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The Great Dane

Source: InStyle
Date: October 10, 2006

Have you seen the trailer for Casino Royale yet? I’m curious to hear what you think of the new James Bond, Daniel Craig: Do you want to shake his martini or shoot him?

And while we’re on the subject, do you ever wonder how a Bond villain spends his downtime? Taking his two kids out for a day of family fun at Universal Studios in L.A., of course. “They’re busy with SpongeBob at the moment,” says Danish superstar Mads Mikkelsen (think: the Tom Cruise of Copenhagen), who is set to win millions of American fans thanks to his role opposite 007 in Casino Royale.

I think it’s crazy that Craig’s casting has been controversial in part because of his hair color (blondes can kick butt as well as have fun—remember Farrah in Charlie’s Angels?). But I’ll bet everyone gets a kick out of the new Metrosexual Bond Baddie, Le Chiffre. Next to the Bond girls, the villains are my favorite part of the spy franchise, though they’ve never been so stylish, sexy and well groomed.

“My character isn’t a mad scientist trying to take over the world,” says Mads. “He’s a mathematical genius who wants to make a lot of money. And he’s very vain—he’s definitely a guy who spends a lot of time in the bathroom.”

The actor’s own grooming ritual is low-maintenance in comparison (“I’m pretty fast—I don’t need two hours to get ready”), which is easy when you’re such a naturally good-looking guy. He was certainly a big hit at In Style’s party at the Toronto Film Festival, where he had not one but two movies screening: After the Wedding and Adam’s Apples (which also played at Sundance).

What can we expect from the new Bond movie, aside from a certain catchphrase and a lot of stuff getting blown to bits? For one thing, says Mads, “this is a more realistic and gritty James. He can kill people with his bare hands”—which is a valuable job skill when you’re up against evil geniuses with sadistic tendencies. He adds: “Our big scene was pure torture for me to film. We can’t call it a fight scene, because I’m torturing Daniel in a memorable way—he is in a chair screaming, and he doesn’t have many clothes on.”

Hey, speaking of clothes … “I like casual stuff,” Mads says. “I’m into Diesel and Adidas. I’m from a working-class neighborhood—the Danish hood.”

So how does Mads feel about his transition from the hood to Hollywood? “It’s been great,” he says with a laugh. “I come from a country where we tend to make small-budget movies.”