Owen supports selection of Craig as Bond

Sept. 19, 2006 at 7:03 PM

LONDON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Clive Owen has come out in support of the selection of fellow British actor Daniel Craig as the newest incarnation of James Bond.

Speaking to the BBC, Owen said that Craig will bring his serious acting style to the screen as the legendary spy in "Casino Royale," the 21st James Bond film, and will disprove criticism over his selection for the role when the film opens on Nov. 17.

"He is not shallow or posing, they have cast a really serious actor and I think that when the film comes out everyone will see what a great choice he was," Owen said.

Owen, who was once mentioned as a possible replacement for Pierce Brosnan in the coveted film role, added that while he supports the selection of Craig he also understood the rationale behind the very public criticism of the actor.

"I think when Craig first took the part he got a pretty rough ride, which to a certain extent is inevitable because there are so many different people who have so many different ideas about something like that," the 41-year-old star of "Children of Men" told the BBC.

"You are never going to please everybody."

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