After “Casino Royale” so capably rejuvenated the Bond franchise, “Quantum of Solace” was a bit of a letdown. Heavy on intended gravitas and jumbled action collages, the sequel didn’t quite deliver with audiences or critics, leading to a temporary hiatus for 007.
As he tells Time Out London, the problem with “Quantum” was the 2008 writers’ strike. “On ’Quantum,’ we were f—ed,” he said. “We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t employ a writer to finish it. I say to myself, ’Never again’, but who knows? There was me trying to rewrite scenes – and a writer I am not.”
“I think this one is better,” he added. “I really do. It’s a totally original story. I read it and it just works as a story.”
The new film, helmed by Sam Mendes, is shooting right now. With so many precedents set, every new Bond film is a challenge — a fact that isn’t lost on Craig. “If you’re going to do that sort of stuff, you’ve just got to get it right. You’ve got to give it your best shot. When you’ve got all that talent, everyone gunning to make it good, you’ve got to get it,” he said. “For f—’s sake, it’s a Bond movie. You want people to go, ’Whooah!’ – a sharp intake of breath during a movie is never a bad thing.”
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