02/22/2006 AT 8:00 AM ET
Some 007 fans are mad as heck and they’re not going to take it anymore. Their target: new James Bond, Daniel Craig. They don’t like him.
“EON Productions angered fans around the world when they fired Pierce Brosnan at the height of his popularity as Bond,” says a statement on the new Web site craignotbond.com. “To add insult to injury, (007 series producing company) EON cast a short, blond, odd-looking Daniel Craig in the role of Bond.”
Claiming that EON did not want to pay for Brosnan or other high-profile actors Hugh Jackman and Clive Owen as replacements, the statement goes on to disparage: “Craig, described by The New York Times as having a ‘pale, flattened face and large, fleshy ears’ is a terrible choice for Bond. If EON Productions and Sony Pictures will not accept they’ve made a big mistake, then Bond fans promise to boycott Casino Royale!”
Neither EON nor representatives for Craig responded to the Associated Press’s call for comment. Shooting on Casino Royale, the latest entry in the Bond series, continues in the Czech Republic.
Asked his opinion on Craig’s fitness to play Bond, Brosnan told reporters at the recent London premiere of his The Matador: “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.”