Daniel Craig plays Johnson’s version of Hercule Poirot, Benoit Blanc, with a deep-fried Southern accent. The actor has a blast playing somebody much more eccentric, interesting, and entertaining than the bland character of Bond. This sort of scene-stealing performance is often rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination: Sam Rockwell in “Vice” (last year); Edward Norton “Birdman” (2015); Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2014); Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle” (also 2014); and Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (2009) are the most recent examples.
Craig’s performance is transformative, a far cry from 007. With his flourishes of flamboyance, he is the polar opposite of the ice cold 007. Critics