Daniel Craig Talks Quantum of Solace, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I got to sit down with Daniel "Bond, James Bond" Craig to discuss Quantum of Solace, which, sorry Twilight, looks to me to be the coolest movie dropping this month.

Yesterday, Film.com posted the first half of my interview with Daniel Craig. Here's the second half for all you Bond lovers like me.

COLE HADDON: When you were shooting Casino Royale and the world was just looking for a reason to hate a blond Bond, you said you survived the shoot by blocking the media out. But this time around, you had to face a different kind of pressure -- following up the most successful Bond movie of all time.

DANIEL CRAIG: This is going to sound like hindsight, like I'm just making this up, but, I got over that a long time ago. [It] happened in the Bahamas about three weeks into the shooting of Casino Royale. We [knew we] had a good film. I mean, we had a good crew, we had good actors, we had a good director. It's like, there's nothing else we can do to make this a better situation. So all the pressure that was on, I'd put to bed, just completely put to bed. By the time we got to the premiere in London, people were going, "Don't you feel vindicated now?" and I'm like, "I don't feel anything." [laughs] "I feel like we've got a great movie!" So come to this one, all the same pressures were there, but in a very, very different way. I mean, we're on the back of success ... [but] thank goodness, we could have been on the back of a dud, which would have just been ... [laughs] I can't imagine. So obviously there's different pressures ... but there always is. [This] is a $200 million movie. I don't know how you could do that without thinking there's a little bit of pressure.

CH: The fiery climax certainly looked like shooting it should've scared the bejeezus out of anyone who is right in the head.

DC: No, no, not scared. [There's] trepidation, but, genuinely, it's about getting it right, 'cause I only want to do it once. And so if you're standing on a roof and you're going to jump over and [you're thinking], "I don't want to do this more than once if I can help it," that's all you got going through your head. The jumping out of windows, actually, I didn't want to do that more than once, but after the third time, it was actually getting quite fun, so [laughs] in a sick way that happens.

CH: Quantum's director Marc Forster is generally known as an art-house filmmaker, having made movies like Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland. What made him the right choice for a Bond movie?

DC: He's a lover of films, he's a cinephile through and through, and, [if] you look at how complex his films are -- but how different his films are -- to me, that sort of strikes me as a very brave person who can sort of say, "You know what, I'm not going to stick with it. You know, I'm going to take subject matters completely at either ends of the spectrum." And when he came to do this, I met him and within five minutes ... I knew he was a brave man and that he was up for doing it, and so I've had a great time with him.

CH: Casino Royale was a blockbuster. Quantum will surely be, too. That means you're going to have a little more pull when it comes to shooting the next one of these globetrotting adventures. Where do you want Bond to end up next?

DC: A beach. [laughs] For about an hour and a half [of] the movie, and then about ten minutes of action. That would really, really thrill me. There's a lookout and explosions could be happening everywhere, [while I] occasionally sip my cocktail.