How James Bond earned his 007

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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.

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