'Skyfall' Star Daniel Craig Reveals the Downside of Being James Bond (Q&A)

9:36 AM PST 11/08/2012 by Stephen Galloway

The actor also talks to THR about doing his own stunts, skydiving with the queen and why 007 can finally "start having fun."

This story first appeared in the Nov. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

As Skyfall -- his third turn as James Bond -- arrives in North American theaters, Daniel Craig looks back at the effect 007 has had on his life, risking his neck and skydiving with the queen.

The Hollywood Reporter: How has Bond changed your life?

Daniel Craig: Obviously, financially I am pretty sound, and that is a wonderful thing; my family is secure. It is very strange -- you've got no point of reference for something like this. I've spoken to Pierce Brosnan, but nobody can warn you. I love the collaborative process of moviemaking. But going out for a cup of coffee? That's the price you pay.

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THR: There's a lightness of touch you have in Skyfall that you didn't have before.

Craig: I didn't think I had the room to do it. In the first one, [2006's] Casino Royale, Bond gets described as a blunt instrument, and that's how I played it. And with Quantum of Solace, we suffered a lot: There was a writers strike; we didn't have writers around to help. This time around, in my grand plan, Bond can start having fun.

THR: You did some of your own stunts. Were you afraid?

Craig: My first day on the train was just about learning how to stand up. The train was going about 40 kph [25 mph], but it's not the speed that matters, it's the side-to-side motion. Then when we get over the bridge, it's a 300-foot drop over this ravine. They all said, "Don't look down!" And I tried not to.

THR: How did your stunt with Queen Elizabeth II for the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics come about?

Craig: Danny Boyle approached me. It was his idea, and the queen was complicit. I spent an hour with her. I talked to her. She was actually very relaxed. It was very surreal.

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THR: You've signed up for two more movies, right?

Craig: At the moment, that is the plan. But I know this is the film business, and we'll take it a picture at a time. I'd love to continue beyond that. What I love about this movie is, we have set things up now, and all we need is to find a good story and produce something as good as this.

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