In Which I Fortuitously Discover Daniel Craig

Okay, so I’ve been a Daniel Craig fan for some time now. I first met dear old Daniel when I saw Casino Royale (which is an excellent film, by the way). He was amazing in Casino Royale and he’s going to be amazing in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Anyway, last night I was browsing on Hulu – because I just don’t have anything better to do, like study for a history exam or write a massive thesis – and I found Archangel. It’s a made-for-TV movie based on a spy novel and it is amazing. I’ve only watched the first part, but here are all the reasons why I love it:

  • It’s about Russia. That’s reason enough.
  • It’s historical. Again, an excellent reason.
  • There is real Russian spoken in it. By “real Russian,” I mean that they actually got Russian actors to play the Russian people in the film.
  • Daniel Craig is in it. I’ll watch anything with Daniel Craig.
  • Daniel Craig speaks Russian. And to be honest, he does not butcher it too badly. True, he has an accent, but he’s supposed to because his character is a native English speaker (so far, though, I can’t tell if the character is an Americanized Brit or an Anglicized American).
  • The subtitles are actually decent. Now, I don’t need them (that sounds so presumptuous, does it not?) but I have seen many a film with butchered Russian subtitles. The subtitles in Archangel actually make sense and give you a very good idea of what is going on. Very few things are left out.
  • The Americans/Brits (I’m still not sure who they are) speak English and the Russians speak Russian. That’s the way it should be, not this nonsense I sometimes see of English-speaking actors playing Russians and adopting obviously fake Russian accents to make sure we know they’re supposed to be Russian.
  • There are some great moments, and I’ve only seen about forty minutes so far. I promise these examples aren’t spoilers: one guy says to Daniel Craig’s character, “Stalin inherited a nation with wooden plows and left us an empire armed with atomic weapons.” Another great scene involves Daniel Craig walking into a room with a record playing the Soviet national anthem.

Seriously, if you’re bored and want to hear some amazing Russian spoken, watch it! I certainly know what I’ll be doing tonight…