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Topic: Daniel Craig's Stuntwork Hangups.

I was perusing the old IMDB looking at reports and rumors for Bond 25 and I reminded myself of the sourced quote about Craig and his wife not wanting to push too far with the stunts. He's been injured in multiple places and had a couple surgeries to repair his knee and shoulder from injuries sustained doing Bond stunts. Is anyone else worried that Bond 25 might be light on great action stunts? We're spoiled by the incredible stunt pieces of the Mission Impossible movies and I'm concerned that Craig is going to be cautious with what he's open to doing and not doing. I wish Craig was as driven to do all of his stunts and up the stakes like Tom Cruise does. I don't think he should have an excuse because Tom Cruise is older than Craig as well. Just some thoughts...curious to hear what you guys think.

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I think DC has acquited himself well with his stunt work, he's been very physical and committed to learning the skills needed. It's a bit unfair to compare him with Tom Cruise who is a phenomenon and who also has the luxury of being one of the bosses of the mi films. A lot of actors "action film" actors do very little in the way of their own stunts. DC has overcome a dislike of heights and opted to do stunts in place of the stunt man, mendes mentions the train in the pts of skyfall where he tried it out for himself to make sure he was happy then asked for the train to go faster. His injury may slow him down a bit but only the most critical eye will notice in the finished film.

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Chriscoop wrote:

I think DC has acquited himself well with his stunt work, he's been very physical and committed to learning the skills needed. It's a bit unfair to compare him with Tom Cruise who is a phenomenon and who also has the luxury of being one of the bosses of the mi films. A lot of actors "action film" actors do very little in the way of their own stunts. DC has overcome a dislike of heights and opted to do stunts in place of the stunt man, mendes mentions the train in the pts of skyfall where he tried it out for himself to make sure he was happy then asked for the train to go faster. His injury may slow him down a bit but only the most critical eye will notice in the finished film.

I think DC has equitted himself admirably in the stunt/action department. Cruise is indeed a phenomenon and possibly borderline insane in terms of the risks he takes. This was discussed a lot when MI was released and it did indeed up the anti. I'm sure that DC will be fine and convincing. I have mentioned before that how much he does or does not do is not as important as believing that it's possible that he could.

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Chriscoop wrote:

I think DC has acquited himself well with his stunt work, he's been very physical and committed to learning the skills needed. It's a bit unfair to compare him with Tom Cruise who is a phenomenon and who also has the luxury of being one of the bosses of the mi films. A lot of actors "action film" actors do very little in the way of their own stunts. DC has overcome a dislike of heights and opted to do stunts in place of the stunt man, mendes mentions the train in the pts of skyfall where he tried it out for himself to make sure he was happy then asked for the train to go faster. His injury may slow him down a bit but only the most critical eye will notice in the finished film.

Well put. ajb007/martini

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We can't expect actors to do stunts like Tom Cruise does. Even when the actor wants to do more stunts the insurance companies won't let them. Cruise is i a special situation, perhaps even unique. He has the will and ability to do these fantastic stunts. At the same time he is a superstar who carriers the whole franchise, so the film company and insurance company can't say no to him.

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I'm always hoping that there are going to be less opportunities for Craig to show off his physicality. I'd be happy to go back to the Connery-style Bond films where there was substance rather than stunts to keep our interest.

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Bond films to me are not action films, they are espionage films. I agree with Matt the I’d love a more Connery era film. I want suspense, not stunts and explosions.

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I also agree that Bond should be less set piece/stunt work oriented and return to its more espionage roots. Especially since I just cant imagine anything they do could top Fallout anyway.

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While I too would like more focus on suspense and espionage, the Bond movies have always had first rate stunts. I think they can do both. Make a suspenseful story about espionage, but throw in about three major action scenes with amazing stunts. CR did just that.
In MI they go from one action set piece to the next at breakneck speed tied together by a flimys story and hardly any characterization, and they do it brilliiantly. Bond movies should use action and stunts more sparingly, but when they do it it should be top-notch.

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Matt S wrote:

I'm always hoping that there are going to be less opportunities for Craig to show off his physicality. I'd be happy to go back to the Connery-style Bond films where there was substance rather than stunts to keep our interest.

Agreed, but it needed not be either or. Connery combined Leonine physicality with substance and charm. I see no reason why Daniel could not do likewise. If pushed to choose I'd go for substance.

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My greatest fear with EON looking at Fallout rather than doing its own thing is that we go down the path that gave us Moonraker then Die Another Day. I don’t want kite surfing tsunami Bond ever again. He’s an agent who occasionally gets into danger, not a superhero.

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I love what Cruise is doing with the MI and appreciate it immensely, but I'm not going to expect or be disappointed by someone refusing to risk their life or injury for my entertainment!

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Let the Stuntpeople do the stunts and let the actors, act.  ajb007/wink

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hcantrell wrote:

I was perusing the old IMDB looking at reports and rumors for Bond 25 and I reminded myself of the sourced quote about Craig and his wife not wanting to push too far with the stunts. He's been injured in multiple places and had a couple surgeries to repair his knee and shoulder from injuries sustained doing Bond stunts. Is anyone else worried that Bond 25 might be light on great action stunts? We're spoiled by the incredible stunt pieces of the Mission Impossible movies and I'm concerned that Craig is going to be cautious with what he's open to doing and not doing. I wish Craig was as driven to do all of his stunts and up the stakes like Tom Cruise does. I don't think he should have an excuse because Tom Cruise is older than Craig as well. Just some thoughts...curious to hear what you guys think.

In addition to the injuries that required surgeries, Craig also lost a part of finger during the filming of QOS. I'm not sure if it was the important finger.

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hcantrell wrote:

I was perusing the old IMDB looking at reports and rumors for Bond 25 and I reminded myself of the sourced quote about Craig and his wife not wanting to push too far with the stunts. He's been injured in multiple places and had a couple surgeries to repair his knee and shoulder from injuries sustained doing Bond stunts. Is anyone else worried that Bond 25 might be light on great action stunts? We're spoiled by the incredible stunt pieces of the Mission Impossible movies and I'm concerned that Craig is going to be cautious with what he's open to doing and not doing. I wish Craig was as driven to do all of his stunts and up the stakes like Tom Cruise does. I don't think he should have an excuse because Tom Cruise is older than Craig as well. Just some thoughts...curious to hear what you guys think.

You know that "quote" is fabricated tabloid bs, right?

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I guess now Craig is not only the homely, short, blond Bond, but the "too chicken to do all his own stunts" Bond.  ajb007/insane

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Let the Stuntpeople do the stunts and let the actors, act.  ajb007/wink

Up to a point...caught some of The Spy Who Loved Me  on  tele box last Noche...the stunt people were so obvious even in relatively simple looking running and jumping stuff.It undermines credibility. The lead actor has to do some of it, and has as a minimum be plausible,plus the joins need to be seamless.Standards and techniques have improved but audience expectations have increased also.  Bourne MI as well as Bond with Daniel have raised the bar.

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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The days of a stuntman running around in a tux and Roger wig wouldn't cut it anymore. It's all about credibility and if there is illusion involved it's got to be perfect and believable. I'm sure Connery did his fair share, but there are times in those classic films that you can tell it's a stunt double. It helped that Connery had a stunt double that resembled him a bit.

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I just watched DN with the commentary. Connery was athletic and wanted to do a lot, but he understood that an injured could lead to very costly delays.

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I second the idea that Craig should not be held up to the level that Cruise is in regards to stunts. Cruise has a completely different relarionship with his films and the people that make and insure them.

If Craig does have any hang ups about types of stunts then fine, write around them, I would much rather have a Bond film with a few less stunts and a feeling that is unique than a Bond film that is attempting to replicate the stunts of MI and then a massive dose of CGI to try and make it look like Craig is doing it. The digital face replacement used in Skyfall and Spectre is just not good enough.

Is it true that Craig got the sequence at the Hofla Clinic changed because he couldn't Ski? Whilst, if true, this could be looked at as Craig being controlling, it can also be looked at as an Actor who only wants to have stunts that he can actually be involved in, rather than doing a Roger and relying on the stunt team and Craig being comped in.

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hcantrell wrote:

Is anyone else worried that Bond 25 might be light on great action stunts?

that is precisely the last thing I worry about for Bond25.
I worry Bond25 will be light on coherent plot, and that once again they will be making the script up as they go along once they start filming.
I worry that the folks making this next film may themselves have no interest or understanding in the film series they are charged with continuing.
How many "great action stunts" were there in From Russia With Love? lets see, I think I count … zero?
So that would be the ideal number to aim for in this next one, if they want to make a good James Bond film.

For those of you who aren't interested in good James Bond films, and really wish to see yet another Mission Impossible film, I know as a fact they have a new one out and it is still in the theatres.

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I don't think the general audience today would accept a Bond movie with no stunts or major action scenes. Neither will many hard-core Bond fans, I think. I'm all for a suspenseful movie with a strong story, but there should be action and stunts.

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Depends how bad the lingering effects of his past injuries on whether he'll be able to as much stuntwork as he'd like to.

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I don't think DC has gone chicken on doing his own stunts heaven forbid , it's just the human body can take so much , I gave up playing rugger at 40 , to many black eyes , knocks and bruises that just seem to take forever to heel my knees feel it and my ankle now keeps going ( a police injury on top of falling of a military assault course) so if there's a younger fitter guy willing to step in for Dan , good luck to him , I hope he lives to have a pain free old age , The Micheal Caine /Harry Palmer series was a very basic but gritty old fashioned spy intelligence work , no bombs or explosions etc and they was great

By the way, did I tell you,  I was       "Mad"?

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..... but they are neither recent nor Bond.