Craig’s Post-Bond Career? Flat. Very Flat.
by Christian Toto
Actors don’t just get a fictional license to kill when they’re cast as British superagent James Bond. They get a career boost unlike any other.
What other franchise can transform an ordinary lug into a hero capable of bedding multiple hotties and saving the world – all in under two hours? But so far new Bond Daniel Craig has yet to take advantage of one of the best gigs in the movie business.
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Craig’s latest movie, “Dream House,” arrived DOA in theaters over the weekend, and critics weren’t even allowed a glimpse at the film before its release. The flop comes on the heels of “Cowboys & Aliens,” the summer tentpole wannabe which also underwhelmed with critics and crowds alike.
Heard any talk of a “Cowboys & Aliens II?” Me neither.
Craig’s other post-Bond roles, “Defiance,” “The Golden Compass” and “The Invasion,” didn’t make an impression on audiences despite big budgets and capable co-stars.
The craggy-faced star doesn’t want for talent. The underrated crime drama “Layer Cake” proved that. And, in an age of metrosexual leading men, Craig brings a virility to his work that’s impossible to deny. Just ask the ladies who marveled over his choice of swimwear in “Casino Royale,” his first Bond outing.
But Craig isn’t the only Bond to struggle outside the spy franchise.
Pierce Brosnan left his TV career behind for good when he was cast as 007 in 1995’s “GoldenEye,” but his post-Bond life found him slipping into supporting work. Brosnan may not be able to “carry” a film these days, but he’s shrewdly positioned himself as an older, but still remarkably handsome, character actor who can do dramas and comedy with panache. And given his age – he’s closing in on 60 – that’s a pretty sweet spot to occupy in age-obsessed Hollywood.
He just can’t sing a lick, if “Mamma Mia!” is any indication.
Two-time Bond star Timothy Dalton’s post-franchise career proved far less successful, in part because many never warmed up to his take on the iconic film role .
Craig does have a chance at rebranding his career this winter. He’ll star in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the hotly anticipated film version of author Stieg Larsson’s bestseller. Director David Fincher, fresh from his triumphant 2010 film “The Social Network” could be just the person to tease something more out of Craig than we’ve seen so far.
FormerBondFan wrote:I hope he doesn't stuck in this mode for too long. Considering he's the best and most popular since Sean, he deserves far better than this, especially since none of his Bonds are classics save for GoldenEye. This poor guy's underrated FAR enough already. Those who grew up with Pierce's Bond deserve to get what Sean's fans got after Sean himself left Bond. Sean did great flicks like Indy 3, Hunt for The Red October, and The Rock, giving the general audience to see him beyond his Bond image. Also, look at Sir Patrick Stewart. He got X-Men, allowing the general audience to see beyond his Trek image. It's rather unfair if Pierce doesn't have this career, and I feel the general audience still see him as just Bond and nothing more. Yes, he does make interesting choices after Bond, but none of them attracts beyond the fanbase. His post-Bond movies either got mixed reviews or don't get the recognition they deserve. A no Oscar nominations for his work after Bond. Now that's a serious crime.
Kristatos wrote:But as one of the commenters points out, his career didn't get its second wind until The Untouchables, 16 years after his last appearance as Bond.
Chief of Staff, 007's gone round the bend. Says someone's been trying to feed him a poisoned banana. Fellow's lost his nerve. Been in the hospital too long. Better call him home.
Dr. No wrote:Pierce is doing better than Craig. He is everything Criag touches turns to you know what and Pierce is getting work doing all kinds of things which is what actors have to do. It is what Sean did, and Lazenby, Moore and Dalton fail to stay in the publics eye.
And it did. DREADFUL is next prediction to bomb. FBF, you will be all smiles the weekend the vampires take over the box office in November.bjmdds wrote:Tattoo film looks dread awful and will bomb in the USA.
He would be a soda jerk with a white hat on working at a malt shop.James wrote:Makes you wonder what he'd be doing now if he didn't know Barbara Broccoli.
bjmdds wrote:And it did. DREADFUL is next prediction to bomb. FBF, you will be all smiles the weekend the vampires take over the box office in November.bjmdds wrote:Tattoo film looks dread awful and will bomb in the USA.
James wrote:Makes you wonder what he'd be doing now if he didn't know Barbara Broccoli.
Kristatos wrote:James wrote:Makes you wonder what he'd be doing now if he didn't know Barbara Broccoli.
TV and small-scale indie films probably.
Thunderpussy wrote:Just listening to "The Unbelievable Truth " ( a comedy quiz on BBC Radio 4 ) where the comedian Alan Davies ( TV's jonathan creek )
said he loved P Brosnan as Bond, then a couple of other panelists joined in saying how Bad the Bond films have become since
D Craig took over " What where they thinking " laughed one of the panel,
I think this shows ,even if it was a light hearted quizz. That most people think the films are getting worse and further from what
the public expect from a Bond film.
I'm sure the show would be available on BBC i-player, the exchange is near the end of the show.
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