Read excerpts from Daniel Craig's forthcoming tv interview with Jonathan Ross.
Daniel Craig has spoken to Jonathan Ross in his first sit down interview ahead of the release of Spectre.
The exclusive interview is part of the one-off special, James Bond’s Spectre with Jonathan Ross, which is due to air on ITV on Saturday 17th October.
Speaking about working with director, Sam Mendes, and bringing Bond’s history and character to life, Daniel said: “We [Sam and I] both were kind of on the same page... that you’ve got to start with the character, what does that character do? What is his emotional journey? And then have that in a Bond movie.”
When talking about Bond the man, Jonathan referenced emotional issues going back to Bond’s childhood that have been touched on in previous films like Casino Royale and Skyfall.
He also spoke about James Bond being for some, the perfect man. “Would he be someone who you could hang out with or would he be someone who you would avoid because he’s so emotionally closed?” Jonathan asked. “That wouldn’t be the reason I would avoid him,” Daniel replied, “That would be low down the list of reasons ‘no he’s so emotionally closed’ [he laughs]. The fact that he kills people three times a week… I’ve been fortunate I suppose to meet quite a few guys from MI6 and they always impress me, they’re very together people, way more together than I could ever hope to be. I don't know, it’s one of those things - he’s fun at a party but don’t stay too late.”
Speaking about Bond having an air of certainty about himself, Daniel said: “He has to yes, that’s in a way one of the complicated things about playing it is that he can’t be a superhero, he can’t stop speeding bullets, he’s got to bleed. I just think that the more real you make it, the more the audience will believe it.”
On Q and the gadgets and gimmicks associated with the character, Daniel said of the new film: “I can’t really reveal anything but needless to say we haven’t shied away from [them]… We wanted to embrace it a bit more, traditionally Q has always been older than Bond and we’ve got a brilliant actor in Ben [Whishaw] and we wanted to use him and what he’s about and we’ve got a few things that I think you’ll like.”
On the character of Moneypenny being back, Daniel said: “There is a great working relationship that’s a big flirt and it’s great to play and Naomie [Harris] does it brilliantly but also we get her involved in the story and we don’t have her sitting at the desk outside M’s office all the time - although there’s bits of that - and there’s very funny bits of that, but she’s in the field and that's how we started the character out and when you’ve got as good an actress as Naomie, you want her in the movie.”
Jonathan and Daniel spoke about memorable Bond villains of the past and about Christoph Waltz and David Bautista being cast in the upcoming Spectre. Speaking about Christoph, Daniel said: “Christoph is... what an actor! I made this joke that he used to come to set with his two Oscars and slap them down on the table and say ‘right let’s begin!’ He’s an amazing actor, he’s got this darkness about him and it’s such a beautiful nuance performance.”
Speaking about the DB5 Aston Martin being featured in Skyfall and the new DB10 being designed for Spectre, Daniel said: “The car works so well in Skyfall and everybody loved it but we couldn’t bring it back in and use it again, we needed something new but again we put in old twists so that was a lot of fun.” Teasing about what can be expected for the new film, Daniel said: “We’ve had the biggest sets, some of the biggest stunts in any Bond movie and we’ve got the kitchen sink in this one!”
JAMES BOND’S SPECTRE WITH JONATHAN ROSS AIRS AT 6.30PM ON SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER ON ITV