James Bond and 'Skyfall': 8 Revelations From '60 Minutes' Interview
James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson and 007 himself, Daniel Craig, recently sat down with 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper for an interview about the 50-year-old franchise.
In the sitdown, which aired Sunday night, the producers revealed several facts about the franchise, first launched in 1962 by Broccoli's father, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, hits theaters Nov. 9.
Here are eight revelations gleaned from the 60 Minutes interview:
1. Cubby Broccoli passed on some advice before stepping down.
Cubby produced 15 Bond films before he passed the reins on to daughter Barbara and stepson Wilson. His advice? "Well, I guess the main thing was he said, 'Don't let other people screw it up,'" Broccoli told Cooper.
2. Bond author Ian Fleming didn't think that Sean Connery was right for the part.
Connery, the first 007, nearly wasn't cast in the franchise's first film, Dr. No, because Fleming wasn't convinced that he was the right for the role. Asked what Fleming's concern was, Broccoli said: "Well, he didn't fit the sort of typical British hero. But Cubby and Harry [Saltzman, another producer] saw him as a rough diamond. They just felt this electricity." Connery was ultimately cast and would go on to play Bond five more times.
3. Connery was asked to do something unusual in his 007 suit.
Dr. No director Terence Young took the actor to a Savile Row tailor for a suit fitting -- and then sent him home with an assignment. "He said to Sean, 'All right, now it fits like the glove. And I want you to go home, and I want you to sleep in it. And I want it to become your skin," Broccoli said. Responded Cooper: " He made Sean Connery sleep in his Savile Row suit?" Replied Broccoli: "Sleep in his suit."
4. Broccoli thought James Bond was a real person as a child.
"I did. Because that was all everybody ever talked about in our house. So it was like some -- you know, exotic, distant uncle who was going to appear at any time." But, she admits, 007 is actually real to her in a way. "Because he's, you know, so much of my life is -- you know, dedicated to him. But I'm not sure he'd be that much fun in real life. I think, you know, maybe to spend a weekend with him. But I don't think you want to live with him permanently. ... He's definitely not a long relationship."
5. Sponsors don't pay for product placement.
Bond's iconic Aston Martin has been followed by other cars in the movies, but the carmakers don't pay for the privilege of the automobiles being driven by 007; nor do other advertisers pay for their products to be featured in the movies. Instead, they agree to spend millions marketing the movies. Case in point: Heineken is spending $75 million on a worldwide ad campaign for Skyfall.
6. Daniel Craig initially said no to playing Bond.
"I said, 'Thanks very much, you need to go away and find the right person,'" said Craig, who took two years to sign on for the role. "It was gonna be a life-changing thing if I said yes. ... It was going to change everything, change how I was perceived in the world and I suppose I was incredibly nervous about that." He also was worried that he was going to get typecast and acknowledged that he will now forever be known as James Bond. "But that's not a bad thing, I mean, that's not a bad label to have."
7. Craig performed his own stunts for Skyfall.
"I get a huge thrill out of it like a schoolboy thrill, you know," the actor said of doing his own stunts. "That is about being, you know, being an action hero on top of a train, which is, like I said, so far removed from who I am. But I'm getting to sort of live out a few fantasies."
8. There is no end in sight for Bond just yet.
"Where does Bond go from here? I mean he's sort of done it all," Cooper asked Broccoli and Wilson, who replied: "That statement could have been made 20 years ago and been just as valid as it is today." Added Broccoli, "As long as audiences want to come see the movies, we'll make them."