A New James Bond

I first saw Daniel Craig giving an extraordinary lead performance in a BCC Mystery special called The Ice House almost a decade ago, where he played a cop and an alcoholic. He made his first strong big-screen impression as an assassin priest in Elisabeth, and an even stronger impression as the dangerous son of Paul Newman in The Road to Perdition.

Now, he’s won the dubious honor of playing James Bond.

Well, for the first time, I’m actually interested in an upcoming James Bond flick. Craig is an interesting actor, and he’s likely to make for a different kind of Bond… one that’s possibly colder, harder, the kind of guy who looks like he spends his living deceiving and killing people. You’d think that a man who takes sex and violence so lightly would have a dark side, would be a bit damaged and deranged from the experience of routine amorality and ego.

We’ll see if Martin Campbell has what it takes to direct Craig, or if he’ll seize the opportunity to make something substantial out of a routinely frivolous and empty-hearted series.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • J. Mark Bertrand

    Craig is great in Layer Cake, too. I haven’t cared about James Bond in a long time, but this is an interesting development.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    See my reply to your previous inquiry about that on the earlier post…

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Interesting, I’ll look forward to it.

    By the way, who won the Ben Hur contest?