Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of Daniel Craig. If you show me somebody who says they like his body of work then I’ll show you a liar. When he got his breakthrough role in Layer Cake, I’ll be honest with you, I was bloody impressed. The way he portrayed a man who thinks he is better than the rest of us despite being an obvious scumbag, was, I think we’ll all agree, masterful. Almost as if, to prep for the role, he spent 30+ years living as an elitist dick, just to truly get a feel for what the role demanded.
Then came Casino Royale, (the first 10 minutes of which almost made a Bond fan out of me, the remaining 2 hours(ish) a spit in the face of cinema lovers everywhere), and I’ll be damned if we weren’t seeing the exact same role as in Layer Cake. There were high hopes for his Bond, a franchise I have found tedious since the departure of Roger Moore, but he failed to deliver. Ask a person their most memorable moment of Casino Royale and they’ll talk about him in his swimming trunks. Hollywood bosses continue to pick him, though, despite his complete lack of versatility. I’m at the stage where I just flat out to refuse any film in which he appears on the cast list.
Anyhow, this leaves me in a bit of a pickle, what with the release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This is possibly the best book I have ever read and am intrigued to see if it has been done justice. However, should I pay to be irritated at the sight of his face for 2-3 hours? If anything the success of Daniel Craig has taught me that to be successful in Hollywood, you don’t actually have to be a talented actor, all you need is to have piercing blue eyes, a barrel chest and to look good in a pair of speedos. Guess I’ll have to find my niche elsewhere. *sigh*