Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Craig: We were 'stuffed' on Quantum

Daniel Craig is working on the next Bond film Skyfall

Daniel Craig has revealed how he had to step into the writer's shoes for Quantum Of Solace.

The James Bond star reportedly admitted he ended up trying to rewrite scenes after production on the film stalled as the Writers Guild of America writers' strike took hold in 2007.

"You swear that you'll never get involved with s**t like that, and it happens.... We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers' strike and there was nothing we could do," he told Time Out.

The 43-year-old continued: "We couldn't employ a writer to finish it. There was me trying to rewrite scenes - and a writer I am not. Me and the director [Marc Forster] were the ones allowed to do it. The rules were that you couldn't employ anyone as a writer, but the actor and director could work on scenes together.

"We were stuffed. We got away with it, but only just. It was never meant to be as much of a sequel as it was, but it ended up being a sequel."

Daniel reprises the iconic role in the upcoming Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes.

"He's lived with Bond all his life, he grew up with Bond the way I did. I said to him, 'We have to do this together, we have exactly the same reference points, we both like the same Bond movies and we both like the same bits in the same Bond movies we like'," Daniel said.

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