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Opinion – Is Daniel Craig A Little Too Shaken And Stirred To Play Bond Anymore?

So, following well over a year of speculation about whether he will return to the role of 007, it has been confirmed that Daniel Craig will play James Bond for a further two films.

After all the injury problems experienced during the production of Spectre, the actor’s most recent outing as the spy, Craig’s future was very much in question. During the promotional work for Spectre, everyone kept asking the big question – will he do another film? At the time, it looked as though we had seen the last of him. Craig seemed to have had enough; looked as though he had completely fallen out of love with the character. However, over a year and a half on after the release of the last film, the news has surfaced that he is signed not for one, but for TWO more films.

Now, inevitably, everyone has their take on the announcement. It has received a somewhat mixed response and has definitely polarised cinema-goers and Bond fanatics. Some have been overjoyed to hear that Craig will be in the role for the foreseeable future, and others have been… less so.

Personally, I think it’s time for him to give it up. In fact, I think retirement for Craig is long overdue. Had I had my way, he’d have been gone after Skyfall. I say this for a couple of reasons, the first being that Skyfall was such a great film. I mean, what a high it would’ve been for him to end it on that note; possibly the greatest Bond film ever made. The other reason he should have lay down after that one is he had started showing his age by that point. Don’t get me wrong, for a fourty-three year old man, he was doing a lot better than most, I can say that much for definite. But there were signs that this clearly was not the reasonably fresh-faced guy who had made his debut in Casino Royale back in 2006. For me, it would have made perfect sense for him to step back from Bond after this film because it would have suited the tone of the film so much.

Of course, we all know that he stuck around after Skyfall, and it wasn’t really a decision that paid off for him if you ask me. Filming for Spectre was set back multiple times due to injuries Craig picked up on set. We don’t know the full extent of every mishap he suffered, but we do know that after doing something silly like falling over in the snow, Craig’s knee was in shite, and this caused the most problems. It could have happened to anyone, but we all know that the older you get, the longer it takes to recover from these injuries, meaning that the production of the two films Craig has just signed on for could be over equally as lengthy periods as that of Spectre, if not longer.

The thing is, it’s not just the production side of the film that is a concern for me. It’s the whole idea of having an old Bond. I’m all for having an ageing espionage pro, but if he looks old and rickety, it doesn’t really fit the suave, effortlessly athletic profile that we’ve come to expect since Craig transformed the character and films. If I’m honest, I don’t really want the beloved spy to succumb to some of the afflictions that are associated with old age, which is what will have to happen if Craig continues in the role. Let’s face it, if he’s getting on a bit, 007 is not going to be able to be knocking back the martinis like he has been without feeling like he’s recovering from minor surgery for the next week. As for the women, well, can we really expect him to have the same sort of success if he’s suffering from erectile dysfunction – something that is a side effect of ageing? If we are to have an older Bond, the lifestyle will have to change, and then it just won’t really be Bond anymore, will it?

The point is, I just think it’s time that Daniel Craig moved onto other things. He’s had over a decade to enjoy the role. Now it’s time to let someone else have a go. Part of me doesn’t want to see motorcycle chases atop of the Grand Bazaar replaced with mobility scooter pursuits down the high street, but a bigger part of me just wants to see another actor take on the character. I’ve seen what Craig can do, now I want to see what someone else can do in the same role. They say you can have too much of a good thing – I don’t want that to be the same case with Craig’s 007.

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