Daniel Craig is my favorite actor to play James Bond. If you’ve just heard the sound of breaking glass, it’s because a rock was thrown through my window on behalf of Sean Connery. This is where I would have to say “with all due respect”, and then take a backstabbing insult at Connery’s portrayal of Bond. But that’s not going to happen. Connery provided the blueprint for 007: charming, sophisticated and an elite spy. He is the second best in my book.
I compare the Connery vs. Craig debate with the tiresome argument over Jordan vs. LeBron as the GOAT in basketball. If you grew up with Jordan and experienced him at the peak of his abilities, you will say Jordan is the GOAT. The same argument can be applied to LeBron with the younger generation. Appreciate the greatness of both instead of putting the other down to make a point.
Craig’s version of a rough and troubled Bond who still kept his charm and elegance convinced me from day one. Many forget that Craig’s casting as the seventh actor to take over this prestigious character was met with much hatred. Craig was in no way a star. He was a classically trained actor best known for his work in the theater. Besides, he had blond hair and that pissed off A LOT of people. Guess who supported the decision to cast Craig? Sean Connery!
forward No time to die, I rewatched Craig’s previous four films. Two are excellent, one is solid and one just doesn’t belong with the rest. Here are my rankings.
4. Quantum of Comfort
One is not the other, and that is Quantum of Solace. It’s not bad in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a movie that couldn’t decide what it wanted to become. The central theme is revenge as Bond searches for those responsible for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd. 007 like a bat from hell, killing everyone in his path to avenge his girlfriend is a solid premise, but it’s not exactly a James Bond movie. Revenge is a good theme, but the final mission somehow turns into stopping Dominic Greene from controlling Bolivia’s water supply. Is this a revenge movie or a statement about environmentalism? I left the movie with more questions than answers. Craig is still good, and Olga Kurylenko was a badass who deserved better in this franchise. I can’t see myself seeing this movie again for a long time.
Solid is the word I keep coming back to when I describe 2015’s Ghost. The opening scene is spectacular and one of the best Bond openers ever. Casting Christoph Waltz to play the villain was an excellent decision because of his work as the main antagonist in unglorious bastards. However, his use in the film was more of a disappointment than a highlight. Craig and Waltz barely shared the screen together for the first half of the film. The showdown between the hero and the villain at the end didn’t provide the spark to generate excitement for future movies. Essentially, Waltz set a trap and tried to escape before being foiled by Bond. I needed more in the final battle. General, Ghost is entertaining, but could have been better.
2. Casino royale
There are internet dies, and then there are dies that believe Casino royale is the greatest James Bond film of all time. These fans won’t accept another Bond argument if… Casino royale is not number one in the power rankings. I respect their ability to stand up and fight for what they believe in. Casino royale is an outstanding film and the second best debut for a Bond actor behind Connery’s dr. new. It was a return to form for the franchise and the introduction of a darker, grimier version of Bond. Craig vs. Mads Mikkelsen is one of the best Bond vs. the villain scenes throughout the franchise. don’t doubt it, Casino royale is a classic.
There’s only one right answer for Craig’s best Bond movie and that’s: skyfall. This movie rules from start to finish. It’s a thrilling 143 minute ride where the audience can never catch their breath. It’s essentially a Bond movie, but the story and characters can stand on their own. It is a complete story with a satisfying conclusion.
skyfall pulled out all the stops and brought in the big guns to improve the film. Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes was brought in to direct. Javier Bardem played one of the greatest villains of the 21st century, Raoul Silva. There’s no excuse why Bardem didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The Academy held on to the fact that Bardem previously won as a villain in No country for old men against this achievement. Adele wrote and sang the spectacular theme song ‘Skyfall’, which won the best original song. Honestly, skyfall was good enough to receive a Best Picture nomination.
With the best director, villain, vocals and Bond, skyfall is the easy winner.
What is your favorite Daniel Craig James Bond movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.