The man who would be Bond.
Listen to Dana Stevens' Spoiler Special about Casino Royale by clicking the arrow on the player below:
To tell the truth, even those of us with no stake in the creaky Bond franchise had a hard time imagining what a new actor, however magnetic, could bring to the table. Casting such a protean actor was an odd choice on the filmmakers' part. But maybe that's the whole point: to subvert the Bond brand. Asked by a bartender if he prefers his martini shaken or stirred, Craig's Bond snaps, "Do I look like I give a damn?"
You might've expected that the 21st century would bring us a post-post-Postmodern Bond, so laden with winking references and self-conscious tics that he'd sink under his own weight. Instead, the director, Martin Campbell (who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first outing as Bond in Goldeneye), has chosen to give us a Bond who's both metaphorically and literally stripped bare. Let me take this opportunity to thank him for both.
Photograph of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale by Jay Maidment. Copyright© 2004 Sony Pictures. Photograph of Daniel Craig in Enduring Love courtesy Paramount Classics. Photograph of Daniel Craig in The Mother courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. Photograph of Daniel Craig in Sylvia courtesy Focus Features. Photograph of Daniel Craig in Infamous courtesy Warner Independent Pictures.