Daniel Craig

A through-line that has marked the Daniel Craig-era of James Bond films has been that this more modern Bond is edgier, grittier, and far more brutal than some of the more ironic or even hammier performances of his Bond predecessors.  2012’s insanely successful Skyfall lightened up somewhat—moving beyond the dark Vesper storyline and injecting the film with several classic bits (Miss Moneypenny, a disfigured hiding out in a mysterious and forbidding villain-lair, gadgets, the classic Aston Martin DB5)—so much so that fans are wondering if the as-yet untitled Bond 24 will be a return to “classic” style of the Connery (or, sigh, Moore) films.

During a recent interview with Vulture, Craig seemed to indicate that there would indeed be a further shift from the overall darkness of his first two outings as Bond and a move towards the classic-era portrayal that the final scene of Skyfall hinted at:

“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony…and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.”

That said, he does seem wary of trying to ham it up the Roger Moore did in his final films as Bond, so one can remain fairly confident that Craig’s Bond won’t be seducing women in outer space or fighting Jaws.  We hope, anyway.

What do you think of the Bond 24 news?

Source:  Coming Soon