How James Bond earned his 007
We both knew it was this iconic moment and it was going to go down in Bond history. Darwin Shaw Actor
Each week we ask an artist or performer how their most famous work happened. This week, actor Darwin Shaw (who played Fisher) tells us how James Bond made his first kill that gave him his 007 title in Casino Royale. realise you’re in this world and this is what you’ve done all of your training for and this is the chance to really to play.
We did the first shot running down the corridor into the bathrooms and we did that a few times, and then that was it. My adrenaline was through the roof.
The next day we came back and they created this bathroom with doors which could be smashed against my face, a rubber sink so I could be drowned in the sink with rubber taps, and then the floor had these big rubber-like tiles so when we were flown on the floor they would crack.
Hidden in the tiles there were these explosions. When the gun would go off, the tiles would explode and it would look like a bullet had gone through them. On the bottom of the gun there was a spike so when he (Craig) smashed it against the mirror, the mirror would crack.
There was this one point where I was supposed to smash his hand against the wall, it was all over the place because we were both very excited by it. It was kind of his first big fight that he’d done in the film and we both knew it was this iconic moment and it was going to go down in Bond history.
I was thrown onto the toilet and then he pulled me off and I misjudged the distance so I brought my head forward and he smacked me in the face and he was like, ‘Oh I ‘m so sorry! I’m so sorry’.
He was the most lovely guy I’ve ever worked with, an absolute gentleman. At the end he gave me a bottle of wine and said, ‘no hard feelings’.’’ ❚
As told to Dani McDonald.