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.