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Slightly spoilery news about Quantum of Solace

Posted in Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

The London Times has an extensive interview with Mathieu Amalric, mostly about the demands of starring in The Diving Bell and Butterfly, but he also discusses Quantum of Solace.

Before accepting the role, he asked the veteran actor Michael Lonsdale, who played the villainous Sir Hugo Drax in Moonraker, how it had affected his career. “It didn’t change his life,” Amalric says. He adds that the film is “very dark” and the role extremely physical – anything might seem physical after playing Bauby – because of a big fight with Bond at the end. “I’ll have to be in shape for it,” he says.

By the way, Lonsdale played Amalric’s father in Munich (and former Blofeld Max von Sydow—who got it wrong about Amalric in QOS—plays his father in The Diving Bell

Meanwhile, MI6 quotes Gemma Arterton about her character:

Arterton said, “she’s an MI6 agent call Agent Fields and she works for the British Consulate in Bolivia trying to keep Bond under control. But obviously, he’s Bond, so… She sort of comes to a sticky end.”

Finally, CBn has got Daniel Craig talking about Bond’s flaws:

Flaws are important in the character and flaws make for more interesting watching, so there will be mistakes, but hopefully he’ll win the day.

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QoS quotes from Craig and Amalric

Posted in Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace with tags , on January 24, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Craig discusses the title: Fleming defined a quantum of solace – it means, roughly, a measure of comfort – as “that spark of niceness in a relationship that, if you don’t have, you might as well give up.” Bond in this film “is looking for his quantum of solace,” Craig said. “He wants his closure.”

On Vesper: “He had his heart broken at the end of the last movie and that certainly is a spur for him in this one.”

“I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t revenge in his heart. But it’s more than that. That spurs him on, but that’s not what the movie is. It’s not a revenge movie. It’s about him figuring a few things out.”

Amalric on his deformity-free villain: “That’s maybe what is horrible about today. We can’t guess who the villains are. The villains are invisible.”

RT interviews Daniel Craig

Posted in Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , on January 14, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

In an exclusive interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Daniel Craig tells considerably less than all, but still plenty.

When it came to the specifics – the title for example – Craig was being cagey, telling us, with a wry grin, that no, there was no title yet, and laughing as we put to him the suggestion that it was The Lady Expects Too Much. “Really, is that the rumour? That’s quite good,” he laughed, “I should write that one down…”

But he was willing to let slip some details about the plot. “It carries on from where the last one stopped,” Craig told RT, “We set up in the last one that there’s this organisation that is destabilising the world’s economy because they want to take it over, and that’s his job now, to go out and stop them.”

Casting news has recently revealed a potential villain in Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly star, Mathieu Almaric. “I’m over the moon with his casting,” Craig told us, “I met him very briefly on Munich but I didn’t do any scenes with him. Now I’ve got to know him on Bond and I saw the Schnabel movie and thought it was amazing.”

And that line is interesting enough on its own – Bond 22 has only recently started principal photography, perhaps suggesting that if he’s already gotten to know Almaric, his character may be featured heavily in the film. On the suggestion that he was the Algerian boyfriend of Vesper Lynd, Eva Green’s character in Casino Royale, we again saw the wry smile as Craig hinted, “there is a connection there, yes…” …

“I’m no less nervous than I was but I’m very happy with what we’ve put together for this one. The fact that Marc Forster’s come in to direct it just makes my job a lot easier. He’s taken care of a lot of stuff that I just don’t have to think about and I’m just getting on with acting.”

And, he says, the pressure of taking on the mantle of James Bond gets no easier the second time out of the gate. “I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable with it,” he said, “I mean, it’s James Bond. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that place and get Zen about it; it’s not that kind of role. But I’m enjoying what we’ve shot so far and I’m planning to enjoy as much as I can of this filming process. Because, otherwise, why do it?”

James Bond: Fashion Icon

Posted in Casino Royale, Daniel Craig with tags on January 4, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

The website After Elton posted its choices for the best male movie costumes of all time. Coming in #3 was 007’s blue briefs from Casino Royale. And why not? Has ever a man looked finer?

Married Bond Girls

Posted in Bond Girls, Casino Royale, Daniel Craig, Ian Fleming with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

In the novel Casino Royale, Bond thinks about his preference for dating married women, because they have similar needs to keep things simple and have a life apart from him. In the movie Casino Royale, which, of course, sought to get back to Fleming’s roots, Daniel Craig’s Bond expresses a similar sentiment:

Vesper Lynd: Am I going to have a problem with you, Mr. Bond?
James Bond: No, don’t worry, you’re not my type.
Vesper Lynd: Smart?
James Bond: Single.

True to his word, Bond seduces the married Solange. So I started thinking, have there been other married Bond girls?

Although Bond is often connected to other men’s girlfriends, he has almost always stayed away from wives. Sean Connery’s James Bond was never tied to a married woman, nor was George Lazenby’s (except his own wife, of course). It was up to Roger Moore’s randy Bond to break that ground, and it was merely a kiss. In The Spy Who Loves Me, Bond and Felicca share an embrace while waiting for her husband, Max Kalba. But their lustful kiss is interrupted by an assassination attempt.

The next married woman to find her way to Bond’s arms is Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Before Solange, these are the only married women in Bond film history. So it took the film Bond forty-four years to match the three that the literary Bond was already seeing in the first book!

Roger Moore happy to admit he was too old for A View to a Kill

Posted in Daniel Craig, Roger Moore with tags on December 26, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Nice interview here with Roger Moore.

First, he tells us something that many of us believed; that Daniel Craig is a very fine James Bond:

“I have seen Daniel Craig in a number of films. He is a thundering good actor. The movie (‘Casino Royale’) showed me that he is one hell of an athlete,”

In regard to AVTAK:

Moore, who was 58 when the movie came out, described the film as the least favorite of his Bond roles. “I was only about 400 years too old for the part!” he quipped.

Read the whole thing.

Bond 22 News from Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Paul Haggis

Posted in Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Quantum of Solace on December 2, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

CommanderBond.net has an excellent round-up of important news. A must-read, boys and girls!