Daniel Craig is not winning me over with his portrayal of British super spy James Bond.
At least, that is how things stand after watching "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd Bond flick, recently.
It was the first time I had seen the film. There's no wit, or charm in Craig's performance. There is not even much that indicates real emotion in his performance.
It's like watching driftwood float around the screen while holding a gun.
Even the scene where he seduces another British spy falls flat on its face. How does asking a woman where a book is located qualify as seduction?
What makes "Quantum of Solace" such a sad entry in the James Bond series is that the script was actually pretty good.
Granted, Pierce Brosnan was getting up in age. It was best for him to bow out after four films, rather than staying until James Bond eventually looked like a sagging bag of bones in a tuxedo (are you listening Roger Moore?).
The good thing is that the shelf-life of your typical James Bond is 4-7 films, and then they are replaced. The only exceptions are George Lazenby (one film) and Timothy Dalton (two films). Eventually, Craig will give up the role and the franchise will receive its seventh Bond.
Recasting is an inevitable definite in the James Bond universe.
It reminds me of how other actors, who were not terribly exciting to watch, either on the big screen, or on television, are dealt with. There is the younger daughter on the show "Family Matters," for example. In the early years, the core family on the show had two daughters. Gradually, the younger daughter began to only show up for scenes involving the entire family.
Then she just vanished all together, without explanation, and they never made reference to her again on the show.
In the same vein, the soap opera, "All My Children," had a character back in the 1970s, who also just vanished. This character, a young boy, was last seen announcing he was going to the attic at his parents home to wax his skis. The character has not been seen, or heard from, since then.
In the movies, there is perhaps not a character more unpopular, or at least annoying, than Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks. The character was panned by critics and movie goers after "The Phantom Menace" was released. He did not vanish after that movie, but he got a lot less screen time in "Attack of the Clones," and "Revenge of the Sith."
So, I can only bide my time and wait for Craig to be replaced as James Bond. As I see it, he's already done two films, so he may have two or three left in him -- at the max. That equals four to six years, so I guess I can deal with that.
I just hope his successor is not Drift Wood, Two.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.