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Daniel Craig On SPECTRE

This February, Bond is back with the blockbusting SPECTRE – Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as the iconic super spy. In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from the past puts James Bond (Daniel Craig)onto the path of a sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6. Bond must enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

Ahead of the DVD release, we chatted to Daniel Craig about this latest instalment of the Bond franchise and it’s continuing appeal…

Four Bond’ films down… how do you feel about the 007 story?
I’ve been incredibly fortunate that the way the past four movies have gone is that we’ve sort of had a through line and it seemed right that we should tie things up. We reintroduce a very old character into this movie and that seems a very appropriate thing to do. But there’s no end here. There’s never an end to Bond.

What is the appeal of Bond for you?
The flaws in his character are the most interesting things to play. Plus, not being afraid to show weakness, or at least be vulnerable at some point during the movie, because otherwise it becomes a two dimensional character and I want to hold the audience’s attention all the way through from beginning to end.

What’s it like on set, working on such a big production?
We’ve got some amazing actors in this film and they do wonderful things but, for me, the most entertaining thing when watching the film is Bond’s interaction with the characters that the other cast play. The consequences of that then becomes a shared experience. I hope the audience is rooting for everybody on the screen.

Are the action sequences tough?
We have stupendous crew members. People like Chris Corbould and Gary Powell who spend their days figuring out how genius and how exciting we can make these scenes. I sort of just turn up and say “where do you want me, how do you want me, how can I make this look good”. That, for me, is one of the biggest joys I get out of doing these films. I get to be it, and do it, and hang off buildings. It gets the heart going, you know?

What about that opening sequence…?
I know what went into making that scene! I was obviously involved with quite a lot of it, and the first time I saw it I was massively proud. I was proud for everybody involved and I felt that if you’re going to start a Bond movie, that’s it. The rest of the movie I love as well, don’t get me wrong, but it is a great way to kick off a Bond movie.

SPECTRE is available on Digital HD™ 19th February, Blu-ray™ & DVD 22nd February

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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