When we heard that they were casting Daniel Craig as James Bond we thought first, why not us? Then we thought: Right on. The man and his attractively craggy visage were meant to play the world’s most famous spy. Plus, after seeing his work in “Layer Cake” we knew he was up to the task of ordering his martini shaken, not stirred while getting the girl and stopping the terrorists/criminals/evil masterminds/drug lords. If you haven’t seen “Layer Cake” before, be sure to watch it tonight at 8/7c.
The film marked the directorial debut for Matthew Vaughn, who is best known as a producer for Guy Ritchie’s Brit crime movies and you can definitely see Ritchie’s influence in this slick action thriller. Craig stars as XXXX (giving him practice in weird monikers before taking over as 007) a go-between in the British mob who buys drugs from underground wholesalers and them sells them to street dealers. He wants to get out of the game, and his overseer Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) is willing to let him go, but before he has a couple of favors that need to be done. And that’s when things get good.
Craig does an impressive job as XXXX. He’s smooth without being overly slick, he has good taste in women (Sienna Miller!), and he handles his problems with dignity, street smarts, and, of course, guns. It’s the classic Craig role and part of the reason we love the actor and the movie so darn much.
Here are five of our other favorite Daniel Craig roles:
1. Steve in “Munich”
2. Mikael Blomkvist in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
3. Sgt. Botha in “The Power of One”
4. Lord Asriel in “The Golden Compass”
5. James Bond in “Casino Royale”
“Layer Cake” airs tonight at 8/7c; Sunday, May. 20 at 1:00 AM ET; and Sunday, May. 20 at 3:15 AM ET