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Daniel Craig’s Body Transformation in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall

Daniel Craig’s Body Transformation in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace as James Bond has been quite an inspiration for many guys looking to get fitter. Not to mention that his scene emerging from the water in his first Bond movie resulted in more than a few gasps from the female audience.


“The name’s Bond… James Bond”

Daniel Craig bulked up significantly for his first role. For the second movie, he was a bit leaner, a bit less no-neck. The reason for this was that his Bond was now portraying a more refined version of the agent.

Daniel Craig’s Body Transformation Trainer


When Daniel Craig was told he was going to be Bond, he gave up smoking except for the odd cigar. He also got in touch with Simon Waterson, ex-marine and trainer to the stars, who had also worked with Hale Berry, Chris Evans, and Pierce Brosnan to name a few.

Daniel Craig had trained before (check him out for example in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie as well as in the excellent Layer Cake), but never to this level. His diet regimen was based on avoiding certain foods after a certain time.

Simon Waterson and Craig exercised five times a week, with the weekends off. This included the freedom to drink alcohol, which was prohibited during the week.

Simon Waterson’s philosophy is to put his celebrity clients through lots of circuit training to keep their heart rate elevated and thus stimulating muscle growth and burning fat at the same time. The workout included circuits, pullups, push ups – nothing really new. Simple but definitely not easy.For fatloss Craig would hop on the bike after the weights.

Daniel Craig’s Body Transformation Workout

Here’s a circuit training workout created by Daniel’s trainer. A circuit raining workout simply means going from one exercise to another while trying to minimize the rest. So you build muscle and burn fat simultaneously.

Pictured above – Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (left) and Quantum of Solace (right). As you can see, he was much bigger in the first Bond. His shoulders and traps were huge.

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Here are the exercises for Daniel Craig’s body transformation routine:

  • Clean and Jerk. Stand upright with heels on the ground. Grab a barbell like you are going to deadlift it. Lift to your mid thighs. Now shrug up your shoulders, extend your knees, ankles and hips and flip the bar your chest, pushing the elbows forward. Finally press it up.
  • Squat. Simon recommends the squat to be done without locking out at the top.
  • Bench Press. The traditional bench press is performed here with a 3 seconds lowering and 1 seconds up. Again, don’t lockout at the top.
  • Pull ups. With an overhand grip pull yourself up so that at least your chin is above the bar. Better yet – touch the chest to the bar.
  • Dips – basic parallel bar dips. Lower till your elbows reach 90 degrees.
  • Barbell Curls. Using a straight bar and full range of motion, curl the weight without jerking it or using your shoulders. Squeeze the biceps.
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raises. Simon recommends L-lateral raises where you bend you arms at 90 degrees and lift them to shoulde level. Make sure to pull the weights with your shoulders/upper arms in order to feel the side delts working.

Sets and Reps

Do 4 “giant sets” this means going from the first to the last exercise 4 times. Perform 15 reps on each exercise with as little rest as possible when moving to the next. Rest a minute after each circuit. Perform this routine for 6 weeks 3-4 times per week.

Simon Waterson on Daniel Craig’s Determination

Here are a few comments and observations from Danial Craig’s trainer regerading his work ethics and attitude. I believe these are the real secrets behind the guys with great physiques.

In fact, here’s an article that explains how effort is the most important thing when it comes to muscle growth ==> Does Rep Count Even Matter? Controversial Findings of a Recent Study!.

Here’s a photo from the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, coming this Fall. As you can see, Daniel Craig has a solid development of his back musculature. This is one of the core philosophies of his trainer – to prioritize the posterior chain muscles for better posture and muscular balance.

This is something you won’t see on many of the guys in the gyms who only train the front of the body (pecs and biceps). Huge mistake.

Simon Waterson reports that after a few months of training for his role, Daniel Craig was performing with a body of an athlete. He had 100% focus on what he wanted to achieve.

To spice things up, Simon decided to compete against Craig in the workouts. So instead of simply coaching him, they trained together and pushed each other. I can attest to the effectiveness of working out with a fit and even stronger partner. It will result in the best gains of your life.

Best Workouts for a Daniel Craig Body

Here are my two favorite workouts for a visually striking body like Daniel Craig.

  • Visual Impact This workout is great for beginners and intermediates and will give you a strong, muscular and lean body. It is balanced between size and strength. Highly recommended.
  • The Hollywood Physique transformation system is designed to give you a visually striking body that looks MUCH MORE muscular than it is. The trick is that you will get super lean and also emphasize the muscles that give the illusion of muscularity – the chest, shoulders and biceps. Please guys – this is not a beginners workout.

If you don’t have experience in the gym, choose Visual Impact instead. The Hollywood Physique is for people who have already gained some muscle mass, but are not quite satisfied with their body and want the physiques of guys like Daniel Craig, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt, etc.

Hope you enjoyed this article on Daniel Craig’s Body Transformation. I personally immensely enjoyed Casiono Royale and am looking forward to the 3rd Daniel Craig Bond movie this fall. Hope it’s not another Quantum of Solace…


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8 Comments - Share Are Your Thoughts

  1. Nice to see you finally updated your blog. Saw Daniel Craig in The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, wasn’t looking too good and really looking like he is aging. He looks good for his James Bond movie roles though

  2. Yavor

    Mike, people age yeah, but at least he keeps in shape :) It’s all genetics how we age, I think. Do you recommend the movie?

  3. Yavor,

    Great review of the different types training Daniel Craig used. Personally I have been trying a combination of HIIT, Crossfit and Weight Training to attain a 9% bodyfat percentage, whilst still maintaining muscle bulk. I have been posting all my workouts here http://www.noexcusefitness.com.au/category/nikos-training/ for those that are interested.

    Cheers
    Niko

  4. Yavor

    Niko, thanks for sharing your training. You look like you are in better shape than Simon, at least by looking at your pics :).

  5. Thanks Yavor,

    The great thing is I manage to complete all my training whilst not being a member of a gym and still having all the time constraints of being a shift working married father of 2 young boys. Thanks again for sharing Daniel Craig’s training.

    Niko

  6. Ye was a pretty good movie, quite long and you end up just begging for the plot to be revealed. How is your book coming along, feel like giving me a heads up so I can promote it? Email me

  7. I may be in the minority here, but I think Craig looked a little better in the first film. Obviously, he’s in great shape in both, but I still prefer his look in the first film.

    “This is something you won’t see on many of the guys in the gyms who only train the front of the body (pecs and biceps). Huge mistake.”

    I’m guilty of the above. Lately I’ve been focused on Pavel’s “grease the groove” with a focus on pushups and squats. Soon I’m going to throw in a bit more variety to hit my back more.

  8. Yavor

    Robert, yeah Daniel Craig’s trainer puts huge importance on a balanced and functional physique. This is something he stresses in his book Commando Workout. Haven’t read his other one yet.


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