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Daniel Craig in Skyfall (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Francois Duhamel)

These are good times for Daniel Craig – not only did he boost his reputation by escorting the Queen to the Olympic Games in the summer but he’s also getting considerable acclaim for his third outing as 007 in the new Bond film Skyfall.

He’s proud of the franchise. “I feel really comfortable to where we’ve got to and the way that we’re now making these movies thrills me. As an actor I just get such a kick out of it,” he says. Craig has been selling the new film on the basis of its screenplay: “We started with a great script, with a good storyline. I think the movie has real depth.” 

The actor believes that Skyfall has really been helped by having as its director Sam Mendes, a filmmaker with a background in theater. “It has a real dramatic depth,” says Craig.

The action in Skyfall is what you’d expect – and it’s well done – but unusually for a Bond movie it’s the portrayal of the relationships between several key characters that makes a big impression.

One relationship that comes into view in Skyfall is that between 007 and his boss M. “He’s got a very close relationship with her – there’s an attachment which goes just beyond a working relationship, yes. I’ll say that.”

So far Skyfall has received strong reviews – and it’s doing well commercially. In Britain, where it was released on October 26, it has amassed the largest 10-day total in UK box office history.

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By Tom Brook