August 22, 2006Hello again.
You'll have gathered by now that this was a long shoot - about six months of early starts and late finishes - so stamina became increasingly important as we moved forward. All eyes were on director Martin Campbell, a man who still crackled with energy and determination on every take. Woe betide any crew member who let his concentration lapse when Martin was on set or left their mobile phones ringing, a particular dislike of our director.
This gave the crew and actors a focus to their work that they found invigorating. Speaking about halfway through shooting, producer Michael Wilson was constantly impressed.
"Martin's still got the enthusiasm and the drive, working five and six day weeks and preparing for the next day, he's in sometimes at five in the morning, looking over the set, preparing a shot list. He has plenty of drive and it really tells."
Eva Green agreed.
"Martin's a character. He's very present, full of energy, very warm. He's like a child actually. You know for him everything is new and exciting and it's quite contagious, you know, you're always quite alive."
Daniel Craig has been working with him since before Christmas.
"I knew he was good before we started the job. But I think his energy is inspiring."
Both Daniel and Martin attacked every day as if it were the first day of shooting and Daniel found this as vital for the quieter days as it was for the big action moments.
"Martin's energy is just infectious and you need that because the fight sequences are energetic but you also need it in quieter scenes like the Casino because it's very complicated stuff."
Ah yes, the Casino. Complicated indeed. Let's take a look at that next time.