Daniel Craig in…GoldenEye? This video game just seems wrong

Later this year, there’s a new version of the GoldenEye video game coming out. Except, instead of a James Bond resembling Pierce Brosnan (who starred in the 1995 movie that revived the 007 franchise after a six-year hiatus), it has a Daniel Craig Bond. There’s a trailer out and it looks like this:

Now, HMSS gave Craig a number of good reviews when Craig made his 007 debut in 2006’s Casino Royale. And while HMSS wasn’t as enthusiastic about 2008’s Quantum of Solace, many of our reviewers still gave Craig high marks.

Still, trying to pretend Brosnan never appeared in GoldenEye just seems wrong. In the mid-1990s, it wasn’t a cinch that Bond would ever be back. Eon Productions had been in a long legal fight related to 007 television deals struggling Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc had made. When a film finally went into production, the future of Bond was riding in the balance. When the film was successful, fans seemed to hail Brosnan as the savior of the franchise. Fifteen years later, some fans question whether Brosnan was an acceptable Bond or not.

Regardless of how one feels about Craig or Brosnan, this video game seems to go too far. What’s next? Daniel Craig in a Goldfinger video game? On Her Majesty’s Secret Service?

11 Responses

  1. I’m going to calmly and rationally present the other side of the argument here, which is — I WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY GOLDENEYE AGAIN! WHOO-HOO!

  2. I dunno. IIRC the initial idea for ‘Goldeneye’ on the N64 was to allow the player to choose which Bond to play in the multi-player game – this was only dropped when the developers couldn’t get permission from all the actors to use their likenesses. If everything had gone according to the original plan you could have had GE starring anybody from Connery to Dalton instead of Brosnan, depending on your preference.

  3. I thought the same thing when I saw that video the other day.

    While I was never overly enthusiastic about Brosnan, I have always felt that the problem was not his so much as the producers not giving him a decent story.

    However it seems rather cruel to erase his likeness from Goldeneye and replace it with Daniel Craig instead.

    I like the idea of being able to choose which Bond you want to play – too bad that never happened, although it’s irrelevant for me as I don’t have a Wii and don’t plan on one either.

  4. Yes seriously don’t just erase Bronson as Bond, I got into James Bond because of Bronson and then learned more about the original Bonds, Craig is good too but it should be optional at this point.

  5. I think Craig is an absolute misfit for the character of Bond, but regardless of my taste in film, even his fans may believe that he definitely is out of place in the remake of Goldeneye. I realize that the decision to swap Brosnan for Craig is most likely is to fulfill business contracts and currently held property licenses. But if you’re going to remake a classic, don’t leave out the key ingredient. Actor ‘presence’ should not be ignored or downplayed.

    Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…the makers and shakers will realize their blunder and do something to accommodate for the awkwardness of the absent Brosnan. Even if it could not be done by original ship dates, a Version 2.0 with this ‘fix’ might bode well with consumers.

  6. Face it , guys : it’s purely…Marketing .
    Who’s going to buy that newest game ?
    Not the Brosnan Fans generation ( already too old ) but the Daniel Craig one…Hence this heresy …

    I predict a success equal to that of Electronic Arts doomed GoldenEye : Rogue Agent title ( another bright idea from a genius behind his computer screen ) .

  7. The reason this title has been resurrected in the first place is very little to do with pleasing the Bond fanbase – it’s happened because the original N64 ‘Goldeneye’ is regarded as a Holy Grail by hardcore gamers who wouldn’t care less whether the lead character looks like Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, or Pepe le Pew. Whether the game sells or not is going to have *nothing* to do with the face on the front cover, it’ll be about whether the gameplay lives up to the standard of the ‘legendary’ original. Don’t believe me? When the game comes out, read the reviews in the magazines and on the websites, and see how much space they devote to debating the casting. It’ll be a sentence or two at most.

  8. An analyzis which completes mine .
    A game which will be on sale in 2010 IS for 2010 gamers …Not 1997’s ones ! Hence the use of the ‘ current ‘ Bond for the main character

    It’s a rather pitiful move from the Activision 007 franchise owners …

    Remaking a classic videogame is really proof that no one is able to come up with a new , decent storyline for a new Bond game or what ?

  9. Since Craig killed the movie-franchise.. at least until the next Brosnan arrives, he shouldn’t be referred to as Bond within any modern video-game. GE (the movie) gave (re)birth for a huge Bond-fanbase, while Casino Royale / Quantum of Solance are just random action movies with overemancipated women in ’em.
    If anything, GE (game’s remake) could feature all legendary Bond-actors, excluding Lazenby, Dalton and Craig of course.

    In addition, GE (original game) was the one and only Shooter with decent gameplay ever on a console, while the remake looks like a typical example of why you should play shooters on a PC instead of a console.

    Flippety-Flop!

  10. “What’s next? Daniel Craig in a Goldfinger video game? On Her Majesty’s Secret Service?”

    Haha, what a crazy notion!

  11. Just played it its a sh**ty cash in, Nothing from the original games is there. except the basic story. its not worth playing. its a BAD remake. and daniel craig is a sh**ty actor and a sh**tier voice actor.

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