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RT interviews Daniel Craig

Posted in Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , on January 14, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

In an exclusive interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Daniel Craig tells considerably less than all, but still plenty.

When it came to the specifics – the title for example – Craig was being cagey, telling us, with a wry grin, that no, there was no title yet, and laughing as we put to him the suggestion that it was The Lady Expects Too Much. “Really, is that the rumour? That’s quite good,” he laughed, “I should write that one down…”

But he was willing to let slip some details about the plot. “It carries on from where the last one stopped,” Craig told RT, “We set up in the last one that there’s this organisation that is destabilising the world’s economy because they want to take it over, and that’s his job now, to go out and stop them.”

Casting news has recently revealed a potential villain in Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly star, Mathieu Almaric. “I’m over the moon with his casting,” Craig told us, “I met him very briefly on Munich but I didn’t do any scenes with him. Now I’ve got to know him on Bond and I saw the Schnabel movie and thought it was amazing.”

And that line is interesting enough on its own – Bond 22 has only recently started principal photography, perhaps suggesting that if he’s already gotten to know Almaric, his character may be featured heavily in the film. On the suggestion that he was the Algerian boyfriend of Vesper Lynd, Eva Green’s character in Casino Royale, we again saw the wry smile as Craig hinted, “there is a connection there, yes…” …

“I’m no less nervous than I was but I’m very happy with what we’ve put together for this one. The fact that Marc Forster’s come in to direct it just makes my job a lot easier. He’s taken care of a lot of stuff that I just don’t have to think about and I’m just getting on with acting.”

And, he says, the pressure of taking on the mantle of James Bond gets no easier the second time out of the gate. “I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable with it,” he said, “I mean, it’s James Bond. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that place and get Zen about it; it’s not that kind of role. But I’m enjoying what we’ve shot so far and I’m planning to enjoy as much as I can of this filming process. Because, otherwise, why do it?”

Casino Royale is a HUGE hit with the fans

Posted in Best & Worst, Casino Royale, Ultimate JB Fan Book with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I’m in the process of re-doing the statistical portions of the Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. I do several different sets of statistics.

First, and most labor-intensive, I tabulate as many “ranking” lists as I can find. That’s where fans rank all the Bond movies in order. I use this massive amount of data to develop a “master” ranking list. Such lists, though, are only produced by hardcore fans who are really obsessed with that kind of thing. It isn’t going to represent the general public.

So I also look to sources like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and general media surveys (which I’ve pulled out of magazines, news reports, and the like) to get stats on movie ratings (how many “stars” or “thumbs” or whatever), and on people’s #1 Bond film, and on people’s top five.

Top five is interesting, because it shows movies that are consistently very popular but may not hit #1 that often. You can also get a lot more fans to tell you their top five than their full list, so it’s more “general public” and less “geeks (like me).” I assign five points for a #1 position, four points for #2, and so on.

So last night I finished tabulating the Top Five stuff, and Casino Royale got twice as many points as the next nearest contender. That’s like…unbelievable.

Now, I fully believe that’ll moderate a bit over time; newest movies get the strongest reaction. I don’t think, for example, that Die Another Day will stay as low in the rankings as it currently is; it’s that low because people were angry, not because it’s objectively worse than A View to a Kill. But Casino Royale won’t moderate much, and it’s really damn impressive.