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Box office stirred, not shaken

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 00:14 IST

The name’s Craig, Daniel Craig. The latest actor to play James Bond has reportedly shot down the idea of having suicide bombers in his new movie, Casino Royale, for fear of angering Muslims. According to, Craig asked his producers to avoid political or religious terrorists in the movie. Instead, he wants to train his Walther PPK on the good ol’ villains whose only motivation used to be big money and world domination.

There probably won’t be many raised eyebrows among millions of Bond fans across the world who wouldn’t mind the least bit who the 007 targets as long as the bad guys get their comeuppance. Never mind if it makes logical sense for Craig to steer clear of suicide bombers. For if they blow themselves up every time he gets after them, wouldn’t he run a real risk of invalidating his licence to kill?

Perhaps more importantly, that could be the only way for the latest avatar of Her Majesty’s best-known Secret Service agent to cash in on the James Bond icon without stoking too many negative religious sentiments in a tense post-9/11 world. The other option is to include suicide bombers in the movie and watch it possibly bomb at the box office, or worse, kick up enough dust to bury one of the most visible and much-loved symbols of world cinema. So as the new Bond pulls on his tux and picks up his licence to kill, it’s no wonder he still prefers his Martinis — and not terrorists — stirred. And certainly not shaken.