How Daniel Craig nearly broke James Bond film Skyfall with a pair of gloves

Daniel Craig nearly cost the producers of James Bond film Skyfall millions by wearing a pair of leather gloves in a scene, according to a film critic.
Daniel Craig nearly cost the producers of James Bond film Skyfall millions by wearing a pair of leather gloves in a scene, according to a film critic.

Daniel Craig almost cost the producers of 2012 Bond movie Skyfall millions of dollars because he wanted to wear a pair of gloves in a scene.

A freelance writer and film critic called Charlie Lyne heard a cracking story about the movie mishap from a guy who worked on the film.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall.
Daniel Craig in Skyfall.

In a series of Twitter videos, Lyne revealed, "Daniel Craig and the director, Sam Mendes, were both completely miserable during the production of this film".

"They were buried under the weight of the studio and the expectations of how much this massive film should make and how it had to exceed all previous Bond films and so on," Lyne says.

"Daniel Craig in particular used to go on these little shopping trips on his days off ... On one of these trips he ended up in this little shop where he bought ...

a nice pair of leather gloves and the following day he brought them back to set."

Craig thought the gloves would be good for James Bond to wear during a scene so he asked Sam Mendes for permission.

According to Lyne, Mendes was "beyond caring" by that point so he agreed.

But three months later, Mendes realised what a huge mistake he'd made.

"Now they're editing the film and the scene from that day is playing out," Lyne said.

"Bond is in the casino (in Macau). He's being followed by some shady henchmen ... they have a little fight and then he falls off this elevated bridge platform into a pit that's filled with Komodo dragons. In the pit he has this showdown with this beefy villain guy during which the villain manages to get Bond's gun from him."

Daniel Craig as James Bond in the Skyfall scene in question. Photo/YouTube
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the Skyfall scene in question. Photo/YouTube

And that's when the penny dropped.

"This lowly editorial assistant guy pipes up and says, 'Wait a minute. The logic here is that the villain can't fire Bond's gun because it has a fingerprint scanner, but if that's the case, then how was Bond ever going to fire it wearing gloves?'"

According to Lyne, the room was silent for a while before "producers start frantically working out how much it will cost to reshoot the entire scene just because Sam Mendes agreed that Daniel Craig could wear these special gloves that he bought".

They determined that it would cost "millions" to reshoot the scene which they simply couldn't afford.

"The only solution becomes to digitally paint in Bond's hands," Lyne said.

"If you watch the scene now ... you can see that Bond has these ridiculously podgy hands because in every single frame he was wearing these thick leather gloves that have now been painted over with Craig-tone hands."

Watch Lyne's videos and the original scene below:



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