SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, has its premiere later this month. So it’s time to explore new questions about the 007 movie.
Was Time Out London’s interview with Daniel Craig good P.R. or bad P.R.?
That depends on your public relations philosophy.
The classic public relations philosophy stems from a George M. Cohan quote: “I don’t care what you say about me as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right.”
By that standard, Craig’s interview with Tine Out London was a spectacular success.
The 007 actor’s quotes to Time Out (“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than make another Bond movie, and “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money,” among others) were summarized widely.
If George M. Cohan were still alive (he died in 1942), he would marvel at how right he was.
Are you saying this was really planned?
Who knows? Maybe, maybe not. Nevertheless, the Time Out London interview was done a few days after SPECTRE wrapped principal photography.
Often these types of interviews are done under embargo. That is, the interviews occur with the understanding the resulting stories won’t be released until shortly before a movie is released — often with a specific date and time for release.
Put another way, the major parties responsible for SPECTRE — Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures — shouldn’t be surprised these quotes were coming. Interviews with stars for major movies, generally speaking, are done under very controlled circumstances.
Often such interviews are done with a public relations person sitting in on it. Even if it didn’t happen in this case, Eon, MGM and Sony know the star, know what he often says in interviews. If they weren’t prepared, well, they probably should have been.
Filed under: James Bond Films | Tagged: Daniel Craig, Entertainment Weekly, Eon Productions, George M. Cohan, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, NBC News, Sony Pictures, SPECTRE, The Daily Beast, The Independent, The Telegraph, Time Out London, Variety | Leave a comment »