Today saw the release of the latest James Bond novel Solo by award-winning author William Boyd. Strangely my little brother is called William Boyd too but ironically he can’t read or write. While promoting the book Boyd said that he thinks Daniel Day-Lewis should play 007 in the movies. So is this a good choice?
Yes, yes its an excellent choice! Day-Lewis is one of the greatest living actors in the world and he can do no wrong. Here are my reasons he should be Bond.
1. His acting
He’s proven himself to be a versatile actor with a variety of roles including a boxer, a native American, a butcher, and an American president. Surely his next step should be to a secret agent. Day-Lewis has won two best actor Oscars but he probably should have won more. Go watch My Left Foot and Gangs of New York to see the range he has. He could play Donatello in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and win an Oscar for it.
2. He’s British
I know 007 doesn’t have to be British but it would be interesting to see Day-Lewis acting as an Englishman. This is something he hardly ever does. He’s played loads of Irish people and American people but for some reason its rare we hear his own accent. You see British actors attempting American accents all the time and completely f**king them up (please refer to Jason Statham and Sean Bean for further information).
3. He’s really into method acting
Whenever you think of method acting you can’t not think of Daniel Day-Lewis. Method acting is when a performer will live aspects of their character to get a better understanding of them and give a better performance. For The Last of the Mohicans, Day-Lewis lived in the woods for weeks hunting for food and living the life of a Mohican. For Lincoln he went back in time to 1865 to research the role. Imagine he started to drink all the time, shoot random henchmen, and doing corkscrew jumps in a fast car?
There you have it – another vote for Dan the Man. Imagine combining his knife skills from Gangs of New York, his fighting skills from The Boxer, and his stealth and aim from Last of the Mohicans. Personally I would love to see a scene where a wheelchair bound James Bond strangles the villain using only his left foot. You know you want to see that.
What do you think? Day-Lewis for Bond? Don’t think he’d be good or maybe its beneath him? Let me know in the comments. Oh and no more campaigns for me to be Bond, I’ve decided I don’t want to do it so please stop asking.