Daniel Craig reflects on the harsh reaction his "Blond Bond" casting announcement received.
Did you hear they remade Ghostbusters? Before J.J. Abrams got his hands on it, the Star Trek franchise seemed lost in space. The films with the original cast were often more bad than they were good, and the Patrick Stewart era didn’t fare much better.
Conventional wisdom has it that Sean Connery is the first actor to play James Bond onscreen, kicking off a line of succession that leads to current 007, Daniel Craig, whose latest film, Spectre, opens in theaters tonight. Before Connery registered his license to kill in the 1962 hit Dr. No, millions of viewers were introduced to Barry Nelson’s “Bond, Jimmy Bond” in a 1954 episode of the CBS anthology series Climax! The show’s producers secured the rights to adapt Ian Fleming’s just-published debut Bond novel, Casino Royale, during their first season. Barry Nelson’s Jimmy Bond engages in a baccarat battle with Peter Lorre’s Le Chiffre in 1954′s “Casino Royale” To be fair, there’s a good reason why Nelson’s Bond isn’t as immediately recognizable as Connery’s or Craig’s: for decades, nobody was able to see his version of the character.
When Daniel Craig emerged dripping from the ocean in Casino Royale (2006), the universe of James Bond was as shaken as 007’s preferred martini. Watch the famous beach scene from ‘Casino Royale’ The wet-and-wild moment comes early in the film, when Bond (Craig) travels to the Bahamas to track down Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian), a business associate of terrorist financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).