2006’s Casino generous wasn’t just the first James Bond film after Pierce Brosnan left the title role, but a dramatic reimagining of what the franchise means in the modern world. The film featured Daniel Craig in his starring turn as a gritty new version of Secret Agent 007. Mads Mikkelsen, who played lead villain Le Chiffre in the film, recently revealed in an interview with Vulture that he and Craig were very excited about it. . shows the dark side of Bond’s adventures, especially during a scene where Le Chiffre tortures 007.
“There were a few times that Daniel Craig and I went a little far at the table to discuss what the scene might do. It was a scene where I tortured him and he got stripped down to the chair, which was kind of radical. We’ve never seen Bond naked, and we’ve never seen him so vulnerable, and then clearly there are some undertones with the rope. “
The scene in question takes place towards the end of the movie. Bond won the high-stakes poker contest, thwarting Le Chiffre’s attempts to pay off his debts and forcing the villain to go desperate. So Le Chiffre arranges for Bond to be kidnapped, stripped naked, and tied to a chair with the bottom removed, ready for an old-fashioned torture session.
The scene was memorable in taking away the lasers and futuristic torture tools used by previous Bond villains. Instead, Le Chiffre swung a heavy knotted rope under the seat to brutally damage Bond’s underworld. As awkward as that scene is to watch, Mads Mikkelsen revealed that he and Craig wanted to take things one step further with some bloodletting.
“We were discussing how to do it. And we just went on with something that was really brutal and insane …[at one point Le Chiffre] actually cut [Bond] somewhere above, and he had to suffer with that for a while. At one point, director Martin Campbell just smiled and said, “Guys, come back to the table. This is a Bond movie. We can’t go there. ‘We got lost in our indie world, right? You have to respect that. It’s a Bond movie. That’s the framework you need to understand. “
At the time Casino generous was made, both Craig and Mikkelsen were best known for their work in experimental, groundbreaking films. While a gory torture scene would have been welcome in movies like that, this was one James Bond movie, and as Martin Campbell pointed out, there had to be a limit to how gritty and gory they could make the franchise.
Happy, Casino generous managed to follow the line between bold and traditional and became a breakthrough hit, putting both Craig and Mikkelsen on their way to more fame in Hollywood. Now Craig is getting ready to say goodbye to Bond with one last movie 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