As fans finally prepare for No Time To Die to hit cinemas, its leading man has been spilling the beans on fifteen years in the iconic role. After five films and a few uncomfortable interviews, Craig has been relishing the chance to show his more humorous side. Earlier today, he talked about shooting scenes with Her Majesty The Queen, as well his mixed feelings about saying goodbye to the role that made him a worldwide star, and his blunt advice for whoever comes next.
Craig was talking to Zoe Ball on Radio One today when he confessed his amazement at filming Bond scenes with The Queen and director Danny Boyle.
When he was told it was happening, the actor admitted his first response was: “‘You’re out of your mind!’
“Next thing you know, I’m literally on the way to Buckingham Palace in a tuxedo… Her Majesty’s there. Danny’s giving her notes, ‘Your Majesty, could you possibly…’, and she’s improvising a bit. She literally kind of said ‘Would you like me to pretend to be writing?’, he’s like ‘Yes, yes that’s great.’ So she acted a bit. That was all her own stuff. It was amazing.”
And of course, there were corgis…
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Craig added: “She was great. Calmer than me. My heart’s going ‘dum dum dum dum’, (I’m thinking to myself) ‘Ok, keep it together, keep it together.’
“And there’s literally corgis tripping you up, there’s like five corgis. If you put it in The Crown, you’d think it was rubbish, they would be like ‘Nah, it’s not real.’ Footmen with corgis, you know. I was rolling round on the floor with the corgis at one point in the Palace.”
What most people were dumbstruck by were the scenes of The Queen apparently parachuting down to the Olympic Stadium, with decades of experience, shooting a few scenes with improv would have been a breeze for the merry monarch.
The scenes were for the now-legendary skit that was part of the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. It was just one part of the actor’s extraordinary journey as the world’s most famous action hero. It’s understandable it will be a struggle for him to truly say goodbye.
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Asked what advice he would pass on to whoever plays the role next, Craig said: “Some rude words of advice, yes. Won’t be able to control my bitterness.
“I hope I’ve left it in a good place and that’s all I really wanted to do and that’s what I’d say, like, try and enjoy it but just give it everything ‘cause they’re worth it, they’re just worth it. That’s about it. Terrible advice isn’t it!?”
In fact, in another interview yesterday, Craig said his advice would boil down to “Don’t be a sh*t!”
The actor has been at great pains throughout his latest round of interviews to distance himself from and explain those comments he made after wrapping filming on Skyfall where he said he would “rather slit my wrists” than start making another Bond movie.
Both Craig and producer Barbara Broccoli have explained that he was understandably exhausted and simply meant he needed a break.
In today’s interview, he added: “I’ll miss what these movies are which is a massive collaborative effort… these are so special, movies like this just don’t get made very often… they’re very intense, we’re always up against it… you’re up against it all the time because everybody thinks it’s going to fall to pieces and we kind of think it’s going to fall to pieces at points… and that I’ll miss, weirdly I’ll miss that level of anxiety.”
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