INTRO
TRACKING DOWN 007
AN UNLIKELY SPY
FEMMES FATALES
PREMIUM BOND
21st CENTURY HERO
PHOTO GALLERY
PREMIUM BOND
Daniel confessed he was a little taken aback by the media's reaction to his being chosen as the new Bond. But, taking a leaf out of the unshakeable character's book, he determined to prove himself on the field of battle. As soon as he received the call to confirm the news the actor embarked on a rigorous exercise regime and, when he unveiled the results on set, his buff new bod caused quite a stir.

Performers who'd worked with him on other movies meanwhile spoke about his talent as a character actor enabling him to bring a new depth to the role. Both Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan - heralded by most as the best Bonds to date - were equally keen to sing his praises while costars Eva Green and Caterina Murino declared him the sexiest 007 ever. The real test came when the new movie had its debut screening in Leicester Square's Odeon Cinema, however. And with the nation's critics lining up to heap praise on the Casino Royale star, the actor's real-life adversaries have been forced to eat their words.

PROMOTION