How Daniel Craig’s body became his James Bond signature

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That year was 2006. On the movie screen, Daniel Craig rises from the blue sea somewhere in the Bahamas, with water attached to his abdominal muscles and torso. In the theater where the writer is, a woman, working hard every word, said many other people’s thoughts: “Oh. My goodness.” “Casino Royale” has been aired for 29 minutes, but at that moment, The new James Bond was born.

At that moment, the audience would like to thank Craig, but also to other people: his fitness coach Simon Watson. In the 15 years when the actor starred in 007, he turned to Watson time and time again. Now, with Craig’s fifth and final appearance as Bond in “No Time to Die”, they warm up together for the last time.

Watson is a former naval officer who participated in the franchise before Craig and served as Pierce Brosnan’s personal trainer in “The World Is Not Enough”.When Craig got on the boat, he took A cigarette and a bacon sandwichBut Watson said that he also came here with foresight. “From the beginning, he never wanted a coach-he wanted a training partner,” he recalled. “I will do what he does.”

This convention remains the same in all five movies and shows up. Watson and Craig have similar body proportions. With the same tailoring, Watson even has a little similarity with the actor.

The man who keeps James Bond healthy

For “No Time to Die”, he tailored training to match the sequence of actions in the script to help Craig perform his own stunts (when allowed). “It just made his life easier,” Watson said. Easy, not easy. “The shooting plan is cruel. It is not an easy task to have a person perform as an athlete every day, six days a week,” he added. “It’s like training for the Olympics and then doing your activities every day for seven months.”

Watson suggested that in addition to muscles, the gym is an integral part of the character development in the first film. “In terms of the evolution of the character’s mental and physical qualities, he has a firm idea of ​​what he wants to do, which is great,” he said. “The way we work is not really around complete aesthetics. It’s all about performance.”

Craig is a smart actor, his subtleties are not always appreciated as they should be, he plays a subversive Bond in many ways. Other 007 tries to live up to the image of the deadly Adonis; so far, Craig has spent four movies playing with it, and at the same time it is most likely to break you like a tree branch.

Lisa Funnell, a Bond scholar and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, believes that the Craig era has witnessed franchising “adopting a more body-centric model of masculinity”. Appears for the first time in the last movie “One Day To Die”. “(Craig’s Bond)’s identity is not centered on women in bedding, but has to do with physical resistance.”

The series focuses on serialized stories and reconfigures the relationship between Bond and the body. We all know he can punch, but now we see bruises, the resulting violence is more heartfelt and personal than the previous incarnations. He was shot in “Skyfall”, drilled the skull in “Spectre”, then was poisoned to death in “Casino Royal” and then tortured in his pubic area. These movies show that the body is not designed to endure such a long time. In “Skyfall”, Bond’s physical and psychological evaluation failed. He was repeatedly told to retire. “In the era of Daniel Craig, the idea of ​​his coming back from the dead has always existed,” Funnell said. “His body became this living trauma file.”

There is also a certain degree of life imitating art.Craig It is said that Tore the cartilage of the shoulder when shooting “Quantum of Solace”, ruptured the calf muscle in “Skyfall”, and broke the knee ligament in “Spectre”, Had minor ankle surgery During the filming of “No Time to Die”. Rehabilitation has become part of the show.

‘Embodied Bond’s Journey’

Vulnerability is twofold. In addition to physical trauma, Craig also portrays emotional trauma. We have seen him fall in love with Vesper Linde in “Casino Royale”, then watch her die, appear lovesickness in “Quantum Comfort”, and lose his love in M ​​in “Godfall”. Mentor, and excavated his childhood in the “ghost”. For a character who was once free from the burden of the past, Bond is now haunted by it.

“I am very grateful to Daniel Craig, who embodies Bond’s journey not only physically but also emotionally,” Fennell said. “He once said that he wanted to be regarded as a serious actor, he wanted it to come from the heart, but this is a role with many external factors.”

Vespa Lind (Eva Green) and Bond "Royal Casino" (2006), Craig's first outing in the series.

Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) and Bond in “Casino Royale” (2006), Craig’s first outing in the series. CEDIT: Danjaq, LLC/United Artists Company

Craig has been working hard to solve this problem. “The best performance is when you don’t care about the surface. Bond is the opposite.” He said in 2015“You have to worry about your appearance. It’s a struggle. I know how Bond walks into the room in a suit is important. But as an actor, I don’t want to give the fuck about my look!”

This may be a double bondage. Craig and Waterston jointly created a physique that satisfies the prerequisites of character’s masculinity, allowing actors to explore other possibilities of Bond: revenge, boredom, loyalty, love, and even sadness. Nevertheless, the surface is still receiving attention.

How the physical and emotional journey ends with “No Time To Die” remains to be seen. The speculation that Bond might be killed has always existed and will not be completely out of touch with Craig’s break-of-the-convention term. Maybe the body really can’t stand it.

In any case, the actor survived the production, so Watson’s mission can already be considered a success. If the spy can still get the audience’s attention… well, it’s just the cherry on the cake.

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