MI6 rounds up the key quotes from the various
Casino Royale cast and crew interviews given at the
Bahamas press junket, including news on Bond 22...
Casino Royale - Bahamas Interviews (1)
10th March 2006
Bahamas Press Junket
A gaggle of media organizations visited the set of "Casino
Royale" in the Bahamas this week for a tour and a chance
to interview the key players of the latest James Bond film. Reuters,
TV and The
Sun all published brief interviews with select cast and crew
members, including new 007 Daniel Craig, Bond girl Caterina Murino,
director Martin Campbell and producer Barbara Broccoli. Below
are excerpts from the interviews published this week.
Preparing For The Role
Daniel Craig admitted he stewed on the decision to play Bond for
about a year. Addressing why it took so long for the deal to be
done, Craig said: "The script really... and Barbara badgering
me. I hadn't seen a script at that point, and I was obviously
giving it serious thought then. I'd have been stupid not to. But
I hadn't seen a script and the process hadn't really gotten going.
Once I sat down and read the story, I just thought that I wanted
to tell this story. I really do. I mean, I'm a big Bond fan, and
I love what he represents, and it was almost slightly annoying
to finally read it and go, "Oh, Jesus! It's good!" And
that was it, and we were away.
Producer Barbara Broccoli answered questions as to why Craig
was the top choice from day one: "Well, he's a phenomenal
actor. I think he's the actor that defies his generation of actors.
I was a huge fan of his work, the films he'd made, and when we
decided we were going to make "Casino Royale," it's
obviously a big decision who we're going to use, and he was always
in the forefront of our minds. Obviously, there was a lot of stuff
in the press, but the reality was that he was in the forefront,
and it wasn't until we were able to give him the script that we
started talking, and once we did, things moved very quickly."
Craig added, " It was kind of normal. That's the weird
thing. There's so much speculation going on, as there always is,
but once Barbara gave me the script and I wanted to do it, I screen-tested,
because there was a new producer on board with Sony who wanted
to see if I could do it or not, and I got the job. It's kind of
The press has been awash with negative stories about Daniel Craig's
work on the film so far, fan criticisms and the various "problems"
he has had. On the subject of the pressures the role places on
him, Craig said: "Of course, I'm aware of [the stuff on the
internet]. The controversy is [something] I get. When I accepted
the job, I understood there would be consequences, but I can't
set myself up and protecting myself, I have to say "Okay,
I'm going to accept this." Nobody knows more than I do how
important this is, and basically, I've taken on this responsibility,
and I'm going to give it my best shot, and once the film's made,
then we'll see. But judge the movie, because that's the deal.
As far as blocking it out is concerned, we're kind of doing a
movie during the day. I go to the gym at night and I get home
and sleep. I get up in the morning [and I go back to work]…
that's my process at the moment."
Speaking about the criticism, Craig said: "You go mad if
you believe any of it. You can't believe the good stuff. You can't
believe the bad stuff. You kind of just take it in. But I'm focused
on making this film. I've been trying to give 110 percent from
the beginning and maybe after that (the criticism), I was trying
to give 115 percent, but I mean, I'm giving everything I can."
What about the "fans" who already saying they will
boycott the film? Craig was blunt with his rebuttal: "I know
there are a lot of fans out there who James Bond is incredibly
important to. I want to make it clear he is incredibly important
to me as well. I am putting everything I can into this movie.
We are putting in something else as well - an X factor we haven't
seen before. We're making a movie, and I think we're making a
really good movie. When it comes out, if they still feel the same
way then, you know, screw them!"
But like all publicity, even the criticism of Craig has a plus
side. "People are, thank goodness, in a way still incredibly
interested," said casting director Debby McWilliams. "Virtually
a day doesn't go by where we don't read something about James
Bond in a newspaper and that can only be good for us I think."
Sex, Sadism & Snobbery
With all the talk of a back to basics Bond, and Craig admitting
he will be bearing all for the torture scene, how will this
affect the film's rating? Craig admitted, "We can't
go fully monty in Bond, because we can't get the rating".
Producer Barbara Broccoli explained: "We're going
back to the origins of the character and the story, but
we feel that even though it's rougher and more complex,
we're still making a family film. We're still making something,
which is what we call heightened reality. It's more realistic
and it's not as fantastical as the last couple [movies]
have been or we've made through the series. There were times,
when the films got very fantastical like with "Moonraker"
and things like that. You change because you change with
the times. At the moment, I think everybody is feeling very
serious about the world and they don't feel frivolous about
the world, and I think it's the right time to tell this
story and Daniel's the right actor to play him."
Right: Daniel Craig with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli back in October 2005 when he was unveiled as 007.
On the subject of the torture sequence from Fleming's original
1953 novel, Craig said: "I'm trying not to think about it.
It's going to be the last day of shooting. The scene should feel
tough. There's a definite wow factor. The men will be wincing,
though I'm sure some women will be applauding". Director
Martin Campbell added: "The ball-busting scene is going to
be scarier than anything Bond has faced before, including sharks.
He will be naked and some of the shots are very horrific."
Bonding With The New Girls
New Bond girl Eva Green, who plays the lead female role Vesper
Lynd, was enthusiastic about the filming. ""It's exciting,
very exciting," Green confessed, in nearly perfect British
brogue. And Bond's other sidekick, Murino, didn't want to reveal
too much either, but she did hint she may win Bond's heart: "I
kiss him!" she slipped.
Bond 22 & Beyond
ComingSoon quizzed Broccoli about plans post Casino Royale, and
are they working on a "sequel" already? Broccoli said:
"We are. We're already thinking about it. We're in the early
stages. It's an original story, but it's going to continue part
of what the story is in this film." So what about the possibility
of remaking some of the earlier Bond novels? "We don't plan
to do that, but to coin a phrase, never say never."
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon
Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is
scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography
started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech
Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British
actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the
sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
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