The New York Times features a new article based on a night out with Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.
While ordering dinner, Mikkelsen said of his role in the newest James Bond film: ‘I tried to make Le Chiffre an asthmatic and a heavy smoker. I thought that was a great combination. But no one smokes in a Bond film anymore.’
Mikkelsen did not watch either the 1954 or 1967 version of Casino Royale, nor did he read Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name while preparing for the role.
‘I was probably the clumsiest villain in the history of Bond films because I lost my depth perception,’ he mentioned when discussing the cloudy contact lens provided to him from the art department for the role. ‘I was bumping into lamps and sticking my hand out to shake hands that weren’t there.’
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