Friday 19 January 2018

What is it about James Bond that makes men want to be him and women be with him? His Irishness

Daniel Craig has played James Bond in four films Picture: PA
Daniel Craig has played James Bond in four films Picture: PA

John Daly

It's enough to make one take up acting. Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered $150m to star in two more James Bond movies, and he's thinking about it.

The man's either had one too many Martinis, or else is one of the cutest negotiators ever to stroll the Hollywood walk of fame. The 48-year-old, who's played 007 for the past decade, and made billions for the studios, famously announced he'd "rather slash my wrists" than do it one more time with feeling.

Created in the 1950s by author Ian Fleming as a hard-drinking, chain-smoking ladies' man with a penchant for international espionage, his Bond was the quintessential Englishman - a cool, clean hero complete with rough edges for the Cold War. Interestingly, Fleming's inspiration for 007 might have been influenced by, of all things, a Kerryman. William Melville, born in 1850 in the tiny hamlet of Direenaclaurig Cross, near Sneem, led a life packed with more villains and global intrigue than the Bond author could dream of.

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