Daniel Craig has been interviewed by Esquire about the bumpy road he’s had so far as the new James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale.
‘You lose your sense of humor very rapidly… I remember when the s–t hit the fan on the Internet. We were in the Bahamas, working really hard. Then you read this stuff. I had a very dark two or three days. I was very despondent. But I realized I was peeing into the wind. I vowed to work twice as hard and get it right. Get it beyond right,’ Craig tells David Katz.
‘I think there has to be an element of cruelty, certain things he does should be questionable. I think you should go, “F–k, that’s not nice.” He is an assassin.’ – Daniel Craig
When originally asked by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli if he’d be interested in the role, Craig asked for the script. Upon not currently having one and the dragging on that followed, Craig’s reply was ‘sorry, I can’t be bothered…’
‘Eventually, they came back with a script. Paul Haggis had done a rewrite on it. They said they wanted to make a good movie … and I sat down, read it from cover to cover, and loved it.’
When the subject of suits in Casino Royale was brought up, Craig replied ‘I think if you go back to the original Fleming, the reason Bond wore such good suits is because a good suit lasts. You fall out of your car, you roll over, you dust yourself off, and it still looks good.’
‘Daniel has a weight to him that no other Bond has had,’ says director Martin Campbell. Producer Michael G. Wilson reveals that they chose Craig because he’s a blank slate. ‘We might disappoint some people who want more fantasy, but I think a lot of people are waiting for this type of Bond.’
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Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond 007 film produced by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production began shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006. Casino Royale will premiere on 14 November in London. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond; locations include the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.
The film co-stars Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schick, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, and Isaach De Bankole.