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Daniel Craig Covers Parade Magazine

Daniel Craig Covers Parade Magazine

James Bond star Daniel Craig takes the latest cover of Parade magazine, out Friday. Here’s what the Quantum of Solace actor had to say:

On who would be the better James Bond —- Barack Obama or John McCain: “Obama would be the better Bond because — if he’s true to his word — he’d be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe-to-toe with them. McCain, because of his long service and experience, would probably be a better M (Bond’s boss, played by Dame Judi Dench). There is, come to think of it, a kind of Judi Dench quality to McCain.”

On how playing the world’s most famous spy has changed his life: “I was at a stage of my career in which things were going pretty well. I was making plenty of money, relatively speaking—enough to live on. But when this opportunity came along, I knew it would turn everything upside-down. I’m 40 now. It really helped me put things in perspective. It wasn’t about the money. It was about changing things up and seeing what would happen. At some point, life starts to pass you by and becomes about avoidance. I want to stay clear from that situation, because I don’t like that.”

On becoming a sex symbol: “If people want to think of me that way, that’s great. But the truth is, I don’t have a connection with that image.”

On donning a Speedo for the Bond films: “I was being objectified, but actually that’s not a bad thing to feel. (laughs) I knew exactly what was going on when I did that shot. There’s a conscious decision to everything I do. For me to say, ‘Oh, God! I didn’t realize that would happen!’ sounds incredibly naïve. I look at that picture, and my only thought now is that I certainly don’t look like that anymore. For Quantum of Solace, I made a decision that I wanted to get bigger and get muscles, because Bond is older and has probably been training.”

On moving past the sex symbol status: “As I keep saying, I’m 40 now, and in five years’ time or even less, sex symbol might be a really kind of weird term to attach to myself. How about sexy father figure?”

On connecting with his many tough-guy antecedents in Hollywood: “The obvious choice for me would be Bogart. Not only because of that ease he had with his unique take on masculinity, but also—and this is much more important—because he got to sleep with Lauren Bacall.”

To read the full cover story, visit Parade.com. Check out the video interview here.

Quantum of Solace is due out November 14.

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Dirty Dan @ 10/23/2008 at 9:25 pm

And one from Louise Pointer, a croupier at Gala Casino at Tottenham Court Road.
‘When did you get this? At three o’clock in the morning?’

She wants to know if you know what a French bet is? It sounds dirty.
‘If it includes two girls, yes I do!’

Apparently it involves betting on three areas of the roulette wheel.
‘Oh yes, I know exactly what a French bet is – and my French bet is a bit slapdash.’

(Does this means he knows about threesome’s…lol)

teresa @ 10/23/2008 at 5:12 pm

Try not to be stupider than you seem to be.
He is British for God’s sake. Why would you expect him to know the ins and outs of American politics? And why the hell would the interviewer?
Perhaps he should have answered differently given the fact he doesn’t vote in this country, but he gave a stab at an answer. So what?
Chill out and don’t get your panties in a wad.
I suppose you can explain why one party’s candidate would make a better prime minister than another since you are American. You probably know all about their backgrounds and service records–just in case you are ever asked a question concerning UK politics.
As I said, don’t get your panties in a wad.

Sorry, but @ 10/23/2008 at 10:59 pm

Craig is short and ugly. He’s muscular, but in a short-man kind of way. There is nothing handsome about his face. He even has bad skin. He’s not tall, dark and handsome like James Bonds should be. Or sexy – his voice and accent are bad.

I’ll see his film for the action and suspense, but I’ll walk away not feeling an ounce of a crush. Fans have been duped by Hollywood once again.

to danielle @ 10/23/2008 at 11:09 pm

I think Daniel is well read enough to know about McCain’s background.

I am surprised that he did say that but I think he gets verbal laxity in some interviews…

I don’t think he meant to offend McCain’s bravery.

tigerlilly @ 10/24/2008 at 8:02 am

To #32
If you check out Rex Features Daniel was there, he just didn’t have a photo taken with Jude.

There is a pic of him with STW at that afterparty and he’s huggin her really closely..more so than Satsuki..satuski is wearing a two tone blue dress with black nail polisd and holding a champagne glass up..

personally she looks a bit of a mess..hardly any make up on again..

looks like satsuki is well in there with his friends..thats a sure fire way of staying where she is..i think she looks a bit smug in that rex pic..he looks quite stoic next to her holding his beer…strange..he looks more warmer with STW

anyone notice that?

KittyDuran @ 10/24/2008 at 8:53 am

to rex… Dan and Sats are probably holding back because they don’t want to spill their drinks on their fine clothes… ;)

STW is probably going thru a tough time right now and IIRC her and Dan go way back (back before he met Sats). So she needed the big hug!

BTW, doesn’t Sats and STW do yoga together (where did I read that?). So they’re friends as well.

KittyDuran @ 10/24/2008 at 8:54 am

to sats (36) – agree – but at least she’s smiling – which makes a lot of difference IMHO in her looks. :)

The jury for me is still out on Sats outfit for now.

the dress is hideous (probably v expensive)..her shoes are nice though..I see the sun is referring her now as partner..the fiancee has been dropped…

she looks happy, he does not..I prefer the pic of him and STW…

i wonder where that poster is and their interpretation of this picture?

Yes so i hear..they are big friends..but to see a nice hugging pic of dan and sats would be different

yes stw is going through a divorce (which probably doesnt help sats cause is she wants to marry)….

KittyDuran @ 10/24/2008 at 9:32 am

To pic (41) – I can’t see the shoes on my computer… what color are they?

They look like the ones she wore for the party in Panama (the jungle themed one where they went in seperately but came out together)..black, high with a little bow (?) in front..very high.

I have seen tons of pics with Dan and Heike hugging like he does with STW but NONE of he and Sats doing that (none that have been published apart from that b/w taken on the day of his announcement as Bond).

Don’t mean to to cynical but there is an obvious subliminal distance between them.

And I’m not even a trained physcology major.

http://commanderbond.net/components/quicknews/index.php?action=item&item=50400

Just shows you that Craig is one very lucky man..they were some serious contenders for Bond..apparently Craig wasn’t their first choice…there is one Australian guy who nearly nabbed it and that guy from Nip and Tuck..

http://www.empireonline.com/images/features/bond/day7/14.jpg

Sam Worthington and Alex O Loughlin were impressive, I think one of them will be Bond after Craig..they were a little young before…

How things could have been so different..I wonder if Craig thinks of that?

Daily Mail @ 10/24/2008 at 10:38 am

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/10/24/article-1080170-023A7078000005DC-1_468x738.jpg

No mention or pic of Dan in the Daily Mail but STW looks cute in this outfit…VERY put together.

Dan must of met up with some old friends that night..lots of P Hill people were there but I’m sure he avoided Jude.

http://www.rexfeatures.com/live/2008/10/23/sam_taylor-wood_'yes_i_no'_exhibition_and_after_party,_london?cr=1

Nice to see Jay Joplin there, supporting his soon to be ex wife..thats class for you.

I love the pics of Daniel and Sam.

Ever seen Satsuki wearing dress pants? She seems to favor dresses or jeans.

How can you say “fans have been dupped?’.

I don’t think we are as gullible as you think..($600 plus worldwide for CR speaks for itself) as for him being ugly, well it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

The man positvely smoulders…you do not need to be classically handsome to be that way, in fact, the sexiest men are not facially perfect.

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