The ridiculous stunt that nearly ruined Skyfall
Daniel Craig has not been quiet about how much he hated filming the James Bond movies: He's turned down more than $99 million to play Bond again. He called the character a misogynist. He said he would prefer suicide to appearing in another 007 film.
But, none of these comments during the promotion of the film stopped Spectre from making $880.7 million at the box office (which is down from the $1.109 billion Skyfall made, but still a lot of money). There was one thing, though, that nearly financially destroyed its predecessor, Skyfall: A pair of leather gloves.
Here's a story I heard about James Bond... [1/2] pic.twitter.com/3gtOdBeowO— Charlie Lyne (@charlielyne) June 27, 2016
This week, journalist and filmmaker Charlie Lyne shared a story he'd heard about the filming of Skyfall. According to Lyne, the entire staff was under immense pressure from the studio during the filming of Skyfall. During shoots, Craig would go out on little shopping trips. On one of these trips he found some gloves, brought them to director Sam Mendes, and said he would like to wear them in a scene.
"And Sam Mendes at this point was beyond caring and was like, 'Whatever yes, Daniel, anything you want,'" Lyne said.
... split across two tweets because the video's too long for Twitter. [2/2] pic.twitter.com/roJyMNxK6p— Charlie Lyne (@charlielyne) June 27, 2016
But the big problem came during the editing process. Craig had worn the gloves during a scene in a casino, but later in the scene, an enemy tries to shoot Bond's gun, but can't because it's only activated with his fingerprints. In the editing room, someone spoke up according to Lyne, and said that this didn't make sense. If he's wearing gloves, how did the gun recognize his fingerprints?
"Sam Mendes is sitting there going, 'Oh s***,'" Lyne said. "And then producers start working out what it's going to cost to reshoot the entire scene because he let Craig wear these special gloves he bought ... this figure just balloons to millions and millions for this single scene. And they figure out they can't afford it."
So, they had to digitally remove the gloves from Craig's hands. That's why they look so weird if you watch the scene.