An Interview With Daniel
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Daniel Craig walks through the drawing room of the Cooper Hotel like an
octopus navigating a paddling-pool. Casually dressed in a red cagoule
and beret, heads turn as he makes his way to my table. They have no
idea who he is but he has accidently trodden on a bread roll and
smeared Loganberry Conserve over the pristine carpets. The man himself
is calmness personified when he sits down and shakes my hand. No
big-shot posturings for this actor. He orders a cup-a-soup and politely
excuses himself for a moment. He has a call from Sean Pertwee to take.
He returns ten minutes later sipping from a can of Fanta and our
interview begins. Craig is chatty and polite between bites of his
cheese on toast and talks openly about his career, the future and that
Quantrill: When did you first hear that you in the running to be James
Craig: I was about to start shooting a gangster film called 'What Do
You Take Me For, Some Sort Of Pilchard?' and my agent got a
from Barbara Broccoli.
Quantrill: So the gangster film got scrapped?
Craig: I'm afraid so...shame really.
Quantrill: Who else was involved?
Craig: Sean Pertwee...and young Owen.
Craig: No, Sid.
Quantrill: Did you know Barbara Broccoli at all?
Craig: Know her? I had an active restraining order out on her.
Quantrill: She was very persistent in her efforts to get you to do it?
Craig: That's one way of putting it.
Quantrill: Did you have to test for the part?
Craig: I did but there wasn't any film in the camera. I'd already
signed at that point.
Quantrill: Did the others who tested for the part know that?
Craig: No...I think the Croatian bloke from ER knew there was something
fishy going on. We gave him the wrong directions to the test studio and
he ended up on an industrial estate in north London...probably still
Quantrill: You've worked with some big names. What was that like?
Craig: Wonderful. I'll never forget the first thing Tom Hanks said to
Quantrill: Which was?
Craig: Tom looked at me and in that easy languid style said 'Who are
Quantrill: What would you say the Daniel Craig acting style was?
Craig: My philosophy is keep it real. If you're playing a Scotchman
then you play Scotch right down the line...wear a kilt if you
Qauntrill: Have you ever taught an acting class?
Craig: I'm actually going to do that for BBC2 this winter. Do you
remember the Michael Caine masterclass thing? I'm doing a new version
of that. It was Barbara's idea. David Arnold is doing the
and we hope to shoehorn Judi Dench in there somewhere.
Quantrill: A lot of people don't know this but your real name is not
Daniel Craig is it?
Craig: No...my real name is Christopher Eccleston so you can see why I
had to change it Funnily enough Christopher Eccleston's real
is Sean Pertwee and Sean Pertwee's real name is David
Quantrill: Why did you choose the name Daniel Craig?
Craig: Daniel Craig was a music-hall comedian who was on television a
lot in the sixties. He used to dress up as a monkey and play
Quantrill: Did you ever meet him?
Craig: No. He shot himself in 1973 after coming last on New Faces.
Quantrill: Now to the obvious question. How is your Bond going to be
different from the others?
Craig: He's certainly going to be shorter! (laughs) Seriously...I think
this one is much more realistic. We have a scene where Bond
destroys a construction site with a bulldozer, for instance,
really show how gritty and realistic it would actually be to
try and control a bulldozer. I don't think you will ever see
a runaway bulldozer scene played with such a complex grasp of
emotional ramifications of actually taking control of a
and smashing the f**k out of something...I think people will be in
tears. I really do.
Qauntrill: The reboot allows for some post-modern jokes?
Craig: Yes...the possibilities of paradigm-shift smugness haven't
escaped us. There is a wonderful scene when I order a
vodka-martini and the barman asks if want it shaken or
Without missing a beat, I tell him to f**k-off. And that's the quality
that Haggis brings. It is extraordinary stuff. Paul insists
he wrote most of his contribution in the aeroplane toilet
over but that is just typical of the man's wit.
Quantrill: It sounds very different.
Craig: I think of it this way. If Roger Moore is a bowl of whipped
cream, Daniel Craig is a rich chocolate pudding...with some nuts
sprinkled on top.
Quantrill: Do you worry about Bond stopping you from doing other more
Craig: It's unavoidable really. I actually had to pull out of 'The
Bill' Christmas special to do Casino Royale...it's one of the drawbacks.
Quantrill: How many Bonds are you signed up for?
Quantrill: Twenty-seven? That sounds slightly unrealistic.
Craig: We'll see. Barbara wants to shoot the next ten back to back.
Quantrill: What's next for you?
Craig: I'm going to start work on a gangster film called 'Dagenham
Chav' with Sean Pertwee and Bill Treacher in the Autumn and then I'll
do the next Bond.
Quantrill: Would you like to direct?
Craig: I would love to. I'm writing a gangster script called 'Headcase'
at the moment...I think Sean Pertwee has shown some interest.
Quantrill: How do you relax offscreen?
Craig: I like funny films. The Police Academy series, things like that.
I collect glove puppets too which keeps me busy.
Quantrill: Daniel Craig, thank you very much.
Craig: Thank you.