No doubt there
are plenty of on-screen kisses in store for Daniel Craig
as the new James Bond. But none will be more talked about
than the one that premiered at the Venice Film
Craig plays one
of the men who brutally murdered a Kansas farm family in Infamous, which examines Truman Capote's emotional
journey into the minds of two killers that formed the
core of his true-crime novel, In Cold Blood.
grew between Capote and confessed killer Perry Smith during
the long periods the author spent in Kansas teasing out
their story, and in a pivotal moment the two men kiss.
"I never dreamed
I'd kiss James Bond," quipped Toby Jones, the British
actor who plays Capote. "Now that I've done it, I say I hope
I'm just the first of many."
McGrath said Craig was not a recognizable screen
presence to most moviegoing audiences when he cast the
38-year-old actor for his movie, which also stars
Sandra Bullock. "That isn't going to be the case in [a
few] weeks," McGrath said.
Thursday night's premiere, reportedly to finish work on the
Bond picture, Casino Royale, due out in
While the Bond
movie will enjoy a much wider release, McGrath said the
close timing is good for both films--and a good
opportunity for audiences to see what Craig is made
"For people to
see Daniel as Perry Smith, a low-class, uneducated,
vile misfit, and then to see him as James Bond--it
offers an immediate comparison and shows what kind of
range he has," McGrath said.
Infamous was shown out of competition in
Venice. The movie was in production just a bit behind last
year's Capote, which examines roughly the same period
of the author's life.
McGrath said the
studio held his film back so that the two movies would
not get in each other's way. (AP)