Daniel Craig Tells It Like It Is: James Bond Films ‘Are Not Some Kind of Life-Changing Experience’
Blunt. James Blunt—but not that one.
In an interview with The Red Bulletin for Spectre, the latest James Bond movie, Daniel Craig embodied dry British humor at it’s finest hour. His no-nonsense observations about Agent 007 as a “misogynist” instantaneously made headlines, but the conversation in its entirety is a feast of quotable delights.
In Craig fashion, let’s cut to the core of his interview’s greatest hits.
On what we could learn from James Bond that would help us in our day-to-day lives:
…But, are you sure?
“Let’s not talk these films up as some kind of life-changing experience. Bond is what Bond does.”
On the inevitability of a knee injury on the set of an action film:
“When you have to run across the room 30 times for one scene and try to make it all look easy, that’s when you tend to pick up stupid injuries.”
On evil people:
“Evil people are sadists, and I hope that they are few and far between.”
On support from loved ones:
“My female producer always makes sure I take off my shirt often enough.”
On Picasso and Francis Bacon, two figures that he admires:
“Neither of those two gave a f*ck what you thought of their work. They said, ‘This is what I do.’ I admire that, as it takes real strength.”
But don’t confuse who he admires for his role models:
“Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War … But let’s not harp on about that. They hated talking about what was a terrible time. We should respect that.”
On James Bond’s recent progression from misogynist to chivalrous gentleman:
“That’s because we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place.”
He asks the hard questions:
“Which is worse—leaving the party too early, or staying, getting totally drunk and then passing out on the floor?”
Finally, Craig sums up your Friday work ethic in discussing his retirement from portraying James Bond:
“There’s one thing I actually find more exciting than Bond at the moment: going home.”
Spectre hits theaters on Nov. 6.