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James Bond video game appearances over the years

Next week, Daniel Craig’s fifth and so-called final appearance on the big screen as James Bond hits theaters in “No Time to Die.”

But when you include all of his video game appearances, Craig actually took on the role four more times, with a fifth in which his likeness was used, but the developers hired a similar sound instead to provide the voice. .

Much like the Craig-era Bond movies, the Craig-era Bond games were a mixed bag.

Unlike the “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” movies, none of the Craig Bond games were great, but it was fun with them.

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My favorite recent Bond game was 2010’s “Blood Stone” for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. They presented an original story written by Bond film writer Bruce Feirstein in which Bond tracks down a kidnapped researcher for the Department of Defense and stops terrorists who plan to use his research.

The game did a good job of adapting Craig’s more physical take on the character to the video game controller. The melee combat in the game felt brutal at times and the driving and navigation levels in the game were a lot of fun.

Released on the same day that “Blood Stone” was actually another fun Bond game, the remake of the 1997 Nintendo 64 classic “Goldeneye 007”. The original “Goldeneye 007” was one of my most played dorm games at Ball State University.

While the movie “Goldeneye” starred Pierce Brosnan in his first film as James Bond and the N64 game used his likeness, the game’s remake in 2010 reinterpreted the story to adapt it to the character’s version. by Daniel Craig. Despite updating a lot of mechanics from the original including improved archaic controls over modern shooters, I still think I preferred the original.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) in "No time to die."

“007 Legends” was another interesting Bond game (it’s one that used Craig’s likeness but another actor’s voice) that had a great concept but didn’t measure up. The game begins with Bond on his formidable train mission from the start of “Skyfall”, where he fights with someone on the roof of the moving train when he is accidentally shot by his partner and falls from the train into the river. below.

While in the water, Bond has flashbacks to some of his previous missions. The game then adapts the stories from “Goldfinger”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “Moonraker”, “License to Kill” and “Die Another Day”, but again adapts each of them to better match the story. Craig’s interpretation of the Bond character. Sadly, instead of being the love letter to the Bond franchise that it was probably originally intended, it ended up becoming a generic shooter.

At this point, this is the last Bond game we have. But it comes back to video games. IO Interactive, the game studio behind the Hitman franchise, announced in November last year that it was working on an upcoming original Bond game under the working title Project 007.

The game is meant to be IO Interactive’s own version of Bond’s character and will not use the likeness to any of the previous actors. The recent Hitman game trilogy was amazing, giving you the freedom to complete missions the way you wanted. IO Interactive is the perfect company to bring James Bond back to gamers, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

Dusty Ricketts can be contacted at [email protected] He is currently playing “Aliens: Fireteam Elite”. You can find him through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.