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How Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and a pair of gloves cost Skyfall millions

Did you hear the one about the pair of gloves that nearly cost 2012 Bond movie Skyfall millions of dollars?

hollywood Updated: Jul 04, 2016 17:49 IST
“If you watch the scene now ... you can see that Bond has these ridiculously podgy hands because in every single frame he was wearing these thick leather gloves that have now been painted over with Craig-tone hands.”
“If you watch the scene now ... you can see that Bond has these ridiculously podgy hands because in every single frame he was wearing these thick leather gloves that have now been painted over with Craig-tone hands.”

Did you hear the one about the pair of gloves that nearly cost 2012 Bond movie Skyfall millions of dollars?

A freelance film critic and Twitter raconteur, Charlie Lyne, shared the cracking tale, as told to him by someone who worked in the film starring Daniel Craig, reports News.com.au.

In a series of Twitter videos, Lyne revealed, “Daniel Craig and the director, Sam Mendes, were both completely miserable during the production of this film.”

“They were buried under the weight of the studio and the expectations of how much this massive film should make and how it had to exceed all previous Bond films and so on,” the critic said.

“Daniel Craig in particular used to go on these little shopping trips on his days off. On one of these trips he ended up in this little shop where he bought a nice pair of leather gloves and the following day he brought them back to set,” he continued.

The 48-year-old actor thought the gloves would be good for James Bond to wear during a scene so he asked Sam Mendes for permission.

According to Lyne, Mendes was “beyond caring” by that point so he agreed, but three months later, he realised what a huge mistake he had made.

“Now they’re editing the film and the scene from that day is playing out,” Lyne said.

“Bond is in the casino (in Macau). He’s being followed by some shady henchmen, they have a little fight and then he falls off this elevated bridge platform into a pit that’s filled with Komodo dragons. In the pit he has this showdown with this beefy villain guy during which the villain manages to get Bond’s gun from him,” the post added.

This is where the problem started.

“This lowly editorial assistant guy pipes up and says, ‘Wait a minute. The logic here is that the villain can’t fire Bond’s gun because it has a fingerprint scanner, but if that’s the case, then how was Bond ever going to fire it wearing gloves?’ he said.

According to Lyne, the room was silent for a while before “producers start frantically working out how much it will cost to reshoot the entire scene just because Sam Mendes agreed that Daniel Craig could wear these special gloves that he bought.”

They determined that it would cost “millions” to reshoot the scene which they simply couldn’t afford.

“The only solution becomes to digitally paint in Bond’s hands,” Lyne said.

“If you watch the scene now ... you can see that Bond has these ridiculously podgy hands because in every single frame he was wearing these thick leather gloves that have now been painted over with Craig-tone hands,” the story concluded.

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