Hmm, i’m on the fence about Jones. She was good in Rogue One, but gave one the worse performances i’ve seen in recent years in Inferno.
There are caveats: Her character’s arc in Inferno was a complex one, so maybe what looked like poor acting was part of that arc. But, if so then that was very naive… If it looks like bad acting, then it is bad acting.
Her scenes with Hanks (a great screen actor) were laughable - it was as though Hanks had mistakenly turned up on a soap opera shoot; cutting back and fourth from a Hanks movie to Jones’ Hollyoaks. I know that’s harsh and i apologise, she seems like a nice person and she’s relatively new to the big screen, so i’m sure she will get much better, and as i said she was good in Rogue One, so perhaps her shortcomings in Inferno were down to it’s woeful Direction.
Inferno is itself is a truly BAD movie. Did Ron Howard realise just how poor Angels & Demons was and thought rather than improve on it, why don’t we see how bad a Dan Brown movie we can make…? Inferno really is that bad (even worse than the book, which takes some doing!) and makes the very mediocre Angels & Demons look like a masterpiece.
So it’s possible that Jones’ awful performance was down to awful direction, but that means she needs a director who knows how to get a performance out of her and Bond directors aren’t usually ‘actor’s directors’.
Final caveat is that i haven’t seen Theory of Everything, which must surely be a decent guide to her acting chops. Is she any good in this, or does Redmayne carry her?
All that said, even if she does have the chops i think she’s way too young to be 50-year-old-Craig’s love interest. It’s not fair on Craig’s last outing for the studio to saddle him with a Moore’esque implausible love interest which is another layer of disbelief they have to dog-leg upon the audience. There are great actresses out there in there mid 40s they can cast that will make far more sense.
And besides, Bond’s either with Swann, or avenging her, so i think another love interest is unnecessary; one-nighters, sure, but no more ‘this is love so i’m quitting the Secret Service’ stories, please.