Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Spy a Switch; Escape for Premium Bond

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Spy a Switch; Escape for Premium Bond

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Byline: Tim Oglethorpe reports:

WHEN Daniel Craig was first approached to play James Bond he wasn't absolutely certain that he wanted the job.

To 90% of actors - to 99% of the male population of Britain, for that matter - such uncertainty might appear utterly crazy.

As an actor, why wouldn't you want to take on the most prestigious job in the movies, a role that carries with it glamour, fame and a huge pay packet?

Daniel's concerns were actually rather admirable, however.

"I didn't want to be typecast by the role, I didn't want to be denied the chance to play other parts by being Bond," he said at the time.

As we all know, the Chester-born actor eventually put aside his concerns to take on the role of 007 and his latest part, in the movie FLASHBACKS OF A FOOL, is proof that typecasting isn't remotely a problem for a man who is now halfway through filming his second Bond movie.

Pictured in Flashbacks (above), in some ways the film is pretty much the polar opposite of a Bond movie.

It's the story of Joe Scott (Craig), a fading Hollywood star, instantly recognisable to the public, whose hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs and celebrity has taken its toll.

Handsome even in his drug-addled 40s, he leads a directionless, lonely life in his opulent Malibu mansion while outside the tide of public opinion has turned firmly against him. Only when confronted by tragedy is he forced to face up to the ghosts of his past.

In the sense that it focuses on the downside of glamour - and is therefore the exact opposite of the kind of high life presented to audiences in Bond movies - it's an interesting choice of movie for Daniel.

So why did he agree to play Joe Scott?

"Because I liked the script and, yes, because it is far removed from Bond and all that goes with it," he says.

"It is also an interesting and I think very moving story."

The film is told partly in flashback, with the audience returned to 1970s England and small town life, set to the beat of Roxy Music and Bowie.

To an extent, it's a rites of passage movie with Joe (played by Harry Eden in the flashbacks) seen in a tiny British seaside community and laying the foundations for the Hollywood dream he goes on to experience. …

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