Bond actors and working out?

CASINOROYALECASINOROYALE Somewhere hot
edited September 2012 in Actors Posts: 1,003
Never in my six years here seen a thread on this, but I was watching "NSNA" and saw the scene wearing SC, is bench pressing. I also read some articles about DC working out and bulking up. Just curious but does anyone know what kind of workouts any of the Bond actors did for their roles? How much muscle they gained or anything? I lift weights and workout constantly for basketball so im curious because I have not been able to find much info on their routines.
Cheers,
CR

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  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    This thread contains an interview with DC, who talks about how he worked on a lot of cardio for his stunts in the Bond films thus far:
    http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/2028/daniel-craig-time-out-interview-on-skyfall-and-quantum/p2
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    Roger Moore had to lose weight before LALD, and had quite a bit of martial arts training prior to TMWTGG. I'm sure he left it all to the stunt men after that.
  • doubleoegodoubleoego #LightWork
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    The only Bond actor worth noting in terms of working out us Craig.

    In 2004 to 2006 I weighed in at over 25 stone. After watching casino royale, I became motivated and changed my lifestyle dramatically. Started eating right, eating less, working out with weights and doing various cardio exercises and by feb 2007 I weighed 12 stone and remained so ever since. I work out every day Monday through Friday 2 hours a day. On the weekends I eat what I want and dAont work out at all. For muscle definition and mass, eat plenty of grilled chicken, particularly the breast.
  • Never in my six years here seen a thread on this, but I was watching "NSNA" and saw the scene wearing SC, is bench pressing. I also read some articles about DC working out and bulking up. Just curious but does anyone know what kind of workouts any of the Bond actors did for their roles? How much muscle they gained or anything? I lift weights and workout constantly for basketball so im curious because I have not been able to find much info on their routines.
    Cheers,
    CR

    The first question is why do you want to know what their routines are?

    I'll assume that you want a routine that you could use to get into the same shape as a specific actor, like Connery's routine will make you look like Connery, Craig's routine will make you look like Craig, etc. This is a very common request that we get at my gym but unfortunately exercise doesn't work that way - it's one of the most common mis-perceptions people have about working out.

    Let's say that you were able to find "the" Daniel Craig workout on the internet. The first thing is that there is no such workout. Good trainers now know that you should change your routine every week, and that is based on how your body has reacted to the previous week's workout. You don't want to change just for the sake of change but to focus on increasing strength or hypertrophy or definition or muscular endurance (or a combination of all of these things) in a balanced way. So maybe you need to work your hamstrings 20% more than your quads this week, or your rhomboids 35% more than your lats because they weren't activating properly during a complex back movement the previous week. You can't know what you need to work on until you analyze how your body is changing (like studying what you got wrong on a test before you take a test). But once you change your workout in this type of methodical, scientific way you can get incredible results much more quickly than previously. This is how someone like Craig can be in exceptional shape while some people spend three times the amount of time in the gym and are just in okay shape. Your weaker muscles will always hold the stronger muscles back and prevent progress.

    The other thing is that if you found "the" Daniel Craig workout that he did to get into the shape he was in for CR (and every one I've seen is BS) consider this - unless you're starting from the exact same place as him and have the exact same genetics (to say nothing of eating to the gram the exact same food at the exact same time and making the exact same level of effort with every rep and using the exact same tempo - to the second) it won't effect you the same way. This isn't said to be discouraging; in fact it should be *encouraging*. Now, instead of not being able to find a certain actor's workout - or finding one and not getting the results you want - just concentrate on having the best program for you. If you have a good, methodical, scientifically progressive program you will get the results that you want whatever they are.

  • Andi1996RueggAndi1996Ruegg Hello. It's me, Evelyn Tremble.
    edited December 2017 Posts: 2,005
    I am amazed how well Daniel Craig looks in Quantum Of Solace, he's 39 there I think at the time of the shoot and his shoulders and arms, back and neck are very well developed.

    I'm sure he had a rigid training plan and the time to do it, but still, it takes a lot of discipline and will-power to reach that level.

    Here's some pics of what I'm talking about.

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    This shows off his well developed shoulders and arms.
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    And now look at this pic from 2001 when Craig was probably 32 during the shoot of Tomb Raider.
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    There's hardly any difference expect the obvious advantage of being 32 when torso and abs still can be maintained easily.

    I spend time at the gym every day and form my body. When I look at Craig, I see a role model for me. I'm lean enough, like Craig, to be able to look like that at his age. I certainly will never give up pushing weights. I'm more muscular than Craig at 32, a lot more but how long I want and can maintain that level I don't know yet. I'm ten years younger than Craig in QoS.

    I don't know if there are any fellow sportsmen on this forum that are into body shaping or body building, would be interesting ;)
    I don't know if I'm allowed to post a topless picture of me, so I won't, but I can of course.

    I like to add that I really love George Lazenby's physique. He is obviously athletic but didn't push weights too often I think. More like general good built and keen on sports.

    It's fascinating how all six Bond actors are quite different physically. Connery definitely did push weights that's for.

    Re Craig's body. Is there an official training plan for Craig for QoS, that has been made public? Or for CR would do too I guess. I would be very interested to know how he worked out.
  • SeanCraigSeanCraig Germany
    edited December 2017 Posts: 716
    Daniel Craig is for sure a role model for me because of these reasons:

    - he is about the same height as I am
    - I am around his age when he filmed QoS
    - his look and definition is „doable“ - he is not a GQ cover model or so

    I was able to get about his QoS shape and with the usual small up and downs, with a bit more mass and body fat (up to 14-15%, then down again to 11-12-%) it is all doable and makes you look younger than early 40s. To me, Craig looks best in QoS (compared to all of his other films).

    So yes, I share your role model in a, as I think, healthy way because his physique is doable for a man of my age and height etc. But without a personal trainer and everything a film star like him has at his side it took me quite some time to get there with alot of trial and error. A good trainer could have saved me loads of time especially for the nutrition science - which describes it best (as said before here): it really is science to understand it and evaluate how your body responds to it.

    No, I won‘t be the next Bond and looking like Craig is not the goal ... but imho his physique is a good role model if you are 40+ and a reachable goal - I would not want to have someone extremely ripped off a magazine cover as my role model because I am sure I would not be able to reach it and kill my motivation. It‘s absolutely fine as it is and watching QoS today I am proud I did go all the way because I feel good phyisically and so far I am not facing health issues many of my friends start to show due to age and an unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Andi1996RueggAndi1996Ruegg Hello. It's me, Evelyn Tremble.
    edited December 2017 Posts: 2,005
    @SeanCraig Congrats on your achievements!
    I always say: Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.

    Glad you found the right nutrition plan. And it is science, but one that is doable. In the end it comes down to discipline. To stick to the plans and to get up and move my ass to the gym no matter what.

    11 - 15% BF is great buddy. I usually am up to 12% max, but go down to the single digits again. Between 8 and 11 mostly.

    One of my mottos is: Grind while they sleep. Learn when they party. Live like they dream.
    I'm full of such platitudes ha ha....but they work for me.
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    Let's say that you were able to find "the" Daniel Craig workout on the internet. The first thing is that there is no such workout. Good trainers now know that you should change your routine every week, and that is based on how your body has reacted to the previous week's workout.

    This. Craig didn't use 1 fixed plan.

    It's based on a lot of variables. One of which is weight. Craig lost weight for Cowboys and Aliens so he had to quickly bulk for Skyfall. He gained ~30 lbs for Knives Out, so he had to lose weight for NTTD.

    The "how to get a Daniel Craig body" articles are just normal bodybuilding routines that could get anyone in shape, but with pictures of Craig on it to help it get views.

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