Craig: Austin Powers ruined James Bond

2012-08-31 20:05
New York - Daniel Craig thinks Austin Powers ruined the James Bond franchise.

The 44-year-old actor - who has played the British spy in two movies and recently finished filming the third, Skyfall - believes the spoof film series starring Mike Myers "fucked" the way the Bond series had worked at it had all been parodied so much.

He said: "'Austin Powers fucked it. By the time we did Casino Royale, the Mike Myers spoof had blown every joke apart.

"We were in a situation where you couldn't send things up. It had gone so far post-modern it wasn't funny any more."

'Black humour'

However, he does believe a sense of humour is very important to the Bond stories throughout the decades.

He told Esquire magazine: "I think what's always fantastic about the Bond stories - and they have retained it, though they might have lost it for a while - is that there's always a darkness involved, but it's a darkness with a sense of humour. A black humour.

"It's about danger, but good danger, because you're in the hands of somebody who's saying, 'Fuck you' to risk and, 'Fuck you' to dying."


  • wrightoff - 2012-08-31 20:25

    Some censorship of language would be nice!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-08-31 21:46

      Stop being a prude.

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-09-01 16:49

      @michael It's not that. If that sort of language was used by one of us, the News24 'Thought Poilice' moderators would ban our comment in an instant. I often wonder if they even read the articles they're moderating.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-01 18:50

      Daniel Craig ruined the James Bond franchise

      nerasmus1 - 2012-09-02 09:47

      @tooka.loosh.5: I agree. I had quite a well thought out comment the other day that wasn't published because I used the word d*ck in it. I'm sorry to sound prudish (which I'm sure as F not) but the excessive use of swear words in channel24 articles shows a lack of proper writing skills from the reporters part, even if it's a direct quote. We got that Daniel doesn't like Austin Powers from the heading already, there was no need to effing emphasize it.

      Michael - 2012-09-03 13:09

      Daniel Craig is such a potty mouth!!! Wahahahaha!!!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-08-31 20:50

    Oh boo hoo Daniel Craig you little wuss.

  • fef.gericke - 2012-08-31 21:40

    uhm no...Daniel Craig ruined James Bond.

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-09-01 16:52

      Absolutely! Worste Bond ever.

  • george.pito - 2012-08-31 22:00

    I think Daniel ruined his own image. I am going to always have a smile when I see him in a movie again as all of a sudden he seems to be scared of Austin Powers

  • brian.bogus.9 - 2012-08-31 22:00

    Lol, someone has a potty mouth.

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-01 04:08

    Daniel Craig made Bond watchable and finally enjoyable. He could snap any of the other Bonds in half.

  • justin.rautenbach.9 - 2012-09-01 06:10

    Maybe Daniel Craig has missed the point .

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-01 06:26

    Possibly the worst bond of all time. U can't have a yank as bond. And a blond yank at that.

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-09-01 11:30

      Uhm.... He's Brittish...

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-09-01 12:27

      And P.S we don't want you as a Bond fan.

      ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-09-01 12:46

      Did you watch Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace? As a Bond fan, those 2 movies are the best since Goldfinger and From Russia with love. With a couple more movies, he will not only rival Sean Connery, he will surpass him as the best Bond. Go on and go watch Twilight or something similar, seeing that you only talk nonsense, so you should probably watch nonsense too.

  • Dagbekruiper - 2012-09-01 07:30

    Craig get over yourself, austin Powers is sooooooo ccccoooooooollllll

  • deirdre.maule - 2012-09-03 11:10

    I enjoyed both Austin Powers and Daniel as Bond, each should be looked at as individual movie genres though and enjoyed for what they are.

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