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Daniel Craig & Naomie Harris: 'Skyfall' Australia Premiere!

Daniel Craig & Naomie Harris: 'Skyfall' Australia Premiere!

Daniel Craig suits up for the premiere of his upcoming film Skyfall held at The State Theatre on Friday (Novmeber 16) in Sydney, Australia.

The 44-year-old actor was joined at the premiere by his leading ladies Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

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The day before, Daniel was spotted arriving from a flight at Sydney International Airport.

In case you missed it, have a look at Daniel‘s cover on the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

10+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig and others at the Skyfall premiere…

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Posted to: Berenice Marlohe, Daniel Craig, James Bond, Naomie Harris

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  • Rambling Rose

    His popularity as James Bond may also be attributed to the fact that he adds another dimension:
    a human frailty and although, some debate that he lacks the suave, handsome appeal of some of his predecessors, there’s some rogue qualities that really endear him.
    SkyFall is brilliant.

  • Rambling Rose

    His popularity as James Bond may also be attributed to the fact that he adds another dimension:
    a human frailty and although, some debate that he lacks the suave, handsome appeal of some of his predecessors, there are some rogue qualities that really endear him.
    SkyFall is brilliant.
    & I hope to see more of Ralph Fiennes in the sequels :-D

  • kelly

    Oh boy, he sure is fugly. Zoom in the closeup and he’s so plain with flat lips. Nothing handsome about this reject from Ukraine. He’s short and I bet he wears lifts.

  • @Kelly

    I guess you are sooooo miserable, because nobody has ever loved you, you little A*H*O*L*E

  • Erica

    Daniel is incredibly gorgeous as usual. Naomie is stunning.. but her dress…

  • Jess

    Oh Berenice is beautiful..It has never crossed my mind though!

  • Kat

    Simply amazing: Daniel looks sensational as he wore Tom Ford. Berenice wears an amazing dress. She looks gorgeous, that dress adds some great curves to her top half, she looks effortless!

  • Weirdo

    This movie was just OK. I guess they got my money and the three other people I went with, but seriously, where is the damn plot and story development? Non-existent. I thought these two actors were good….I really hope for Daniel’s sake he can land some other roles besides 007 blockbusters. What a waste of his talent…..seriously.

  • XxXxX

    Naomie looks stunning =O And I actually love her dress!

  • Launa

    Skyfall was totally awesome. It is easily the most satisfying movie experience I’ve this year. Wins on every level. Daniel is the best Bond ever, I do hope Dame Judi Dench is nominated for best supporting actress!

  • Nick

    @Weirdo: Hmm, I think Skyfall is, without a doubt, not only the best action film of the year, but one of the strongest films of the year of any genre. Actually pretty decent. Plot is interesting and complex without being too hard to follow.

  • Guinness

    ahhhh–what the….? I guess i would wear anything too if I was to stand next to that man. yyuuumm! I love that he is taking pics, and the cuff links–wow, I would never remember to put those on.
    Cheers mate–have a Guinness down under!! oh, yes I did cheeky brit!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!!
    AND— yes, I would like to officially petition for the next Bond Villian: watch it. ’nuff said.

  • Skylar

    Naomi is so beautiful.
    What a woman.

  • Kim

    Everyone looks great!! Where is Javier Bardem and Judi Dench?

  • Sky

    Stunning cast and Daniel is a good actor. However, have to admit, he looks incredibly waxy in these pics.

  • Heaven

    @Sky: No, he’s foxy.

  • kelly

    No. I just tell the truth. The man is homely.

  • Nicole

    I’m so happy to see it coz my real name is Camilla! hehe.

  • Weirdo

    @Nick: Seriously Nick, what are you smoking? NO WAY is Skyfall better than Avengers, TDKR or even Spiderman that came out this year in the action genre. (And don’t even use the comic book thing as an argument.) Your comment shows you either haven’t seen any other action movies this year or you lack judgement when it comes to assessing a movie. Yes, it has appeal for a wide audience but there are serious flaws in this film. Action sequences were well done but character development and plot were lacking. Despite all the blowing up and shooting, I wanted to fall asleep and kept checking my watch to see when it would be over. There is no audience investment in any of the characters at all, including Bond, and hence no interest in seeing how it will all turn out. Very forgettable in my opinion.

  • Weirdo

    Repost of my orginal comment;
    This movie was just OK. I guess they got my money and the three other people I went with, but seriously, where is the damn plot and story development? Non-existent. I thought these two actors were good….I really hope for Daniel’s sake he can land some other roles besides 007 blockbusters. What a waste of his talent…..seriously.

  • @Weirdo

    why do you feel the need to repost this pile of S**H**I**T????

  • Alex

    I SO loved it. I’ve already watched it three times, including @IMAX two times. (My dad — FIVE TIMES!!!! he’s 52)
    Skyfall was more character-driven than any other Bond movie, high-quality action scenes, great plot, strong female characters, excellent villain, bonus points for outstanding storylines for M and Bond.
    I think Daniel succeeded in reboot AGAIN.. nobody has such a power as him. That’s MIRACLE!!!
    Can’t wait to see it on Thanksgiving once again, and Bond 24!

  • Daniel visits Afghanistan

    James Bond star Daniel Craig visits Camp Bastion troops

    James Bond star Daniel Craig has surprised UK troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan by coming to visit them as they prepared to watch his latest film.

    Some 800 soldiers, sailors and airmen were waiting for a screening of Skyfall when the 007 star arrived.

    Craig was given a tour of the camp after a brief introduction of the latest Bond film to the audience.

    He met soldiers and saw some of the training they undergo before they deploy to forward operating bases.

    The star was driven around the camp in a Foxhound vehicle by Warrant Officer Class 1 Rob Ingham.

    “We get quite a lot of visitors here, but having James Bond was special,” said WO1 Ingham.

    “He seemed to be pretty comfortable in the driving seat.”

    At the weapons range Craig was given the chance to fire some of the machine guns used by UK forces.

    He also met staff and patients at the Camp Bastion hospital.

    Pte Scott Craggs, 23, from Newcastle, a combat medical technician said: “It was really good morale for everyone – it’s a decent thing for him to take time to come out and visit everyone here.”

    The star’s final stop was a demonstration of the techniques used to search for bombs and he used the detectors himself to search for buried training devices.

  • Daniel visits Afghanistan
    Major Laurence Roche ‏@ArmyPost
    SPOTTED: James #Bond actor Daniel Craig pays surprise visit to troops in #Helmand, introduces special screening of new film #Skyfall
    Sarah Betty HR ‏@fabqueenie
    Can’t believe my ‘bruv’ in Afghanistan, just taught Daniel Craig to fire a weapon. Then watched skyfall with him + his producers! #jealous

  • Daniel visits Afghanistan
  • Weirdo

    @21 – Since when is an honest opinion about a film a ‘pile of sh*t.’
    Some people are not going to like the film. Get over it.
    What’s more sh*tty is the blatant LOVE DANIEL propaganda here, like he walks on water or something. He’s an actor. I thought his film was just OK. Don’t make me a villain for not liking the film, goodness.
    I didn’t hear ANYONE leaving the theater say ‘wow, that was great.’ It was more like, ‘Eh, ok that’s over with. Where are we going for dinner?”

  • Nicole

    Good for him! New found love and respect for Daniel!

  • Mendel

    Hi Guinness

    “ahhhh–what the….? I guess i would wear anything too if I was to stand next to that man. yyuuumm!”

    And nothing if I could…well, never mind ;)

    “Cheers mate–have a Guinness down under!! oh, yes I did cheeky brit!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!!”

    (Going down, Mr Craig?)

    “AND— yes, I would like to officially petition for the next Bond Villian: watch it.”

    Yes, I’ll join your petition! Excellent choice!!!!

    to Nicole

    yes, definitely respect! They even mentioned it in the BBC news (that’s how I got to hear about it in the first place). More info:

  • Amy

    Gary Sullivan ‏@GarySully_
    Met Daniel Craig in Afghan #moviepremiere #007
    Chris ‏@Chris_R_1983
    @Daniel_Craig thank you so much for coming today meeting you was a great morale boost, plus Skyfall is amazing!

  • Skyfall Franchise-Best $669.2M

    Box Office Milestone: ‘Skyfall’ Reaches Franchise-Best $669.2 Million
    The Daniel Craig starrer has earned a massive $507.9 million internationally and $161.3 million in North America.
    Sam Mendes’ Skyfall has become the top-grossing film in the James Bond franchise, not accounting for inflation.
    Returning Daniel Craig in the role of 007 for a third time, Skyfall’s global cume through Sunday is $669.2 million, pushing it well ahead of the $599.2 million earned by Casino Royale in 2006.
    The success of Skyfall has been a boon for Sony, which is enjoying a record year. Sony is releasing and marketing the movie on behalf of MGM and EON Productions.
    On Sunday, Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake announced that the studio has crossed $4 billion in global tickets sales for the first time in its history. The studio’s previous best was $3.6 billion in 2009.
    Sony’s 2012 slate also includes The Amazing Spider-Man ($754 million worldwide), Men in Black 3 ($624 million) and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania ($283 million ).
    “Exceeding $4 billion globally is a true rarity in this industry and it’s an extraordinary accomplishment for all of us at Sony Pictures,” Blake said.
    Skyfall has done massive business internationally, grossing $507.9 million through Sunday. Its domestic total is $161.3 million.

  • Skyfall Helps Sony Best Ever

    ‘Skyfall’s $669.2M Global Helps Sony Pictures Post Best Ever $4B Worldwide
    Sony Pictures today announced its biggest movie year ever at the global box office, passing $4 billion for the first time in the studio’s history. Thanks in large part to Skyfall becoming the biggest 007 film of all time (not adjusted for inflation, higher ticket prices, or IMAX premiums.) This weekend, the 23rd James Bond actioner grabbed a global cume of $669.2M and passed the $599.2M worldwide total taken in by Casino Royale in 2006. The box office success of Skyfall helped to push Sony Pictures past its previous high $3.585B set in 2009. The announcement was made by Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. “Exceeding $4 billion globally is a true rarity in this industry and it’s an extraordinary accomplishment for all of us at Sony Pictures,” Blake said in a statement.
    Besides Skyfall, contributing to the studio’s worldwide box office record this year was The Amazing Spider-Man ($754M), Men In Black 3 ($624M), and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania ($283M) as well as strong performers Resident Evil: Retribution, Underworld: Awakening, The Vow, and 21 Jump Street. Right now the studio is ranked #1 in North American market share and had nine #1 films at the domestic box office with as of today totals $1.628B domestic and $2.4B overseas. That international box office figure is also a record for the studio. This year Sony Pictures has one more film on its release calendar, Zero Dark Thirty, from the Oscar-winning team behind The Hurt Locker, director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal. It hits theaters in NYC and LA on December 19th.

    Besides Sony Pictures, Skyfall is from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions and the newly reconstituted MGM Studios. All inworldwide, Eon/MGM/Sony expect the Sam Mendes-directed, John Logan-scripted, Daniel Craig-starring pic to make $800M.

  • Skyfall Helps Sony Best Ever
  • Daniel Receives more than $50M

    Licence to make a killing: Craig is the best-paid Bond yet as he scoops £31m to make two more films
    James Bond will return, we are usually assured as the credits roll at the end of a 007 film.
    And with Daniel Craig being paid over £31million to play the spy in tow more outings, it’s little wonder.
    The deal makes Craig, 44, the best-paid Bond to date, even taking into account the effects of inflation on his predecessors’ paypackets.

    Craig, who features in the latest film Skyfall, will star as the world’s most famous secret agent in a film that could be ready for release by 2014.
    The latest Bond movie’s huge box office success and critical acclaim has led to his large increase in pay.

    It is a far leap from his first Bond role which saw him earn £1.9million in Casino Royale in 2006, and also the £4.4million he received for Quantum of Solace in 2008.
    Craig, 44, received £10.7 million for Skyfall, which is more than the £7.5million paid to his predecessor Pierce Brosnan for The World Is Not Enough in 1999 and the £10.3million for Die Another Day in 2002.
    The financial deal will see him placed near the top of Hollywood’s leading men – vying for position just below Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.
    Craig, who is married to English actress Rachel Weisz, is widely judged the best 007 since Sean Connery and purists believe his portrayal of the literary character is the closest since Timothy Dalton in the 1980s.
    Despite the criticism of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall has already made more than £378million at the box office – slightly more than his previous two films.
    Skyfall, which also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes is yet to release in many Asian countries and Australia, meaning it is expected to break the £500million mark before its cinema run ends.
    The payments to Bond stars have risen massively over the past half-century. When Connery was plucked from relative obscurity in 1962, he earned £10,000 for the first Bond film, Dr No, according to the MI6-HQ website, widely recognised in the Bond world for its accuracy.
    Connery’s pay rose to £157,000 for From Russia With Love. When he returned to star in Diamonds are Forever in 1971, he earned a basic £620,000. Film-makers were so keen to sign him up that he also took 12.5 per cent of the profits made from the film in America.
    Connery starred in six official Bond films, earning an average of £218,000 – about £3million in today’s prices. Roger Moore’s average pay per film in today’s prices was £6.3million, Timothy Dalton got £5.4million and Brosnan £8.7million. Craig will earn more than all his predecessors, with an average of £9.6million.
    Craig’s demand is a far cry from the criticism received when producers picked him in preference to other names linked with the Bond role, including Hugh Jackman and Clive Owen. His blond hair, instead of the dark black depicted in Fleming’s books, led him to be nicknamed ‘James Bland’ before Casino Royale had started filming.

    He is now firmly in the Hollywood A-list of leading men. Cruise was the top earner with payments of £47million in the year to May 2012. This included performances in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Oblivion, for which he was paid even though it has not yet been released.
    DiCaprio’s earnings of £23million over the year include money for J Edgar, the 3D version of Titanic and Inception.
    The best paid British actors during the same period were Sacha Baron Cohen, who earned £19million, including for his writing and producing, and Robert Pattinson, whose pay totalled $26m.

    Little is known about the plot for the next two Bond films but the screenplay will come from John Logan, one of the three writers of Skyfall. It is thought to be a two-part film with the second to be released in 2016.
    Craig yesterday paid a surprise visit to 800 British soldiers, sailors and airmen stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan as they prepared to watch Skyfall.
    Royal Air Force Sergeant Dave Hammond said of the morale-boosting visit: ‘It was great to be able to see the film here and to have James Bond himself to introduce it was brilliant.’

  • Mike

    @Daniel visits Afghanistan: @Mendel: Daniel is just simply cool. What a great moral boost this must have been for the troops!

  • Guinness

    Excellent. Who does this? visits the troops with a World Wide Record Breaking Movie playing? Dan does it. That’s who. Cuz he is knows around the world. wow. He is crazy!!!!
    Dan is the Man of the year. ….
    Thx for the posts…..that is what I was wondering–and Fio posted the amount as $60K ?? But with bonuses (remember my quip here?).
    Thx for landing Mendel–how many times with Bond is it now??? you lucky girl. and it still begs the question—are they going to release the DVD for christmas present?? they will make more MONEY Babs!!! –will it make it around the globe in time, tho?

    btw—so, we get the NYTimes every week–sunday. My Dan opens the style section–and lo & behold- “here’s whats-his-name” My Dan says…and I says, “in a good lookiing coat?” . “ah, huh.” says My Dan. And a few seconds later he says to me, ” and guess who is on the pages after him”? I says to My Dan…”his wife with a Bulgari necklace looking oh so ugly, huh?” and he replied,” ah, yeh, but she AINT so UGLY-lookin”.

    yeh. And so it goes.

  • Weirdo

    I just read the Rolling Stone article on Daniel in a bookstore. He’s hilarious! I really do hope he gets to do some other work.

  • Fio

    Rachel’s views on Skyfall :)

    Rachel Weisz finds something remarkable about her husband Daniel Craig’s performance in ‘Skyfall.’
    “Bond cries in ‘Skyfall.’ No one remarks on that,” Rachel Weisz told me over breakfast in the East Village of Manhattan. “I think it’s a huge scene, isn’t it?”
    I couldn’t help but agree with Weisz, who deserves an Oscar nomination for her role as an unfaithful wife in “The Deep Blue Sea” — but couldn’t have been more faithful in her reading of her husband Daniel Craig’s hit “Skyfall.” She was referring to the climactic scene when Bond holds an injured M, played by Judi Dench, in his arms in a Scottish church.
    We had taken a detour in our discussion of Weisz’s career to discuss my column about how M comes out from behind the desk and has a story arc in “Skyfall.” And she develops as both a mother figure for Bond, and his current archenemy Silva (Javier Bardem). The rogue agent’s motivation originates in his sense that M threw him under the bus years before. In that sense, Silva and Bond are brothers in spy with M as their mutual Mum.
    “Really,” Weisz said, “I never thought of that: M is for Mother. But I remember that Silva says, ‘Mummy’s been very bad.’”
    And, then, later, when Bond drives M to his childhood home, and she’s injured, he carries her in his arms. And that’s when, according to Weisz, Bond cries. “It’s rather interesting,” Weisz said. “You should check it out. For me, it’s just remarkable. Somebody said to me, oh, no, he’s sweating. He’s sweating? Okay, I mean, I’ll let people see whatever they want to see.”
    Craig’s wife was not the only one to notice the tears of a spy. Under the headline “007 – License to Cry” the semi-official paper of the Vatican, “L’Osservatore Romano,” noted that the current Bond is “”more human, capable of being moved and of crying: in a word, more real.”

  • Fio

    Tim Craig: #Skyfall Michael Wood in the #LRB: … via @LRB

    At the Movies
    Michael Wood
    When Daniel Craig took on the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), there was much talk of the real thing. Here at last was the mean, lethal, almost banter-free figure we thought Ian Fleming had invented, the ruthless, funless fellow we imagined we had always wanted. He had a licence to kill but his real licence was his angry work ethic. He was going to get the job done and nothing would distract him. He looked more like Robert Shaw, the great villain in From Russia with Love, than like any other Bond. He was unshaken, unstirred; dogged not feline, a terrier who made us wonder what those sleek, overdressed catlike figures had been doing these 44 years. Even his smart suits looked like overalls done by Dior – well, by Lindy Hemming, as it happens. When he said, ‘Bond, James Bond’, he was not just identifying himself as other actors had done. He was correcting the record. He was James Bond, the others were impostors, Algernons or Benedicts or something from a quite different branch of the family.

    The film (directed by Martin Campbell) was well paced, and organised the old tropes elegantly around the new engine. But by the end it was already beginning to feel tired – with how many more Bond movies to come. It looked good, it was good, but there was some kind of misapprehension lurking in it. Quantum of Solace (2008), directed by Marc Forster, seemed a bit stodgy, but thoroughly faithful to the old-new premise, the labours of the travelling, rough-’em-up bulldog. It was only when I saw it again a few weeks ago – since this is the Bond movies’ fiftieth anniversary year there are places in the world where you can’t see anything on television except Bond films – that I understood. Craig and his directors thought seriousness was a virtue. They had brought a Stanislavskian notion of intensity not just to acting but to fiction. The idea was for Craig to be James Bond and to show us he was no one else. It wasn’t just a matter of dropping the wisecracks and the various excesses of style, running from Connery to Moore via Dalton and Brosnan, or to put it too speedily, from sardonic to camp via brooding and flighty. It was the assumption, which we all half-fell for, that a real James Bond was a good idea. It wasn’t an idea at all, it was a delusion. Why would we want a real James Bond, and what did we want when we thought we wanted him?

    This is not quite the way the publicity for Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, has been running, but the makers of the film have in principle understood both the delusion and the question. Craig has said in an interview that he thought it was a mistake not to allow Bond to be funny, and that the new film would be different. The thought of Craig being funny brings to mind the monster doing ‘Putting on the Ritz’ in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein, and he isn’t funny in Skyfall. But he does make a grim gag now and again – returning from his supposed grave he says he has been ‘enjoying death’ – he is less righteous, he is damaged, and he thinks. He is – what do you call it? – acting. And the film is often funny, even if its psychoanalytic freight finally tugs it down.

    When a drowning man dissolves – the pun is in the image too – into the film’s credits, the joke is quick and allusive. The old Bond theme tune surfaces and rapidly vanishes whenever the action – the motor- bike chase across the rooftops of Istanbul, the slug-out on top of the moving train – gets a little too hokey. It’s not less exciting because it’s hokey – on the contrary – and it reminds us that in the previous two Bond films, as in several thousand other recent movies, mere explosions and the wreckage of vehicles are not action. They are just noise and expense. Q in Skyfall is not an ageing gadgeteer and not dropped from the story. He is a young nerd (played by Ben Whishaw) who gives Bond a radio and asks: ‘Were you expecting an exploding pen?’ When Bond and M, on the run, need to change cars, they switch from an up-to-date Audi (I think) to an old Aston Martin – the old Aston Martin.

  • Fio

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    This is all knowing without being obtrusive, and the film respects its lineage while both mocking it and escaping from it. It’s all about age in other ways too. Judi Dench (who has always known how to act as distinct from earnestly impersonate) is M again, but her career is about to be terminated, as a smooth-talking Ralph Fiennes tells us. When Bond reappears from his apparent death, he looks terrible, and has no doubt kept himself gaunt and unshaved as a reproach to M – she did after all tell a British agent to take a shot at him. He says that both of them have been in the game ‘maybe too long’. She says, ‘Speak for yourself’, but she must at least share his worry. MI6 itself is ageing – or at least the politicians think so – and M’s retirement is part of a larger picture of supposed obsolescence. What are old-time spies to do in the age of infinite technological intrusion? The movie’s writers (Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan) obviously want to side with tradition against the mindless modernisers but their heart’s not in it. Even M herself is aurally present on a wire while Bond is chasing through Istanbul on his bike and leaping onto a train. This is a fine effect, borrowed from the Bourne movies but put to good use. No spy is ever alone now; or rather, he is still alone enough to do the dying, but also himself spied on perpetually by his listening bosses in another place.

    What’s happened in Skyfall is that some unknown enemy or enemies – if you’ve read the credits you’ll know it’s Javier Bardem – has stolen the hard drive of an MI6 computer which contains the names of all the Nato agents embedded in terrorist groups around the world. Don’t ask why the agent we see dying at the beginning was carting this sort of information around on his computer. But Bardem, playing one Raoul Silva, is not in the service of some alien country or corporation, he’s working for himself, and his only interest is mischief – and M. Once a British operative, he feels betrayed by her and seeks revenge – unlike Bond, who is a little ruffled by her willingness to have him killed in the line of her duty, but nevertheless concedes she was just doing her job. The two men are twins in a way: mother’s boys with different priorities. Bardem doesn’t know how to turn in a bad performance, but he’s a little underused here: first splendidly creepy, then just another tall guy with a gun and a couple of disguises. The movie is not really interested in him; only in his interest in M. Silva blows up MI6 headquarters, callously tortures and kills a beautiful French sidekick called Séverine (Bérénice Marlohe in real life, but I would like to think she has migrated from Belle de Jour), takes over various disused bits of the London Underground, allows himself to be caught so that he can be close to M, and … but this is where you need to see the movie for yourselves.

    Skyfall has provoked wildly enthusiastic critical reactions in England; calmer manifestations in the US. It’s not impossible that patriotism plays a part here. The gimmicky Olympic association of Bond with the queen continues, since M is constantly addressed as ‘ma’am’ – you could almost confuse it with ‘M’ – and it’s clear that in many respects she is England. When Bond is given a word-association test to prove he’s fit to return to the field, one of the words is ‘country’. He says ‘England’. Normal enough for an English spy, but he says it with a peculiarly loyal, even dreamy look in his eye. This is a different Bond. When offered the prompt-word ‘murder’, he says ‘employment’, and although the answer is grim enough and appropriate enough – what else is his licence for? – there is a sense of service in the idea. This is what he does for her – for various ‘hers’. And this is how she – M, that is – talks to the government commission questioning her work, when she is trying to defend ‘old-fashioned human intelligence’ and its capacity to interrogate what is going on ‘in the shadows’:

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    Time and fate and Tennyson – and the passage of empire, disguised as the advent of technology and bureaucrats. Sounds like a retirement speech to me. ‘You’re living in a ruin,’ Silva says, and he’s not just describing the underground headquarters of MI6.

    There was always a nationalist streak in the Bond image, and you can track fantasies of Englishness through the long series. Clearly the English don’t have quite the same fantasies about their identity as others do, but dreams of Englishness are international in all kinds of ways, and it’s no small feature of the irony and complication of these projections that perhaps the best of these Englishmen was a Scotsman. The dates are interesting: Connery, six films, 1962-71 (plus one comeback in 1983); Lazenby, one film, 1969; Moore, seven films, 1973-85; Dalton, two films, 1987-89; Brosnan, four films, 1995-2002. The Connery films were about a spy who refused to come in from the cold, who refused to believe the cold could be come in from; the Moore films were merely nostalgic for some sort of war, cold, hot or tepid. The high/low point was perhaps Octopussy, where Moore, faced with a large angry tiger, says, ‘Sit,’ and the tiger does. That’s the way we ran the empire: Carry on up the Khyber meets Gunga Din. By the time we got to the Dalton and Brosnan films even fantasy politics seemed left behind, and we were in an alternative universe, a cinema version of Playstation, although of course not without all kinds of charm. The high point here was Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies driving his BMW out of a German garage while lying on the back seat and using a remote control – literally as if he was engaged in a thumbs-only computer game.

    Englishness in all these cases connotes a certain unflappability, whatever the differences in style and relation to any known historical world; an effortless superiority, experienced as a sort of inheritance rather than a skill; a worldliness that means the exotic never seems exotic to Bond himself; and a sense that Bond doesn’t really care about any of this, he might be in it just for the entertainment. The attempt to give him feelings, via the death of Diana Rigg, was a hopeless mess.

    We see how different Daniel Craig is as Bond. He is not flappable, but his superiority is full of effort; he is not worldly, and he is not enjoying himself. He is gruff – he was even gruff about his helicopter trip with the queen, claiming to be shirty about having to do the job on his day off. Part of the publicity no doubt. But Bond has changed in Skyfall. Whatever his manner, he is serving his country now instead of his own self-regarding virtue. This is certainly a quaint old fantasy of Englishness – I would have thought the reigning fantasy had more to do with robbing the country – and I had better end before I start quoting Henry V.

  • Belle

    The Britannia Awards 2012 British Artist of the Year Daniel Craig

  • Guinness-thx Fio

    I like that article. I hate reading the researched and critical thinking articles–comparing things intellectually. Its like looking at art and using all kinds of Hemmingwayish adjectives. Its entertainment. If you look too deep into it, it removes it from being entertaining into a thing to study. And studying is not entertainment.
    so let’s study and break apart into sections, the Rolling Stone interview.
    1. I accidently aquired two magazines of this issue. there is a story behind this as always. but I am not Hemmingway….
    2. If you ever want to get secrets out of Dan, buy him BEER. or Guinness!!! (*that was cleverer than I meant it to be!!*)
    3. Tell him you have some clams and you would like him to find them on you (or were they oysters?).
    4. Dont ask him if you can pinch Rach’s butt.
    5. I will ask him to finger paint me… (wow, was this interview just wrong in all the naughty places….. )
    6. Buy him another Guinness
    7. Don’t ask him to play Cinderella
    8. and 150 suits? really? I wonder how many time pieces he has?Why?
    9. wtf does he mean about the businessmen? were they bullying him?
    10. It sucks to be him sometimes.

    The first statement he gave told me he was “out of sorts”, but then the second thing he said really told me he was “out of character” and going to a dark place for conversation.
    He was definitely in a different mood. Or was it the author’s take on his demeanor?
    And yes, my dear, you will be answering or talking about things for about 10 years—and if anyone noticed, they should be asking about the arrogant, drinking dufus you were for this interview. But hey, whatever. You’re entitled as everyone else is to blow off steam. too bad a RS reporter was there to catch it RAW.
    (I can send it to you Mendel? Dont buy it.)Its interesting that no one is commenting on how much of a jerk his answers were.
    the c word? never mind. i am mad now. he sounded like a jerk. can anyone report that??? no because he is too high.

    great. Mendel, talk me back down? Fio?,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=ff10cfe49c06c197&bpcl=38625945&biw=1366&bih=556

  • Guinness-thx Belle

    I will take foot out of mouth now. And put it up Dan’s azz for that interview…it was done before all this hoopla, huh?
    I still owe him a few beers anyway. You comin’ Mendel?

    (*yea-I know you are*)

  • Guinness-thx fixation

    love love Love the Adele graphics…

  • Erica

    Guinness-I agree I was rather taken aback by some of his comments in RS. Wondering how much was taken out of context or just too many beers?!

  • Mendel

    to Fio

    “Rachel’s views on Skyfall :)”

    I love this article!!!

    Hi Guinness

    “i am mad now. he sounded like a jerk. can anyone report that??? no because he is too high.

    great. Mendel, talk me back down? Fio?”

    I tried your link, but it didn’t work. Found this one though, and yes, he certainly sounds as if he is talking through his rear end (not keeping the British end up, definitely not):

    However, there are a few possibilities…he either had one too many, or one interview too many, or the interviewer had a few too many or there were a few…journalistic embellishments to the article – or all of the above…

    Something certainly doesn’t sound right. We might need Bond to investigate ;)

    “I still owe him a few beers anyway. You comin’ Mendel?

    (*yea-I know you are*)”

    Always… *grin*

  • Guinness-Its what Dan wants!!!

    crap. you are kidding? moderated? i haven’t had that done in a while. crap.
    well, thx for talking me down mendel…
    and I commented on your link you sent. excellent.

  • Mendel

    Hi Guinness

    loved your comment.

    After reading this article, I found the whole interview rather funny – somehow, it really depends how it is presented:

  • Mendel

    And totally unrelated, here is an article about Skyfall: