Daniel Craig has hilariously admitted he ‘flatly ignored’ directions to speak with a southern accent in his new movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
The actor, 54, who plays private detective Benoir Blanc in the mystery sequel, made the confession during an appearance on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show.
And when asked about Angela Lansbury’s cameo, he replied of the late star – who passed away in October aged 96, ‘It was her very last screen performance. She was so game. I was a fan – Bedknobs and Broomsticks is still one of my favourite movies.’
He added: ‘There was a very small stage direction in the script that said Benoir Blanc has a subtle, lilting southern accent, which I clearly flatly ignored!’
Talking about if there will be more Knives Out films, he said, ‘Rian (Johnson) and I talk about it all the time and we will make them as long as people laugh and enjoy them, and we will walk away when they don’t.’
Graham also welcomed Strictly contestant Fleur East, BBC newsreader Clive Myrie, actor Sir Ian McKellen, comedian John Bishop, and singer Charlie Puth.
Fleur, talking about Strictly and her perfect scores in Blackpool, said, ‘It is the most iconic week of the show and to get there and score so well was incredible, especially as it has been rough being in the dance off twice and having lots of harsh criticism.’
Asked about the Strictly curse, the Sax hitmaker – who tied the knot with her long-term partner Marcel Badiane-Robin in 2019 – said, ‘The show’s been a blessing for my marriage, it’s been great.
‘We’ve been together for 12 years and how often in your marriage do you dress up and look different every week, and get to do all these sexy dances in front of your husband?
‘After the Argentine tango it was like we got married again! It was wonderful.’
Clive, on covering the war in Ukraine, said, ‘I was asked to go and I thought to myself, “I’ve never been and he’s not going to invade so why not?”
‘We landed and had a lovely lunch, it was sunny and people were about and then between the 6pm and 10pm news bulletins the atmosphere changed entirely and at 2.30am he invaded. It was extraordinary.’
Asked about hosting Mastermind, and asked if he was worried about his reputation in stepping away from serious journalism, he said, ‘That’s not what I worried about because it’s always good to show people that you are not a robotic news reader.
‘I was worried about was following in the footsteps of John Humphrys and Magnus Magnusson, talents of broadcasting – that was the concern.’
Ian and John joined Graham to chat about starring together in West End pantomime Mother Goose.
Ian, talking about playing the lead, said, ‘I wanted to play a dame once more and Mother Goose is a great part for a dame because it is the centre of the story.
‘When I was a kid pantos started on Boxing Day and continued until Easter and they also used to tour so I thought if we put that together we would see if it worked. It really is a passion project and I love it, and I am in love with John Bishop.’
John, talking about playing Ian’s first ever stage husband, and asked if, as a stand-up, it is difficult sharing the limelight, said, ‘I’m doing it, as everyone else is doing it, for the chance to work with Ian.’
Talking about the pantomime, John added, ‘It’s not about Christmas, it’s about fame, money and chasing your dreams, and realising they are not the same. Mixed in with that are some rude gags and singing!’
Charlie performed his new single Loser, before joining Graham for a chat.
Talking about how every day sounds inspire him, he said, ‘Music can be made from anything,’ before demonstrating how the bleeping of a car’s ignition can create new music including his version of the Mastermind theme tune.
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday November 25 at 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.