DA MAN Style Icon: Daniel Craig

SUPER SPY RESURRECTED. When rumors started to swirl in 2005 that a new actor was going to take over the role of James Bond, Daniel Craig was not high on the list of most people’s potential candidates

Craig, afterall, has blonde hair and a much bulkier, brawnier physique that the svelte, dark-haired Bonds of the past, such as Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. But the producers of the 21st century’s first new Bond film, Casino Royale, decided that a new millenium required a different kind of Bond, one built for the grittier, more realistic tone they wanted to give the new film. Craig proved he has what it takes to play a steel-eyed hardass in gangster thriller The Layer Cake, and so the filmmakers decided to take a chance on him.

Their bet paid off in spades, as audiences and critics loved Craig’s roughand- tumble take on the MI-6 agent. Part of the reason Craig works so well in the role is that he is able to project his tough guy persona while wearing the amazing suits that are considered an essential to the character. His look, while remaining true to 007s past, has been updated to match current trends in men’s formal wear. He sports a sleek, tailored look throughout the films, especially when he dons one of his suits. In the latest Bond film, Skyfall, Craig can be seen decked out in a specially made Tom Ford suit. The film’s costume designer said one of the reasons they decided to go with Tom Ford is because his suits are made of amazing materials that are nigh on “indestructible.” For a spy that has to fight terrorists, scale walls and get into high-speed chases everyday, its a look that is both practical and classy.

Craig Quotes:

Method actors suggest that you do sense memory exercises every time you do a scene. I use every method I can. Whatever works, I`ll use.

Being on your own would be sad, sick and weird. I don’t trust myself. I need that balance.

If I went onto the Internet and started looking at what some people were saying about me – which, sadly, I have done – it would drive me insane.

Some stalkers are quite benign, but finding someone in your garden at three o’clock in the morning with a meat cleaver and a hard-on can’t be much fun.

I’ve never really had a desire to do Shakespeare. For me, it’s just too many lines.

As soon as someone tells me: ‘You’re rather sexy,’ I wish I could disappear. If somebody says: ‘You were voted the world’s sexiest man,’ I have no idea what that means. How do I respond? ‘Thank you’ is the best you can do. George Clooney is the world’s sexiest man, anyway.

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