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Daniel Craig feels that his interpretation of James Bond is “not as sexist and misogynistic” as previous incarnations of the British spy, but 007 still has a way to go to be considered a modern man.
In a frank, lengthy and expletive filled interview with U.K. Esquire, Craig said that he saw Bond as someone who was “lonely” and who’s life was filled with “great sadness,” despite 007 having the uncanny knack of bedding beautiful women in the most exotic locations.
“He’s very f-cking lonely,” Craig told Esquire. “There’s a great sadness. He’s f-cking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s… sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months…”
Craig, the sixth actor to play Bond, felt that though the world had changed, Bond hadn’t fully changed with it, but he said the character is lot less of what M called a “dinosaur” than previous 007s. “Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is.”
Talking about his fourth outing as Bond in Spectre, Craig says there was a lot of pressure on the production team after the huge success of Skyfall, which became the biggest British film of all time. “[T]he biggest British movie of all time’. What does it f-cking mean? Where do we go from there? How do you process that? It could have been an albatross around everyone’s necks. It turned out not to be, but there was a massive amount of pressure at the beginning.”
Craig fought for Sam Mendes to return for Spectre, and he feels he’s established a good working relationship with the Skyfall director, on what would be their third film working together. “I felt like [Mendes and I] got into a real groove with it. I felt like we’d started something on that movie and I was so keen to finish it.”
On how they would approach Spectre: “We did have the conversation: it’s got to be bigger and better… The stunts, the action, every department.”
He added: “I feel like we’ve all done our absolute fucking best and that’s a good feeling. Whether that makes a better movie we’ll see.”
Read the full Esquire interview here.
Spectre hits theaters on Nov. 6.
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