Bond (Daniel Craig) is back. This time not as the heroic secret agent but as the suave Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass which is based on the first of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, The Northern Lights. Here he chats with Princy Jain.
How did the role of Lord Asriel come about?
It was kind of an accident. The production was delayed and there was a different director at that point of time. As Bond came to an end, my agent checked with them again. They asked if I was interested. And I said, “Of course I want to do it.”
The Golden Compass deals with some interesting themes. Was that part of the appeal?
Yes it was. My fantasy for this movie were the movies I saw as a kid. This film had adult themes in it. And if we get that right it will work well.
It seems that Nicole Kidman will provide some of those scary moments?
She is pretty good at it (laughs), she looks amazing in it. Nicole and I are quite good friends now. So it's very easy to work together.
Could you have seen yourself taking a role like this, say, five or six years ago?
I don’t know if I’d have thought about doing it a few years ago. It’s a huge movie and it’s a ‘kids movie’. But these books aren’t only kids books.
Everybody keeps on saying that the Catholic Church is going to have a big problem with it.
Well I think that the Catholic Church is going to have broad enough shoulders for this.