Gloomy weather didn’t stop hundreds of people from lining the streets around the State Theatre in Sydney to get a glimpse of current James Bond portrayer Daniel Craig last night. In town to promote the latest instalment, Skyfall (out Nov. 22), with beautiful Bond girls Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe, a Tom Ford-clad Daniel was the first star to arrive at the Australian premiere, and he split his time between media interviews and meeting with fans who had waited for hours across the road. He’s been called the hottest Bond ever, but when asked how he feels about his sex symbol status he said he was “very embarrassed.” He also told us that it was difficult to unwind at the end of shoot days, saying, “You don’t. There’s no time to unwind, unfortunately. I live and breathe it while I’m doing it.”
Bérénice, who looked radiant in purple J. Mendel, was excited to be in Australia after learning about the country through a Disney movie as a child, and told us how music helped her get into character as Séverine. Naomie, in a Margiela dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, spilled on her favourite new skill that she learned in preparation for the role of agent Eve, as well as why she’s loved doing the press tour.
- Bérénice on coming to Australia: “I love it. I had just one afternoon to do a quick view, unfortunately. Since I was a kid I was fascinated with New Zealand and Australia because I saw [Disney characters] Bernard and Bianca at the land of the kangaroos when I was a kid! I was just fascinated, like wow — this nature, these landscapes, and how do you call the beautiful orange mountain? Ayers Rock. I remember the two mouse characters being on an eagle flying over that [in The Rescuers Down Under]! And I thought, ‘One day I have to go there, definitely.’”
- Bérénice on lighter moments during the filming of intense scenes: “It was so funny before the shower scene. Daniel and I, we love to laugh all the time, and at one point, when I was in between takes, I was singing in the shower. [Director] Sam [Mendes] goes, ‘Oh, you’re singing!’ And Daniel would arrive and do some impersonation of other people and he was so funny.”
- Naomie on memorable moments of the international press tour: “I think the fact that fact that we’ve really gotten to bond — no pun intended! When you’re filming and everybody’s doing different things — for instance, I didn’t know Bérénice, because I never had any scenes with her in the movie, but obviously doing this tour we get to really know each other, which is fantastic.”