Nobody leaves this movie unscathed.
This all came from the time in the '70s when it actually snowed in Los Angeles. I figured, you know what? If it can snow in Los Angeles, anything is possible. Maybe there's actually hope for us.
[September 16, 2005 - In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter , newly hired Casino Royale re-write scribe Paul Haggis dropped some brief but revealing tidbits about the next James Bond installment.] It's going to be good, ... We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28: no Q, no gadgets.
got the point and let me go back the next day. I finished the film much healthier than I had been two weeks before.
It's going to be good.
We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28. It's very difficult to think of new ways of blowing things up. It's the journey that's the thing--finding a new journey for the character.
[Still, who will complain, since in both real life and cinematic fantasy everyone agrees that what is needed all round is a change of image. MI6 offers disguised profiles of its latest recruits, which are replete with red-brick universities, second-class degrees, and operatives with Asian names. The movie men are looking for something new too.] We're trying to reinvent Bond, ... It's very difficult to think of new ways of blowing things up. It's the journey that's the thing - finding a new journey for the character.
You get one shot.
I was hoping to do something to twist people's point of view just a tiny bit, to make them look at things just a hair differently.
I'd only seen him as the hero or the foppish best friend - so I felt predisposed to like him. On the other hand, Granger's character is not particularly attractive at all - 1950s film heroes were supposed to be strong and confident, yet here is this rather tediously weak man, who allows himself to be pushed around by women.
[In an artfully drawn-out chase sequence - one of Haggis's personal highlights - Hitchcock pushes our mixed feelings about the central characters even further. Bruno is rushing to plant Guy's lighter at the murder scene (with Guy in hot pursuit) when he accidentally drops it down a drain. Hitchcock's camera lingers voyeuristically over him as he struggles to retrieve it.] I'll never forget watching Bruno squeeze his hand down through that metal grate, ... Seeing the sweat forming on his brow, feeling his pain as the lighter remains just beyond reach.
I avoided the phone this morning because this (the DGA nomination) was the one I knew I wouldn't get. When my friend called to tell me, I made him repeat the sentence three times.
It's been a little crazy.
These films aren't liberal films. Since when is freedom of speech and the independence of the fourth estate a liberal issue? All these films are truly American. They're not taking one stand or another. They're asking questions, not painting billboards.
They're talking to three to four girls right now. Every week I read there's a new Bond girl, and I call them and they say, No, you idiot.
My mind was just mush. I was shocked.
We were so shocked. I'm still trying to figure out if we actually got this.
We were so shocked. We're still trying to figure out if we actually really got this. I don't think I had a mind when they called [his film]. I think it was just mush. None of us expected this. You hope.