Daniel Craig heads off to the Czech Republic this month to shoot Casino Royale, his debut as the sixth actor to play James Bond 007. You might think he’d be over the moon about his newfound fortune – reports USA Today.
But on this sunny day in the Capital City, he is all business. And the business at hand is playing Nicole Kidman’s love interest in the alien thriller The Visiting, a reworking of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It’s directed by Germany’s Oliver Hirschbiegel, who caused a sensation with a humanized Hitler in Downfall.
“I am in a very level place at the moment because I’m doing this,” he says, referring to The Visiting. “And I’m very much concentrating on doing this.” About Bond, he says, “As much as it’s a huge thing, it’s just another job at the moment.”
Kidman is confident her co-star will triumph as Bond.
“I think Daniel will just smoke in it,” she says. “He is such an accomplished actor. Stephen Daldry (who directed Kidman in The Hours and Craig on the London stage) said to me, ‘He is the best actor in England, and if you get a chance to work with him, do it.’ ”
Suggest to Craig that it is good that audiences will get to know him first in such movies as Munich, in which he plays an Israeli assassin, and The Visiting, due in August, and he shifts in his chair.
He is slightly more keen on chatting about his first sci-fi feature. He says he agreed to do The Visiting because “Nicole was doing it. And Oliver is doing it. I think Downfall is one of the best films in the past couple years.”