Daniel Craig is different to James Bond in "every way."
The 44-year-old actor insists the suave spy - whom he has portrayed in three movies, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall - has "nothing" to do with him as soon as he stops playing the character.
When asked in what ways he is different to 007, he said, "Every way. Nothing - that man has nothing to do with me. Nothing at all, no."
While Daniel - who is married to Rachel Weisz - admits he has been typecast by a number of people for playing Bond, he has no plans to relinquish the role: "It's working out for me at the moment. So I'll keep at it, and there'll be other stuff to do. When I accepted the job, I knew that it would have a major effect on my career. I mean, people would find it very difficult not to see me as Bond now, which I always knew would happen. But what can I do about it? It was my choice to be Bond. So I've got to get on with it and try to be the best Bond I can."
Daniel Craig and his Skyfall castmates are in line for six-figure bonuses.
The 44-year-old actor - who played iconic British spy James Bond for the third time - director Sam Mendes and stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes will receive varying payments on top of their fees following the success of the movie at the global box office, having taken $870 million worldwide to date.
The figures will vary according to individual negotiations with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but are believed to range from $100,000 to $200,000 each. "It's going to be in the six-figure range for most of them and at the moment the sky's the limit because it hasn't stopped taking money," a source said.
And the stars could be in line for further bonuses as an additional scheme is in place for awards season. Anyone nominated for a BAFTA, Oscar or Golden Globe will receive another payment, with the amount rising if they should win.
Daniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond star ever.
The 44-year-old actor - who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in Skyfall - will earn $50 million to portray the suave secret agent in two more movies, dwarfing the pay cheques received by his predecessors.
Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning $15,000 to star in Dr. No. His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at $345,000 - around $5 million in today's prices.
George Lazenby earned $540,000 - the equivelent of $730,000 - for his one outing as 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, while Roger Moore brought home an average of $2.2 million, or $10 million today, from his seven films.
The huge contract surpasses the $17 million he earned for Skyfall, which at the time overtook the $16.3 million Pierce Brosnan took home for starring in 2002 Bond movie Die Another Day.
"Having seen Skyfall, in my opinion it is the best, best Bond of all – and Daniel Craig, I am full of admiration for him."
- Former 007 actor Roger Moore gives his critique of the latest film in the spy franchise.
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Daniel Craig says it's getting "harder and harder" to do nude scenes in James Bond movies.
The 44-year-old actor - who is returning for his third film as the iconic British spy in Skyfall - admits he has "fun" taking his clothes off while portraying the secret agent and hopes it adds some "sexiness" to the 007 film franchise: "I don't actually read those bits. I don't care how many times I have to do it. It's going to be harder and harder the older I get. It's just fun. There's enough sexiness in the movie with the girls - and hopefully me as well - but it's a little bit of a gag now."
Daniel stars opposite Javier Bardem in Skyfall and while he admits there was no free time to spend with the 43-year-old star - who portrays latest Bond villain Raoul Silva - during filming, he is keen to watch a game of rugby with the No Country For Old Men actor when they get a chance.
Sam Mendes thought that Queen Elizabeth was "amazing" when she starred alongside Daniel Craig at the Olympics opening ceremony.
The 86-year-old monarch made a surprise appearance in a sketch for the London spectacular, which saw her greet the actor in his guise as James Bond before supposedly parachuting from a helicopter. The director - who is at the helm for the latest installment of the Bond franchise, Skyfall - "loved" the idea, but said he was too scared to help Danny Boyle - the man who masterminded the ceremony - with the mammoth task.
"I loved it. Of course I knew that that was being shot. Danny [Boyle] was down on the set a couple of times and I was aware of it all going on. I said, 'I'm staying out of it!' I've got enough to worry about without four billion people watching whatever it is!' But I thought it was amazing. And also a good promo for the movie! It was an act of brinksmanship that went spectacularly right. When I heard about it through Danny and Daniel, I thought, 'Okay, that's a hell of a knife-edge to walk,' with the real queen - who I think Danny directed with great elan."
Robert Pattinson wants to take on the role of James Bond after 20 more years of experience in his acting career. The 26-year-old star wants to play Ian Fleming's iconic spy but thinks he'll be perfect for the role in two more decades.
"Yeah, I'd definitely like to go for Bond, but in more like 20 years. There'd be nothing worse than, like, 'Let's get a fresh-faced Bond!' That would be the worst idea in the world. It would be ridiculous to reinvent it as some young posh kid. After Daniel Craig you have to have some baggage. I'd have to be tortured in the first few scenes. I'd have to do the first film with one arm or something."
The Twilight Saga star added that he is becoming more conscious about his health as he gets older: "I think 26 is the turning point. I've got to make up for 10 years of living like a degenerate. I've suddenly become conscious of being unhealthy. You've spent every bit of free time since the age of 15 in a pub. And suddenly you're like: 'Oh God, I don't want to be this grey ghost sitting there with a pot belly. I've got to get it together.'"
Daniel Craig doesn't want to try and recreate old Bond movies.
The actor is to play 007 for the third time in the 23rd Bond movie, Skyfall, and while he has looked at old films to give him inspiration, he wants the suave spy's latest outing to be something new.
"I reread the books, he read the books, we watched the movies, we talked about the Roger Moore movies, the Sean Connery movies, the whole thing. There's a sort of tone that's in all those movies that you can't try to recreate. If you do, then it's a pastiche. Neither Sam [Mendes] nor I want to make a pastiche of an older movie. But you have flavors of it."
Daniel also revealed the recent problems with studio MGM - which put filming back - helped Skyfall, as it gave everyone more time to work on a better script: "The MGM thing was a silver lining situation where, for the first time, we had a lot of time to work on the script. We weren't publicly allowed to say we were doing anything, but we were secretly meeting. It wasn't full bore until everything was given the green light, but we were very optimistic it would happen."
Skyfall opens later this year.
The first trailer for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall has been unveiled. The one minute 24 second teaser (seen above) shows British spy James - played by Daniel Craig for the third time - being interrogated by agents, before scenes showing him shooting a gun and a number of coffins with the Union Jack flag draped on them. There are also scenes from an exploded house and M - portrayed by Judi Dench - also appears briefly.
M is set to be the focus of the movie, which will tell the tale of her past coming back to haunt her.
Daniel Craig says Skyfall will be a "very funny" film.
The 44-year-old actor - who is reprising his role of James Bond in the forthcoming motion picture - revealed his alter-ego shows his humoros side in a scene with go-go dancers, and Daniel thought it was "about time" he showed his humouros side in the film franchise.
"The humor is not something we try to do but it just comes from the situations. I think there are some very funny lines in it but then I have a very dark sense of humor, so others might not agree with me," he said. "Go-go dancers. It's not something I have done before and I thought it was about time I showed that part of myself," he replied when asked about what would be different in this film.
Daniel insists that Skyfall feels like a more "old-fashioned Bond movie" in the franchise's 50th year thanks to its "great" Istanbul setting, and he has enjoyed reprising the "challenging" role for the third time.
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