2006’s Casino Royale was not only the first James bond film after Pierce Brosnan left the title role, but a dramatic reinvention of what the franchise means in the modern world. The film featured Daniel Craig in his starring turn as the grainy new version of Secret Agent 007. Mads Mikkelsen, who played main villain Le Chiffre in the film, recently revealed in an interview with Vulture that he and Craig were very enthusiastic. showing the dark side of Bond’s adventures, especially during a scene where Le Chiffre tortures 007.
“There were a few times when Daniel Craig and I went a bit far at the table to discuss what the stage might do. It was a scene where I tortured him and he undressed on the chair, which was pretty drastic. We’ve never seen Bond naked, and we’ve never seen him so fragile, and then obviously there are nuances with the rope. “
The scene in question takes place towards the end of the film. Bond won the high-stakes poker match, foiling Le Chiffre’s attempts to pay off his debts and forcing the villain to despair. So, Le Chiffre has Bond kidnapped, stripped naked, and tied to a chair with the bottom removed, ready for an old-fashioned torture session.
The scene was memorable for taking away the lasers and futuristic torture devices that Bond’s old villains had used. Instead, Le Chiffre swung a heavy rope tied under the chair to deal brutal damage to Bond’s lower regions. As uncomfortable as this scene is to watch, Mads Mikkelsen revealed that he and Craig wanted to move things forward with a bloodletting as well.
“We were discussing how to approach it. And we went further with something really brutal and insane …[at one point Le Chiffre] actually cut [Bond] somewhere, and he must have been in pain for a while. At one point, director Martin Campbell just smiled and said, “Boys, come back to the table. It’s a Bond movie. We can’t go. We were lost in our independent world, right? You have to respect that. It’s a Bond movie. This is the framework that you need to understand. “
When Casino Royale was in the making, Craig and Mikkelsen were best known for their work in experimental films that push the boundaries. While a bloody torture scene would have been welcome in such films, it was a James bond movie, and as Martin Campbell pointed out, there had to be a limit to how they could make the franchise.
Fortunately, Casino Royale managed to differentiate between daring and the traditional, and became a hit, setting Craig and Mikkelsen on the path to greater prominence in Hollywood. Now Craig is preparing to say goodbye to Bond with one final film in the series, No time to die.
Directed and co-written by Cary Fukunaga, No time to die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. The film arrives in theaters on October 8. This news comes from Vulture.
Subjects: James Bond