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Daniel Craig Covers 'The Hunger' Issue 3

Daniel Craig Covers 'The Hunger' Issue 3

Daniel Craig gives a smoldering stare on the cover of The Hunger‘s Issue 3.

Here is what the 44-year-old Skyfall actor had to share with the mag:

On doing stunts in the James Bond films: “When you’re doing a Bond movie, you really do get the chance to do things you wouldn’t get to do on any other movie, and that gives me a huge thrill. I’ve been doing this long enough to understand the mechanics of it and the fact that these people are here and what they’re doing, and how far they are pushing themselves to get something out of it. That’s a really great feeling to have.”

On perfecting the famous Bond wink: “The thing is, the nod and the wink in Bond didn’t come naturally to me. I understand it, but I never wanted to f–k up a situation by winking at the camera at the wrong moment because it like takes the drama out of the situation. However, that wink to the camera can be such a great release of pressure sometimes.”

Also pictured inside: Daniel‘s Skyfall co-star Naomie Harris on an alternate cover. Make sure to check out Daniel‘s video interview and Naomie‘s photo spread teaser.

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    they can hear, and see what your visually thinking
    this is the absolute complete truth!!!!!
    The reason a lot of Asians have completely expressionless faces, segregate from everybody else-only associate with Asians and don’t associate with non Asians that much, are very untalkative, and are very unfriendly in general is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they don’t like, find astonishing, or funny etc because those people might see that and really wonder what that was that just happened there and see the connection, and they might accidentally say something similar to what the person was just thinking and going to say. If they all associated with non Asians a lot more then there would be a lot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those people think things they don’t like etc, so they segregate and only associate with Asians so there won’t be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place.
    Try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around Asians, and try looking for Asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason.
    I know this may sound crazy, impossible and unbelievable, BUT IT ISN’T CRAZY WHEN IT’S TRUE
    Very many people have posted this all over the internet because its all true!!!!! THEY REALLY CAN READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise to God!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Weber from Brazil

    yummy *-*
    he’s sooo damn hot!!! can’t get enough of him
    Naomi looks sooo much like Rosario Dawson in the 4th pic
    but she’s gorgeous too!

  • Carbon Copy

    He’s giving me the gay vibe here. I know he isn’t and he’s hot but I don’t like these picture.

  • Amy

    Seth’s mom’s so cute!
    Seth Meyers@sethmeyers21
    My Mothers’s two word greeting to Daniel Craig’s wife Rachel Weisz upon meeting her at the after party – “Constant Gardener!”

  • Tracy

    I do not find this man attractive at all…Nice body but the face…UGH!

  • Tracy

    I do not find this man attractive at all…Nice body but the face…UGH!

  • erbaorganics

    I like this cover! Cos he looks unreal beauty!

  • Julia

    Daniel looks younger after he shaves off his mustache. AND his grown hair style makes his look hotter!!!!!!!!! I’m glad everything is going better.

  • Julia

    Oh! Naomie is so much sexier than I thought. I want to see more often!

  • Golfer234

    Ohh come on now time for some Faces with Greg Gorman now uhm these notes very very interesting an Abandoned Government that believes they still are ahh. we have that contract behonds depts of Hell,the T.V.’s on that’s 3 that’s 3 uhm.

  • Alex
  • nepenthes

    @Carbon Copy: Yeah, couldn’t agree more. I too know he is not gay but this cover sure gives gay-vibe to me too!

  • Fio

    You know, I posted this link before. Anyone knows where Part 2 is?


  • Fio

    (PICS) Bérénice covers Maxim

    What?!That’s her BIG mistake!!
    Our Interview with Bérénice Marlohe
    Are there any behind-the-scenes stories you can share about filming?
    Well, I missed Daniel Craig naked, unfortunately. I think I’m going to commit suicide right now.

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    Daniel Craig took blame for Skyfall mistakes
    Daniel Craig took the blame when Naomie Harris got things wrong while filming Skyfall.

    Naomie stars alongside the actor in the latest James Bond film, and found him to be as much of a gentleman as his character when they were filming together.

    She said: “It was all quite nerve-wracking, but he was very reassuring. It was great to have someone be like, ‘We’re just going to do this together, it’s going to be OK, and if you don’t get it right, we’ll do it again.

    “Sometimes I’d mess up and he’d say things like, ‘No, it was me’ and take the blame.”

    Roger Moore: Daniel Craig will be the best James Bond
    He’s played 007 in a record seven movies, and racked up an impressive 13 years in the role, but Roger Moore says Daniel Craig is set to be the best James Bond ever.

    “I think he’s going to end up being the best Bond,” said Moore with conviction. “What an actor!”

    And while Moore called Craig’s performance in his first Bond outing, Casino Royale, “absolutely marvelous”, he did admit to struggling with the follow-up.

    “I didn’t understand Quantum of Solace,” said Moore, eliciting much laughter from an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, many of whom seemed to sympathise with his view.

    “The director shot it like a lot of bad television shows, with two-second cuts,” continued the star. “There was never any geography – I never knew where anyone was coming from.”

    A wistful Moore recalled a simpler time: “In the old days you’d have the villains dressed in blue or green or black and the hero’s lot in white,” he said.

    “They would be coming left-to-right, the villains would be going right-to-left, so you knew who was doing what. In Quantum you didn’t know who Bond was going to hit next…”

    Moore also expressed his delight at seeing Her Majesty the Queen appear alongside Craig’s Bond in a scene from Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony.

    “What a tribute to Bond – the 50th anniversary of Bond – to be actually recognised by the Queen agreeing [to do it] (I don’t think it was her idea),” said Moore.

    “In the first shot when Bond was standing there and you saw the back of the Queen, I thought ‘I wonder who they’ve got doubling for her?’ and when she turned – ah! – well, the entire world saw that. Great for Bond!”

  • Fio

    The cover looks a bit odd, but Esquire’s interview is always great!

    Skyfall | The Daniel Craig interview

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    Daniel covers Drip magazine
    Daniel Craig The Sky is Falling
    Easily the most anticipated interview on any Bond set would be to talk to James Bond 007 himself, Daniel Craig, and with more mystery surrounding Skyfall than previous movies and Craig’s increased involvement in the storytelling, we hoped he would open up a bit more than usual. Sadly, that wasn’t to be.

    For some reason, Craig tends to like doing his Bond interviews with producer Barbara Broccoli by his side, something that dates back to Casino Royale, but because there really is no one else involved with Bond as knowledgeable about how the movie came together than the heir to Albert Broccoli’s legacy with the Bond franchise, we hoped she could fill in any blanks.

    Mind you, this interview was done with a group of international journalists and some of the questions were better than others, so we tried to cull this brief interview down to only include the most pertinent and relevant information to the movie.

    Q: You had a really long break between the last movie and this one. How did that affect you in terms of coming back to the character and the production as a whole in terms of how it changed what it would be?

    Daniel Craig: I was very sanguine about the whole thing, really, because there’s nothing I can do about the situation. MGM and Sony thankfully are back in the fold and we’re making the movie, which is mind of the bottom line. There were financial issues that were going on, which there’s nothing I can do about. I can make a phone call and go, “Please,” but that’s not really my style. It’ll work itself out, it won’t work itself out, but if it’s not to be, it’s not to be. I mean, I was hoping it would, I was desperate, and the longer things went on, the more desperate I became to make another one. Thankfully, we just carried on regardless. I mean, we had to quietly carry on because it was all in flux, but Sam got involved, the bones of the script came together, then John Logan got involved. We were constantly just at it. It gave us the chance to prepare ourselves in a way that we hadn’t had on the other movies – well, I certainly hadn’t in my first two experiences.

    Q: Let’s talk about Sam Mendes, because he’s the new addition from the past two movies. Bond’s always been a very producer-driven franchise I would say, and with Sam, you have a director who’s won an Oscar. What does he bring different to the franchise? Can you about working with him as opposed to some of the other directors who have worked on Bond?

    Barbara Broccoli: Well, in terms of it being a producer-driven movie, I think because it’s a franchise and because of its long history, we obviously are very much in control of how we set the movie up, but I think anyone who knows anything about movies knows it’s a very collaborative effort. We’ve always wanted a director that would put a stamp on the movie, so we’ve never been one to hire directors for hire. We always wanted someone who was a great director in their own right and a storyteller, and I don’t think you can get any better than Sam Mendes. When Daniel suggested him, we were unbelievably thrilled that he would be interested because he is such a fine director.

    Craig: I dunno. I just sort of had a flash, really. I had spoken to him at a party and we’ve known each other for years and obviously we’ve worked together before. I just said, “Would you be interested?” because it just seemed to me like a good idea. He’s English. He grew up watching Bond. He’s a huge Bond fan. He just instinctively knows about what Bond movies are about. He just seemed to be the correct choice.

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    - 2
    Q: How much has James Bond changed in this film?

    Craig: Since the previous two? I’m a bit older. (Laughter)

    Q: It’s been mentioned by others that he has more of a conscience in this one.

    Craig: I’ve always been interested in that side of him, only because I think that there are consequences from actions, less so than maybe it used to be, but I think that it’s interesting to sort of play the emotion of everything that you see on screen. It’s not to say this movie’s become a piece of drama. I think what Sam has done is cast it in a way that means that we just have fabulously interesting characters to watch and be entertained by, and that their interaction is what the movie’s about. He’s a killer, that’s what he does for a living. To have a conscience about that I think is interesting, or to have some sort of affect on him that’s interesting.

    Q: We’ve also heard he’s kind of out of his comfort zone.

    Craig: Pushing him, I think is the best way to describe that. We’re always pushing him, and honestly, it’s just about making the best – because really the 50th anniversary is the whole thing, and that’s a lot of pressure because we’re trying to produce something that’s going to stand-out and be memorable, but we’re just pushing the characters as far as we can, physically and emotionally and just as far as we can within the context of the Bond movie. That’s been the aim.

    Q: Casino Royale was a very elegant movie, while Quantum was very modern. What is your perception visually of how this one is turning out?

    Craig: Well, visually we’re in very, very safe hands because Roger Deakins is shooting this movie, which is phenomenal. You can tell usually when you’re on a film set because you watch the monitors. I know you were watching stuff yesterday and you saw some explosions, maybe not the best of scenes, but even that scene is lit incredibly. That’s how Roger does it. Every scene is like that. It’s what he does. It’s his heart, and so, therefore, we’re in such safe hands there that it has a classic feel to it. It feels very modern at times, but I won’t lie to you, we tried to bring some of the feelings of older Bond movies into this film. It’s there, but this is a modern movie. We’re shooting digitally. We’re doing it in the most modern way possible. We’re just trying to make it feel as classic as we can.

    Q: Would you explain the title Skyfall?

    Broccoli: I can’t even say it. It sounds like a Fleming title, right? It’s not based on any Fleming story–there isn’t any left–but it has a real spirit of Fleming in it. I think the title reflects that too, and you’ll just have to see the movie to understand what the title means.

    Craig: Good Fleming titles always had double meanings and things, and that’s really from where the story comes, but it has a number of meanings, all of which apply in the movie.

    Q: Whenever there’s a Bond movie not based on a Fleming novel, you almost always get flack about the title, like with Quantum of Solace. This title Skyfall does sound very Bond, but once again, you have to deal with people not liking it.

    Broccoli: Believe it or not, it’s one of the toughest parts, choosing a title, because it’s the thing that brands the movie. We get a lot of flack about it. (Laughs) This one has been pretty good, people have liked this one.

    Craig: But we get a lot of flack about everything. I dig this one and I’m very pleased with this. I liked Quantum of Solace, but that got a lot of shit for it.

    Broccoli: But people now know what the meaning of the word “quantum” is, you know?

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    - 3
    Q: Does this movie follow directly after Quantum of Solace like that one did with Casino Royale?

    Broccoli: No.

    Craig: It’s a separate thing.

    Q: What did screenwriter John Logan bring to the movie?

    Broccoli: Well, it’s very usual in films that are this big and complex that you have several writers working on it. He’s a masterful writer, and he did extraordinary work on what was a very good script to begin with. He is the first person to say how good the script was that he contributed to. Also, obviously when Sam came on board, a director has a lot of input, Daniel has a lot of input, all the actors do, so that the script has evolved and it’s really exceptionally good.

    Q: How good is the villain in this one?

    Craig: (Makes motions as if waving that question away, which gets laughter) He’s all right. Won a few awards, apparently. There’s a kind of expression in sport that if you play with the best, it rubs off on you a bit, and Javier is one of the best in the business, so for me, it’s a really big treat. I’m a huge fan of his. He’s incredibly generous, just funny and we’re having a lot of fun together when we’re doing our scenes and again, it’s just one of those things. We had a wish list, and he just happened to be at the top of the wish list. Both Sam and I would like to have Javier to play this part. We knew that he would be the best Bond villain; we were very excited about it. And he said “yes”!

    Broccoli: It’s incredibly exciting watching these two actors in a scene together. I mean, you’re really in for something special.

    Q: What about his character?

    Broccoli: He’s very complicated.

    Craig: Very complex in many ways.

    Q: The explosion we watched yesterday seemed like it could be very nerve-wracking.

    Craig: Yes, it’s not in the movie; it’s just for you guys. (Laughter) Yeah, for f**k’s sake, we better blow something up. This is a Sam Mendes movie, it’s all talking. No idea. It wasn’t nerve-wracking for me, I have earplugs in. I couldn’t hear anything.

    Q: But this was a one-shot thing. If they didn’t get it right the first time, it took five hours or more to set it up again.

    Craig: Well, the shot that we’re doing today takes a week to reset so that’s a one-shot deal, but we do quite a lot of those one-shot deals on the movie. That’s just kind of the nature of doing a Bond movie, the number of things that may take five or six hours a day to the set. Those aren’t usual. The one we’re doing today is.

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    Q: How do you manage to calm your nerves and remain focused?

    Craig: I just want to focus myself, so I’m thinking about what I’m doing and I make sure that I’m focused and ready to go. I don’t want to f**k it up. It’s as simple as that.

    Broccoli: We all take it very seriously.

    Craig: I try not to take it too seriously. That’s for when we do the take, it’s like, we’re in a Bond movie, so I have to kind of be that person.

    Q: Do you feel like Sam has kind of upped the ante for the rest of the cast as well, since you have the likes of Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes?

    Craig: I keep listing the cast and, “Oh, Albert Finney’s in this movie.” I mean, yes, he has. He went and asked. I mean, that’s the great thing is again we had a wish list of people we’d say, “Well, this we’d love.” Everybody we wanted said “yes.”

    Broccoli: Everybody said, “yes.”

    Craig: That’s the Sam Factor.

    Broccoli: Yeah, Sam and Daniel. Everybody wants to work with Sam; everyone wants to work with Daniel. We were very lucky. The script was great.

    Craig: I mean, they may want to work with us and we’re nice people, but the script was in a really good place, and I think when you give actors good material, they just go, “Oh, okay, I get this.” They can see that there’s something there for them, that they’re not going to have to work that extra. I mean, it’s a lovely idea, but you get a script and it’s kind of disappointing, it’s very easy to turn that down. There’s too much work involved.

    Q: Is it true that we’ll see you and Moneypenny back? We know about Q, that was announced by his agent.

    Broccoli: Nothing’s been announced.

    Craig: Agents are liars. You know that. (Laughter)

    Broccoli: There is a lot of speculation about Bond, which is great. We’re very happy that people are interested and we got a great movie.

    Q: Can you tell us how the relationship between Bond and M will change?

    Craig: It’s just grown. It’s just growing, and that’s what’s great. Judi’s just such a wonderful – I mean, we have Judi Dench in the cast. She’s an amazing actress, and that relationship was always strong. I always thought it was strong. We got something going in Casino Royale. We’re running with it. We’ve just tried to improve it. I love what we’ve got together, and I’ve enjoyed working with Judi so much on this movie because we’ve had so much more to do together, so it’s great.

    Q: How is it shooting on the streets and the subways of London?

    Broccoli: We’ve had enormous cooperation, I think because we’re British. Obviously, the film is British and it’s our 50th anniversary and there’s a lot of focus on London at the moment with the Olympics and the Jubilee and everything, so they’ve been wonderful with us. We’ve had tremendous cooperation.

    Craig: Yeah, we’ve shot in places you wouldn’t normally be allowed to shoot and it’s down to the police and local authorities just been helping us out, and underground have been brilliant.

    Q: When you made Casino Royale, you had the Bourne movies you were being compared to. Now you have the last Mission: Impossible, as that franchise seems to be upping its game as well. How do you guys feel about that?

    Broccoli: I’m always thrilled. I always say when good movies are out, it’s good for us because when there are good movies, audiences they go see them, they have a great time, they go back to the movies. So, I’m thrilled that Mission: Impossible is doing well, that the Bourne series did well. It’s what we want. We want good competition because we need people to keep going to the movies.

    Craig: I agree.

  • Fio

    Recap: SNL 10/6/12 – Daniel Craig with Muse
    SNL: Daniel Craig the Closeted Character Actor! Saturday Night Live S38E03: “Daniel Craig and Muse”

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    (PICS) 19 Reasons to Love Daniel Craig (3 of Them Are Shirtless)
    I don’t want to see Daniel Craig in sweatpants. I barely even want to see his teeth, you know? He does two things and does ‘em very, very well: wears the crap out of formalwear and smolder-grimaces.

    So I’m a little nervous to see him get silly on Saturday Night Live this weekend. And I thought that since just 72 hours from now we could be watching him sing his way through a monologue, we should take some time to pay our respects to Craig in his au naturel* state.

    *I don’t mean au naturel like naked. I’m not a miracle worker over here. I mean his natural state, i.e. tuxes, determination and strangely fancy-but-he’s-pulling-it-off swimwear.

    He understands that to look at us head on would be to incinerate us instantly, so he employs the sideways gaze. Safety first.

    He doesn’t forget the girls in the cheap seats.

    You can mess up his hair, you can dirty his suit, but you can’t get rid of his smirk. (Though, PS, he’d really prefer you don’t dirty his suit.)

    He makes art self-conscious about its looks.

    He’s the only guy who can be holding a gun and have that be, like, only the fourth thing you notice about him.

    The bartender cannot ignore his stare, so you get your drinks faster.

    He uncreepifies things like waiting in the shadows and glaring. This is now fine with us!

    He has a ton of comps at every casino.

    Seriously, you in the cheap seats–you didn’t even notice him get this redhead a glass of champagne, did you? He was making you feel special the whole time.

    This is what he wears to the shooting range.

    Cuts just make his eyes look bluer.

    He could stand here all night and no one would mistake him for the doorman.

    He’s not scared to stand this close to a plane.

    Or this far away from his unlocked, zillion-dollar car.

    To quote 2 Broke Girls, he has those muscle things that “make smart girls stupid.”

    He still talks on the phone. Guys never do that now, you know? You’re never getting a “u up?” text from this guy.

    He’s definitely not the worst guy to take to the beach.

    Rachel Weisz, we salute you. Do you guys love Daniel, too, or do you have another favorite Bond?

  • Fio
  • Fio

    My new wall paper is the third pic :)
    But my favorite is the second and the fifth… *swoon*

  • Fio

    Producer Barbara Broccoli Talks EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007, Daniel Craig, SKYFALL Deleted Scenes, and More
    When it came time again to recast James Bond, why were you so determined to cast Daniel Craig, and did you ever consider caving to the pressure you were getting to cast someone else?

    BROCCOLI: No. When you see the documentary, you’ll see that there were parallels. Michael and I both wanted Daniel Craig, and it was the same as it was for Cubby and Harry when they wanted Sean [Connery]. The studio wanted a star and wanted an American, and wanted this and that, but they determined, “No, it’s Sean Connery.” And they stuck to their guns and fought for Sean Connery, and they were right to fight for Sean Connery. If it wasn’t for Sean Connery, we wouldn’t all be here. I was raised to fight for what I believed in, so I wasn’t going to give up. I wanted Daniel Craig, and Michael wanted Daniel Craig, so we just stuck to our guns. Fortunately, we had the right management who really stuck with us. Thanks to that, we got our choice. He’s been an extraordinary Bond, and he is very much the right Bond for the 21st century. The thing about the books is that they really talked a lot about what was going on inside of Bond and the inner dialogue. It’s very hard to project that onto a screen because Bond doesn’t talk a lot about how he feels. But, when you have an actor like Daniel Craig, he’s able to convey the inner turmoil and the conflicts. He’s given Bond his humanity.
    Is it true that you’ve already signed Daniel Craig on for two more films?

    BROCCOLI: Oh, I’m not going to let him get away without a fight. I’ve got my hands on him now! I’m not going to let him go too easily.

  • Fio

    New Skyfall TV Spot – “With Pleasure”

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    BOND girl Tonia Sotiropoulou has revealed the secrets of her sex scenes with Daniel Craig in new 007 film Skyfall.

    The actress, 25, said he helped her to relax before filming the steamy shots.

    She said: “I was a bit stressed at first because I was in such a big film but Daniel really helped me. I felt at home within a few hours.

    “I really enjoyed the sexy side of it because I feel comfortable with my body. I felt free to be physical.

    “In the end it was one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever had to do. ­Daniel was amazing, so filming was a really ­wonderful experience.

    “I created a chemistry with him because he’s so accessible. I learned a lot from observing him and we had a great time.”

    Excitement is already building among ­millions of Brits before Skyfall finally hits cinemas on October 26.

    And producers have pulled out all the stops to keep the action-packed plot under wraps so surprises will not be ruined for fans.

    Some stars of the flick, which also features Dame Judi Dench, were not given scripts so storylines would not be leaked.

    Speaking at the launch of Eyesilix eye cream, Tonia said: “I was one of the people who never had a script. I just got told what I’d be doing on set by the director.

    “They have to be so careful. You have quite strict contracts that say you can’t say anything about the plot. And everyone respects that.”

    Tonia stars alongside other stunning actresses Naomi Harris, 36, and Berenice Marlohe, 33. But while Bond’s love for sexy babes has not changed, Tonia said the latest film marks a new era for the franchise.

    The Greek babe, who filmed her scenes in Turkey, said: “A lot of things have changed about Bond. There’s a lot of transformation going on. Bond fans will love the new ­chapter it is entering.”

  • hd

    nothing against craig …but him as bond with blond hair and everything , is just the wrong choice

  • Monica

    You still *bother, cavil, censure, complain, criticize, find fault, fuss, grumble, hypercriticize, knock, nitpick, objurgate, pan, … shed bitter tears, shed tears, sigh, sniff, snivel, sob, sorrow, squall, turn on waterworks, wail, weep, whimper, whine* ?
    You gotta face it.
    Craig does a great job in portraying the Bond that Fleming created, his gritty and realistic portrayal faithful to Fleming’s original vision of ruthless and deadly detachment.

  • Elle

    I love how big his hands seem in comparison to his face! When his hand touched Eve Green’s cheeks in CR, I thought…. How big his hand is!

  • Amy

    Daisy Shaw ‏@daisyjshaw
    An impromptu dinner in the east village and who walks in but James Bond himself (Daniel Craig) and his hottie wife, Rachel Weiss #score

  • Rie

    Those SNL Bumpers’s posters are brilliant cool. I’ll buy it if they sell it as a poster or a postcard. I want it so badly I can taste it!

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    INTERVIEW: 007 Scion And Skyfall Producer Barbara Broccoli On Growing Up Bond
    Barbara Broccoli was born into the world of James Bond; along with co-producer Harry Saltzman, her father, Cubby Broccoli, brought 007 to the big screen with Dr. No when Barbara was only two years old. It would be inaccurate to say Broccoli inherited the Bond legacy — she’s made it her own, serving as producer from Goldeneye onwards, and in many ways, ushering cinema’s favorite secret agent into the modern era. The Skyfall producer rang Movieline to talk about the early days, Bond’s role in the cultural conversation over the years, and what the future holds for the character who, fifty years later, is still synonymous with effortless cool. Tell us a little about the beginning of the Bond film franchise. How did your father, Cubby Broccoli, along with Harry Saltzman, make the decision to adapt Ian Fleming’s spy novels? My father had wanted the rights to the films early on, but they eluded him. Harry Saltzman had an option, and my father heard this, called him up, and they joined forces just as the clock was ticking down, as the option was about to expire. Fortunately, they went to Arthur Kremp, who my father had a relationship with, and asked him if he would finance the film (Dr. No). David Picker, who was the young executive in the room, loved the Bond books, and he persuaded United Artists to take a shot and make the film, which was a huge commitment then. A million dollars for a budget, at that time, was significant. They were a force to be reckoned with. Cubby and Harry were both very passionate, determined men. They were driven. They wanted to see this series of books made into a film, and they were very passionate about their choice of Sean Connery, who was an unknown. They fought for him, and there was a lot of resistance because he wasn’t well known at all. The studio wanted a star, they wanted an American and all these various things, but [Broccoli and Saltzman] stuck to their guns, and the rest as they say, is history. Bond is turning 50 this year. In 2012, he’s still going strong. Why has the franchise endured? It basically comes down to Ian Fleming. I think he wrote a very complex character that has been able to evolve through the decades, with the assistance of the extraordinary men who have played the role, starting with Sean Connery who established the role to great effect in Dr. No, and all the subsequent actors have taken it and made it their own and made it of their time. I think Bond the character is distinct: He’s British, he has a certain code that he lives by, he’s incorruptible… he’s a classical hero, but he’s also fallible. He has inner demons, inner conflicts, and he’s a romantic. He gets himself caught up in all kinds of situations because of his heart, which gets broken in Casino Royale. He knows at the end of that first story that in order to do the job he does he has to make a lot of personal sacrifices, and one of them is that he cannot really have a proper relationship or a family, and that is a burden to him. By that same token, how do you think the character of Bond has evolved over the years, beginning with Sean Connery and running up to today with Daniel Craig’s portrayal? With Daniel, the first film he did was Casino Royale, which was the first book, so that’s very much about how Bond became the Bond that we all know and love. It explains a lot about his history and why he got to be the way he is, particularly in his relationships with women, as I described. He knows he’s unable to really form a proper commitment with a woman because he may be captured, tortured, as he is in Casino Royale… he can put himself in that situation but he couldn’t put anyone else he loved, like a wife or a child, in that kind of jeopardy. So, I think with Daniel, it’s sort of come full-circle. We started with Fleming and fifty years later, we’re back to Fleming again: He’s very much central to the making of these films. The spirit of Ian Fleming is always with us and we particularly honor and celebrate him now, fifty years later, during this anniversary. Can you talk a little about your own relationship with 007 from a personal standpoint and how it’s changed from your childhood to the present? I was born in 1960, my father did the deal in ’61, and the first film was made in that year and released in ’62, so my life is synonymous with Bond. Growing up he was a huge figure in our lives, so much so that I thought he was a real person [laughs]. But it soon dawned on me that he was a fictional character. I spent a lot of time on the sets growing up. We would go on vacation from school, go on location, where the films were being filmed. Wonderful places: Exotic locales like Japan and the Bahamas, and the people making the films were part of our extended family. My father would be with them all day long and they would all come home for dinner. We were always together. It was a very large, happy family. Do you think Bond’s place in the pop culture spotlight has been constant, or has it fluctuated over the years? What kinds of challenges arise in making this franchise relevant to audiences today? There have always been challenges. I remember when we were doing Goldeneye and people were saying “The Cold War’s over, the wall’s down — does the world need James Bond anymore?” Of course, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” Just because the wall came down didn’t mean the world was at peace. In fact, good and evil were slightly blurred, and we didn’t know who the enemy was. I think we’re always trying to come up with intriguing storylines and villains for Bond to go up against, and when you look at Skyfall, and you look at Javier Bardem you’ll find… [laughter] he’s sort of the ultimate Bond villain. He’s provided a very exciting counterpoint to Daniel. How did Sam Mendes get involved with Skyfall? Well, Sam and Daniel had worked together on Road to Perdition, and they’d had a great collaboration. When we were looking for a director, Daniel called us up and said “Oh, I was just at a party last night with Sam and I asked him if he wanted to do a Bond film — it turns out he’s a huge fan. What do you think?” And we said, “Oh my goodness, do you think we could actually get Sam Mendes? He’s a consummate film director, Oscar-award winner. Do you really think he’d be interested?” So we met with him, and it turns out — who would have known it – he’s a big Bond fan. So we snapped him up. He’s made an unbelievably terrific film, so we’re delighted. Has it been a little different working with a director like Sam, who is such a force of nature, on a franchise project like Bond that in the past has largely been producer-driven? I guess our attitude towards Sam was “We have a set of parameters as far as what we feel a Bond film is, but within those parameters…” There’s no point in hiring someone like Sam Mendes and then tying their hands. We wanted him because of his talent and his vision, and we worked together very closely on the script, and set the parameters together. He wanted to make a great Bond film, so it all turned out extremely well. As it turns out he was just like a kid in a candy store [laughs]. He loved the challenge, he lived up to it, and he exceeded all expectations. So I think the film has got all the wonderful, dramatic intriguing storylines and characters — we have a wonderful cast, many of whom were attracted to this because of Sam — and he’s also delivered tremendous action and excitement. He’s ticked all the boxes as far as I’m concerned.

  • Fio

    Sam Mendes
    Would you do it again?
    I’ve certainly enjoyed it enough to do it again. I think that the choice is in the hands of the audience. I put everything I wanted to do with a Bond movie into this Bond movie, so it would take a lot of thought to try and make it as special to me as this one has been. I’m knackered, but I loved it.

  • Belle

    Hunger TV: Daniel Craig Interview Part 2

  • Elle

    Thank you for posting the video! This serves to show how honest and reliable he is as an actor.

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    Daniel Craig finds it hard to strip for Bond
    Daniel Craig says it’s getting “harder and harder” to do nude scenes in James Bond movies as he gets older, but he hopes his raunchy parts add to film franchise’s “sexiness”.

    Daniel Craig says it’s getting “harder and harder” to do nude scenes in James Bond movies.

    The 44-year-old actor – who is returning for his third film as the iconic British spy in Skyfall – admits he has “fun” taking his clothes off while portraying the secret agent and hopes it adds some “sexiness” to the 007 film franchise.

    He said: “I don’t actually read those bits. I don’t care how many times I have to do it. It’s going to be harder and harder the older I get. It’s just fun. There’s enough sexiness in the movie with the girls – and hopefully me as well – but it’s a little bit of a gag now.”

    Daniel stars opposite Javier Bardem in Skyfall and while he admits there was no free time to spend with the 43-year-old star – who portrays latest Bond villain Raoul Silva – during filming, he is keen to watch a game of rugby with the No Country For Old Men actor when they get a chance.

    He explained: “He played rugby for Spain, so he’s serious. It’s funny, we never went together, but he went to the 6 Nations and I went to the 6 Nations when they were on. I got him tickets. He got me tickets. I’d love to go to watch a rugby game with him.

    “There’s just no time [to hang out], unfortunately. I’m on set every day. I wish we had more time. But we have a long year ahead of us, so hopefully we’ll see each other in a more chilled state.”

    Daniel admits Javier has put in a “superb” performance as Raoul thanks to his knowledge of how a successful Bond villain should act.

    He added: “Well, Javier is a brilliant actor, so that’s taken care of. He knows what a Bond villain is and he’s given it everything he’s got, which is a lot, let me tell you.”

  • Fio

    Missing In Action for four years, Daniel Craig’s James Bond is finally back with Skyfall. ShortList’s Andrew Dickens talks tiny trunks and on-set injuries with 007 himself.

    Bond is back. Boy, have we been waiting to say that. For a while it looked as if financial constraints and inter-studio wrangling were going to do what megalomaniacs, honey-traps and the Red Army couldn’t: kill James Bond.

    But there’s no keeping a good man down, not when there are guns to fire, gadgets to employ and honey-traps to dive into, which is why Skyfall – the first Bond film in four years – sees Daniel Craig pick up the Walther PPK once more. We found the man himself, pinned him down with coffee and biscuits, and began our interrogation.

    So, what makes a good James Bond film today?

    Packing it with as much as you can. Just making it as exciting and as interesting as possible. If you can do that, and that’s what we’ve attempted to do with this, you’re giving the editor a real headache.

    Is Skyfall linked in any way to current events?

    Inevitably, but not by any conscious decision. We make movies that are about the here and now, so there are things in the film that are about today, but we don’t try to make it relevant. I think it becomes unrelevant. Inrelevant. No, unrelevant…


    Irrelevant. Thank you. I knew it was somewhere in there. It’s been a long day. It immediately becomes irrelevant as soon as you try to make a statement. It’s not that kind of movie.

    Is Bond going back to basics?

    No, not really. Sam [Mendes, Skyfall director] and I discussed this for a long, long time and we worked on the script for more than two years. We wanted to make a classic Bond. Not classic as in looking back, but as in something that will stand the test of time. There are major influences from the early Bonds, but it’s set in a very modern world, so it’s kind of throwing those things together. But hopefully not just back to basics – that sounds such a grey kind of thing. I don’t want to be associated with that expression.

    Do you ever think that you could be James Bond forever?

    That’s not going to happen. I’m doing it again because I’m contracted to, and I get a kick out of it. As long as I’m getting a kick out of it and people want me to do it, I’ll try to do it. We’ll see…

    How many more films are you signed up to?

    Two more.

    Ralph Fiennes’ character says “Spying is a young man’s game”. Do you ever feel the same about playing Bond?

    In a way. Obviously there are ways of faking a movie like this and there are ways of doing it for real. It’s a mixture of both. We fake things to make it look better and then when I can get in and do stunts, I will. But I don’t bounce as well as I used to, so I have to be careful.

    Does it hurt more?

    It hurts less, actually. I’m numbed.

    There are explosions set in London. With the city’s history, did you have to be careful about how you did it?

    We’ve been very sensitive about it. That just goes without saying. But it’s a fantasy movie and we’re not trying to freak people out, we’re trying to entertain them. The real issue was filming it in London and making London look and feel as great as it is. I wanted to base Bond a lot more here, and thankfully, with Bond, you can open doors, so we could close down Whitehall and use the London Underground.

    Was it a conscious decision to add Britishness?

    Yeah, definitely.

    You’re also stripping off again. Do you ever feel like you’re being objectified?

    [Laughs] Yes, all the time. Talk to my boss, Barbara Broccoli, about that. Yes, completely, f*ck it, why not?

    Do you look through your script and go “there’s another nude scene”?

    I don’t actually read those bits. I don’t care how many times I have to do it. It’s going to be harder and harder the older I get. It’s just fun. There’s enough sexiness in the movie with the girls – and hopefully me as well – but it’s a little bit of a gag now.

    Do it while you can…

    Exactly. Then get a body double.

    Have you been responsible for some of Bond’s ad-libs?

    I maintain you can’t improvise a movie like James Bond. It’s impossible. But if you have a good script, funny moments come out of the situation and you can add to them. There are moments that are not to do with lines; there are looks and feelings.

    You worked with Sam Mendes 10 years ago on Road To Perdition. Has he changed much since then?

    I suppose people change within a 10-year period. Older and wiser. I think we’ve both changed, and it’s then how you react to each other. I was in a different place and he was in a different place when we made that movie, and I’m here now and doing this and I really wanted him to be part of it. The reason I asked him was I thought I knew how he would react to this challenge, and he did – he’s reacted brilliantly to it.

    You’re playing a slightly nicer character, as well.

    Yeah, I suppose. I don’t kill children.

    Was Road To Perdition a turning point in your career? The film where you felt the public treated you differently?

    No. Only Bond, which is quite big. They never did before that. If it was happening, I wasn’t aware of it. It’s just impossible with this not to be aware, because there’s so much riding on it and so much pressure and opinion. You can’t hide from it. And it causes you to forget about who you are a little bit, because you’re constantly thinking about what other people are thinking about you.

    Has it impinged on your life? Are there things you used to be able to do that you can’t?

    Plenty. I can’t go to the pub, I can’t go to Westfield. Damn!

    Are there things you miss?

    Spending an afternoon in the pub with friends, relaxing and getting drunk and silly and not worrying. The difference, and this has changed rapidly in about 10 years, is phones. They are the f*cking bane of my life. I get people who just do that [mimes taking picture with a cameraphone] while I’m having dinner. I want to get violent and I can’t. They think it’s their right to take a photo of me and I find that incredibly intrusive. But every phone has a camera on it, so how do we stop it? We can’t. So how could I go into a pub and have a few pints of Guinness and get a bit rowdy and sing a few songs when some tw*t’s going to film me and put it on the internet?

    Going back to Bond, how good is Javier Bardem as Silva, the villain?

    Superb. Well, Javier is a brilliant actor, so that’s taken care of. He knows what a Bond villain is and he’s given it everything he’s got, which is a lot, let me tell you.

    Did you hang out with him off-set?

    There’s just no time, unfortunately. I’m on set every day. I wish we had more time. But we have a long year ahead of us, so hopefully we’ll see each other in a more chilled state.

    Is he a big football fan too?

    Rugby fan.


    Yeah. He played rugby for Spain, so he’s serious. It’s funny, we never went together, but he went to the 6 Nations and I went to the 6 Nations when they were on. I got him tickets. He got me tickets. I’d love to go to watch a rugby game with him.

    You live in New York now. What do you think Barack Obama’s chances of winning the election are?

    I like him and I support him. I do. I really like him. He’s had a difficult job over the past four years because of the state the country was in when he got in. I wish him luck in the election.

    You’ve done a lot of other films during your tenure as Bond. Was that a conscious thing to try to avoid being pigeon-holed?

    I didn’t really think about it in a conscious way, but I did think working was important. Having spent a lot of time not working as an actor, when you get a chance to work, you should. But I was never trying to counter what I did; it’s a mistake to do that. I mean, I stayed clear of spies and espionage and things like that – that was conscious.

    When you signed up for the Millennium Trilogy, did you have any qualms about playing another major character in a series?

    Not really. I was so desperate to work with David Fincher, I didn’t care. We’ll just see how that works out. If I was going to be tied into something else, it wasn’t a bad thing to be tied into. It’s sort of planned the next five years of my life out, which is no bad thing. I know where the spaces are.

    You mentioned earlier that everyone has an opinion on Bond. Do you understand the obsession, and is it still a bit stronger in this country?

    I don’t know if it’s stronger in this country. I go to Austria and they’re crazy for Bond. And Turkey, out in the middle of nowhere and people are crazy for Bond there. It’s everywhere, it’s amazing how far it stretches. There’s a collective experience. It’s that thing of going to the cinema, which I keep banging on about. You don’t get the same experience watching the movie at home. You go into a room of strangers and you watch a movie and something happens, there’s a magic, and so many people have that experience with Bond movies because they’ve been released so regularly.

    So have you ever regretted taking the job?

    No. No. No.

  • Fio

    to Bella
    Thanks for the video! Daniel sees himself objectively using the third person as a mirror instead of directly probing his mind. I think he is more clever than honest.

  • Fio

    You’ve worked with Daniel Craig a few times – has he changed since becoming Bond?

    No, he’s exactly the same – a really nice bloke. He’s a perfectionist; incredibly dedicated to his work and pretty hard on himself. I think he does feel the pressure of that character and having to deliver. But he can also be very playful and quite silly.

  • Guinness

    harder & harder???????? di dthey serieiuocosly jsutr writeth that? whollymarymotherogad!! (oops–, if there are any ortho-docs cathe-lics from russia here, let me know–dont want any gaol time!! OH CRAP—IS that what happend to mendel???)

    Dan is getting harder and hardr? I may need ot comeback or soemthign . how cna they rite that!!!!!

    anywya, ah, thanks Fio—this will take a few days to read. you are spectacular!! ah, do you have a blog yet?

    and, party with Kate Hudson? oh gash! puleezzzzzz dahling–i would rather sit on a turnip. what the duece, well, I guess if she is attached to the Muse guy….I guess she has to be there. but, dang–I would rather suffer from this flu crap thing than to be in her celeboratory presence. Know her?? do I know her? hells no, she just looks like one of those smiling, gorgeous giggling, blonde girls you stand next to with a high feluntant drink to get drunk with and yes, you stand there because she is with MUSE and DAN, not because she is the daughter of two famous people or an artist that acts.
    crap, I think my meds are too low. get me a GUINNESS.

    And Dan–the most important reviews are in—ya did good. Pip pip and all that! (oh, btw, let us know when you release Mendel–she is missed!!)
    keep it going Fio!!

  • Belle
  • Mike

    @Belle: Thanks for posting the link. Nailed it!! Daniel always delivers every line perfectly. Love the phrasing Bond gives Severine and the way he delivers the line. idk wot it is, but the phrasing and his tone just – for me – conveys this perfect sense.

  • Open Door

    GAY VIBE? if you saw SNL you would be getting a screaming gay vibe!
    I Saw SNL Last saturday, Daniel was good, he seems naturally funny.
    the last skit he did seem to display his true nature, the guy seemed to be screaming to come out of the closet.

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