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Daniel Craig Talks About 'Quantum of Solace'

Daniel Craig's Back as Bond, James Bond

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Daniel Craig as James Bond

Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace.'

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Daniel Craig was willing to go to extreme lengths to make the action in Quantum of Solace look as realistic as possible. The latest Bond movie finds Craig as James Bond out to avenge the death of Vesper Lynd, and the actor did many of his own stunts in the action-heavy 22nd film of the franchise.

In fact, Craig got injured a few times during the course of production and still had his arm in a sling while doing the press rounds for Quantum of Solace. "I got some surgery done six weeks ago to stitch me back up. I got a…I don't know…rotator cuff or something," said Craig at the film's Los Angeles press junket. "It's just I have six pins, dissolvable pins put in, that tie the thing to the thing and it's going to be okay."

That's a relief for Bond fans who admire Craig's take on the character. Craig's committed to two more Bond movies, and he's not looking any further down the road than that right now as far as Bond goes. And asked if he'd be willing to go on for 20 years playing Bond, Craig laughed. "I haven't got that in me. Jesus Christ, someone else should do it by then. Look, I will do them as long as I can. I can't see beyond another movie. If they ask me back to do another movie, I would be thrilled. I would be thrilled."

The Stunts

Quantum of Solace finds Bond involved in car chases, fist fights, and even a dangerous escape from an airplane. The action's intense, and Craig says that's because they set the bar high with Casino Royale. "We had to try and achieve and try and make these different, but as good," explained Craig. "And things have moved on. Special effects have moved on. We certainly didn't want to make this a more CGI-based movie but the plane sequence insists that we have CGI. I think the freefall sequence was incredible to do because we went and learned to freefall. We had a conversation about the freefall sequence. I was like, 'I've never seen a good one.' I think they're always kind of [daff]. There's obviously people freefalling and then they have a close-up of somebody with a hair dryer. That always seemed to me the way, and they always last about five minutes longer than they should. So I said, 'It has to be quick. They have to look like they're falling out of the plane.' And someone came up with the idea there's this 200 mile an hour vertical wind tunnel where people go and learn how to freefall, and you can do it. So Olga [Kurylenko] and I went and rehearsed for about a week on it. We stuck a camera, a guy cameraman with a small camera flying with a controller. We had 20 digital cameras around and I think just, you look at it, it was hell, but it looks like we're falling out of an airplane."

Despite how difficult the stunts were, Craig never really felt scared while playing Bond. "We rehearse and rehearse - I don't just go stand on the roof and jump off it. We rehearse it. Hard to believe, I know, but it is the truth. We rehearsed it. Worried that I might get it wrong and worried that I'm going to have to do it more than once. So some of them I only did once," said Craig. "The bus jump was weird. The bus jump was a strange one. I jumped out of a window, the impact is somebody else, I think, although I did an impact. Then I do the stop and then I jump off and climb up the thing. That's all me."

Craig had a simple answer as to why he does stunts whenever possible. "Beats working for a living I suppose," joked Craig. "Jumping out of a window into an oncoming bus. I kept standing there going… because we didn't have the bus in rehearsals. We had an idea of where the bus would be in rehearsals. So your mind goes, but actually the fourth time I did it actually I was putting in a flourish at the end as I was jumping out."

Playing a Bond Who's Out for Revenge

Vesper's death in Casino Royale sets up the story in Quantum of Solace and propels Bond into action. "There's obviously a story about vengeance in this story, but actually Bond isn't on a mission of vengeance," offered Craig. "I mean, he's angry, he's pissed off and all those things, but actually he ties into this title which seems to work better and better the more I talk about it. He wants to find his quantum of solace. He wants to find the peace within himself because he lost somebody."

Quantum of Solace is the first film of the franchise to be a direct sequel of its predecessor. This film starts off an hour after the end of Casino Royale. "It just seemed to me when we came down to it, and we all agreed that to my mind, at the end of Casino Royale it was sort of the beginning of the story as opposed to the end of a story," said Craig about the decision to make this one directly follow Casino Royale. "He'd fallen in love, he'd had his heartbroken, this organization that they'd discovered, they'd just sort of started peeling back the onion skins of. To do another movie and just sort of go, 'Oh, there was this chick once,' seemed to be the wrong thing to do. So it just fit. I don't know when the idea came up. I have no idea."

The Challenges of Playing Bond

The James Bond in Quantum of Solace is more shut off, much more serious than some of the past Bonds. Sean Connery's Bond was witty and charming; the Bond in Quantum of Solace doesn't rely on his charms and instead depends almost exclusively on his fighting skills. And Craig said he's happy this Bond is different from past interpretations. "I would never do that because I'd never copy somebody else. I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me. I had to find out how I was going to do this, and these two movies have tied that in for me. I'm now in a sort of situation… Well, I think we've wrapped up all the loose ends. We've solidified the relationship with M. We've solidified the relationship with Felix Leiter and we can do anything now. I think he's going to be probably a little more relaxed in the next movie, but he had a deal to do, business to do," said Craig.

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