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Daniel Craig Wants In To Star Trek? January 5, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Rumor,ST09 Cast , trackback

Well there is another rumor on the internets about an actor wanting in to Trek. This time it is none other than the new James Bond, Daniel Craig. World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Craig is a huge Trekkie, and quotes him as saying "I would love a stint in the (Star Trek) TV Show or in a film. It’s been a secret ambition of mine for years." However before you start screaming ‘Bond is Kirk’, remember that WENN aren’t exactly considered the most trustworthy lot in the industry. They are the same outfit that put out the ‘Cruise in Trek XI’ rumor, which TrekMovie.com quickly debunked as completely made up. We have put out some inquiries on this one as well and will see if we can get it confirmed (not holding our breath).

Not that it would be a bad idea. Craig’s new film ‘Casino Royale’ is the biggest grossing Bond fim ever and it got great reviews. All of which makes those ‘craigisnotbond’ and ‘bondnotblond’ people look pretty silly (remember that before you start actorxisnotkirk.com)

Comments

1. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

Maybe he can be an unknown ensign, like Bryan Singer in Trek XI

2. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

I mean Trek X

3. JON - January 5, 2007

Maybe Clive Owen would make a good Kirk (just joking-alot of people wanted him to be new Bond).

4. John N. - January 5, 2007

Interesting rumour… and Anthony, I couldn’t agree more with your final statement.

However, mark my words, despite this clear example of an energizing and workable solution to breathing fresh life into an aging franchise, there will be many Trek fans who will denounce the recasting of Kirk and Spock from day 1. And we’ll have to endure it in thread, after thread, after thread, after….

5. Don Corleone - January 5, 2007

Daniel Craig could be great in Star Trek. Or nearly anything else. He is a fine actor.

6. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

Hey, he might make a decent spock. Daniel Craig and Matt damon, sure to be a hit.

7. Jim J - January 5, 2007

I can’t believe anyone has NOT said this yet…

“I’m Kirk, James Kirk…of the starhip Enterprise.”

Bones, make it shaken and not stirred!!!!! LOL

8. StillKirok - January 5, 2007

I don’t see Daniel Craig as Kirk. Kirk needs to be an unknown. Not Matt Damon or some other famous guy.

But I could see Craig in a decent role–maybe as a Captain Garrovick. He certainly has the look for such a role.

9. Jim J - January 5, 2007

Yeah-I was teasing about him being Kirk…I couldn’t resist. Garrovick would be a great role for him, as #8 said.

10. Chris Pike - January 5, 2007

Casino was an example of a totally successful rebooting of a huge, fan loving franchise – and where many fans were strongly against the Bond recasting. If they can redo Trek as (the Brits!) have redone Bond, we’re in for a corker of a film!

11. CmdrR - January 5, 2007

Kirk. James Kirk.
Hmm… Daniel Craig probably knows a little Shakespeare and is almost bald. Yep, sign him up.

12. Anthony Pascale - January 5, 2007

I am dissapointed that no one has photoshopped Trek Craig yet

13. CmdrR - January 5, 2007

#7 — D’Oh! You beat me.

14. trekmaster - January 5, 2007

What a great time to live! :-)

15. THEETrekMaster - January 5, 2007

I think Craig would be great for Trek…but not as Kirk or any of the main cast…

Maybe as a new Captain…on a different starship.

TTM

16. Demode - January 5, 2007

He should be a VILLIAN! The main Villian of the film. Bond VS Bourne… I could dig that!

17. THEETrekMaster - January 5, 2007

Yeah, he’d make a great villain.

18. Picardsucks - January 5, 2007

He could play Picard’s 12th cousin ten times removed to make the few Next Geners happy. Captain Henri Picard of the Starfleet transport USS Pompous specializing in the transport of tea leaves and pan flutes.

19. Doug - January 5, 2007

re – 18

that actually made me laugh out loud here in the office.

Doug

20. Picardsucks - January 5, 2007

always glad to help my bros

21. Kyle Nin - January 5, 2007

In the above article, he’s stated as saying “I would love a stint in the (Star Trek) TV Show or in a film.”

Does he realize that there is no TV series at the moment? Or does he mean any “future” Trek series?

22. Picardsucks - January 5, 2007

I smell a spinoff for the gallant Captain Henri Picard vallently traversing the neutral zone to deliver his tea and flutes all the while reciting A Midsummersnight Dream to his Romulan pursuers and getting advice in the middle of combat from his perky ship’s counciler

23. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

No need to photoshop him, I found him dressed like Kirk in this picture

http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/3755/dc20af.jpg

24. trekmaster - January 5, 2007

@StarTrekkie
LOL

What about Tim Allen as “80’s”-Kirk?

25. Jon Baas - January 5, 2007

Heck, *I’m* a professional actor AND a huge trekkie… and you don’t hear any media outlets picking up on MY lifelong dream of being cast in a Trek project. Where’s my “Jon Baas, wants in on Trek” post? Huh? Huh?

(Note to self…. Perhaps I need to be a little more proactive on the rumor end of things.) …. [chuckle]

Seriously, though, we’re going to hear a lot more ‘so-and-so wants in’ rumors floating around the net in coming months. Take them all with a casual grain of salt. A lot of us actors (like Craig) ARE Trek fans, but until I see actual casting results, …. we’re all just fans.

-Jon

26. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

alright, here’s my photoshop attempt. First time I’ve ever done the whole head on a body thing.

http://www.exit42design.com/stuffDirectory/danielcraig-kirk.jpg

27. JON - January 5, 2007

It’s pretty unlikely that someone would be both Bond and Kirk in two separate franchises.Duntcha thank.

28. Orbitalic - January 5, 2007

#18..perhaps he could play Kirk’s brother Sam… now re-written to be gay and is hitting on Spock. Or maybe Spock’s gay too?

Maybe the giant space ameoba’s is bi….

29. Orbitalic - January 5, 2007

#26… oh that’s ugly… but better that having The Shat reprise the role.

30. Old School Trek Nerd - January 5, 2007

Re: 26.

That’s a dorky picture, indeed.

31. CmdrR - January 5, 2007

#27 Of course that’s far fetched… almost as far fetched as one actor playing a sage elf and an Evil Agent Smith in two hugely successful movie trilogies.

32. Justin RC - January 5, 2007

Looking at that photoshopped pic I’d say Craig almost looks like the perfect shoe-in for Spock. They have the exact same nose and lips.

33. dalek - January 5, 2007

If Ron Moore was writing this, Daniel Craig would make a PERFECT Lt Uhura!

34. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

#32 – I totally agree.

http://www.exit42design.com/stuffDirectory/danielcraig-spock.jpg

35. THEETrekMaster - January 5, 2007

Ummm…how about NO…on Mr. Craig playing Kirk or Spock…that idea is just funny!!!!

36. Scott Gammans - January 5, 2007

OK call me crazy, but while I don’t think he’d be right as Spock, you’ve got me thinking Craig would make a fantastic Romulan! Unfortunately, Romulans are supposed to still be AWOL in the early years of Kirk’s career, but I can dream.

37. Kevin - January 5, 2007

Check out Beauty and the Geek this week! One of the kids is wearing a Nemesis era Starfleet command uniform all through the show. Bravo!

38. Josh - January 5, 2007

You know, I’m not assuming for a second that he’ll play Kirk. I’m sure he will not, but since it was mentioned above … this would be an appropriate place to mention:

Batman Begins, having an English director casted MANY English actors, who used accents to be American, which is fine, but I must admit I would be upset if that happened for Kirk. Kirk is an AMERICAN ICON, and I would be irritiated if not incredibly dissapointed, if someone that ISN’T American played an American Icon. I don’t know or care about anyone’s political views here, so please don’t take that as prejudice. But is there anyone that agrees with that?

39. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

Batman Begins had english actors? Other than alfred and rhaz, who else? I probably couldn’t even tell if they got someone english for kirk

40. Josh - January 5, 2007

Bruce Wayne was played by an English guy.

Lt. Gordon was played by an English guy.

The Scarecrow was played by an English guy.

I want to say there was others, there may or may not be, but I’m sure about those listed about. I wasn’t dissapointed to find out they were English or anything, but like I said, I’d really like to be sure (since it was brought up in the Daniel Craig article) that Kirk is played by an American because Kirk is such an American icon.

41. Xai - January 5, 2007

#38, 40 Josh… correct me if I am wrong… but isn’t Shatner Canadian? born in Montreal?

42. Dave - January 5, 2007

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

43. Josh T. (Thesaurus) Kirk Esquire' - January 5, 2007

Daniel Craig has about as much business being in a Star Trek film as he does a James Bo..woops.

44. Josh - January 5, 2007

#41 That’s correct…you’re wrong.

Just kidding! Good call — you got me there. Damn that Shatner, how dare you play an American icon when you’re a closet Canadian how dare you! He’s also a closet jew, had to wait until he got a firm spot on Boston Legal to start letting those little know facts out.

No, I’m completely kidding, I really don’t know what to say to that, and if you knew me you’d know that doesn’t happen often — probably because I’m rarely wrong, but that’s a rant for another day. I guess so far as my preference would go, any argument would be bunk but it’s still a preference none-the-less, I guess it’s really to say: get an actor who has the same chemistry and persona about him off-camera as he does on-camera that’s why I wouldn’t want Daniel Craig (hypothetically and for example) playing a very American character to see he’s nothing like that off camera.

45. Xai - January 5, 2007

#44 Josh…. convoluted, but I think I understood.

And the “rarely being wrong” thing… I suspect it goes with your given name.
;-)

46. Orbitalic - January 5, 2007

45 Xai…
LOL

47. Adam Cohen - January 5, 2007

Craig is a fantastic actor. And a Trek fan to boot? No wonder I liked him as Bond.

Oh, #26, I almost threw up my dinner after seeing that picture.

And what’s this talk about Kirk being played by an AMERICAN actor. Like Josh said above, Shatner is French-Canadian. And of Jewish descent. Very whitebread indeed! Get out of the 20th Century, people!

48. StarTrekkie - January 5, 2007

ha ha ha, I did too.

I really like the one of him as spock though. I’m all for Craig as spock now =)

49. Jim J - January 5, 2007

He really looks pretty darned good as Spock!

50. Adam Cohen - January 6, 2007

One unfortunate dose of reality here:

Craig will be filming Bond 22 while Star Trek XI is going into production. And as it stands, both Trek XI and Bond 22 will be competing in Winter 2008. And I will be seeing both movies, multiple times most likely.

51. Trevok - January 6, 2007

33 yep. First off nice rumor but thats all it is. Proberly as much truth to it as your average pledge from a pollitician. But if it is true why not give him a cameo as Pike.
LLAP

52. Ingo Meiser - January 6, 2007

For the early german Trekkies, Kirk was really Bond, and guess why?
Shatner and Sean Connery have had the same german speaker for over 20 years!

53. VOODOO - January 6, 2007

Daniel Craig could be great in Star Trek XI. I don’t really see him as Kirk. But, there will be many other parts for him to play.

Make it so.

54. ilk - January 6, 2007

Please… I hope this man is being considered for Spock:

http://tinyurl.com/yfqf3o

55. Adam Cohen - January 6, 2007

Please… I hope THIS man is being considered for Spock:

http://www.estrellita62.de/Tobias%20Menzies.jpg

No metrosexual pretty boys, thank you!

56. Pendragon - January 7, 2007

Take that, CnB and BbB! I think it would be hilarious to see him Trek, but then again, I’m not really a big Trekie (more of a Bond fan). He’d be a funny Spock…XD

57. Paul - January 8, 2007

Well even though it isn’t technically canon he could be Captain Robert April, the first captain of the Starship Enterprise. and before everyone starts shooting it down, just a thought, keep an open mind.

58. Sci-Fi Bri - January 9, 2007

i can’t wait for the script leak ;-D

oh, and craig was great in casino royale.

oh, and i like that Tobias guy as spock ;-D

59. Trevok - January 10, 2007

Just saw Casino Royale, enjoyed it a lot. Would be happy to see him in Trek.
LLAP

60. I Grock Spock - January 15, 2007

Craig as Spock or Kirk makes no sense….the look is just all wrong. Craig playing Spock???Even if he was a fabulous Bond…thinking about that is painful. He’s blond, his face is too short, the nose, lips everything..just wrong. I’m liking the idea of Zachary Quinto as Spock. No idea how he acts but just look at the resembalance!

61. I Grock Spock - January 15, 2007

forgot this
http://www.classictvhits.com/cast/4652.jpg

62. martin - January 21, 2007

#40 the scarecrow was played by an Irish actor not an English one

63. Harv - June 16, 2007

The cool thing about Craig is his look. As Kirk that would be fine. A Spock(I cannot cast for spock because I see no one as Spock) would not be good for Craig. Dr Mcoy, sure. As some super villian, sure.

Put it this way, there is no right or wrong casting, i myself would not even touch a trek prequel but they insist so…..this is gonna be utterly retarded but ill be there.

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