Barbara Broccoli: ‘Daniel Craig brought a lot of humanity to James Bond’

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond …

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.

The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die.

The franchise’s longtime producer Barbara has credited the British actor with helping evolve the character from his womanising roots to a respected man living in a time with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

“(Bond) has evolved, like men are evolving, one hopes,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Daniel’s brought a lot of humanity into the role and to his relationships in the film. He’s got vulnerabilities. He’s much more 21st-century.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she also revealed how she had persuaded Daniel to make one more Bond movie, as he was ready to retire after filming had finished on Spectre in 2015.

“He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” she explained. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”

Now the search is underway for Daniel’s replacement, but Barbara is trying to avoid thinking about her longtime friend departing the iconic film franchise, which has been delighting moviegoers for 57 years.

“We still have so much to do to finish this film, to get it right, so we’re really focusing on that,” she shared. “I’m in denial, to be honest, about Daniel. I can’t really confront that right now.”

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Naomie Harris committed to healthy living after childhood scoliosis trauma

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to …

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.

The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to walk again after having an operation.

“The progression of the disease became severe in my teens, and I needed an operation. Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine. I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic,” she recalled in a chat with Shape magazine. “I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly. I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body.”

To maintain her health, Naomie meditates daily, exercises five times a week at Pilates classes or in a swimming pool, and she doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee.

“I don’t abuse my body,” the 43-year-old shared. “Health is the greatest thing you can have.

“I didn’t want to do anything that could hurt me in any way. I was very protective of my body. When I started making films that required me to be physically active, I realised that my body was capable of doing a lot more than I thought it was, and that if I exercise, I become stronger.”

Naomie also opened up about her incredibly healthy diet and explained that she had gone through years of experimenting with different foods in order to work out what works best for her.

“I’m a really healthy eater. For one thing, I incorporate Ayurvedic principles. That means plenty of warm, nourishing foods like stews and soups, even for breakfast. I have a really fast metabolism, so if I don’t eat something filling in the morning, I’ll be hungry again in five minutes,” she stated.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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Lea Seydoux’s Bond girl will be back for new film

Lea Seydoux is returning to the Bond franchise.The French actress was last seen in 2015’s Spectre as psychiatrist Madeleine Swann, who eventually succumbs to James Bond’s charms after meeting him at the Alpine clinic she works at. And it was the return…

Lea Seydoux is returning to the Bond franchise.

The French actress was last seen in 2015’s Spectre as psychiatrist Madeleine Swann, who eventually succumbs to James Bond’s charms after meeting him at the Alpine clinic she works at.

And it was the returning 007 Daniel Craig who wanted Lea back for Bond 25, which is slated for a 2020 release, with the full blessing of director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“Lea will be returning,” Cary told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, adding that Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will also be back as M, Q and Eve Moneypenny, respectively.

“You have some of the best actors in the world here. Why wouldn’t I have the best coming back?!”

And it’s no surprise Lea has signed on for a return, as she previously spoke fondly about how she made the character her own.

“I think she is distinct from all the others. She’s not really a Bond girl – she’s a real character,” she once told The Edit. “I made her mine. When you’re acting, it’s always personal. It’s about yourself, in a way.”

And during the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the 33-year-old didn’t hide the fact she’d like to return to the famous spy movies.

“Of course I would love it,” she told Yahoo! “I loved working on Bond, it was actually one of my best experiences. Yes, I would love that but we’ll see.”

Cary was a last-minute replacement for the top Bond job after Danny Boyle quit the project in August. His exit meant the film had to be pushed back from its original November 2019 release date.

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Dave Bautista calls working for Disney after James Gunn firing ‘pretty nauseating’

Dave Bautista has told fans working for Disney bosses on the next Guardians of the Galaxy will be “pretty nauseating” after the firing of director James Gunn. The filmmaker and writer behind both Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) films, a part of the Dis…

Dave Bautista has told fans working for Disney bosses on the next Guardians of the Galaxy will be “pretty nauseating” after the firing of director James Gunn.

The filmmaker and writer behind both Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) films, a part of the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was dropped as director of the third instalment in July (18) after old tweets he sent joking about rape and paedophilia resurfaced.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, was the first core member of the Guardians cast to speak out about the news, taking to Twitter to defend Gunn’s character, and recently teamed up with the rest of the cast, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, to share an open letter in which they called for him to be reinstated as director, even though they don’t support his tweets.

On Sunday night (05Aug18), the Spectre actor was asked by a Twitter user what he plans to do if Gunn isn’t brought back, and the former wrestler admitted he is contractually obliged to reprise his role but will find it hard to work for those who ousted Gunn.

“I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” he tweeted. “GOTG w/o (without) @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel (sic).”

The 49-year-old has been a vocal supporter of the director ever since his firing.

In his original tweet, he wrote: “I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this… @JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. I’m NOT ok with what’s happening to him.”

Guardians 2 actor Kurt Russell has also backed Gunn, recently telling Variety: “He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”

Gunn, who has apologised for his offensive tweets, had completed the first draft of his screenplay for Guardians 3, which was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in 2020.

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Naomie Harris will never wake up after 6am

Naomie Harris turns down lengthy lie-ins so she can mediate and exercise in the morning.The actress has a very hectic work schedule and is currently promoting her latest film, Rampage, alongside lead actor Dwayne Johnson. Yet as busy she may be, she’…

Naomie Harris turns down lengthy lie-ins so she can mediate and exercise in the morning.

The actress has a very hectic work schedule and is currently promoting her latest film, Rampage, alongside lead actor Dwayne Johnson.

Yet as busy she may be, she’ll still turn down any opportunity of a morning lie-in.

“So I feel that waking up before 6am is important…because it’s good to wake up with the sun. I feel like the longer I stay in bed, the more sleepy I am throughout the day,” she shared in an interview with Glamour U.K. “Also it means that I carve out time for myself to do my routines.”

As well as making time for exercise and meditation, the Spectre star also completes her “morning pages” at the start of every day.

“I just kind of write whatever comes into my head, kind of my mini diary,” she explained. “And that’s a real great way of – things that I’m uncomfortable with or I need to dissect in my mind, I get them on the page and it really helps me.”

When it comes to beauty, skincare is a priority for the 41-year-old, who admits she could never part ways with her cleanser.

“So many of my friends go to sleep with their make-up on… and I’m like ‘oh my gosh’ – it’s really bad,” Naomie squirmed. “I have to have cleanser, I have to cleanse my face.”

The Oscar nominee also named The Organic Pharmacy and Environ as two of her favourite beauty brands.

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Daniel Craig confirms new Bond is his next film

Daniel Craig has confirmed nothing will get in the way of him starring as James Bond again, as the latest 007 film is next on his schedule. The actor has been tight-lipped about his role as the suave super spy, and only acknowledged he would be return…

Daniel Craig has confirmed nothing will get in the way of him starring as James Bond again, as the latest 007 film is next on his schedule.

The actor has been tight-lipped about his role as the suave super spy, and only acknowledged he would be returning for a new instalment last August (17) following two years of speculation.

At a preview of a charity auction featuring his own personal Aston Martin in New York on Monday (09Apr18), Daniel was asked by the Associated Press if the 25th James Bond film was up next for him, to which he replied: “Yeah.”

British filmmaker Danny Boyle recently confirmed he and his writing partner John Hodge were working on a Bond 25 script and that he planned to begin shooting by the end of 2018.

“We are working on a script right now,” he told America’s Metro newspaper. “And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

As for 007 himself, Daniel remained coy about who will take the reins, only saying, “We’ll see, we’ll see” when asked if Danny would replace Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two instalments, Skyfall and Spectre.

It was initially thought 2015’s Spectre might be the final time fans saw Daniel don Bond’s tuxedo, speculation he encouraged by saying he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play the character again in the run-up to its release.

However the 50-year-old later backtracked, and told U.S. late night host Stephen Colbert that he just wanted a bit of a break before coming back for one final film.

“I think this is it,” he said. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”

Daniel’s 2014 Aston Martin Centenary Edition Vanquish will go under the hammer at Christie’s in New York on 20 April. Proceeds of the sale will benefit Opportunity Network, an education charity.

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Christopher Nolan rules himself out of next Bond directing gig

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has “categorically” denied rumours suggesting he is in the running to direct the next James Bond movie. Actor Daniel Craig was recently confirmed to return for his fifth outing as suave superspy 007 in the follow-up to 2015…

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has “categorically” denied rumours suggesting he is in the running to direct the next James Bond movie.

Actor Daniel Craig was recently confirmed to return for his fifth outing as suave superspy 007 in the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre, which is thought to be called Shatterhand, and is due for a release in November, 2019.

Further details about the project, including who will take over from Sam Mendes as director, have yet to be released, but Nolan has made it clear there is no truth to speculation linking him to the big gig.

“I won’t be the man. No, categorically,” he declared during a recent appearance on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs show, after selecting composer John Barry’s score for 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as one of the pieces of music he would take with him if he was to be stranded on a desert island.

“I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumoured to be doing it,” he continued.

However, that doesn’t mean the Dunkirk moviemaker isn’t interested in one day tackling the iconic franchise, based on the books by author Ian Fleming, with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

“I’d love to make a Bond film at some point and I think those producers – Barbara and Michael – they do a tremendous job and Sam Mendes has done a terrific job the last couple of films, so they don’t particularly need me,” Nolan added. “But I’ve always been inspired by the films and would love to do one someday.”

Nolan’s remarks emerge weeks after Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve revealed he was approached by Broccoli about possibly taking charge of the 25th instalment in the beloved action series – but had to turn down the opportunity after signing on for his “dream” remake of David Lynch’s sci-fi classic Dune.

“I said to Barbara, ‘I would love to work with you and with Daniel, but I’m engaged’,” he told ScreenDaily.com last month (Jan18). “I will love to do it, honestly.

“I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to (work with him), but several months ago I came in to do Dune, and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

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