When Daniel Craig replaced Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, there wasn't a huge outcry of fan opposition. Brosnan wasn't necessarily a bad MI6 agent, but the pun-heavy, silly direction the character had been driven to eventually soured with fans, leaving them in want of change in the process. And so Craig's arrival was met with equal measures of curiosity, doubt, and a "something's got to change" attitude. But the great thing about the Bond franchise is that whether or not you like the new Bond, a fresh start means they're not retroactively replacing the previous actors.
Until now, that is: Daniel Craig will once again be replacing Pierce Brosnan as Bond. And though I'm betting Brosnan is a little pissed about being recast twice, I'm also betting more fans will actually be opposed to it this time: Daniel Craig will be the face of Bond in the official remake of the classic Nintendo 64 game, GoldenEye 007.
Yep, let that bittersweet news sink in. GoldenEye was a seminal first person shooter that multiple generations of gamers are bound to have incredibly fond memories of. It's one of those few video games that people who normally don't even play video games have sunk hours into. Hell, some of those level designs are branded into the muscle memory of joystick thumbs the world over. So while I think a lot of gamers will get a kick out of the news that Activision have given the classic a remarkably faithful updating for the Nintendo Wii, they'll be less enthused to see that the only part they haven't been faithful to is the face and voice of Bond himself. Check out the trailer below and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
I know it's a small complaint. The skinning of Bond's face won't make a difference to the game play, but if the whole point of remaking the best movie-based video game of all time is to bank entirely on nostalgia, why would you even bother to change the face? Are they legally obligated to? Or are they worried that new players to the series will be confused by anyone other than Daniel Craig as Bond? Whatever the reason, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is hoping someone quickly unlocks/mods Brosnan back into GoldenEye. Running around The Stacks just won't be the same without him.