Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

When I first heard that Daniel Craig was go­ing to play James Bond I, like a lot of peo­ple, didn’t be­lieve he could pull it off. Too blond, I thought, too ac­tor-y, and let’s be hon­est, too craggy-faced to be the suave, so­phis­ti­cated Bri­tish spy. Daniel just wasn’t hand­some enough to be a con­vinc­ing 007. I imag­ined on screen he would look like Gor­don Ram­say in a suit with a gun.

Then came Casino Royale with that scene of him emerg­ing fromthe sea, putting to bed all doubts that he wasn’t the cel­lu­loid em­bod­i­ment of Ian Flem­ing’s Bond – raw, uber­mas­cu­line and just a lit­tle bit men­ac­ing. Gone were the glib, fash­ion-con­scious im­i­ta­tors of the past–Sean Con­nery, Roger Moore, Pierce Bros nan, and even Ti­mothy Dal­ton all seemed too flip­pant com­pared to Daniel’s rugged, slightly thug­gish Bond. Here, at last, was a suited and booted spy who could con­vinc­ingly take on a su­per villa in with­out wor­ry­ing about get­ting his hair mucked up.

As Daniel him­self says in our in­ter­view with him on page 38, he wanted Bond to be real, a lit­tle brit­tle. Frag­ile even. He based his bond on In­di­ana Jones. ‘What­was bril­liant was that he was fal­li­ble, he bled,’ he says.

He let Bond’s emo­tional side show in Sky­fall, the­most suc­cess­ful Bond film ever and now I can’t imag­ine any­one but Daniel in the role. He says Spec­tre, out on Novem­ber 6, will be his last out­ing as the quin­tes­sen­tial English gen­tle­man, but I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed he’ll change his mind. Let me knowwhat you think of the film, along­with our fea­ture, and have a happy Di­wali.

Un­til next week,

Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor kpasqual­i­ 38

The Bonds of the past all seemed too FLIP PANT com­pared to Daniel’ s THUG­GISH Bond. Here, AT LAST, was a suited and booted spy who could TAKE ON a su­per villa in with­out get­ting his hair MUCKED UP

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