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Daniel Craig talks a little about Bond 22, no title yet, delighted with casting

14-Jan-2008 • Quantum Of Solace

Whilst on a rare day off from production on the 22nd James Bond film to do PR for his small budget project "Flashbacks of a Fool" - which he filmed last year - Daniel Craig spoke briefly to Rotten Tomatoes about the upcoming 007 adventure.

When it came to the specifics - the title for example - Craig was being cagey, telling RT, with a wry grin, that no, there was no title yet, and laughing as RT put to him the suggestion that it was The Lady Expects Too Much. "Really, is that the rumour? That's quite good," he laughed, "I should write that one down..."

But he was willing to let slip some details about the plot. "It carries on from where the last one stopped," Craig told RT, "We set up in the last one that there's this organisation that is destabilising the world's economy because they want to take it over, and that's his job now, to go out and stop them."

Casting news has recently revealed a potential villain in Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly star, Mathieu Almaric. "I'm over the moon with his casting," Craig told RT, "I met him very briefly on Munich but I didn't do any scenes with him. Now I've got to know him on Bond and I saw the Schnabel movie and thought it was amazing."

On the suggestion that he was the Algerian boyfriend of Vesper Lynd, Eva Green's character in Casino Royale, RT again saw the wry smile as Craig hinted, "there is a connection there, yes..."

Suggesting that Craig would have to be doubling his gym routine to prepare for the film's physicality, he confirmed that it's been easy going thus far. "We haven't started the physical stuff yet," he said, "We start that next week so I'm sure I'm going to be walking wounded for the next six months from next week."

Is the challenge lessened this time around? "I don't think you can say there's ever less pressure when you make a $200 million movie," Craig told RT, "I think the pressure is plain to see. We've got to make it as good if not better than the last one, and that's the thing that matters.

"I'm no less nervous than I was but I'm very happy with what we've put together for this one. The fact that Marc Forster's come in to direct it just makes my job a lot easier. He's taken care of a lot of stuff that I just don't have to think about and I'm just getting on with acting."

And, he says, the pressure of taking on the mantle of James Bond gets no easier the second time out of the gate. "I don't know if I'll ever feel comfortable with it," he said, "I mean, it's James Bond. I don't know if I'll ever get to that place and get Zen about it; it's not that kind of role. But I'm enjoying what we've shot so far and I'm planning to enjoy as much as I can of this filming process. Because, otherwise, why do it?"

Thanks to `Pierce - Daniel` for the alert.

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