Daniel Craig will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time this season.
This highly important news was announced yesterday by NBC, along with the fact that Seth MacFarlane will host the first episode of the new season on Sept. 15, also marking his debut attempt at live sketch comedy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an “SNL” vet who previously demonstrated his singing and dancing skills on Lorne Michaels’s program in 2009, will host Sept. 22, while Craig will command the 30 Rock stage on Oct. 6, about a month before “Skyfall” opens in theaters.
Craig’s appearance marks the second time that a James Bond has hosted the show; Pierce Brosnan did it back in 2001, during an episode in which he got bumped off a sofa by Destiny’s Child.
It’s also a rare attempt at straight-up comedy by Craig, whose resumé features virtually no laugh-out-loud movies at all, unless you thought “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was hilarious, in which case WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?
There is a drollness to Craig’s Bond, though, so it should be interesting to see how he translates that into, hypothetically and hopefully, appearing in a sketch opposite Bill Hader’s Stefon.
Also, I think I speak on behalf of the Celebritology community when I say that if he doesn’t begin his opening monologue by emerging damp and shirtless from a vast ocean, society at large will be massively let down.