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Casino Royale pre-title sequence preview and Daniel Craig interview in Total Film

05-Sep-2006 • Casino Royale

The latest issue of Total Film magazine in the UK features a preview of the Casino Royale pre-titles sequence, and a brief interview with Daniel Craig.

Spoilers ahead...

"We first meet the new OO7 in the toilet. An inglorious intro? Hardly. It's Bond's most furious, brutal close-quarter scrap since Connery took on Shaw in From Russia With Love. Daniel Craig announces himself as the new Bond - a younger, harder, cockier and more vulnerable Bond - with teeth-rattling effectiveness. Shot jagged and loose in tense monochrome, Casino Royale's gasp-snatching pre-credit opener sees the spy in a desperate grapple-and-batter brawl, tearing through a mêlée of shattered porcelain, torn cubicle doors and lacerated skin before finally drowning his opponent in a wash-basin. "How did he die?" comes the question as Bond's flashback ends. Craig's eyes glint as he considers his answer for a millisecond. "Not well."

Time to settle the arguments. Having sat down with DC and watched him in action, Total Film can confirm here and now that he's nothing short of sensational. "Good!" grins Craig. "Well, I mean that's the plan. We wanted the action to be bloody, gritty and real." But while he packs the skills of Jason Bourne and energised the physicality of Ethan Hunt, Casino Royale's MI6 superagent is still suave, smart, witty and very British. "People assume we're f**king with it, but the world has moved on and this is an act of progression," explains Craig. "It's the first Bond and it still is Bond. But 'OO' doesn't mean shooting people, it means making a decision, and that makes Bond a dangerous human being." Yes, but does it matter that he's blond? Craig laughs. "Oh, f**k off..."

Thanks to `Algernon` & `cwebber01` for the alerts.

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