The Name's Bond... Bare Bond

By Garth Franklin Friday February 24th 2006 11:22PM

Sick of those whingers complaining about Daniel Craig as the new James Bond? I sure am. I've said it before and I'll say it again, for the Bond film they're trying to do (ie. a low-tech return to roots affair along "Dr. No", "From Russia with Love", "For Your Eyes Only" lines) I think he's a great choice, and at last people are beginning to come around.

Helping matters though are the first shots of the actor shooting scenes on set in the Bahamas which show off that the man certainly has the best body of pretty much any actor to inhabit the role, and the producers aren't afraid to show it off. Just click the still below for more shots from a shoot at both a beach and an airport.

Meanwhile a lot of actors from previous Bond films have weighed in to the British press lately with their takes on Craig as Bond and are actually making the most sense with their statements - ie. wait, see, and then judge for yourself. Sir Roger Moore says "He's a helluva good actor, so why attack him?", former villain Christopher Lee says "People should not pass judgment until they have seen the film".

Despite it earning more money than any film in the franchise, Brosnan's last effort "Die Another Day" is amongst the least well-received of the movies and that film's villain Toby Stephens had quite a bit to say about the next film, saying "The last Bond film took it to an extreme in one direction and it became fantastical It was all those things people want from Bond but it was stretched to its absolute limit".

He said the decision of Craig was 'inspired' and takes the character "Back to its roots. Craig is a serious actor and doesn't look like a traditional James Bond. "He is a very dark actor and a very interesting one and I think he will be brilliant. It will reinvigorate the whole thing. It is not going to be to everyone's taste but that is the thing when you take over a role, you are not going to please everyone".

Even Pierce Brosnan, who left the franchise under less than auspicious circumstances, seems supportive - "I think Daniel is a very fine actor. These are rocky waters and they're going to get him one way or another, but I think he will have the last laugh at the end of it" said the actor at the recent UK premiere of "The Matador".