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Exactly. I love Craig's bond, after Dalton and Connery he is at my 3rd favorite and his film are in top 3 for me but i don't like it whenever he cater to Feminists as well. Sadly that's the world we live in now.
Yes, Brosnan's era missed some opportunities, but so did Craig's!
I LOVE his Bond and I don't mind the rebooted timeline (but I do have a problem with references to exploding pens and ejector seat in Skyfall!), the only thing I don't like about his era is - WHY ONLY FIVE MOVIES IN.. 14-15 YEARS??! He's excellent as Bond and they started well with 2 years between CR and QoS (at a cost, but still..) , but then 4, then 3 and now 5.5 . . . Damn it!
And out of the released four, I'd keep just CR, QoS and Spectre. Skyfall bores me to tears. Spectre has issues, but at least it's not so dramatic. I'd just turn back time to 2011 and not let Sam Mendes direct Bond.
Spectre was a huge let down with the lead actor functioning on a mangled knee that was given the band-aid treatment during shooting, and a bigger op. after. The script was just a mess with too many chefs in the kitchen.
I expect NTTD to be a big bounce-back from the last film.
Personally I find Craig to be a special and unique talent;
He’s physical, yet can unleash soft and tender moments. Intuitively, I think he “feels” the lone-wolf vibe of James Bond, The Orphan secret agent.
I like Craig's bond but he did the same thing Dalton and Lazenby did, played more down to earth, real and vulnerable bond, only difference is, he did it on a much larger scale and worked with more A-listed actor's, cinematographer, directors, and composers which might has given a bigger impact to general audience compare to other two bond's.
I agree Craig's tenure was great though I am not a fan of Skyfall and Spectre I place the blame at Mendes Craig was always great
I grew up while Brosnan was Bond, but he never quite felt like “my” Bond since I watched a lot more of the Connery and Moore entries as a kid, and only saw DAD in theaters. With Craig’s tenure I got to join the fun from the beginning of the ride, and vividly and fondly remember seeing Casino Royale in the theaters and being completely blown away. I’ll be a bit sad to see Craig go but I think he’s left a legacy to be proud of and am excited, if a bit nervous, to see how the franchise carries on without him.
That being said, CR is a classic. SF is very good. QOS was a huge letdown on every level, and SP pretty much the same.
The good things about his era- It has attracted A list actors for villains, and top quality behind the scenes in terms of directors, DOP's ect. It also seems to have pushed Bond firmly back to the top of pop culture in a way that we haven't seen (apart from a brief jump with Goldeneye) since the middle of Roger Moore's tenure.
The bad things about his era- Huge delays in production and release schedule, admittedly not all his fault, but he has to shoulder some blame. Some unnecessary melodrama, cleverly disguised as depth. As much as Brosnan's era felt like a lot of box ticking, Craig's has gone the other way, and tried too hard to avoid some of the tropes which a lot of Bond fans expect, such as the Gunbarrel at the beginning..
Overall, his era gets a thumbs up, but I haven't seen it as some second Golden Age of Bond, as some on here have.
@Resurrection I agree with this. It's often a critique levelled at Brosnan, that he was an amalgamation of Moore and Connery, but Craig has essentially done the same. Albeit with the the two 'other fella's'.
That's not a criticism, mind. There aren't really any fresh angles left, to look at the character. All the next actor can do is try to put a spin on what has gone before, and make it work for himself.
Dalton has his moments but consistently leaves him standing, apart from not being as convincing in SPECTRE, he looks bored sometimes.
Though from the moment he says "yes considerably" that was it, here was an actor that carried himself with confidence from the get go, we hadn't seen that since Sean.
Even Roger had to find his feet and get confident being Bond, it took him his 3rd film to play the Bond that cemented him.
So I don't buy this idea that Craig was surrounded by more creative types, he is a bloody good actor period and others might have had a go at that tortured lone wolf type but Craig was the one that convinced the most.
I'll miss his subtlety, I think we'll lose that with the next person and we'll get it played more in your face.
I don't want to see another Bond tribute act with an actor not feeling confident in the role or by his own admission never nailing the part like Pierce.
It is all about treating it like a part and not getting awed at the responsibility, Brosnan definitely came across like he was acting and not being natural, Roger could do that idea of Bond, Pierce just looked awkward.
Craig just treated it like another role and set out to do a good job, the fact he got down to it with all the negative press around him and delivered what he did, is a testament to his era.
I'll miss Craig a great deal but he is leaving on his terms and I think he'll leave like no other actor in the role has before with a utterly cracking swansong.
I feel the same way. NTTD is going to be the main deciding factor for me in whether his era was more good than bad or vice versa.
Which is what most 007 actors did for the future, so he lived up to his peers. :!!
Yep. The unavoidable gaps have tainted things somewhat as well, though that is of no fault of Craig or the filmmakers of course. I hope that, with all the experimenting that they have done during the Craig era, that they have learned from any mistakes that were made.
To see that maturity and seriousness, that comes with going through that age, reflected in my favourite on screen hero, was just fantastic, and has more than shaped the kind of person I am, and the likes and dislikes I now have a as a 29 year old.
To see a Bond seriously engage in relationships, actions that have consequences, to have serious responsibilities placed upon him. And the films to treat that seriously.
So to me, DC marks that maturity into adulthood for me.
I am going to miss him greatly. The films have been inconsistent, but the single through line is him. Whoever follows, has an extremely difficult task.
Great post. I enjoy reading about how the series has been a part of fans' lives. It will be interesting to see how the future pans out for yourself. Bond is something that can transcend generations.
My own personal Bond series story is that Moore began filming LALD the same time I began kindergarten and his final film, AVTAK, came out in the U.S. exactly one week before I graduated high school. Although Moore isn't my favorite Bond actor, it's a fun connection to consider he was Bond throughout my school career.
Yes I agree with pretty much all of this. I do think Craig carried a swagger and confidence that we hadn't seen since Connery and Lazenby, and managed to also convey more depths to the character that we hadn't seen since Dalton (although I prefer Dalton's portrayal overall).
But for me his reign will be decided by NTTD. If it gives him a great swansong, then for me his era will be remembered as having a brilliant start with CR, and a great ending, but with a mixed bag in-between. I don't particularly like what Mendes did with his 2 films, even though I appreciate SF for what he tried to do with that film.
If NTTD brings us more of the same that we saw in SP, then I'm afraid the Craig era for me will be defined as another missed opportunity, that sadly showed great promise with his debut film but then was a let-down overall.
Exactly, Craig is a phenomenal actor,i would even say best bond actor of the series, but his portray has a lot of similarities with Lazenby and Dalton, he also had an advantage of getting CR as his first film and making a film on 50th anniversary. That being said, CR is still 3rd in my ranking and SF on 7th position, so if NTTD turned out to be great, Craig will be remembered as someone equals to Connery bond film's.
He gave us a new world, new Bond that was so real, gritty, vulnerable, and always ALWAYS compelling. I like some of his films more than others, but I do actually like and enjoy all his films. I rate CR and SF very highly and now NTTD has joined that group. I love his portrayal of Bond. I like that his entire tenure really covers his whole story arc. I am so glad his Bond is part of the canon now. We have many different kinds of Bond films. Daniel gave us a lot that was fresh, different, pulsatingly real. I still have other favorite films, but yes Daniel Craig as Bond has been very rewarding and enriching for me, as an older fan (since 1971).
Better make that two!
To me Daniel Craig's era was the Second Golden Age - the first being 1962-1969. Craig probably was the greatest actor ever to play the character, and closest to what Ian Fleming wrote. Some say Dalton was, but to me only took the moodiness of Fleming's character without the irony. In my personal ranking Craig shares the notion of being the best Bond with Connery.
And to you, @ShakenNotStirred ? Nothing?