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My thoughts on the Craig Interviews

Posted in Blogging, Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace, Wacky Media with tags , , on November 29, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

So, there’s been all sorts of news out of Daniel Craig’s rough-but-sexy mouth lately. And I’ve been reporting the items I find most interesting here.

This is a personal blog. It is one author’s reflection on James Bond and the Bond films. (I intend to invite other Bond writers to co-blog, but I haven’t arranged that yet. I think it’ll be fun.) So I don’t report every story, or even report in any kind of organized fashion.

Sometimes, though, I get really busy, and I just throw the stories out there with little comment. Since this is a personal blog, that’s not as satisfying. So I’m taking some time today to comment on the past few days of stories.

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Putting the Humor Rumor to Rest

Posted in Daniel Craig, Wacky Media with tags , on November 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

There are lots of Daniel Craig interviews out this week, because he’s doing the press junket circuit for The Golden Compass. This one from Coming Soon at last quashes the joke rumor.

CS: I read somewhere you’re going to inject a bit more humor into the next movie.
Craig: I was lying. I said, “Yes, it’s going to be funny.” I don’t remember saying that, but if I did, I’m not going to shy away from the fact the occasionally there should be humor. I just don’t like gags. I don’t like written gags. That’s not the way I’ve ever liked working and I don’t think that’s funny myself.

CS: “Casino Royale” marked a welcome return to the style and sensibilities of the earlier Bond movies, rather than the jokey more recent movies.
Craig: The idea of having jokes in Bond I don’t think is completely wrong, but I think the jokes to need to come out [of] tension. There needs to be moments of humor because we’ve all been sitting on the edge of our seat. I don’t think you should write gags in Bond.

Humor for Bond 22?

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , , on July 17, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Everyone’s talking about the Daily Express interview wherein Craig hints at a funnier Bond 22.

Craig, 39, says of his forthcoming second outing as 007: “They [the producers] just want more gags. The next one’s going to be a lot funnier. Octopussy and Pussy Galore style gags. They’re all great names – but that’s the thing, the Bond jokes will be flipped on their heads.”

Now, I can’t even begin to link to all the fansites and movie boards and articles that link to this quote. But perhaps I should throw my two cents down.

I’m in the mood to trust the producers. I was horrified by the decision to cast Craig, and I was proven wrong. Yay for being wrong. Craig was awesome, CR was awesome, and I’m not expecting much disagreement on those points. More than just making a fantastic movie, I think that MIchael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli showed us they found a direction for their hero, they are grounded, they know what they’re doing. I think they were floundering, perhaps since Cubby‘s death, but certainly since Dana‘s. To me, CR says the second generation of Bond producers has come into their own. So I’m not inclined to panic.

Further, they’ve re-hired Paul Haggis for script polish. Haggis is Not A Funny Guy. If Purvis and Wade were handing in the final script, well I think we all know how lame their one-liners can be. But Haggis is not that guy, and Haggis certainly reined in the sillies his last time out.

Perhaps Bond 22 won’t be as dark as CR. That’s okay; they shouldn’t all be the same! But I’m not worried about double-taking pigeons.