I keep thinking, that fate had a real good laugh, when deciding to thrust the Bond franchise upon him.
On the one side - a man, who is in it for the cheer joy of living his art and who would play it as low key as possible..
On the other side, the devil, who shakes his head and says "Not gonna happen, buddy"
So now, with low key gone, he gave himself to all the unwanted aspects 100% nonetheless. Not always glorious but always with the best attitude he can muster and for me at least with still staying true to himself. Because in spite of what some might think, I see pretty much the real Daniel self on these occasions (interviews and carpets) - otherwise it would be more perfect.
These thoughts are based on the fact, that often enough interviewers are disappointed, because they expect James Bond and get Daniel Craig - a laid back, rather shy persona, who resists to put up a show for them.
If he was not the intelligent and insightful man he is, he would not sex me up so much..,
He is not "classically" handsome, and yet I know very few women who describe him as anything other than handsome and sexy. Even straight men get a "man crush" on him.
It's like Russell Brand said..."He emits summink..."
It is the eyes and the intelligence there, and the poise...I could go on and on.
He has no pretty boy face, but does this mean that his face is ordinary?This face is rough, expressive, his mouth is very, very sensual and his eyes.....this "composition" has that certain something, far away from being ordinary.
His muscles? Well I like the slimmer look in QoS more than the no neck in CR, but he still has a well defined body. But all this muscles wouldn't turn me on, if there would fail that certain something: this man evaporates sexieness, self-confidence without arrogance, masculinity, virility, beauty all this accompanied with this so lovable down-to earth attitude and this sometime "shining through of insecurity", despite his self-confindence......
I find it most interesting that Daniel's face is so dynamic and three dimensional. The contrast between his face from the front and his profile is testament to that. His profile is stunningly beautiful with great lines, structure and sculptured flow. Not in any way shape or form - ordinary.
There's something that emanates from him that's intangible. And it makes everything about him -- his looks, his voice, his movements - mesmerizing. Whatever "it" is, he's got it. In spades.
I love that he's not obviously good looking, not a 'pretty boy'. He's a man. A MAN, I tell you. We have so few of those anymore.
I love that he seems nervous in the spotlight. He can morph into any character in an amazing way, but hasn´t overcome his shyness yet. With that, he exudes a sort of humbleness, an every-man sort of feeling. He's gorgeous, but he doesn't know it. There must be a history there -- he probably didn't fit in as a kid, and it stayed with him, actually turning out to be one of his best assets.
I also love that he's a thespian, not a "celebrity". He seems to have a passion for his art, with money being an afterthought and fame being a necessary evil. Such a contrast to your garden variety actor.
And finally -- he's effortlessly stylish and sexy. He doesn't have to try. If you need proof of that, look at what he does for a plain ole t-shirt. That's pure sexy, baby.
I agree with all of you. I love the fact, first and foremost, Dan is FEARLESS in front of the camera. Whatever script you throw at this man you will be guaranteed a superb performance, that in itself is the sexiest thing alive. I agree with you all that there is something about Dan that exudes this total manliness that totally, I say, TOTALLY blows you away. I have never seen a man exude that kind of animal magnitism without even trying. I think he is a sweetie in real life and for that I think that deserves the utmost respect, Whatever we all find attractive about him I think we all agree that it is the fact that he seems to be an all round down to earth normal bloke that happens to be famous and hates the fact that he has to bear his soul sometimes. You know what, if he could read this, I think it would scare him to death but in reality he should be so proud that although we all fancy the pants off him underneath ALL of us girlies love that he acts his most gorgeous socks off and thats a shot in the eye to his critics. Go Dan. You could pass wind all the way through your next movie and it would be an oscar winning performance, thats the sub total of your acting talent and we LOVE you for it.
He has that something that je ne sais qoi (French ladies help me out) you just can't put your finger on. Apart from the sexy, good actor all round fabulous human being thing, I think I would like to say that I just think he has - presence- yeah that would describe him - the type of person that would light up a room the minute they walk in. Don't know the man but from what I've seen I think that would describe him oh and the butt, the eyes, the funny things he does when he is nervous and God blimey I nearly forgot the gorgeous thing about him THE GODDAM EYELASHES. I keep going on about them - PLEASE look at them - you just want ot kiss them like in Some Voices.
He smoulders with manliness and sex appeal. Haven't seen this in an actor for years. I must have been blind. Already posted on this one but can't help myself
eyelashes (want to kiss them every day)
eyes (luminous everytime you see them)
the bit between the nose and the lips (hyperspace moment)
neck (oh please!!!)
From the neck to the belly button
Please....the space between the belly button and the top of the legs (what can I say.....perfection).
Now... the legs.....exquisite in every way
The feet - sexy
Arrogance - sexy
shyness - even more sexy
Voice – heavenly
Well done :
-the best for me is, that he is a person, who seems to stay himself in the face of the worlds spotlight. (Here I include even the swearing – just no toning down of attitudes for the sake of being liked and very much how he shows his affection and need for Satsuki)
Its either you like the way I am or you don`t. I don`t give a d***.I always admire people immensely for having the nonchalance and guts to do that.
-caring/protecting the people close to him.
-he is very smart
-his brave choice of films (whilst taking on Bond for me is the bravest choice of all, considering the kind of person he is)
-stylish (with or without clothes), although for me it might even be with clothes on – I am a sucker for that tux .
-he sticks to his plans (like doing a small film like Flashbacks and for no money, too)
-being true to what he believes and not giving in to money and fame
-for the phrase “There is noting like a free lunch” and again acting in that behalf
-for not being into self promotion (although as I`ve said, just a bit wouldn`t hurt)
-being very mature and wise in many regards (often – not always) Mind you, nobody is that perfect. Often is a very good score IMO
-disciplined – for example being able to stop smoking in a stressy time like shooting Bond, building up that Bond bod in such a short time (going to the gym even after a days shooting), controlling his drinking (like strictly only on weekends during shooting)
-down to earth, level headed, humble
-a very good friend with a watchful eye and an open ear on their behalf.
AND the best of all:
THANK YOU FOR THAT SMIRK/SMILE DANIEL
„I guess, they thought I was common as mug“ was his commentary after being turned down twice by that drama school, before getting in on the third attempt.
Maybe after that experience (and probably others before that) he`s come to the conclusion, that he would not succeed on his looks and stripped that completely off his radar.
He needed to work harder and be better than the others, when he wanted to have a chance. And that`s what he did. He learned to develop an inner strength and depend on that rather than looks like so many others. This is maybe what shines through so brightly and lightens up his features so instantly. His face would be nothing to notice if it wasn`t for that obvious soul, those emotions and everything else we see and go gaga over.
That may be a reason why he is so obviously uncomfortable with all that being sexy and gorgeous status. The way he thinks about himself – there is no place for that anymore, it has let him down in his early years and now he doesn`t need it anymore and doesn`t care.
When, in interviews it comes to praising anything but his acting chops, he goes instantly on distance, like “Well if you do this or think that, that`s fine, but…I can hear it in his voice, that he couldn`t care less. Like, don´t you have anything better to do with your time?
He`s understood that fame, affection, praise, success can leave you in an instant and when you don´t have a solid ground to stay on, you will be lost. So that`s maybe why he tries to distant himself from what seems to be just too much right now.
And he`s right. If Bond 22 fails, the haters will be all over him again.
He`s learned to depend on himself solely (more or less), which would explain why he is so egoless. He`s the only one (again more or less) who can or needs to feed that ego. So he can so effortlessly draw upon being cool, vulnerable or whatnot. It`s really there within him and unlike so many others he doesn`t have to pretend its there.
Like it`s said, he seems to feel comfortable in his skin and if one stretches that a bit further it means, he feels comfortable with what he is and again, doesn`t depend on what is on the outside. I imagine that gives you a really great freedom and peace, because you can never loose that – contrary to good looks.