Daniel Craig’s James Bond co-star Darwin Shaw reveals how the 007 actor was so packed with adrenaline on his first day on set that he punched Shaw with a fist on the skull and sent him back to a toiletry cubicle Gave.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Shaw said that Craig was so excited while filming Casino Royale that his kicks and punches during the fight scenes were real.
Cast as Shaw, the terrorist Fischer – Bond’s first assassination, being ‘kind, caring and calm’ to his cast and crew while praising Craig’s intensity, steel, focus and 18-hour work day ethic.
Looking back: Daniel Craig’s James Bond co-star Darwin Shaw reveals how the 007 actor was so adrenaline-filled on his first day on set that he punched Shaw with a fist on the skull
Recalling how Craig directly punched him in the forehead during their brutal fight scene as he pushed the fight to look authentic, he laughed: ‘The first take was good, but they wanted to make it more real. were emphasizing.
‘So we did a shoot where Danielle would throw punches closer to my face and be more violent. It happened in a millisecond and as his fist came forward, Daniel looked directly at me on the forehead.
‘We moved on, because it was all part of the rough and tumble. And nobody really noticed, just Daniel and me. He came and patted me on the shoulder ‘Sorry for that friend’. It was a nice gesture, but fans know my reaction is genuine.
‘It wasn’t his fault, my body was probably ten degrees out of the correct position that allowed that contact. Such stunts should be completely in sync, but with the adrenaline I didn’t feel anything.’
The Real Deal: In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Shaw said that Craig was so excited while filming Casino Royale that his kicks and punches during fight scenes were real
Craig’s adrenaline was running high as a karate kick through a plastic trash can as Shaw’s stunt double Glenn Foster could be seen taking a boot to the face.
‘It’s all about Daniel’s power and energy levels. It stayed in the final cut. It was very clever, but an athlete like Glenn didn’t feel like he even felt it.’
As Bond kills Fisher in the urinal, the fight intensifies, with Shaw inspired by the physicality and excitement on set.
‘We had rehearsed, but it was difficult to pull it off. It was a three-second shot, which still feels like yesterday, where I felt like I had to, even though it hurt.
Fond Memories: Shaw, cast as terrorist Fisher – Bond’s first assassination, praised Craig’s intensity, steel, focus and 18-hour work day ethic, while calling his cast and crew “kind, caring and calm” were also.
‘Daniel swung his hand to hit me, as I launched myself back hard, I snapped my elbows down and broke the urinal into pieces and fell to the floor with me.
‘A huge cheer erupted from behind the camera. And I was like “I’ve done something right!”‘
Fisher’s fate was sealed when Bond grabbed her collar and drowned her in a basin filled with water.
Shaw insisted that Craig, famous for showing off his chiseled physique in blue swim shorts in the film, was too strong.
‘When you’re dealing with someone who is torn and strong, you feel his power. ‘He was much bigger than me and in incredible shape. It was not about looking like Arnie, but making the reality of him being a killing machine.’
Craig was a world away from his character off set.
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‘I left a bottle of wine with a note in his trailer on my last day. As I was walking away from the set, I suddenly saw someone in the wing mirror running towards the car – it was Daniel.
‘ He was yelling “Wait, wait, wait,” I was so amazed and his wife was like “Oh thank you very much. I want to give this to you.” And he gave me this beautiful bottle of Czech wine and a card.
‘He wrote: “No hard feelings Daniel.”‘