Daniel Craig: 'Austin Powers ruined Bond'

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Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond film. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as the main character/action hero while Javier Bardem stars as the film's villain, Raoul Silva. The plot line follows as James Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.
August 31st, 2012

Daniel Craig thinks 'Austin Powers' ruined the James Bond franchise.

The 44-year-old actor - who has played the British spy in two movies and recently finished filming the third, 'Skyfall' - believes the spoof film series starring Mike Myers ''f**ked'' the way the Bond series had worked at it had all been parodied so much.

He said: '''Austin Powers' f**ked it. By the time we did 'Casino Royale', the Mike Myers spoof had blown every joke apart.

''We were in a situation where you couldn't send things up. It had gone so far post-modern it wasn't funny any more.''

However, he does believe a sense of humour is very important to the Bond stories throughout the decades.

He told Esquire magazine: ''I think what's always fantastic about the Bond stories - and they have retained it, though they might have lost it for a while - is that there's always a darkness involved, but it's a darkness with a sense of humour. A black humour. It's about danger, but good danger, because you're in the hands of somebody who's saying, 'F**k you' to risk and, 'F**k you' to dying.''