Craig has a special team to ensure that he is in top condition
After the release of Specter – his fourth Bond film – Daniel Craig famously said he'd rather cut my wrist & # 39; then repeat the spy role.
But then, look, the surly actor said he would record it again.
No push-over, Craig is reportedly paid over £ 60 million for the role, making him one of Hollywood & # 39; s best paid actors. And he would exert extraordinary influence on the set.
Craig has a special team to ensure that he is in top condition, including a personal chef, physiotherapist and fitness trainer, and allegedly has enormous creative control, with a major input in everything from locations and the casting of his female co-stars to the script and the role of director.
Lea Seydoux, who played Swann, Bond & # 39; s love interest in the final episode and returns for the new movie, said of Daniel Craig in a recent interview: & # 39; I love photographing with him. He is cool and friendly. And I appreciate his uncompromising (nature). & # 39;
She is not the only one who alludes to a certain rigor in her leading husband. When filming started, there were reports that giving Craig such sweeping control had rippled springs among the crew.
The gossip column column from the New York Post, page six, quotes a source that says: & # 39; Everyone on the production side hates working with Daniel, he is so difficult and makes things impossible.
The gossip column column from the New York Post, page six, cites a source that says: & # 39; Everyone on the production side hates working with Daniel, he is so difficult and makes things impossible
& # 39; But (Bond producer) Barbara Broccoli thinks he is walking on the water and only counts her opinion. & # 39;
It is not the first time that Craig – allegedly involved in choosing all his Bond girls in five films – ventured out of the acting arena.
He said that during the Hollywood writers' strike from 2007 to 2008 he rewrote himself scenes for Quantum Of Solace.
Craig said: & # 39; We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers' strike. There was nothing we could do. I tried to rewrite scenes – and I am not a writer. & # 39;
Actors (from the left) Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch
Unfortunately, critics planned the film, which is now considered the worst of Craig & # 39; s four Bond films. The celebrated American critic Roger Ebert even went so far as to say: "Okay, I'll say it. Never again. Never let this happen again with James Bond. & # 39;
In preparation for his long-awaited return, Craig has adopted a debilitating diet and exercise regime.
But no rigorous preparation could have prevented his recent setback: the 51-year-old actor slipped and injured his ankle while filming in Jamaica earlier this month.
The actor, who – unlike some of his predecessors – likes to do his own stunts, filmed one of his last scenes when he fell uncomfortable while running.
Daniel Craig (right) has a heated discussion during a break in filming with director Cary Joji Fukunaga
The action had to go to a studio in the UK, but that is supposed to be postponed while Craig was operating in New York.
Fortunately for the rest of the cast and the crew, the star only has to be out of action for two weeks.
It is of course far removed from the first injury that Craig sustained in the line of his task. & # 39; He gets his hands very dirty & # 39 ;, said Gary Powell, head stunt coordinator for four previous Bond films, in 2008.
& # 39; Daniel is putting the work in, even if it is something he does not like. & # 39;
The sculpted body that came out of the sea during Casino Royale in 2006, certainly went through the ring during his record career as Bond (he reached 4,526 days of Roger Moore in April).
There was an unfavorable start in 2006, when he lost two teeth during his first stunt, during which a dentist had to be flown to Prague for emergency repairs.
Actor Naomie Harris depicted in Jamaica
Then, in 2008, during the filming of Quantum Of Solace, it was a catalog of misery: a slap in the face that the services of a plastic surgeon, a cut finger, a torn muscle in his shoulder and an accident in Panama, resulting in heavily bruised, required ribs.
And while filming Specter in 2015, he got a knee injury during a fighting scene.
No wonder Craig ever complained: & # 39; I hurt myself every day. & # 39;
But when Bond 25 finally comes to the finish line, the injuries of the battered, bruised but uncooperated Daniel Craig have been the least of the concerns of the besieged producers.
Director who tried to kill the band
The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was a striking catch for Bond 25. He was mainly linked to the film last spring, but it seemed a good thing that Boyle, who counted Trainspotting as his credits, was responsible for the opening ceremony from the 2012 London Olympics, where the queen participated in a Sex-themed sketch.
When it was revealed in August, Boyle was no longer in charge. A statement on the official 007 Twitter account said: & # 39; Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that Danny Boyle decided to stop directing Bond 25. due to creative differences. & # 39;
Among the many rumored reasons were differences about casting and a clash with Craig, followed by unconfirmed reports that Boyle had gone because he wanted to kill Bond.
Meet the # MeToo generation, James
James Bond has always been resistant to change from another era.
When Judi Dench & M first met Pierce Brosnan's suave super-spy in GoldenEye, she lambasts him as a & # 39; sexist, unfriendly dinosaur; a remnant of the Cold War & # 39 ;.
So it was only a matter of time before #MeToo caught up with 007.
Anyone who wonders which of his prominent Bond ladies will be shocked and moved should be aware that movie bosses apparently have an intimacy coach to make the actors feel at ease during sex scenes.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said she wants to focus on the female characters with her script adaptations, and even the iconic Bond Girl-leading lady seems to be in danger.
At the April film launch, Barbara Broccoli said that while some actresses still like Bond Girls, we call & # 39; Bond women & # 39 ;.
She continued: & # 39; I think that as we get older, she likes the name Bond Girl. I think when they are young they don't like it so much. & # 39; She refused to name names.
At the launch of the film, the politically correct PR machine went painfully slower to avoid describing the female stars as Bond Girls, with the legendary Dr. No star Ursula Andress – now 83 – designated as a & # 39; Bond actress & # 39 ;.
A first meeting at Eon Productions headquarters, from which Barbara Broccoli controls the Bond movie franchise with an iron bar, was called positive, and everyone was enthusiastic about Boyle's plans to startle Bond.
But in the end the delivered scenario as & # 39; became too radical & # 39; considered.
In March, Boyle wrote in the Empire magazine: & # 39; What John (Hodge, his co-author) and I were doing, I thought, was really good.
& # 39; It wasn't finished yet, but it could have been very good. I work in collaboration with writers and I am not willing to break it down.
& # 39; We worked very, very well, but they didn't want to go down that route with us, so we decided to leave the company. & # 39;
Speaking of replacement director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Boyle said: & I received a very nice message from him and I gave him my best wishes. . . It's just a big shame. & # 39;
More than a quantum of chaos
Not since the six-year gap between License To Kill and GoldenEye, released in 1989 and 1995 respectively, a Bond movie has been waiting for so long.
Bond 25 (his lack of official name is another concern for fans) was originally planned for this fall's release, but then there were delays that led Daniel Craig to sign up for another movie, just to silence the debacle with the director and the script. The date was pushed back to February 2020.
Then, in February of this year, the date was shifted again to April 8, 2020. It means that there is a short window for filming (which takes about six weeks) and editing wrapped and the film out, so it clashes not with other important releases.
When the producers shot scenes for Bond 25 in snowy Norway, they ran into a blizzard of controversy.
Crews began to close off areas that are normally open to skiers and there was concern that the producers were able to get a license to film in forest areas that are normally subject to severe traffic and building restrictions.
Trekkers and skiers were furious when large parts of the forest land were stripped of snow and tree trunks laid down for filming.
Norway's environmental policy is among the strictest in the world and the country has rules that should prohibit any kind of construction within forest boundaries.
Bond 25 (his lack of official name is another concern for fans) was originally scheduled for release this fall, but then there were delays causing Daniel Craig to sign up for another movie, not to mention the debacle about the director and script
Bond filmmakers are assumed to have obtained all the right licenses.
But even the elements conspired. A scene with a villain chasing a woman over a frozen lake had to be abandoned when the ice thawed.
Meanwhile, the launch of Bond 25, intended to be a dazzling curtain-raiser, was a disappointment. Fans at least expected the name of the film. But no, Bond 25 remains. Shatterhand, the original provisional title, after an alias used by Blofeld, seems to have been thrown away.
During the live-streamed event of the former home of writer Ian Fleming in Jamaica, the details of the plot were meager, but we do know that Bond 25 will involve the CIA and Felix Leiter, who are asking for help in tracing a scientist.
The cast seemed a bit lacking in enthusiasm, and Daniel Craig was wearing a baggy blue suit and some old trainers.
Fleabag flown in to make us laugh
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is showbiz gold dust. She was praised for Fleabag, brought us to Killing Eve and apparently can do no harm.
But the decision to bring her in to make more adjustments to the Bond 25 scripts was not universal. Craig was apparently determined to give the 007 a sense of humor, which led to a chase to sign the writer, as confirmed by Broccoli at the launch.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is showbiz gold dust
& # 39; It was Daniel's idea. We all jumped over to it while we loved her, & she said. & # 39; She has made a great contribution. & # 39;
But with everyone scrambling to save time with Waller-Bridge, is it no wonder that her ascent has caused unrest?
When Waller-Bridge asked the respondents about writing female characters for the franchise, he recently said: “It's mainly that they make them feel like they're real people, you know? They do that in the previous films.
I think Daniel's films have done, we've had really great Bond girls, so it just keeps that up. & # 39;
Although it is not unusual for a film to have more than one screenwriter, Bond 25 has six.
Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had a script ready, but it was reportedly set aside after director Danny Boyle and his trainspot co-author John Hodge were hired. A Russian villain was said to be a central character.
However, everything was confused with the departure of Boyle. Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of the American crime series True Detective, was his replacement and Purvis and Wade returned. Paul Haggis, praised for his contributions to writing Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, was also involved, and a fourth writer, Scott Z. Burns, from The Bourne Ultimatum fame, was brought in.
But according to reports, Daniel Craig still felt that something was missing, hence the arrival of Phoebe Waller Bridge.
Earlier this month, Mail & # 39; s Baz Bamigboye revealed that the constant joke on the set was that the script is confused. And the answer is: & # 39; Which script? & # 39;
& # 39; She writes a rewrite of a rewrite, & # 39; said a source, about the involvement of Waller-Bridge. & # 39; Daniel & # 39; s writing. Write Cary & # 39; s. The crew thinks they are working on a well-polished s *** show.
& # 39; They have a plot description, but the dialogue is at the very last minute. It is not the way to make a movie. I can imagine they are cleaning it up in the cutting room. That is where most films are made anyway. But you would think the Bond-fate would be more together than this. & # 39;
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