50 Facts You Didn’t Know About Daniel Craig’s
James Bond Movies Are you ready to play a roulette in Casino
Royale (2006), for a Quantum of Solace (2008) before Skyfall (2012) on your head? Well,
there’s nothing we can do to easy you pain of sweet anticipation, while you’re waiting
for the #24 James Bond movie – the “Spectre”, but there’s something else you can get instead.
How about a 50-facts-long time travel with Daniel Craig through the memorable last three
most successful James Bond movies in the entire history of this immortal franchise? Does this
sound like a plan? Let’s roll, 007, 006, 005, 004, 003, 002…
1) “Casino Royal” was the very first James Bond movie to be entirely based on a full-length
Ian Fleming novel since Moonraker (1979). This is undoubtedly an impressive time gap,
which lasted almost 27 years. 2) In order to get in a proper shape for his
very first Bond movie Daniel Craig had to gain more than 20 pounds of muscle for the
role. The rest is James Bond beach history. One of the most muscular one, by the way.
3) Here’s one more interesting story about Daniel Craig’s prep work for the role. He
didn’t have to, but Daniel Craig wanted to read all of Ian Fleming’s novels. In addition,
he’d spent quite a lot of time talking with real-life Mossad and British Secret Service
agents. Mr. Bond-Craig definitely did his homework properly.
4) James Bond’s “father” Ian Fleming celebrated the completion of the “Casino Royale”
novel in a little bit unusual way. He bought a gold-plated typewriter. One of the James
Bond actors Pierce Brosnan supposedly acquired this famous typewriter a few years ago for
$52,000. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to buy him a ticket for Casino Royal movie,
though. 5) One Hollywood legend has it that Daniel
Craig was shopping groceries when he got the call from the Bond franchise producer Barbara
Broccoli that he had won the James Bond role. She told him, “Over to you, kiddo.” What did
Craig do? Well, he’d left the groceries behind and celebrated with martinis. Definitely,
a Bond, James Bond style. 6) Talking about the actor, who’s reinvented
and reshaped this franchise, did you know that Daniel Craig is the first actor to play
James Bond, who is actually younger than the movie series itself? Even Bond needs some
new blood, every now and then. 7) Here’s an eternal question for any true
James Bond fan? Why Daniel Craig, and not Pierce Brosnan, who bought the gold-plated
typewriter? Remember? Well, for what is worth, and it’s worth a lot, Brosnan’s return
for a fifth engagement as James Bond would have cost the producers $30 million.
8) It would be wrong to think that Daniel Craig was nothing more than a more affordable
alternative for this movie series. Eventually, he became the first actor to be nominated
for a BAFTA (British Oscar) Award for playing James Bond.
9) It’s also an interesting fact to know that one of the legends of this franchise,
no other than Roger Moore himself, was reportedly so impressed with the “Casino Royal” that
he went out and bought a DVD copy of it. This is undoubtedly an Oscar worth respect, isn’t
it? 10)As of 2007, “Casino Royal” was the
highest-grossing movie of the Bond-franchise. Until Skyfall passed it in 2012. Daniel Craig’s
Bond trilogy is the most successful period in the entire Hollywood history of this popular
franchise. The youngest Bond certainly knew some old-Bond-school tricks. Right?
11)As expected, before and during production, controversy erupted amongst some fans. Why?
The casting of Daniel Craig, a blond James Bond, was the cause. Since then, Craig has
gotten his new nickname – ‘James Blond’. We all know why, don’t we? Dark hair had been
an unofficial trademark for any 007 secret agent. Until, Daniel Craig changed all of
that. We certainly don’t mind, do we? 12)Here’s what happened to one more recognizable
symbols of James Bond movies. In one afternoon’s shooting, three Aston Martin DBS cars, valued
at $300,000 each, were destroyed for the legendary car roll sequence. What a lovely way to roll
one million dollars in a blink of an eye, indeed.
13)This car barrel-roll stunt by the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the
most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. At the beginning of shooting, the racing specifications
of the Aston Martin DBS meant that a standard ramp would not be sufficient to get the car
to roll. There was no other solution for the movie crew than to call the special effects
cavalry to the rescue. They installed an air- powered cannon behind the driver’s seat.
This allowed the car to complete the unprecedented seven full rolls. This was more than enough
for this amazing stunt to officially enter into the Guinness Book of World Records on
5th November 2006. 14)“Casino Royal” was the first film in
the series to show Bond as a rookie in MI6. In all the other films, he had long been a
spy. Well, this was a special double-rookie moment for Daniel Craig in both real and movie
life. 15)This was also the very first James Bond
film to be approved by Chinese censors. All other films in the series were available in
China only as illegal copies. Only two days after the official premiere, pirated copies
were already on the streets of London. Daniel Craig was offered one such copy while walking
anonymously through the streets of Beijing. What an intriguing irony made in China.
16)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!! When Bond starts writing his resignation letter
on the boat in Venice, he’s wearing an Omega Planet Ocean watch with a black strap. When
he finishes typing and closes the laptop, he’s wearing an Omega Seamaster with a silver
strap – which is a completely different watch. This is something any Omega- watch-fan
just couldn’t miss. 17)The Quantum of Solace movie title was selected
only a few days before its official announcement in January, 2008. For quite a long time, this
name had been considered as an unsuitable one for a 007 film. In addition, Daniel Craig
admitted he was also unsure about it. Yet, it seemed that the Quantum of Solace was a
perfect match for the context of the film: “Bond is looking for his quantum of solace,
that’s what he wants. Ian Fleming says that if you don’t have a quantum of solace in your
relationship, you might as well give up. Bond doesn’t have that because his girlfriend has
been killed, therefore he’s looking for revenge to make himself happy with the world again.”
Thank you Daniel, for this thoughtful and detailed explanation.
18)Quantum of Solace marks the first time since You Only Live Twice (1967), in which
Bond does not introduce himself with the immortal phrase “Bond, James Bond.” For what is worth,
this line was shot for several different scenes. However, it was completely cut out as the
movie director and producers found it completely unnecessary. Two more Bond films From Russia
with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965) also do not use the line. One more Bond catchphrase
“vodka martini, shaken not stirred” also does not appear in this movie.
19)Daniel Craig admitted in one interview that Casino Royale (2006) was physically “a
walk in the park” compared to the Quantum of Solace. His trainings were extremely intense
and exhausting. He had to do more boxing, running, speed- boating and stunt driving.
20)Daniel Craig had to go through blood and tears with all of his James Bond movies in
order to achieve international fame and recognition. Literally. He was injured at least three times
during the making of his second Bond movie. The most serious one included an injury to
his face. It costed him four stitches. The other one to his shoulder required 6 surgical
screws to be inserted during an operation. It’s not an easy thing being Bond, James
Bond. 21)Although, being 106 respectively minutes
long, Quantum of Solace is actually one of the shortest James Bond movies ever. This
film is a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006), which is the longest film in the official
series. 22)It’s about time to say a few words about
the gorgeous Bond girls. Out of the 400 women, who auditioned for the role of Camille, the
World War Z director Marc Forster chose Olga Kurylenko. Why? Well, because she seemed to
be the least nervous of them all. Once being chosen, she had to spend three weeks training
with weapons and learned how to fight. Kurylenko isn’t the huge fan of stunts, but Daniel
Craig helped her to carry them out. She was also given a DVD box set of all the 007 films,
since she has not seen many of them. This is funny thing, though, because the Bond franchise
is quite well-known in her homeland of Ukraine, as it is all over the world.
23)With an estimated $225,000,000 budget, to this date, this was the most expensive
Bond movie ever made. Daniel Craig was paid £4.5 million for the Quantum of Solace, which
is more than twice compared to the (UK) £2 million he got for Casino Royale (2006).
24)While filming in the extremely hot and humid town of Colon in Panama, the film crew
drank over one thousand bottles of cold water, every single day! In addition, this movie
had “eaten” almost 200,000 rounds of blank bullets, which were used for training, testing
and filming. What an insatiable appetite, even for a Bond movie.
25)Quantum of Solace was released in Brazil and Turkey with its original name, because
a proper translation was a true mission impossible. However, the movie’s secret title was accidentally
discovered by fans, when it became obvious that the domain name of quantumofsolace.com
had been registered by Sony Pictures in January, 2008. The buys little bees in Sony should’ve
learned some invaluable lessons about secrecy from James Bond. Right?
26)Quantum is also the name of the criminal organization, but it is not an acronym itself.
James Bond creator Ian Fleming had quite a reputation for creating the intriguing names
of criminal organizations in his novels. SPECTRE stood for the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence,
Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, while the SMERSH is derived from Russian “Smiert Spionam”,
which means “death to spies”. Many James Bond and spy parodies have organizations with funny
and intriguing acronyms, but Quantum isn’t among them, at least that we know of.
27)Here’s an epic story about the meaning of the Quantum of Solace title according to
different sources. The Governor character in the Ian Fleming short story of the same
name defines it as “… a precise figure defining the comfort, humanity and fellow feeling required
between two people for love to survive. If the quantum of solace is 0, then love is dead.”
He then introduces the Law of the Quantum of Solace as follows: “I’ve seen flagrant
infidelities patched up, I’ve seen crimes and even murder foreign by the other party,
let alone bankruptcy and other forms of social crime. Incurable disease, blindness, disaster
– all of these can be overcome. But never the death of common humanity in one of the
partners. I’ve thought about this and I’ve invented a rather high-sounding title for
this basic factor in human relations. I have called it the law of the Quantum of Solace.”
In the same story James Bond comments on the Law of the Quantum of Solace as
follows: “That’s a splendid name for it. It’s certainly impressive enough. And of course
I see what you mean. I should say you’re absolutely right. Quantum of Solace – the amount of comfort.
Yes, I suppose you can say that all love and friendship is based in the end on that. Human
beings are very insecure. When the other person not only makes you feel insecure but actually
seems to want to destroy you, it’s obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero.
You’ve got to get away to save yourself.” In an interview, the producers explained:
“It means that a relationship cannot be saved unless there is a ‘quantum of solace’ between
the two parties – ‘Quantum’ meaning ‘measure’ and ‘solace’ meaning ‘comfort’ – so if they
are not willing to share that then their relationship is in trouble. In our humble opinion, it is
a couple of things we should be aware about the name itself: Bond is looking for a ‘quantum
of solace’ after his experiences in Casino Royale (2006), and QUANTUM also happens to
be the name of the villainous organization in the film.
28)Quantum of Solace is third highest grossing James Bond film after Skyfall (2012) and Casino
Royale (2006). You already know that James Bond trilogy, which includes Daniel Craig
is the most successful one of all movies in this epic franchise.
29)There are over 900 visual effects in the Quantum of Solace. The movie itself was filmed
in more locations than any other 007 movie in the franchise’s 50-year history: UK, Panama,
Chile, Italy, Mexico and Austria. 30)The first installment of the James Bond
film series to be a direct sequel to the previous film. “Quantum of Solace” is a direct sequel
to “Casino Royale” and it continues on exactly from where “Casino Royale” previously left
off. 31)This movie is being released in the same
year that celebrates the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming, James Bond’s “father”.
Fleming was born on 28 May 1908, and this film was originally scheduled to be released
on 2 May 2008, a few weeks before the 100th Birthday on 28 May 2008. However, the official
release date was postponed until 7 November 2008 to buy some more invaluable time to produce
the movie. Additionally, this was the first Bond film to be released in a year ending
with the number 8. Unfortunately, we had no chance to see any of Bond movies in 1968,
1978, 1988, or 1998. 32)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!!
During the famous fight scene at the Hotel Dessalines with Slate, Bond and Slate go through
glass pane doors and land on the terrace. Eventually, Bond kills Slate. You can notice
that at first, there is a broken piece of wood pane lying next to Slate’s head. However,
the next shot shows no wood pane, and there is a door knob that wasn’t around in the first
shot. http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture147376 33)Let’s move on with the record breaker
among James Bond movies – Skyfall. Daniel Craig admitted in his interview to ‘Rolling
Stone’ magazine that he wanted ‘Skyfall’ to be his final Bond movie. In his own words,
“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it but they won’t
let me go”. That’s a little bit hard to believe, because Craig has signed his approval
for the next two James Bond films, including Spectre (2015) and the Bond #25, still unnamed.
34)And now, let’s begin our long story about records. There’s an entire Skyfall of them.
At the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony, Skyfall (2012) became the first James Bond film to
achieve the following: The highest number of Academy Award nominations ever received
by a Bond film (five of them: Best Song, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects Editing and Cinematography).
First Bond film to win two Oscars (For the record, Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball
(1965) won just one) 35)Although, quite a few unforgettable Bond
songs have being nominated for the Best Song Oscar, among others: Live and Let Die (1973),
For Your Eyes Only (1981), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), it’s Adele’s “Skyfall”
to become the first James Bond theme to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
In addition, Adele’s “Skyfall” is the first Billboard Top 10 hit to win the Academy Award
for Best Original Song since Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile (2002), almost a decade
earlier. 36)The Skyfall’s opening sequence shot in
Turkey took almost two months to film, including three months of rehearsals, and four months
of preparation. Around 200 crew members from England and additional 200 local crew were
involved. What was the result of this impressive and unparalleled Bond mobilization of men
and resources? Well, we got between 12-14 minutes of introductory screen time. You know
how it goes with James Bond movies, the world isn’t enough and there are no exaggerations.
37)In one TV show, Judi Dench “M” shared a funny story with the viewers, how her mobile
cell phone had a ringtone with the James Bond theme. On one occasion, it rang during filming
on the set. This unusual situation was followed by unavoidable laughter of the crew. In no
time, her annoying, but also addictive 007 cell-phone ring-tone became an on-set ritual
and a running joke. 38)The Skyfall was only two seconds away from
the famous record of 143 minutes for a Bond movie. This fact made it to be the second-longest
Bond movie of all time. The recorder holder in this field is still the Casino Royale (2006)
with almost 144 minutes. The third-longest running time for a Bond movie is 142 minutes
long On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). 39)Skyfall is the most successful James Bond
movie at the international box-office in the official franchise’s film history ever. This
fantastic movie grossed $100 million at the international box-office in its first
week. In addition, this Bond movie had the biggest ever opening weekend at the box-office
for a Bond film in Britain. Yet, what’s the most important fact to know about the
financial success of Skyfall is that it became the first James Bond movie in its Franchise
history to reach a billion in the box office internationally. Can the Spectre challenge
a billion dollar record set by the Skyfall? Let’s wait and see for ourselves.
40)Everything and anything, James Bond touches eventually turns into pure gold. You aren’t
convinced? Well, listen to this story about the sales of cut-throat razors, which exploded
for more than 400% in the week following the film’s official release. Online retailers
of cut-throat razors reported sales increases from 50% to almost 400% thanks to one particular
scene in this film. The growth in sales has been attributed to the love scene in ‘Skyfall’,
where Bond Girl Eve (Naomie Harris) gives James Bond (Daniel Craig) an erotic close-shave
with an old style razor followed by this line, “Sometimes the old ways are the best”. On
the other hand, this is the second time in the official James Bond series that we actually
had a chance of seeing James Bond with a beard. The first one was Pierce Brosnan in Die Another
Day (2002). In both pictures the main character only has the beard for a portion of the film.
In both cases, we see the beard being shaved. James Bond and the beard? Hm, something is
definitely wrong with this picture. 41)Skyfall’s marketing has allegedly reached
a completely new level with the new James Bond. Daniel Craig appeared in a respectable
number of commercials and television ads. This was an obvious and a shameless advertisement
for specific product placements we could see in the film, such as Heineken, Omega Watches
and Sony Electronics. However, this has been justified and an absolute necessity, according
to Daniel Craig. On one occasion he opened his heart about extra acting involvement by
saying, “The simple fact is that, without them, we couldn’t do it. It’s unfortunate
but that’s how it is. This movie costs a lot of money to make, it costs nearly as much
again if not more to promote, so we go where we can.”
42)The Royal World Premiere of Skyfall (2012) marked a rare and heartbreaking reunion for
the families of James Bond producers Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli and author Ian
Fleming on the 50th anniversary. The Skyfall was released in late 2012 in order to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series. Previous Bond movies to be released
for the similar celebration “purposes”, included Die Another Day (2002) marking the
series’ 40th anniversary year, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) for the 35th anniversary, The
Living Daylights (1987) for the 25th anniversary, and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) for the 15th
anniversary. ‘Skyfall’ world’s premiere took place within a couple of weeks of the
50th anniversary of the launch of Dr. No (1962). This was
undoubtedly an extraordinary and well-deserved way to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of
the franchise. 43)For quite some time, during the development
and pre-production phase, the “Skyfall” was simply known as “Bond #23”. According to the
unofficial sources, other titles that were briefly considered for the movie were: “A
Killing Moon”, “Once Upon a Spy”, and “Silver Bullet.” There were also numerous false titles
that were submitted to the media during 2011, such as ‘Carte Blanche’ and ‘Red Sky at Night’.
Only a year earlier, in 2010, it was announced that a competition would run to pick a proper
title for this film from the remaining Ian Fleming story titles. Among them, the two
most popular to be considered were ‘Risico’ and ‘The Property of a Lady’. In addition,
‘The Hildebrand Rarity’ had also been rumored as a possible title.
44)This was the very first time, and probably not the last, that James Bond is seen drinking
a beer in a Bond movie. We’ve already explained why. Even James Bond has to make a living
out of the ads. 45)Since Daniel Craig was first cast as James
Bond, he just couldn’t get rid of the nickname – ‘James Blond’, because of his lighter color
hair, which is obviously quite different than Bond’s usual dark hair. In addition, Javier
Bardem also had blond hair in this movie. These “blond facts” helped ‘Skyfall’ to
become the first film entry in the official series to feature both James Bond and the
leading villain with blond hair. 46)This was the first one-word Bond movie
title in seventeen years, the last was GoldenEye (1995). ‘Skyfall’ is also the shortest ever
one-word James Bond movie title. It is the only one ever with two syllables, most of
them in the past having three, such as Goldfinger, Moonraker, GoldenEye, and Thunderball, which
rhymes with ‘Skyfall’, by the way. On the other side, the Octopussy was the only one
with four syllables. Dr. No (1962) remains to be the shortest ever Bond movie title with
the least number of letters, only 5. The ‘Skyfall’ has 7, or to be a little bit more precise
007. ‘Skyfall’ is the shortest Bond film title of them all, if ‘Doctor No’ is spelled in
its unabbreviated form. The shortest title movie, with the longest list of records. How
fascinating, indeed. 47)Unfortunately, we have to admit that this
is the first Bond film in which the villain is successful in completing his primary objective
(the death of M). This is also the first ever James Bond movie where the series traditional
Bond car, an Aston Martin DB5, is blown-up. 48)This movie marks the second time Bond cries
openly. The first time was in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). In 50 long years of
Bond movies, Skyfall is only the second film in which James Bond suffers a gunshot wound.
The first time shot for James Bond was in Thunderball (1965).
49)This marks the third consecutive James Bond movie which ends with James Bond alone.
In other films in the series he is seen with one of the leading Bond Girls. We sure hope
that the Spectre is going to change this. 50)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!!
When Bond runs out of the London Underground Station, he is almost completely covered in
dust. In addition, the dust is still there when he runs into the Houses of Parliament.
This also includes a scene, when he drives off with M. However, the dust has disappeared
in an unexplainable way, when Bond and M find the Aston Martin. James Bond simply had no
time to clean up the dust, because he was driving all the time. Right?