Daniel Craig talks ‘Skyfall’, Mendes and the allure of Bond.
Speaking with the latest issue of Esquire, The 44 year old actor, who is returning to the role of James Bond for a third time next month, has agreed to talk all things Bond.
“I think what’s always fantastic about the Bond stories is that there’s always a darkness involved, but it’s a darkness with a sense of humour. A black humour. It’s about danger, but a good danger, because you’re in the hands of somebody who’s saying ‘F**k you’ to risk, ‘F**k you’ to dying.”
“Bond movies live or die on their popularity. They force you to care about what people think. And I’m involved [in the films] on a very deep level. I have it in my mind all the time…So there’s that kind of pressure, and that’s an enemy in any art form, acting especially.”
Craig has also given a insight into how Sam Mendes, director of ‘American Beauty’, and ‘Road To Perdition’, received the massive task of making a Bond film. “It’s a very showbizzy story. I was at Hugh Jackman’s house in New York. It was a soiree – we were in a play together – and Sam [film and theatre director Sam Mendes] was there. I’d had a few too many drinks and I went, ‘How do you fancy directing a Bond?’ And he kind of looked at me, and he went, ‘Yeah!’ And it snowballed from there.”
Read the full Daniel Craig interview in Esquire’s October issue, which is available now.