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Bond fans threaten to boycott 'Casino Royale,' new 007 Daniel Craig

Associated Press
Published February 22, 2006

NEW YORK - They're shaken, stirred and just plain angry. And several months late with their response.

A group of James Bond fans have launched a Web site, to protest British actor Daniel Craig replacing Pierce Brosnan in the 007 film franchise, and boycott the upcoming Bond movie Casino Royale.

The fair-haired Craig, whose recent screen credits include Munich and The Jacket, was tapped last October to play the secret-agent icon.

"EON Productions angered fans around the world when they fired Pierce Brosnan at the height of his popularity as Bond," said a statement on the site. "To add insult to injury, EON cast a short, blond, odd-looking Daniel Craig in the role of Bond."

"Craig, described by The New York Times as having a "pale, flattened face and large, fleshy ears' is a terrible choice for Bond. If EON Productions and Sony Pictures will not accept they've made a big mistake, then Bond fans promise to boycott Casino Royale!"

Calls by the Associated Press to EON Productions and a representative for Craig were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

Brosnan stepped into the shoes of dashing predecessors Sean Connery and Roger Moore to play a blue-eyed, dark-haired Bond in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

In its statement, the Web site claimed EON did not want to pay for Brosnan or other high-profile actors Hugh Jackman and Clive Owen as replacements.

[Last modified February 22, 2006, 01:03:15]

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