Daniel Craig is cool. I mean, just look at the guy. It’s no wonder that he was picked as the latest 007. Who else could walk walk in the footsteps of
Timothy Dalton Roger Moore with such suaveness and panache? Not Remington Steele, that’s for sure. Sorry, Pierce Brosnan, but it’s true: Daniel Craig is a much better Bond than you ever were. He carries himself like a troubled spy with a weakness for the ladies and a disregard for rules. He also really knows how to wear a tuxedo.
But Daniel Craig did not rise to the heights of James Bond-ness based solely on his steely good looks, cat-like moves, and icy stare. He put in his chops like everyone else. He was the working-class boytoy of a cougar granny in The Mother and he got stalked (can you blame the girl?) in Enduring Love. He even got to play the love of Angelina Jolie’s fake Indiana Jones life in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but nobody noticed him because have you seen Angelina Jolie?
In Layer Cake, Daniel Craig finally got his chance to shine. He plays a drug dealer who was hoping to retire but instead finds himself on the bottom rung of a messy climb up the criminal corporate ladder. The film is Matthew Vaughn’s first stint behind the camera and he proves himself to be a talented director with an eye for good pacing, developing plot, and creating memorable characters. He was a producer on Guy Ritchie’s Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and you can see the influence on the now filmmaker.
The trailer explains a lot about the film, although it doesn’t explain the decision to use Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” as the preview soundtrack:
Layer Cake airs on IFC at 10 p.m. ET