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Kanin
October 14th, 2005, 12:31 PM
Here's (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/topnews.php?id=11554) a link.

I always thought James Purfoy would be an excellent Bond, but if Pierce isn't going to be Bond anymore, this guy should be ok. I liked him in Road to Perdition and Layer Cake.

Martin Campell is directing "Casino Royale". He also directed "Goldeneye" one of my favorite Bond films. Can't wait to see another Bond film. The last one "Die Another Die" didn't do it for me.

Evil Agent
October 14th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Wow, I thought they were supposed to be going for a much younger Bond? Last I heard, Hugh Jackman turned the role down, and now it was definitely between Clive Owen/Eric Bana/Ewan McGregor. However, as much as I like all 4 of those actors, I don't think any of them would have been good. I much prefer to see them in non-Bond roles, and not typcast into the one character. They're also too famous to suddenly be Bond.. I'd feel like I was watching Wolverine, King Arthur, the Hulk, or Obi Wan Kenobi.

That being said, I don't really like Bond. I've never been able to get into it. I've only seen Golden Eye, and a couple of the older ones (Moonraker I think), but it never really grabbed me. Perhaps I need to watch the original Connery ones?

Leiali
October 14th, 2005, 03:18 PM
Same here EA. It probably is no surprise to anyone that I have never particularly liked Bond, but I always have an interest in a british institution even if I find it distatesful. A work colleague told me that they were an extr..um, 'supporting actor' on a film starring Daniel Craig set during the war and that he was very charming, charismatic and had the most piercing blue eyes they had ever seen. All good. I don't think Eric Bana or Hugh Jackman would have been asked would they? As they are both antipodean?

Kanin
October 14th, 2005, 07:01 PM
Evil Agent,

I can't believe you haven't seen the masterworks of the Connery Bond films. They were made in the 60's, but they still hold up today. Good stories, and a more ruthless Bond. Check out Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and keep going! :D

Evil Agent
October 14th, 2005, 07:53 PM
I don't think Eric Bana or Hugh Jackman would have been asked would they? As they are both antipodean?Well I don't know what antipodean means... :o But Hugh Jackman was definitely asked, and about a month ago he officially turned the role down. Probably after his bad experience with Van Helsing (which was supposed to be his big break) he decided not to enter another big franchise (besides X-Men).
I can't believe you haven't seen the masterworks of the Connery Bond films.I think I will. I've been looking for movies to rent recently, especially older ones that I never managed to see.

Bitter Buffalo
October 14th, 2005, 11:53 PM
Good choice I say. Craig was excellant in Layer Cake, can't remember what else I saw him in.

Wulfa_Jones
October 15th, 2005, 06:57 AM
I'm split at the moment... while not a massive Bond fan I do find the majority of them enjoyable.

While I liked Brosnan as Bond I didn't really think that much of the films. Goldeneye was really good but Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day where quite bad. Die Another Day started off alright but then just got a bit silly. The World is Not Enough was alright but not fantastic.

Daniel Craig is an interesting choice, I don't think he's particually hansome (from a male point of view) and he's quite old looking - giving him a short life span as the character again.

The choice l liked the most of the ones rummored was Julian McMahon from Nip/Tuck and The Fantastic Four. While he isn't English he has the look and is young enough to carry the role for a little while. Clive Owen was also quite a good choice - after seeing him in Sin City the character was quite similar - hard, womenising and clever.

Also Casino Royale is going to be a big change from what has become the Bond formula. No more gadgets, less humour, darker and more gritty plotting. Plus going back to the original source text.

I think the major problem with Bond films of the past is that there was no longer an enemy - no more Cold War. While they could have done something more controversial such as an IRA story line or something in the Middle East. That's why the start of Die Another Day was so good - it used a real world situation. While true, that these situations can change quite quicky and could make the film feel more dated they could have still been used.

Leiali
October 15th, 2005, 07:06 AM
I always thought that Bond had to be more mature as we wouldn't believe him to be suave, sophisticated and experienced otherwise. But I do agree with you on the cold war ending being a problem for Bond....Not that the cold war ending is a bad thing mind you :)

The franchise would never be controversial, so there is no point even imagining an interesting, current plot line. I think they will always go for the fantastastical as that imo is what draws people to it. And EA, Antipodean means from down under -Australia, New Zealand etc, it was my big word for the day ;)

Kanin
October 15th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Well I don't know what antipodean means... :o But Hugh Jackman was definitely asked, and about a month ago he officially turned the role down. Probably after his bad experience with Van Helsing (which was supposed to be his big break) he decided not to enter another big franchise (besides X-Men).I think I will. I've been looking for movies to rent recently, especially older ones that I never managed to see.

Well, according to the producers, Craig was the only one ever offered the part. But that could be the producers saying the Craig was the one they really wanted after all.........

JamesL
October 15th, 2005, 06:41 PM
This is a radical departure for the producers, picking a bond who is a bit rough around the edges, rather than the smooth operator we've known before. Personally, from a purely visual perspective, I can't see this guy as James Bond. After Brosnan - who many claimed was the perfect Bond (image-wise), I find it hard to see the new guy saying the same classic lines...but I guess we'll see.

Personally I would have gone for Clive Owen or Ioan Gruffudd.