England, Gun Controllers, and the “Aggressive Edge”
Just a quick one, as this has been making the rounds of the gun blogs. It seems that the producers have chosen Daniel Craig as the next Bond; James Bond. IMDB’s bio says:
Daniel Craig was born in 1968 in Chester, England. He grew up in Liverpool, England and moved to London, England when he was 16. Here, he trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama (early 1990s). He made his film debut with The Power of One (1992) in 1992 as Sergeant Botha.
Quote from The Power of One attributed to the character of Sgt. Botha:
I was branded an idiot by everyone I knew!
It seems that Mr. Craig is not likely to actually receive a “License to Kill” since he hates firearms:
New Bond: I hate guns
By This is London
25 October 2005
Daniel Craig will have a problem playing the new James Bond – because he hates guns.
The actor will wield 007’s famous Walther PPK in the movie Casino Royale.
But he revealed in OK! magazine: “I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.
“That’s a simple fact. I’ve seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that’s what’s scary about them.”
He should see what a shotgun can do.
However, this reminded me of an earlier piece I wrote, Americans, Gun Controllers, and the “Aggressive Edge” which discussed the making of – and the casting for – the movie Aliens:
The first (special feature) section on pre-production talked about the fact that the film was shot in England, mostly at Pinewood Studios, but this little bit piqued my interest:
Mary Selway, UK casting for Aliens:
“It was INCREDIBLY hard to do, because, um, James kept saying, ‘State of the art firepower. They’ve got to be incredibly, sort of on the cutting edge of American military…’
“So, what often happens here when American actors come to live in England, they become a bit Anglicized, and they don’t… they lose that really, sort of aggressive edge if you like, that this sort casting required.”
She said it, I didn’t.
Immediately after Ms. Selway’s piece:
Gale Anne Hurd – producer.
“I think we probably went through 3,000 people before we could even consider bringing anyone over from the United States.”
Hmmm… They went through 3,000 “Anglicized” people and couldn’t get enough aggressive ones?
I have to believe that there are more than 3,000 British actors they could have gone through, but I guess casting an American in the role of James Bond just wouldn’t have been cricket.
But at least then they could have found one that wasn’t a GFW.