Oct. 12: Updated to include a quote from another website in the eighth paragraph from the James Bond Radio website.
After reviewing more accounts of Daniel Craig’s Oct. 7 appearance at The New Yorker Festival, here are additional points that may be of interest.
Did the actor read Ian Fleming 007 stories?
Lee Pfeiffer of Cinema Retro had A DETAILED ACCOUNT of what Craig said during his 90-minute interview with The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle. It included this passage:
Craig said that throughout his life he has always enjoyed seeing Bond films but had never read Ian Fleming’s novels.
This differs from comments the 48-year-old actor has said previously. In AN APRIL 29, 2012 STORY IN RETUERS, Craig said he and director Sam Mendes had read the Fleming stories before Skyfall was filmed.
“We were in continued conversation, once Sam agreed to do it,” said Craig. “We weren’t supposed to talk to each other because MGM hadn’t done the deal.
“But we couldn’t shut up. It was a chance for us to reread Ian Fleming, and we started emailing each other, ‘What about this and what about this?’, and that’s how it snowballed.” (emphasis added)
However, THIS JAMES BOND RADIO POST said, “Wilfred (Picorelli, who reported on the event for the website) reports that Daniel said that he had read all the novels and watched all the films.”
OK, let’s say Craig first talked about not reading the novels before being cast, then read them afterward. But then why DID HE SAY IN 2011 that the “name of a Bond film is not about anything. Live And Let Die? Octopussy? What does it mean?”
They’re pretty much explained in the books and sometimes the movies use the titles for characters, such as in Octopussy. If you had read all of the Fleming stories and seen all of the movies, you’d know what (in the short story) or who (in the movie) Octopussy was.
Bond’s attitude toward women: According to the Cinema Retro story, Craig commented about Bond’s attitude toward women.
Asked about long-time criticisms that the character of James Bond was sexist, Craig commented on a clip from “Spectre” in which Bond seduces a character played by Monica Bellucci and pointed out that charges of sexism against Bond were misguided because such scenes are meant to be viewed with a degree of camp.
In 2015, in an interview with a website called The Red Bulletin, Craig described Bond’s attitude toward women this way:
But let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies
a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.
Misogynist is defined as “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.”
Craig confirmed his Star Wars: The Force Awakens cameo: “Craig verified internet rumors that he was indeed in the latest “Star Wars” movie, playing an anonymous Storm Trooper,” according to Cinema Retro.
Tweets by others in attendance also noted Craig’s comments.
“Why would you play a stormtrooper at this point?”
Craig: “What a stupid fucking question!…STAR WARS, for fuck’s sake!” #TNYfest
— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) October 8, 2016
To read the entire Cinema Retro account, CLICK HERE.