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Daniel Craig talks the tone of Bond and a return to the "old irony" for the next installment

Aug. 27, 2013by: Paul Shirey

In the three Bond films that Daniel Craig has starred in the character has been through the ringer and then some. His Bond has been a much more brooding and violent one than we've seen before, which is typically attributed to the "times we live in." That said, Craig's Bond is certainly not without the charm and wit of his predecessors, but with such dark and tragic territory his character has been through thus far in his tenure, there hasn't been much room for the lighter side of Bond. Speaking to Vulture while promoting his current play, Betrayal, Craig said he'd like to see a return to the Bond of old in the next outing.

Hopefully well reclaim some of the old irony and make sure it doesnt become pastiche. I cant do shtick, Im not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just cant do it very well, so I dont do it.

SKYFALL certainly left Bond with a bit of a clean slate to move forward with and it would be cool to see the character move into more adventurous territory now that the origin journey is complete. Personally, I love Craig's work in the franchise and enjoy at least two of his Bond films immensely, so it will be nice to see him return to form with director Sam Mendes. However, I tend to agree with his above statement, which is basically his desire not to get stale on the same themes of the previous films. We're still a long way off from the next entry, but it's good to know those thoughts are swirling now.

The next Bond adventure is planned for sometime in 2015, along with every other major franchise in existence.

Extra Tidbit: One of Craig's lesser seen, yet powerful films is Edward Zwick's Defiance. A solid WWII tale. Give it a go if you've never seen it.
Source: Vulture

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10:53AM on 08/28/2013

nice timepiece.

In Skyfall the cuff adjustment mid-fight was cool, looks like it has become a staple.
In Skyfall the cuff adjustment mid-fight was cool, looks like it has become a staple.
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10:21PM on 08/27/2013
I would like to see Jeffrey Wright return as Felix Leiter.
I would like to see Jeffrey Wright return as Felix Leiter.
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8:50PM on 08/27/2013

I want the old bond back too

this new bond is to much like jason bourne and its kind of boring. I love the gadgets and the action set pieces and all that jazz. Skyfall didn't seem to have any of that just a lot of talk and some action that wasn't really anything to talk about. I'll rewatch skyfall again though I hated royale the first time I saw it saw it again and loved it. I loveeeee solace I am prob the only person in the world who does.
this new bond is to much like jason bourne and its kind of boring. I love the gadgets and the action set pieces and all that jazz. Skyfall didn't seem to have any of that just a lot of talk and some action that wasn't really anything to talk about. I'll rewatch skyfall again though I hated royale the first time I saw it saw it again and loved it. I loveeeee solace I am prob the only person in the world who does.
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9:12PM on 08/27/2013
I actually like Quantum of Solace too.
I actually like Quantum of Solace too.
7:44PM on 08/27/2013
As long as the new James Bond movie doesn't have too much comedy elements (like most of Roger Moore's Bond), I'm game for the new Bond film.
As long as the new James Bond movie doesn't have too much comedy elements (like most of Roger Moore's Bond), I'm game for the new Bond film.
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5:38PM on 08/27/2013

Hmmmm

Hamming it up a bit in a few scenes is fine but i hope he's not talking about making them silly like the latter Roger Moore ones got. That was what made ppl start to lose interest in the character. I mean when you end up having that damn sheriff from Live and Let Die appear in latter movies as comic relief it gets a bit much.
Hamming it up a bit in a few scenes is fine but i hope he's not talking about making them silly like the latter Roger Moore ones got. That was what made ppl start to lose interest in the character. I mean when you end up having that damn sheriff from Live and Let Die appear in latter movies as comic relief it gets a bit much.
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6:09PM on 08/27/2013
personally I liked the sheriff
personally I liked the sheriff
4:27PM on 08/27/2013
I hope Quantum makes a return in the next one. Skyfall could be what Goldfinger was, a break from the evil organization. Id be very disappointed if they abandoned the group after setting them up to be some immense presence in the world. They should still be around after only a few members get bumped off
I hope Quantum makes a return in the next one. Skyfall could be what Goldfinger was, a break from the evil organization. Id be very disappointed if they abandoned the group after setting them up to be some immense presence in the world. They should still be around after only a few members get bumped off
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5:04PM on 08/27/2013
Hopefully the next Quantum villain isn't some puny, rich con-artist again
Hopefully the next Quantum villain isn't some puny, rich con-artist again
4:24PM on 08/27/2013
I think he's underestimating himself. He has a bit of Moore's Bond in him, he can ham it up a bit no problem I think.
If the next one is even half as good as Skyfall I'll be content.
I think he's underestimating himself. He has a bit of Moore's Bond in him, he can ham it up a bit no problem I think.
If the next one is even half as good as Skyfall I'll be content.
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3:50PM on 08/27/2013
Hopefully they go with a better musical choice than some fat bird yodelling "Scaffold"...
Hopefully they go with a better musical choice than some fat bird yodelling "Scaffold"...
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7:06AM on 08/28/2013
Ah, a fellow John Richardson fan. Like it!
Ah, a fellow John Richardson fan. Like it!
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3:20PM on 08/27/2013
Skyfall was god awful. Big name stars or greased palms must have swayed movie reviewers cause it was crap.
Skyfall was god awful. Big name stars or greased palms must have swayed movie reviewers cause it was crap.
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3:19PM on 08/27/2013
Is it strange Quantum of Solace was my favorite Craig/Bond film? I can see why fans liked Skyfall, but I don't think Mendes will hit it out of the park twice, I expect a similar situation as Gore Verbinski and his Pirates sequels, studio thinks director is nessecary to continue success, director fold under pressure. Hope I'm wrong.
Is it strange Quantum of Solace was my favorite Craig/Bond film? I can see why fans liked Skyfall, but I don't think Mendes will hit it out of the park twice, I expect a similar situation as Gore Verbinski and his Pirates sequels, studio thinks director is nessecary to continue success, director fold under pressure. Hope I'm wrong.
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4:21PM on 08/27/2013
Skyfall was good, I didn't mind QOS, my favorite Daniel Craig 007 film is still Casino Royale.

And I think you underestimate Eva's hotness, she could do things twice, three times...whatever she pleases.

Oh..,you mean Sam Mendes. :P Yeah I get your point, it sounds like a safe play, but he does seem genuinely interested in this, and if the script is right. We'll see.
Skyfall was good, I didn't mind QOS, my favorite Daniel Craig 007 film is still Casino Royale.

And I think you underestimate Eva's hotness, she could do things twice, three times...whatever she pleases.

Oh..,you mean Sam Mendes. :P Yeah I get your point, it sounds like a safe play, but he does seem genuinely interested in this, and if the script is right. We'll see.
6:44PM on 08/27/2013
You had me for a moment there...
You had me for a moment there...
2:13PM on 08/27/2013
They absolutely nailed the perfect tone for Skyfall. It was THE best possible movie we could've gotten to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bond films. They had to keep it modern and smooth while also integrating the nods and callbacks towards the older Bond movies, and they walked that fine line better than I could've imagined. Definitely excited to see what Mendes and Craig do for Bond 24, but just one request: Bring back cinematographer Roger Deakins!! Skyfall was definitely the most
They absolutely nailed the perfect tone for Skyfall. It was THE best possible movie we could've gotten to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bond films. They had to keep it modern and smooth while also integrating the nods and callbacks towards the older Bond movies, and they walked that fine line better than I could've imagined. Definitely excited to see what Mendes and Craig do for Bond 24, but just one request: Bring back cinematographer Roger Deakins!! Skyfall was definitely the most well-crafted, most visually gorgeous Bond film ever.

I wholeheartedly agree with the tidbit as well. Defiance is fantastic, very underrated. Schrieber and Craig play so well off each other, and the movie had heart as well.
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2:00PM on 08/27/2013

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Defiance was pretty good. He, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell played family well. Not one of Zwick's better films yet, certainly not his worst.
Defiance was pretty good. He, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell played family well. Not one of Zwick's better films yet, certainly not his worst.
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1:23PM on 08/27/2013
Glad if they decided to do the next film with some humor and more action in it.craig's Bond films are so po-faced and pretentious as if Bond character is trying to become Jason Bourne or Batman.hope Bond get back his kind of playboy,stylish character like Ironman
Glad if they decided to do the next film with some humor and more action in it.craig's Bond films are so po-faced and pretentious as if Bond character is trying to become Jason Bourne or Batman.hope Bond get back his kind of playboy,stylish character like Ironman
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1:21PM on 08/27/2013
Maybe the studio will decide Bond needs a wacky sidekick?
Maybe the studio will decide Bond needs a wacky sidekick?
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1:00PM on 08/27/2013
I loved the tone of Skyfall. It depicted Bond's evolution from a rather ruthless brute just learning the ropes into the sophisticated and suave secret agent we all know and love, best-demonstrated during that bit where he lands in the train after ripping off its roof with an excavator...and then adjusts his cufflinks. I would love to see Bond get grander and more glmourous while still keeping that edge, which will be a tough balance for Mendes and team to strike - but one I think they did to
I loved the tone of Skyfall. It depicted Bond's evolution from a rather ruthless brute just learning the ropes into the sophisticated and suave secret agent we all know and love, best-demonstrated during that bit where he lands in the train after ripping off its roof with an excavator...and then adjusts his cufflinks. I would love to see Bond get grander and more glmourous while still keeping that edge, which will be a tough balance for Mendes and team to strike - but one I think they did to great effect already, in Skyfall. Looking forward to Bond 24.
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