By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, July 30 -- The James Bond franchise may have a significant audience in India, but the actor who is currently playing the super spy has never had the chance to watch a Bollywood film. But that doesn't mean Daniel Craig doesn't want to.
"I haven't seen any Indian film yet, but I have heard a lot about Ghajini (2008) and Dabangg (2010) and would love to watch them whenever I get a chance," says Daniel, portions of whose next superagent flick, Bond 23, will reportedly be shot in India. "The film is coming along fine, I'm very excited to get back in to the 007 mode," the actor adds.
Even though Daniel's been in the business for about two decades, he's known more for his last two 007 films - Quantum Of Solace (2008) and Casino Royale (2006). And though the 'Bond' tag seems like a tough one to live up to, Daniel doesn't feel it has changed much for him. "I don't think that makes any difference," says the actor, who has played the part of Jake Lonergan in Jon Favreau's Cowboys And Aliens (CB&A), which is currently playing in city theatres. "I will also be playing characters like Red Rackham in Tintin and Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. All this after doing two Bond films."
CB&A, which is a cinematic adaptation of the graphic novel by the same name, mixes the genres of 'western' and 'sci-fi alien attack'. Director Favreau, who has previously helmed superhero films like Iron Man 1 and 2 from the Marvel Comics universe, was single-handedly responsible for roping in the actor. "I like reading graphic novels, but I only read CB&A after I'd heard the script from Jon. I was intrigued by the story and ended up reading the book."
Reportedly, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr was initially approached for the part, but had to decline due to date issues. Did working with Favreau make him possibly want to do a superhero film? "I thought James Bond was a superhero," he says, with a smile.