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I made no plan of being James Bond: Craig

IANS   October 15, 2012
First Published: 18:41 IST(15/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(16/10/2012)
Actor Daniel Craig says he tries to blank his mind while he plays James Bond, but also gets a kick out of the cuts and bruises. “There is not a lot of thought process while I am doing these scenes. I try to blank my mind so that the fear doesn’t come in,” the 44-year-old said via a video conference from New York.

“Sometimes I get hurt. A few bumps, scrapes, cuts and bruises... I get a kick out of it,” he added.

Craig made his debut as the suave spy with Casino Royale after replacing actor Pierce Brosnan. He says playing the super spy is an experience that is “unexplainable” for him. “I made no plan of being James Bond. So my life changed the day I met this lady (producer Barbara Broccoli). I thought she was joking, but she wasn’t obviously,” he said.

As for the Sam Mendes directed Skyfall that comes out on November 1 here, Craig said, “It’s not just a wonderful Bond movie, but a great movie to go and watch.”

The actor also confirmed that he would be working in two more Bond films. “Yes, it is true. We have signed two. I am very realistic about these things. Let’s see how this one goes, then we will see about the next two,” he said.

The Bond franchise is one of the highest grossers ever and Craig admits it adds to the pressure. “Yes, I worry. But there is a certain point, which comes when you know you have done the best and it’s up to the audience how they feel about it. Of course, I will be disappointed if it doesn’t do the business,” he said.          
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