Cover Boy: Daniel Craig

Posted on September 17, 2012

Darlings, here is a primer on the magic of lighting and Photoshop:

 Esquire UK October 2012 Issue

GQ France October 2012 Issue

Esquire Singapore Premiere Issue

Because we have three pictures all taken at roughly the same time of the same person, and they all look radically different. For Esquire UK, we have Bloated Zombie Daniel Craig; for GQ, we have Classic Daniel Craig; and for Esquire Singapore, we have Hungry Emo Daniel Craig.

Which one’s your favorite, girls?



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    • BeeBeauNYC


    • famousamy

      GQ all the way, baby!

      • Anplica Fiore

        It’s the best shot of him, but I don’t like how overlit his face is.

    • call_me_schmeg

      hungry emo daniel craig’s perfect lower lip calls out to me, demanding to be chewed upon. 

      • AudreysMom

         Yep Audrey and I vote for Emo-Daniel. She’s taking his lower lip; I’ve got the rest of him.

    • kikisayshi

      GQ Daniel Craig FTW

    • Judy_J

      Esquire, with GQ coming in a close second.  He really has that Steve McQueen vibe.

    • minnye

      Hungry emo to the max. Although I love that he looks more like a Russian politician than a Hollywood actor on the GQ cover.

      • dgh

        Funny, my first thought was “Russian gangster” …. but I guess that’s the same thing.

    • Anathema_Device

      I think you need to add the word “Elf” to the Esquire Singapore description.

    • Liana Brooks

      GQ – but I still hate them for their Woman Of The Year cover, so I’ll go with Craig #1. 

    • Vickiefantastico

      None of the above. I have never gotten his appeal. Give me Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan any day.

      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        You read my mind. Seriously was about to type this and saw your comment. Also see: Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. 

        • Vickiefantastico

          Ooh, two of my other favorites! Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, ahh…

          • Meredith_P

            Colin Firth…ummmmm….what? Fell off my chair.  What were you saying?

            • Presumptuous Insect

              David Rintoul as Mr. Darcy. He is the Connery of Darcys.

      • Heather

        Moi aussi. He’s a bit apelike for my taste. Sean Connery, on the other hand… mmmmm.

      • Spicytomato1

        Ha, I just said the same thing without perusing the comments first. I see zero appeal.

    • Cortney Dean

      GQ for sure.

    • Sobaika

      Esquire? I guess? None of these really do it for me.

      • lovelyivy

         Agreed. He has looked better- much, much better- than all of these. Hungry emo Craig at least has the eyes really popping, but that’s as good as it gets.

    • gorghast

      I think he’s sexy, but his face looks like a bulldog’s with a Siberian husky’s eyes.

      • greymain

        and the problem with that is?????

    • mshesterp

      GQ from the neck down, but he’s not really doing it for me from the head up in any of them, and I don’t know quite why…

    • Spicytomato1

      None of the above. Sorry. 

      The emo version cracks me up, though, and that’s probably not the reaction they were going for.

    • ecallaw1977

      Whenever I really look at him I think he looks like he got hit in the face with a shovel.  And yet I still think he’s sexy.  Those eyes and that jawline go a long way.

    • Maine1ac

      Gotta be hungry emo.

    • Winter_White

      For me DC is one of those actors who looks better on film, moving around and speaking, than in stills.  Love the way he fills out his tux as Bond.

      • TieDye64

        Same here.

      • Pennymac


      • Catiline

        To me he is in the same category as Jeremy Renner – sexy in films, kind of a gargoyle in still pictures.

      • HazellC

        Agreed. He doesn’t photograph well.

    • marlie

      Classic Daniel Craig (GQ) all the way!

    • Trisha26

      GQ. (Why not ask the boys what they think too?!)

    • Pattie knitter

      Am I the only one who, at a fast, first glance, thought the title of this post was “Lover Boy, Daniel Craig”?  I’ll take all three.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Are we absolutely sure that the Esquire cover isn’t a shot from about 10 years ago?!

      • Judy_S

         Which Esquire, top or bottom? The top one strikes me as a shot from about 10 years from now.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Whoops – sorry!  I meant the bottom ‘hungry emo’ one.  The top one looks like it’s the result of dodgy flat lighting… it wasn’t that ghastly Terry Richardson was it?  Whereas his hair in the bottom one looks the way it did for Elizabeth (1998)

    • e jerry powell

      I’m having a four-way with Daniel Craig!

    • granddelusion

      What the hell is he doing with his hands?! It looks like he’s masturbating in the UK.

    • ChiKat67

      Can I have a combo?  Emo Daniel with classic’s hair?

    • granddelusion
    • MilaXX

      LOL It’s like he gets younger each time I scroll down.

    • Ivona Foster


    • PastryGoddess

      LOL this is hilarious.  Did they think we wouldn’t notice the difference in pictures

    • Le_Sigh

      Damn.  It never occurred to me until now, but if they ever do a bio-pic about Vladimir Putin, he’d be perfect for it.

      • Isadora Paiva

        I’ve always thought that, I’m glad I’m not alone!

      • Magatha

         I’m glad I read this far into the comments before screaming “OMG Putin!”  You are so right. Take his shirt off, put him on a horse, and the bio-pic writes itself. I’m gonna have nightmares.

    • mjude

      GQ for sure. but the bloated zombie….LMFAO

    • Leonardo Alves

      hahaha the first one looks so bizarre! He’s like Benjamin Button!

    • Ingrid Cruz

      Hungry emo FTW.

    • piecesofconfetti

      The top Esquire is brutal – zombie is right, and it makes his torso look squished. I didn’t know it was possible to make Daniel Craig look bad.

      However, I love the GQ image (certainly not his best, but it is classic Daniel Craig, and I’ll take it). I’m also feeling the Singapore Esquire. He looks a little scruffy/scrawny, and I guess I can get behind that vulnerability?

      BUT – none of these covers capitalizes on his bright blue eyes enough.

    • MajorBedhead

      Definitely GQ. The Singapore edition makes him look like a zombie. 

    • littlemac8

      Esquire Singapore FTW!  OMG, I gasped at the thumbnail.  Those piercing blue eyes are staring right into my soul!  I’m putty in his hands!

    • lalahartma


    • Nancy Robinson

      Hungry Emo, of course. Just the look I’d expect to see once GQ Classic slips into something more comfortable…

    • littlemac8

      Pocket pool, anyone???

    • Kate Andrews

      Emo! Emo!

    • Barbara Guttman

      None of these photos do much for me, though Hungry Emo comes the closest and I think I’ve figured out why.  Aside from being the only one that isn’t “Man In Suit Pose,” it’s the only photo where he’s got some visible eyebrows going on.

      Also, is he sticking his hand down his pants in that first one?! O.o

    • MissMariRose

      Classic Craig all the way

    • librarygrrl64

      Emo, but only because I think that hair length and style work better on him. 

    • mamafitz

      hmm, i can’t decide between classic or hungry emo…i’ll just have to take both.

    • MzzPants

      Hungry Emo.  I like ’em dark and dirty.

    • carpediva

      Hel-LO, Emo!

    • QuincyTKatz

      I’ll have the Esquire Singapore Hungry Emo Daniel Craig.

    • Kathryn


    • quiltrx

      That top one is freaking SCARY.  Badly-made Cyborg Daniel.

      I’ll take hungry emo Daniel, please.  But suit Daniel is fine, too. :)

    • gillian holroyd

      Jeezus, someone should be fired over that top Esquire photo. That should never have been allowed on press.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Number 1: Scares me…Number 2: GORGE…Number 3: Caligula!

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Hungry Emo, of course.

    • korilian

      Emo, though I suspect that says terrible things about me.

    • ChelseaNH

      Hungry Emo Craig looks appropriately dangerous.  Safe Craig is kinda boring.

    • NurseEllen

      Esquire Singapore if forced to pick, but honestly, he doesn’t do a thing for me.  And I hate the new 007 movies.

    • Nancy K.

      Madame Tussaud Daniel Craig (Esquire) frightens me. GQ all the way.

    • skadi1

      Hungry Emo Craig, please.

    • Kate4queen

      I’ll take #2 please T&L!

    • Catiline

      Esquire UK makes him look like a fire hydrant.  GQ is giving me “can I interest you in our premium savings plan” banker vibes.  Hungry Emo Craig is doing it for me, mostly by default.

    • StrandedFashionista

      I like ‘Hungry Emo Daniel Craig’ the best. It makes me want to give him a blanket and a cup of tea… and then make out.

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      Esquire!  Look at those eyes!

    • alyce1213

      Esquire UK is just awful, he ought to sue.
      GQ France is dull as dishwater, does not capture his edge.
      Esquire Singapore is a shot of a younger relative.
      Where is the real Daniel Craig?

    • jilly_d

      He really ought to sue for that UK Esquire cover.  Terrible.

    • UglyCasanova

      I must be mentally disturbed for choosing Hungry Emo Craig.  

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i’ll take some combo of classic and emo…as for that first pic, i have no idea who the holy hell that is, but i am going to try to forget i ever saw it….

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Duh…GQ France Daniel Craig. Moody and handsome please not moody and unkempt.

    • kolokOlchik

      I like the hungry emo :)

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, in order they’d have to be K, M & F, right?

      They’re all lovely, I find hungry emo Craig most scenic but bloated zombie Craig most compelling because, I guess, it seems most “real.”

    • Verascity

      Am I the only one who thinks the GQ cover looks photoshopped to hell and back? I’ll take Esquire #1, I guess.

    • Alison Sigman

      I will have a Classic Craig –straight up. 😉 

    • Therese Bohn

      He’d look good in a burlap bag, but it I have to choose, Emo works (although his hair has been darkened)

    • Sally Brownson

      Classic Craig for me, please.

    • aristida_girl

      ooo, emo craig for sure…

    • Gayer Than Thou

      F: Hungry Emo Esquire Singapore Daniel Craig
      M: Classic GQ Daniel Craig
      K: Bloated Zombie Esquire UK Daniel Craig

    • Wellworn

      Classic for me.  Never out of style.

    • DesertDweller79

      GQ Daniel Craig is the clear winner.  But, I am kind of liking the Emo Daniel Craig. That would be an awesome promo shot for some Daniel Craig film which is not James Bond.

    • guest2visits

      All the above. 

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Classic Daniel please. Preferably nude. 

    • crash1212

      Hungry Emo – FTW.

    • ojosazules

      Singapore Craig. 
      He looks stoned in the first shot.

    • ri_dic

      Just. Don’t. Get. The DanielCraigLove. He does not one thing for me.

    • poggi

      I like the suit on classic Craig, the smirk of bloated Craig, and Emo Craig’s eyes. I am torn. I will just have to take all three.

    • AllForUSophia

      I want to say Esquire Singapore… GQ is a close second, but Esquire UK is just freaky.

    • Zippypie

      GQ does it right.  Bloated Craig is creeping me out and EMO Craig just looks silly at his age.

    • nancy

      Classic Craig for me, please. Actually, I wouldn’t kick any of the three out…

    • jabes

      Esquire Singapore is my favorite, but I read it as “Hungry Elmo” not “Hungry Emo” so I was a bit confused for a while, thinking that was maybe a toy from last Christmas that I wasn’t aware of and I couldn’t see the resemblance between Elmo and Daniel Craig!

    • Pamela

      Any and all of them.  I so want to bite that lower lip. 

    • fragileindustries

      Craig’s dark charisma shows best with the moving camera, not still. Even better when he’s wearing as little as possible. Of all three, I’d rather go back to my well-worn copies of Love is the Devil and Casino Royale. You know which scenes … sigh.

    • MrsJulien

      He’s not empirically attractive; however, he is Sex.

    • Emily Roach

      HUNGRY EMO!!!!

    • maggiemaybe

      Hungry Emo Daniel Craig for the win!

    • SapphoPoet

      I can’t choose. 

    • dulcian

      Enh… I think I’ll have a Kevin McKidd instead.

    • zbkat

      If he weren’t an actor (and I think he’s a fine actor) I wouldn’t look twice…or even once at him. Granted, his physique is stellar, but the face…what’s the big whoop? He’s rather ugly, I think.

    • another_laura

      What the hell with that Esquire cover? I had no idea he had such a Charlie Beown head….. GQ for the win.

    • Vera

      Emo Craig!

    • Brienne Calmer

      Emo Craig wins for the blue blue blue eyes.  Also, the change in the hair took 15 years and 20 pounds of aloofness off him.

      • Brienne Calmer

        And because I’m mildly faceblind, I initially thought #1 was Vladimir Putin and #2 was some British politician whose name I cannot now remember.  So Emo!Craig wins there too.

    • PhillipWilde

      GQ, bien sûr!

    • Janey

      I’ll take a hungry emo Daniel Craig thanks

    • RzYoung

      Hungry Emo is my fave, I just love that jumper he’s wearing!

    • BerlinerNYC

      Jesus, I’ll just take whatever’s left over.

    • bellafigura1

      All!!  All!

    • Jessica O’Connell

      Classic on GQ BY FAR. The other two kind of freak me out…especially Emo Daniel Craig…ick

    • EEKstl

      Honey, who cares.  Bring ’em all on!

    • Emily Jordhamo

      GQ. No contest. But I do acknowledge the lower lip appeal of the Esquire cover.

    • mommyca

      GQ! No doubt! the other ones are kind of scary…. 

    • Ashley

      GQ all the way!

    • Randy Noak

      hungry emo all the way

    • littlemissstrange

       Can’t beat the Classic.

    • frankystein123

      Definitely GQ. Esquire is actively trying to sabotage his face or something.

    • LocMama

      GQ makes him look like James Bond, which I love, but Hungry Emo Danny looks like a petulant teen who needs a spanking.  Where’s my riding crop?

    • Srw27

      All of THEM!!!!!!  Rrrawwwwwwwww

    • The Dose of Reality

      I love them all but bloated zombie. I never understood the Daniel Craig thing until “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” now…mmmmm…hubba hubba.