Happy birthday to Alan Cumming, who turns 43 today.
The BBC has an extensive report from the set of Quantum of Solace. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but here are some highlights (spoilers ahead):
- The movie opens with a big car chase through the streets of Siena, Italy.
- There will be a “free-fall sequence involving motion-control cameras.”
- A huge set has been built of an art gallery in Siena.
- Another Siena location is an underwater MI6 safe house, and there are underwater tunnels with gloomy atmosphere.
- Locations include Austria, Italy, Panama, and Chile.
- M’s office has a glass wall that can be set to “frost” with a button.
The role will be played by Rory Kinnear. I’m sorry that Michael Kitchen is not returning, but the 29 year old actor has got my attention. So thank you, Eon!
I guess I’m obsessed.
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.”
Producer Michael G. Wilson stated that the title was only decided a few days ago and added that Quantum of Solace would begin ‘literally an hour after the last film left off.’ ‘We thought it was an intriguing title and referenced what happened to Bond and what is happening in the film,’ he said.
Read the whole article, it’s loaded with news. In short:
More action, lots of gadgets. Barbara Broccoli says it’s not a revenge movie, but Olga Kurylenko says it is. “Camille” is after a different sort of revenge, and she teams with Bond.
Empire Online says:
The plot centres on an attempted coup in a South American country. Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who works behind the cover of an organisation called Green Planet, wants to control one of the world’s most important natural resources and to aid in this he makes a deal with an exiled South American general to get him back into power.
Olga Kurylenko’s character, Camille, is half Ukrainian and half South American. She leads Bond to Greene in his effort to find out more about Vesper, the woman he loved and lost in Casino Royale.
“James Bond is after revenge, and Camille is after revenge,” Kurylenko said. “They have slightly different goals, but in the end they are going to have to collaborate”. Kurylenko is currently still in training for her role, but has yet to shoot any scenes. “I’m doing weapons training and body flight training for aerial scenes and stunt work for fighting,” she continued. “My days are so long, and it’s very physical. She’s a fighter. This girl is going to kick ass. She’s on her own mission and she’s driven by revenge
Gemma Arterton’s character, Agent Fields, is an MI6 agent working at the British consulate in Bolivia. Shooting will take place in Panama and Chile. Arterton has already shot love scenes with Bond. “I felt like a giggly girl, and I felt so young and inexperienced – but I kissed James Bond!” she said, adding that her character is “fresh and young, not sultry and a femme fatale”.
Mathieu Amalric says his villain will not be a larger than life figure. He said “He’s not an over the top villian…No scars, no metal jaw – he is nude”. We believe he meant no visual odditties, rather than Bond’s first all naked nemesis.