A new interview with Daniel Craig has appeared online at Parade.com. The topic? ‘Can the New James Bond Measure Up?’
Upon first seeing the script for Casino Royale, Craig had said: ‘I wanted to hate it, but of course it was fantastic. So we talked, and I said [to the producers], “I’ll only do it if you involve me on every level.”‘
‘I want the audience to question what Bond’s doing [in Casino Royale],’ says Craig. ‘I want them to ask about the killing: “Is that right?” We’re in 2007 nearly, and it’s a different world. Relationships are more complicated. We can’t brush them aside. We can’t brush violence aside. We can’t brush intent or responsibility or outcome aside.’
And while there wasn’t any smoking by Pierce Brosnan in his first three Bond films, he did eventually light up in Die Another Day. Not the case this time according to Craig. ‘I can blow off someone’s head at close range and splatter blood, but I can’t light a good Cuban.’
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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.