BAFTA, with the beef up of TCL Mobile, hosted a retrospective on Daniel Craig’s remarkable career in tv, theatre and film at ODEON Luxe, Leicester Square last night. In a huge ranging dialogue with Edith Bowman, Craig discussed some of his most iconic tasks including Layer Cake (2004) and Knives Out (2019) as successfully as his final appearance as James Bond in the upcoming No Time To Die (2021), directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
The celebrated actor also talked about the challenges early on in his career, transitioning from tv into film, working with Steven Spielberg and the late Roger Mitchell, the importance of seeing motion pictures on the gargantuan display mask again and his guidance for aspiring actors.
Below is a number of quotes from the conversation between Daniel Craig (DC) and Edith Bowman (EB).
Craig recalled one of his earliest memories of seeing motion pictures and their visual impact:
DC: I lived in a small town on The Wirrall and there was one cinema and it was about–I mean one tiny tiny cinema, a suitable fleapit and all the motion pictures that dilapidated to pick up to us had literally been around the nation five occasions before they purchased to us. I think I moral purchased into your complete kind of watching uh Blade Runner in this film theatre and watching and thinking and looking at how the frame had moral been jammed with visuals and after I purchased into film making, it fascinated me how that plays an important characteristic.
Considering his early tasks and how a film fancy Layer Cake changed his trajectory as an actor, Craig said:
EB: It also felt as successfully as it being a pivotal moment for British cinema, it felt fancy it was a real moment in your career in phrases of it was a kind of step more into a mainstream arena.
DC: Everyone talks about it being an audition for Bond, so I mean, it be fancy… They always want to talk about “oh, you know Layer Cake, it have to have been your audition,” and I was fancy, “believe me, I was the last thing on my mind that was ever gonna play James Bond at that point.” I mean there’ll not be any… It definitely changed, shifted things in a way. Americans saw me in a various way and “oh, you may be a leading man”. That definitely had an incredibly certain attain on my career, amazingly certain attain on my career.”
Regarding his early work, Craig said:
DC: I don’t watch my mature stuff ever. I really are attempting and avoid it if I can.
Craig shares insight on getting into the industry, saying:
DC: I recount that’s the kind of advice that you give to somebody who’s starting off in the industry is ‘moral finish! Accurate finish it.’
I remember Peter Flannery from Our Pals in the North and he dilapidated give writing lessons, and he moral went ‘writers write. Accurate write!’
And it applies to everything, really. You gotta are attempting and moral finish everything you can. I moral had a lot of fortune early on and with the National Childhood Theatre, it wasn’t moral about acting. And we did now not think about moral acting, it was about this collective effort that we finish, and putting on a demonstrate, and being with a neighborhood of parents, and learning discipline fancy turning up on time so the demonstrate went on and things fancy that.
Daniel Craig on his accents:
EB: Nevertheless great, but you are factual with accents– South African, you know, Geordie, is that enjoyable? Finish you abilities that facet of it?
DC: It takes a lot of labor. I really have to work really, really hard to finish it. I am a awful mimic. I mean, you know, you’re now now not going to, thankfully, ask me to finish impressions, but it be fancy—
EB: Oh, really?
DC: I do know, I mean we may, we have purchased time. It’s moral appalling, in the occasion you asked me to finish an accent fancy that off the cuff it would moral be embarrassing. I have to work really hard and integrate it into it, to learn it as I learn the script and learn it and then it becomes part of me.
Working with the late acclaimed director Roger Michell was an incredible abilities for Craig:
DC: Effectively that’s you know Rog, it be fancy you know. First and major, you know you did now not start shooting unless the script was absolutely, absolutely moral. And then we’d moral sit down around for a week and we moral read it and you know, God bless you know and she was paralyzed. And I was, you know, we were both kind of paralyzed in a way it was fancy, and we moral variety of moral talked it by and moral kind of fancy–and unless we were kind of absolutely at a point where you know, we finish it, we’re going to scurry pick up on with it now, let’s scurry.
And you are aware of it was a brilliant, brilliant cast and Hanif, at hiya kind of best and yeah, I mean, somebody moral said to me, you know, fancy working with Roger was fancy taking a long warm bath and I think that’s kind of fancy, you know, it was moral–he was moral toothsome.
On saying certain to Bond, Craig discussed his thought job with Bowman:
EB: And successfully, listen, we’re going to talk a tiny bit about James Bond but before we finish, I assumed it would be good to remind us all about your stagger up to this point.
DC: OK alright.
EB: So factual. So when all those clips, are you glad you changed your mind?
DC: Yeah, yeah, I mean listen, I don’t know in the occasion you may have got seen the documentary, but it be fancy they kind of explain all this thing about Spectre about getting injured, which was fancy kind of now now not great, but ultimately somebody again persuaded me to finish it. Barbara Broccoli bullied me and I am gonna say that moral right here and I am so happy I did. I can’t declare you, you are aware of it’s been a uncommon couple of years and getting to this point, thank goodness we’re right here and we can actually pick up the film into cinemas and pick up other folks to respect it ’cause we made it for an audience and it be fancy we’re, you know, I am desperate for parents to respect it.
EB: When you in case you said certain to Barbara after her light persuasion—
DC: I mean are you talking about actually doing it in the primary place?
EB: Yeah, in the primary place. I mean both. Yeah, saying certain to the fifth film, but also saying certain to actually doing it ’cause you said no.
DC: I did, yeah. I moral said I can’t, I mean; I think to bag the depraved guy. Thank you, flattering, but I think you may have got purchased the depraved guy. Maybe you are auditioning lots of parents and you are variety of trying to pick up a image of it, but I didn’t realise
Barbara had already made up her mind. You understand, in the occasion you know Barbara, that means she’s made up her mind. It was moral unusual. It was moral kind of and genuinely, you know other folks dilapidated to say oh you want to have always wanted to be James Bond. I went successfully, yeah, kind of as a child I kind of thought about it. I want to be Spiderman as successfully, but I moral thought it was never going to happen. And I never thought it would reach on my radar. I moral was fancy, I don’t know, that’s such an awful lot of pressure and God almighty, that’s moral going to be such a kind of fancy a momentous thing. Am I ready? I am really enjoying what I am doing. I mean, examine, I am doing Munich, I’ve purchased such a kind of as far as I am involved a really profitable and satisfying career going and why would I want to fuck with that? Why would I want to, you know, mess that up by doing this? I don’t know where my brain was at but I have some factual pals and they were moral fancy, I mean literally made a listing of–
EB: Pros and cons?
DC: Yeah yeah, execs and cons. And the execs outweighed it. It was one of my closest pals who moral said “this does now not happen to other folks, moral does now not happen.” He said “you are gonna moral feel sorry about this for the relaxation of your lifestyles in the occasion you do now not finish this” and fancy yeah, sitting in a bar going I may have been Bond. And now it’s moral going to be: I was Bond, which is worse!
Again, I saved saying fancy demonstrate me a script, demonstrate me a script and I am going to make a resolution after I pick up it… The arrogance of myself. And I was variety of expecting it to turn him in to be kind of fancy this Bond script and I am going, yeah, it be now now not really for me. You understand, it be fancy… but it was Casino Royale and I mean it was moral blinding, and after I read the line you know “vodka, martini, shaken or stirred?” “Finish I examine fancy I—” and it was written in the script: “Finish I examine fancy I give a fuck.” That was the line and you are aware of it was “Finish I examine fancy I give a damn” in the film which works glowing factual and as rapidly as I read that I went oh shit, I mean how can I say no to this? That’s exactly what it was doing, was trying to subvert everything, trying to take it on and reinvent it and that’s what I was given the opportunity to finish by Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, was to reach in and moral are attempting and reinvent it a bit and are attempting and variety of make it novel again and that’s what we have always tried to achieve with it.
Craig remembering his last day on situation of the upcoming No Time To Die:
EB: And then in case you are saying goodbye to your cast and crew.
DC: Yeah, yeah.
EB: And you can, and you feel how great it means to you and how great it has meant to you and how great those other folks mean to you.
DC: Yeah, I mean it was literally, it was the last shot and you know we were in the moral place, we were in a dirty back lot in Pinewood, pretending to be in Cuba. It was pissing with rain. It was fancy it be fancy, yeah, right here is the way it goes and anybody will declare you on a film, you work really, really hard and the last day inevitably is fancy “respect you bye! Locate you rapidly we are going to respect you.” Everyone wants to pick up out of there and moral kind of moral scurry home. I was gonna, I assumed, you know, say goodbye and Barbara came down and then each person came down, each person came out the offices and all the heads of department came down, all the riggers came down. I was fancy oh shit I’m gonna have to make a speech and that’s my nightmare.
And I moral started talking and I realized looking around, I moral realized I’ve been working with these other folks, some of them for nearly thirty years ’cause there is a lot of parents I moral labored with in the film industry and then you definitely know, moral and at some point of the Bond motion pictures and it be always been about the team, it be moral always about the team and you know, Barbara makes an atmosphere on situation where we’re a family.
Craig also revealed his favourite Bond gadget:
EB: Are there any of the iconic gadgets from the motion pictures that really have grabbed you or you really fancy?
DC: I always loved that field, that I think Sean Connery has. He variety of sticks it, magnetised it to a safe, presses a button, a crimson light goes on and he opens the door.
I mean, what’s depraved with that? It is the best thing!
We haven’t had a lot of gadgets in my motion pictures. Americans always say successfully where are all the gadgets? Nevertheless this film coming out, we have purchased quite a few more. So there is some factual ones.
In response to being asked who ought to level-headed play Bond next, Craig said:
EB: Who finish you want to be the following Bond?
DC: Don’t ask that!
You understand what, it be now now not my challenge.
A pudgy transcript will be available at www.bafta.org/media-centre/transcripts and highlights of the match will be available rapidly at www.youtube.com/baftaguru.