After serving as Pierce Brosnan’s personal trainer on The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, Simon Waterson was recruited to get the next James Bond in shape as well. When he first met Daniel Craig, the relatively unknown Layer Cake star was hungover, with a bacon sandwich and a cigarette in his hand. But over the weeks and months that followed, Simon helped transform the lean arthouse actor into the athletic beast rising from the sea at Casino Royale.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Simon explained that “it’s not all red carpet and ribbons” on the James Bond set for Daniel Craig, but it can be a grim and grim reality to get those results through to hard and disciplined training.
When asked what form the star was in when she started training at Casino Royale, the personal trainer said: “He was not in great shape, but he was not in the game. type of Bond form he is in now.
“He wanted to build up a little muscle, he wanted to be a little stronger, so to work on strength, to be more dynamic, therefore to work on speed and agility. Choreography, flexibility, so all the mess when it comes to fitness. I said, ‘Look, this is what you want.’ And he’s pretty meticulous with his method.
“If that’s what you want, we’re going to have to live like athletes for quite a long time. We’re going to have to be meticulous without timing.
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Simon pointed out that it was especially difficult for Craig to train like a professional athlete and go to work as an actor.
He added, “So it’s very, very difficult. He does all these sports protocols and he has to go and do his day job, which is to act and all the other things that go with it.
“His notes, his dialogue and all the things you have to remember to be an actor. Physicality is like a side thing.
When asked if it was particularly difficult to get Craig, now in his 50s, in shape for No Time to Die, Simon said it was actually not too much of a challenge.
In addition to overseeing and leading the workouts with Craig, Simon served as his nutritionist and recovery man on the Bond films.
As it turns out, Diet 007 has themed days to keep things interesting for the star, but didn’t require her to cut foods on weekends.
The personal trainer said Mondays are vegetarian, Tuesdays are Pescatarian, Wednesdays are white meat, Thursdays are vegan and Fridays are red meat.
But after that, he said the weekends are yours, but that doesn’t mean Craig gorges himself on junk food on his weekday diet.
Simon explained, “Food is very mental. Your cravings are somewhat influenced by what you ate during the week. But never tell yourself that you are not allowed to do anything because it is the worst thing you can do.
Working closely with Craig through his Bond films, the personal trainer admitted that they were kind of hip-united and therefore had to get along.
He shared, “It’s definitely a different kind of relationship to be kind of a client trainer. He is a good friend and confidant. What is good is that we trust each other. We also train partners, so what he does, I do.
“So whatever pain he feels, I feel it. And that’s a good thing because I can say, ‘Hmm … if I feel that way today, he’s working. I think we have to do it tonight. We have a really good rapport and that’s what you need when trying to make those great movies like this.
No Time To Die is out now in UK cinemas and hits US theaters on October 8, 2021.