DIRECTED DIE ANOTHER DAY
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DAY DIRECTING BOND LIKE?
Nerve-wracking. You get no sleep the night before, because you’re concerned you’re gonna screw it up. You don’t wanna be the person that screws the franchise.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCATION?
The one I didn’t get to shoot. I went to Iceland and chose the location for the second unit to shoot the car chase on the ice. It was a spectacular location: a lagoon which had a small mouth, so the icebergs can’t get out to sea. They bob around there all year, then they solidify and in winter they turn into giant mesas.
WHAT WAS THE TOUGHEST STUNT TO PULL OFF?
That car chase. It had never been done before, racing cars on that ice. The drivers had to have full dry-suits on in case they went into the ice, so they could maintain body temperature until rescue came to them.
WHAT WAS THE MOST RIDICULOUS MOMENT ON SET?
When Bond is being chased by Zao [Rick Yune] out on the ice, Zao fires a missile and the car flips over and slides along upside down until Bond hits the ejector seat, flipping it back up onto its wheels. Totally absurd situation. Pierce was upside down, his head near this fast, rotating device, and I just cracked up with laughter. Pierce said, “What the fuck are you laughing at?” I said, “It’s just too much for me, Pierce.”
WHAT WAS YOUR HAIRIEST DAY?
Strangely enough, shooting Halle [Berry] coming out of the water in a bikini. We shot it in Cádiz, Spain, doubling for Cuba. It was bloody winter, with an icy wind sweeping across the beach. She’s in sub-zero temperatures coming out of this icy sea, but she makes it look like it’s warm, Cuban waters.