Just a Minute With: Daniel Craig

Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:56am EST
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By Mike Collett-White and Michael Davidson

IVER HEATH (Reuters) - Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd film in the successful franchise due for release in November.

The film's backer, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures, invited international media to the Pinewood Studios outside London this week to unveil the title of the movie and some of the plot details.

The 39-year-old has been credited with reviving the film franchise and "Casino Royale," his debut in the role in 2006, made an impressive $594 million at the box office worldwide, according www.boxofficemojo.com.

Q: Were you worried about the criticism you received when you were first named as the new Bond?

A: "I put it to bed six weeks into filming the last movie. I had to, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to continue. I would have taken it to heart and given up. The criticism came, I understand why the criticism was there and I had to just get on with it. From then on I was at peace with it."

Q: How does Bond differ in "Quantum of Solace" from "Casino Royale?"

A: "For me, he's more in control, but not necessarily everybody else thinks he's in control."

Q: What about the title? It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue.   Continued...

<p>Actor Daniel Craig who plays James Bond poses during a photocall at Pinewood Studios to mark the start of production of the 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace", in Buckinghamshire, north of London January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>