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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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Plot details for Quantum of Solace (fka Bond 22)

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

CBn says:

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.

Olga Kurylenko is the new Bond Girl, says Variety

Posted in Bond Girls, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Hat tip to CBn, who had it before I saw it. Variety is reporting that the new Bond girl (the female lead of Bond 22, that is) is Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko.

The official press release from Eon says:

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “We are fortunate to continue in the Bond tradition of attracting the finest international actors for our starring roles. Mathieu [Amalric] in the role of Dominic Greene, a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in CASINO ROYALE, will be a powerful counterpart to Daniel’s portrayal of Bond. Olga Kurylenko will play the dangerously alluring Camille, who challenges Bond and helps him come to terms with the emotional consequences of Vesper’s betrayal.”

The press release adds that Fields is an MI6 agent, and that Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are returning to their roles from Casino Royale.

Two quick comments. First, Amalric had previously been reported as “Maurice Green;” this is definitely a better name. Second, in regard to Gemma Arterton: Told you so!

Olga Kurylenko

Minor female “types”

Posted in Bond Girls with tags , , on January 7, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

A stray remark in comments while speculating on what role Gemma Arterton’s “Fields” might play got me thinking. What are the various minor female roles in a Bond film? Major roles would be the female lead, and the femme fatale.

Very few characters just happen to be female in a Bond film; even a hotel clerk or a lab tech seems to bristle with sexuality when 007 is around. Casino Royale was perhaps exceptional in that regard; the card dealer at the One and Only Ocean Club, and several card players in the film, weren’t filling any eye candy or innuendo roles. And that’s refreshing; I don’t want the sexuality to go away, but like men, women can be sexual and have normal characters.

But for women cast as “types,” what are those types?

Major role: “Bond girl” (female lead). Examples: Pussy Galore (GF), Vesper Lynd (CR), Kara Milovy (TLD)
Major role: Femme fatale (villainess). Examples: Fiona Volpe (TB), Miss Taro (DN), Xenia Onatopp (GE)
Major role: Sacrificial lamb. A “lamb” can be male or female; it is someone whose death (or, in LTK, injury) compels Bond to action and makes the goal personal. The major role of female sacrificial lamb involves a love scene followed by a death scene: Examples: Solange (CR), Aki (YOLT), Plenty O’Toole (DAF), Jill Masterson (GF)

Minor role: Villain’s agent. The photographer in Dr. No is an example of a female villain’s agent who just happens to be female, but most seem to be seductresses. Examples: Peaceful Fountains of Desire (DAD), Photographer (DN), Log Cabin Girl (TSWLM), Bonita (GF)
Minor role: Random romance. Bond has a love life outside of his duties. Although these women often work for MI6 or another intelligence agency, they have no bearing on the plot of the film. Examples: Dr. Warmflash (TWINE), Miss Caruso (LALD), Caroline (GE)

I’m strongly inclined to believe “Fields” is one of the latter two, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Gemma Arterton is “Fields”

Posted in Bond Girls, Quantum of Solace with tags , , on January 5, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

CBn has the news. It has been officially confirmed by Eon that Gemma Arterton will play “Fields” in Bond 22. She is not the female lead, who will be announced in two weeks.

“Fields” sounds totally like an MI6 name, like “Villiers” or “Robinson.” So even though it seems she’s not Moneypenny, I feel like they’re messing with us; like they’re casting a kind-of-Moneypenny but avoiding the name. And I think that’s a foolish decision.

Overview of Bond 22

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , on December 31, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

MI6.co has a good wrap up of the current news on Bond 22, which begins filming this week. There’s info on the casting, including villains and Gemma Arterton, locations, and more.

Let’s think about Casino Royale Bond Girls

Posted in Bond Girls, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace with tags , , on December 18, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

In CR, there are two Bond girls: The primary Bond girl is British (Eva Green: a French actress playing British), and the olive-skinned “exotic” (Italian) Bond girl who is the sacrificial lamb (Caterina Murino).

We know for a fact that Eon is searching for an “exotic” (Latina) Bond girl. It would be absolutely insane, then, for them to cast Gemma Arterton as the main Bond girl, and give us the same formula as last movie. They’re trying to break away from formula!

So I remain full of doubt. I really, really think she’s got a secondary role or even smaller.