greg Haugen