Since being chosen to be the new James Bond, he’s faced a barrage of criticism. People (not us) laughed at his confused, monosyllabic performance at the unveiling 007 press conference. People (not us) tried to poke into his private life, and his alleged affair with Sienna Miller. People (OK, us) keep comparing him to Timothy Dalton.
And now Daniel Craig is being ridiculed again. Why? Because the new James Bond says that he hates handguns.
Daniel Craig (DVDs) will be the sixth James Bond, and his appointment as 007
is said to signify a return to a grittier, more realistic Bond after
the Pierce Brosnan/invisible car/space laser years. Whether or not
audiences will miss all Brosnan’s implausible pizazz remains to be seen, but
at the moment Daniel Craig has a lot of work to do to win over the
doubters. Take this recent innocuous – and fairly sensible – Daniel
Craig comment about handguns:
"I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they
are around people will shoot each other. That’s a simple fact. I’ve
seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. Bullets have a nasty habit of
finding their target and that’s what’s scary about them."
Now, despite pointing out fairly accurately that guns can kill people, Craig’s now being labelled by parts of the press as Tame Bond – a nickname that he can put in the cupboard along with the hilarious James Blond and James Bland. Some messageboards are already starting to fill up with comments calling Craig a "crazy liberal."
What do you think? Should Daniel Craig be playing Bond if he hates handguns, or do you think it doesn’t matter? Maybe Craig should be forced to shoot at least one person before he starts filming. Leave your comments below.
[story by Stuart Heritage]