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Casino Royale: In quotes
The cast and crew of Casino Royale talk about their part in James Bond's latest celluloid extravaganza.

MARTIN CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR

Martin Campbell
Campbell previously directed Goldeneye and the Zorro films

The book goes back to the basics, so the action needed to too. Daniel brings a kind of dark quality to Bond, he's slightly dangerous. Connery had it in the early Bonds and I think Daniel has reinstated that into the character.

When Pierce Brosnan moved into Goldeneye, the character was very set - he was a variation on what we had had before. Daniel has to start right back at base and bring all these human levels into Bond that have not been seen before.

I got very astute at being able to see it and make sure the product placement was done more discreetly. But it won't go unnoticed that every terrorist in the world has a Sony Ericsson phone.

EVA GREEN, THE BOND GIRL (Vesper Lynd)

Eva Green
French-born Green worked hard on her "posh British" accent

I didn't have to really think twice when they offered me the part. I just think it's a fantastic love story.

It's a very intriguing part, very mysterious. She shapes Bond - and his relationships with other women. I wouldn't have done a bimbo role, that's not really my aim as an actress.

Bond here is like the Queen - it's very important. I grew up with Bond. I always thought he was a very cool character, and very funny. I loved Sean Connery - but I was not a Bond fan.

MADS MIKKELSEN, THE VILLAIN (Le Chiffre)

Mads Mikkelsen
Danish star Mikkelsen cites Jaws as his favourite Bond baddie

Le Chiffre is a very cold man, very cynical - he doesn't like to be out in the broad daylight, he would rather hide in the shadows. I think he's an interesting character.

It would have been fun in the '70s to play a megalomaniac, but in this film, I don't think it would have worked.

It was so ridiculous, when the press were going on about Daniel Craig being blond, it was hard to take it seriously. The only thing he could do was focus on the work - everybody knew he was going to be a fantastic Bond.

CATERINA MURINO, THE OTHER BOND GIRL (Solange)

Caterina Murino
Murino favours Bond girl Ursula Andress for her screen presence

I chose to play Solange because I'm always making dramas, always crying and suffering - and for once I said to myself, I'm just going to have some fun.

When I got the role, I was shooting an Italian movie - dressed up like a man in the middle of a duel - and none of the crew believed me. They were saying, 'but Bond girls are meant to be beautiful and glamorous!'.

I can't say that I was a huge fan of Bond when I was younger because he was a little bit chauvinist.

MICHAEL G WILSON, THE PRODUCER

The key challenge to introducing a new Bond is to find the right person - and convincing the public that you've made the right choice.

The actors that play Bond all have their own personality, they bring a bit of themselves to the part. What you're trying to do is write the script to accentuate those characteristics.

That's the next challenge - what do we do with the next Bond film. We're thinking about continuing with the story, but we'll have to wait see.

Moneypenny and Q will return, or not, depending on the requirements of the storyline.




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