Daniel Craig talks 'Skyfall,' Bond stunts: 5 facts (Video)
Daniel Craig is back for his third James Bond movie, "Skyfall," and recalls performing dangerous stunts for his role as 007, who seems to always approach "the edge of death."
Craig, 44, plays James Bond in the 23rd film in the long-running spy film franchise. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator. The film was released Nov. 9, 2012.
Check out 5 facts about Craig, his "Skyfall" character and the film.
1. Daniel Craig performed his own Bond stunts during "Skyfall"s train scene.
"I think it was like 300 feet, which makes no sense whatsoever, because I mean 100 feet seems like a lot to me," Craig said in an interview provided by distributor Columbia Pictures. "It was kind of bad enough on the train at 20 feet, when you go past a siding and like, the drop ... and you go, 'Eh, that's quite high.' But, when we get over that - they say, 'Don't look down, and don't look down.'"
2. But, even 300 feet in the air, Craig still felt comfortable with the stunts.
"We really had time to plan it out so I had a lot of rehearsal time so in a way, we took the time, and if [there was] anything I felt kind of insecure about, we kind of stopped filming and I just got off and rehearsed it because it's kind of trying to make it look as easy as possible," Craig said. "I think there have been times when I've been standing on the tops of buildings wondering what the hell I'm doing there, and on other movies. But this actually felt pretty good."
3. "Skyfall" has already set a new UK record, surpassing "Harry Potter" in the UK box office.
The film, which stars Daniel Craig and is the 23rd film in the long-running James Bond franchise, broke the UK box office record previously held by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2."
In its first week in theaters in the UK, "Skyfall" earned $59.86 million in its first seven days. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned $57.4 million. The Bond flick is also the third-highest grossing film of the year in the UK, behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."
4. Craig thinks highly of his co-star Judi Dench, and also enjoys their unique relationship in the film.
"I think it's just a good way to get more screen time for Judi Dench, which is always a good thing," Craig said. "Their relationship - there's a professional relationship, which is that ... Bond would sacrifice himself for her, for the country, for whatever you'd want to call it. But, [there's] also a kind of very, very deep love, that has built up over time and you know conflicts with that, and that, I think is fascinating. I just get a big kick out of working with Judi."
5. Craig explains what makes James Bond ... well, Bond.
"I think, I mean you know, not giving too much of the plot away, that that's a big difference between mine and Javier's character is, you know, being sort of able to understand the reasons for it, and accepting it, and accepting that, 'Okay, yep, you had to do that, there was no choice but I'm here so let's get on with it,'" Craig said. "I think it's kind of what makes Bond, Bond though - I mean he's always on the edge of death, he's always close by and that's what sort of makes it kind of exciting and intense and all of those things."
Watch the trailer for "Skyfall" below.