Comparing her action sequences for 28 Days Later to those in Skyfall:
In 28 Days Later, I didn’t really have to do much, in terms of action. I had to do one machete scene, but that was kind of it. But in this movie, I had to do two months of preparation for all the action stuff. I was out five days a week, two hours a day, doing yoga, combat training, running, all kinds of action stuff. Then it was three days a week on the gun range. Then it was one day a week doing combat training with the stunt guys. And then I was also doing stunt driving twice a week. So it was a lot more intense. I didn’t have any of that for 28 Days Later.
Upon realizing Eve had to shoot James Bond in the script:
I thought I’d never live it down. I was really not happy about that bit. I wanted to come across as a really capable field agent. But I was really excited to be working with guns, because I’d never worked with guns before. And I discovered I had a real taste for guns; who would’ve thought? I’m such a pacifist, but I really, really enjoyed it.
On whether she knew going into the film that she’d be working with guns:
I didn’t know when I signed on. Although Sam [Mendes, the director] did say, “You know there’s gonna be a lot of action involved in this.” But I didn’t know how much was involved. It was hard work, to be honest. I’m actually incredibly unfit. When we started, I couldn’t run around the block. I really couldn’t. And now I can do two-and-a-half K. It was really hard work, but I really enjoyed it.
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