1. Craig Doesn't Hold Back When It Comes To Bond

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-10-28
    Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig is James Bond in Quantum of Solace

    In a new interview with The Sun, Daniel Craig has revealed that he doesn’t hold back when it comes to playing James Bond.

    With his arm still in the sling that has accompanied him to several recent Quantum of Solace press events, he said: ‘It’s been a whole new set of injuries on this one. I had so many pulled muscles and things like that. I’ve been even more physically involved in every aspect of this film.’

    ‘On Casino Royale, I pulled my Achilles tendon and was limping around and was in pain a lot of the time. This time I managed to slice the end off a finger in a fight sequence. I guess accidents are bound to happen. We’ve certainly not held back, that’s for bloody sure.’

    Despite the more hard-edged nature of Craig’s take on the 007 role, the actor was keen to point out the importance of keeping things light and fun on the set.

    ‘I tend to giggle a lot, probably way too much, and I tend to get in trouble for it. I guess that’s not very Bond-like.

    He said: ‘When we are on set we try to keep things as light and as easygoing as possible. Everyone is away from home and missing their loved ones and friends. It’s important to keep things fresh. Dame Judi Dench, who plays M, likes to tell jokes–but I wouldn’t like to embarrass her by repeating them.’

    When asked about taking his shirt off for the Bond films, Craig said the media attention doesn’t phase him. ‘I’m very touched by being called a sex symbol. It’s very nice but I have a sense of humour about it. On the one hand it’s very flattering but on the other it doesn’t have much relevance in my life. I live with somebody, so all my energy goes into our relationship.’

    ‘When I have to take my shirt off for the film I don’t feel particularly comfortable with it. Obviously, it’s nice to be fit and in good shape but it’s a by-product of the script–it’s not something where I’m always looking to unbutton my shirt.’

    On the sex scenes: ‘I’m an actor so I’ve been an exhibitionist for as long as I can remember. Those love scenes make the shoot a bit easier. But I guess if I stopped to think about them it would probably be quite embarrassing.’

    The Quantum of Solace worldwide premiere, benefitting the Help For Heroes campaign and The Royal British Legion, two charities which help injured soldiers and their families, takes place tomorrow evening.

    ‘Playing a hero doesn’t compare to the heroics of our soldiers,’ Craig commented. ‘Obviously, I would never be so arrogant as to compare myself to them. It’s great that we can make this gesture with the premiere and support the young men and women who have been injured and who are putting their necks on the line for us at the moment. Forgetting that would be awful.’

    As for his future as 007, Craig hinted that the longstanding Q and Miss Moneypenny characters may finally show up once again. ‘I think we can introduce Moneypenny and Q back into their roles. We have got to offer them to the best actors possible.’

    ‘I’m only borrowing the character. I think someone will come along and do a better job than me. Bond belongs to Ian Fleming and producer Barbara Broccoli. I would love to do another one. Maybe I’m just pessimistic but I’ll see how it goes.’

    The film goes on general release in the UK this Friday.

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