I am a fan of Daniel Craig and the James bond Movies. My is hope is that he moves on – he plays Bond with such a serious demeanor that it can detract from the film. He is also a transitional Bond – standing watch as the digital age overtakes the traditional trenchcoated spy.
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Just my .02 cents.
Daniel Craig as agent 007 in the opening scene of Spectre – in Mexico City during the “Dia de Muertos” (day of the Dead) celebration.
A studio may offer specific actors to a producer, based on their known draw. For example, a producer may be told that if you get actor A, we will give you 20 million dollars in production dollars. If you choose Actor B, you may only get 5 million dollars. That is for the A-list stars, who always bring a big audience and large ticket sales just by showing up!
It is up to the producer and director to determine if actor A or B is “right” for the role, so their production will be first class, rather than just a showcase for A-List talent. Keep in mind, even a great actor can’t save a bad script, even if the studios support that decision with production dollars. And a good actor doesn’t want mediocre roles, jsut because they have a strong fanbase at the box office.
A listers have to compete by auditioning when they are up against other a-list actors – especially when the production has a well-known director and a good story to tell.
All the rest of the cast need to audition or have the right age/look/experience/etc. to perform in each role.