Daniel Craig puts his stamp on James Bond

Both “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” offered auds a taste of a how 007 was evolving to fit the times: Daniel Craig’s James Bond proved to be more rugged and raw, darker and more emotive than previous Bonds and made for a cool fit for the younger generation.

Skyfall,” helmed by Sam Mendes, looks set to see Craig’s character continue the tough-guy-with-feelings trend as Bond faces his most interesting and challenging villain to date, Silva (played by Javier Bardem), who “certainly puts James Bond through the paces,” says producer Barbara Broccoli.

While Craig is involved in all aspects of the pic, the “Skyfall” character has moved to accommodate him.

“He feels very much like a 21st-century incarnation of the character,” says Broccoli. “He has more humanity, he is very proactive and yet thoughtful in his portrayal.”

And Craig’s character has certainly clicked with auds, a fact that Broccoli is thankful for, especially considering the courtship Eon underwent to nab the thesp for the role: “Daniel took some convincing,” she recalls. “But we knew we wanted him and we went after him.”

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