NEARLY a month after the film opened in Britain, the James Bond machine rolled into Sydney on Friday night for the Australian premiere of Skyfall, the last stop of a world tour that has taken in a hurricane, a presidential election and miles of red carpet.
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''The great thing is that Sydney always marks the end of the tour, so I'm always happy to come here,'' Bond star Daniel Craig said with a laugh.
Producer Barbara Broccoli promised Australia's opening wasn't delayed merely to allow her to also attend Saturday night's premiere of Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, the musical based on the Ian Fleming children's book that she first produced on the West End. It was merely a happy coincidence.
Skyfall is the third Bond film to star Craig as 007 and, in many ways, feels more like the conclusion to the Casino Royale trilogy than the 23rd chapter in one long saga.
''It does feel like a trilogy, though it wasn't intended to be,'' Broccoli said. ''It feels like he started in Casino Royale, becoming Bond, and I think Quantum [of Solace] was about him getting Vesper [Lynd] out of his system, paying the price. [Skyfall] is very much about the rebuilding.''
It may be the end of a formative Bond trilogy but Broccoli is quick to assure fans that not only Bond but specifically Craig will return.
''I'm contracted for two more and I want to do another one,'' Craig said. ''Beyond another one it's very difficult to imagine because they're such big events in your life.''
Broccoli wants more from Craig, though.
''He says two, I keep correcting him and saying at least two because I don't want to ever think of a day where he may not do this any more,'' she said.
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''Daniel was the right man for the job.
''He is the 21st-century Bond. He brings to the role a lot of humanity, which I think is what's required and needed.''
The box office would seem to agree, the film breaking records around the world.
In a year that has been dominated by The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, Broccoli is pleased to be taking Bond in the opposite direction.
''Now more than ever we want our heroes to be real; we want them to have a conscience; we want them to think of the repercussions,'' she said. ''We don't want cardboard heroes any more or cartoon heroes. I think the Daniel Craig Bond is a much more realistic character.''
Craig doesn't want to make Bond too real, though.
''We still remain within a very strict fantasy realm,'' he said. ''We do have lots of explosions and great cars and all of those things.''
Plus the occasional Bond gag.
''I think that's what Bond films are about, at least in my book they are,'' he said.
''You want to grab the audience and keep them emotionally charged, then just wink occasionally and just say 'here, don't forget we're in a Bond movie'.''