Daniel Craig On “Spectre” Script, Tone

Following in the wake of Thursday’s press launch for the twenty-fourth Bond film “Spectre,” the film’s star Daniel Craig has spoken with BBC Radio (via Sky News) and says he thinks the script for the new film is better than the previous one:

“We’ve got an amazing cast and, I think, a better script than we had last time. We started something in ‘Skyfall’, it felt like a beginning of something. This feels like a continuation of that. We’re going to put all of those elements in, and much more.”

Craig also commented earlier this week to MI6 Confidential magazine (via MI6 HQ) about the change in tone between not just “Die Another Day” and “Casino Royale” but between “Skyfall” and his two earlier films.

The reasons for it may not be what you think, nor is it a reaction to the films that came before. Instead, it’s a multi-film deconstruction and reconstruction of the man in the wake of all his tropes having become ripe for parody:

“I am very, very keen that you can’t make films in a reactionary way. You can’t do it. There has been a lot of talk, from the beginning from ‘Casino’ into ‘Quantum’ because everyone has gone, ‘Where’s the ‘Bondness’? Where’s all the old stuff?’

I was given this chance by Barbara and Michael, which is the first of the books, and the conceit is we began again, but I couldn’t come in and pretend to be James Bond, because everyone knows Bond as Pierce or Roger or Timothy or Sean. I couldn’t come in and go, “Hmm, Martini,” or whatever. It’s not who I am, and how I kind of approach things.

The truth of it is that I always had this plan in my head is that we got to make them and begin them again and bring all that back in, but it had to happen the way it did. I can’t see it happening any other way. We had to destroy the myth because Mike Myers f–ked us – I am a huge Mike Myers fan, so don’t get me wrong – but he kind of f–ked us; made it impossible to do the gags.

What I am proudest of in Skyfall is the lightness of touch we’ve been able to bring to back into it but not lose the drama and the action. Who knows? I think we set a good tone, I think we set a real tone, but I am happy for f–king exploding volcano lairs.

Obviously I am joking but what I love and what I really wanted to achieve with Skyfall was a level of fantasy, it’s one of the less violent ones, there’s less blood, and people aren’t dying in a horrible way, and it feels like much more of a family movie, and they should be family movies.

I don’t want to go ludicrous and we’ve got to keep them in reality, but Christ almighty, the world’s f–king weird and there’s plenty we can start mining and taking out. If Blofeld turned up again, it wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Craig begins work on the new Bond film in the UK on Monday.