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Producers Rush to Appoint Daniel Craig as 007

Producers Rush to Appoint Daniel Craig as Conciliation James Bond

By Sunny Edwards

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After three rejections by popular actors, James Bond has found a taker.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, and try again. That’s the lesson learned by James Bond film producers in their latest casting ventures.

Stinging from the slap of rejection by having three actors turn down the role of James Bond, this week producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson hastily abandoned plans to search for a youthful success to Pierce Brosnan and named 37-year old Daniel Craig to the 007 throne.

Broccoli had long championed Craig as her choice to play Bond, but was outvoted by disparate opinions of Wilson, Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal, and director Martin Campbell.

A-List actor and recent Academy Award nominee Clive Owen was offered the role and flatly turned it down, favoring more creative control over his outside roles than the Bond obligation would allow.

Box office star Hugh Jackman was next offered the role. He too turned down the offer.

Although publicizing a strong desire to play James Bond, Jackman was reportedly seeking a bigger payday than the producers were willing to extend.

Licking their wounds from snubs by A-List, Hollywood elite, setting their sites lower the producers extended an olive branch to lesser known but highly heralded up and comer Rikki Lee Travolta.

Hailing from the famous entertainment clan that spawned Academy Award nominee John Travolta, famed director Joey Travolta, and Broadway star Ellen Travolta, the six-foot Shakespearean-trained actor was the focus of a worldwide fan campaign.

Unfortunately, while fans were eager to have Travolta sport the Bond tuxedo, the actor was not so interested. With Travolta entrenched in discussions for what is believed to be a notable comic book-to-film action role, the James Bond franchise received its third rejection.

Rushing to control the media fallout of yet another round of stories citing the tarnished image of Bond, producers needed to announce a successor to the Bond thrown immediately or risk permanent damage to the franchise.

With factions divided over the box office promise of Julian McMahon, the youthful promise of Henry Cavill, and the swarthy good looks of Goran Visnjic, Broccoli was able to take advantage of the immediate need for a decision and push through her longtime favorite Craig.

Although widely unknown to American audiences, the 37 year old Craig comes with a notable resume in British film and television.

Craig, to the delight of the producers, reportedly agreed to the offer, proving that the fourth time is the charm when it comes to Bond, James Bond.

An official announcement is scheduled in London on Friday.


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