Daniel Craig: Too Bland for Bond?
10/19/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Craig, a British actor little-known to American audiences save for his relationship to Sienna Miller, reportedly earned the part over more recognizable names, including Hugh Jackman, Colin Farrell, Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor.
Craig's replacement of Brosnan was made official Friday, when the blond actor arrived at a London press conference on a Royal Marine commando boat – wearing a life jacket. That decidedly un-Bond move was compounded when Craig admitted that the ride had scared "the (bleep) out of me," MSNBC reports.
The actor's answers to reporters' questions didn't help. When asked why he wanted to play James Bond, Craig replied, "Why not?"
The London Mirror called Craig's performance at the conference "embarrassing," and one British television commentator said the 37-year-old actor "looks more like a banker that James Bond."
Craig will make his debut as the new 007 in the upcoming Casino Royale.