On a lark I decided to drop by the FSM boards just now — why, I have no idea, as I have little functional interest in film music these days other than what I hear myself along the way, and certainly none at all in discussing it — and I saw a thread called something like “Daniel Craig’s message for Bond fans”. The lead post in thread is a photo of Craig offering an extended middle finger to the camera — he’s dressed in shorts, a t-shirt, and a ball cap, so I assume he was flipping off some intrusive photographer while he was on holiday — and then the thread turns into a big “We hate Daniel Craig” circle-jerk, with a few people who don’t hate Craig chiming in, but not taking it all that seriously.
This is a truly representative comment, cut-and-pasted verbatim from the site:
Daniel Craig gets to use the name, but he is not playing James Bond. He’s playing something else. If he read all the books, he couldn’t begin to tell you who and what James Bond is because he doesn’t get it. He is not Bond, and he will never be Bond. If he is reincarnated as a Sean Connery / George Lazenby / Roger Moore / Timothy Dalton / Pierce Brosnan look-alike, he will still not be James Bond. The deconstructed, politically-corrected, Mother-fixated, pug-ugly character played by Craig is a Mad Magazine version of Bond. When it’s all added up by historians and the fans in the near future, Craig’s films will have dated the fastest, and his performance will be recognized for the false ejaculation that it is. The franchise makes money no matter who plays the role, so don’t take the financial success of Craig’s films as some kind of endorsement. If a different actor had worn the suit in the same films they would have earned the same amount of money. Your idolatry for this pathetic actor and his pathetic Bond films tell us more about you than it does about the franchise. Your farting on this board is exactly what I would expect from a Daniel Craig fan. You have the same mentality in common: crass and with no class.
Yeah. And the funniest part is that a few posts prior to this, the same poster indicates that he isn’t all that personally invested in the topic. Not as much as others, you see.
In truth, this isn’t just film music fans. I don’t hang out on any fandom sites of any kind. Drill down far enough, and it gets really ugly. And yes, I hate things too, and I occasionally post about stuff I hate in this space, but at least this is my space.