Is Daniel Craig the New Harrison Ford?

I don't mean to scare you with so much of the Cowboys and Aliens cast in one headline, but I'm sure the thought has crossed your mind: Is Daniel Craig, the rugged movie adventurer with the cobalt glow in his eye, the proper successor to his alien-thrashing co-star Harrison Ford? With the release of this week's Dream House, we're investigating both actors' pasts to discover whether they're cinematically related.

Heroes hot and cool

For years, Pierce Brosnan played James Bond as tight-lipped extension of Remington Steele. Fun but chilly. When Craig assumed the role of Ian Fleming's hero in 2006, his characterization emphasized intellect, endurance, and true pheromonal charm. That's easily more of an homage to Indiana Jones than any previous Bond, as Craig's performance truly eschews camp of any kind. Hint: That makes him the best James Bond ever (and Eva Green the best Bond girl).

Domestic intrigue

Dream House may seem like a retread of The Others from its trailer, but its intense focus on spousal distrust and creepy domesticity smacks of Ford's 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath. Both Craig and Ford bring the same harried self-examination to these parts, and they do "confounded" better than any other leading actor in the game. Hitchcock would've scooped both of them.

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  • Lisa says:

    Daniel Craig is no Harrison Ford. Plus, Harrison Ford isn't GAY like Daniel Craig.

  • Bozo says:

    Hahaha. you guys remove comments that are critical of your posts. You should be embarrassed.

  • Frau Blucher says:

    Two things wrong with your otherwise fine article:
    1. "What Lies Beneath" was released in 2000, not 1998.
    2. As good as Daniel Craig is, he is only the second-best Bond.

  • Duly noted re WLB. Regrets, and thanks!

  • JaySin420 says:

    Haha Daniel Craig wishes!
    He's a good actor but Harrison Ford is a legend.

  • blizzard bound says:

    Team Daniel Craig here. His early movies (pre-Bond) are phenomenal. He is an infinitely more nuanced actor than Ford.
    And I'd like to mention that I was one of the very few here to support him as Bond, back in the day when everyone was saying, "Bond, blonde? Quelle horror!"

  • milessilverberg says:

    The next Harrison Ford has to be a true friend of Mary Jane.
    Someone introduce Craig to Seth Rogen, quick.

  • V-Bottom says:

    the new "PUTIN" movie star!!

  • Linda says:

    Daniel Craig is a far better actor than Harrison Ford, who is an arrogant, stuck-on-himself has-been. Legend? HA!! Craig is only just starting, and he will far surpass Ford. I LOVED him as James Bond, and to say he's only the second-best is no insult. No one, but no one, will ever totally replace Sean Connery, but Craig is a very close second. And he IS the sexiest Bond!

  • C says:

    Oh, pleeeaze! What a bunch of BS!
    NO ONE is better than Harrison Ford, even the walls know that! 😀