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Marc Forster on Directing Bond 22

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , , on December 9, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Today’s New York Times has an interview with Marc Foster, who is promoting his new film, The Kite Runner. Foster, of course, is also directing Bond 22, and so naturally the conversation turned to 007.

It’s definitely a “read the whole thing” interview, but here are a couple of especially fascinating tidbits:
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So Much Bond News

Posted in Daniel Craig, Events, Pierce Brosnan, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

An interesting interview with Pierce Brosnan in the Daily Mirror:

You get complacent having a role like that – the luxury of doing one every 18 months. It focused my attention on what I want to do with my career and the choices I want to make. Now I’m out there in the field, what’s going to happen next?

Commander Bond has a couple of YouTubes up of Daniel Craig in Italy, and of a crucial action location, with spoiler information about an Italian action sequence in Bond 22.

MI6 News reports that Switzerland remains a possible location for Bond 22:

“As soon as we knew that Marc Forster grew up in Switzerland and would direct the next James Bond film, we had to offer our services”, said André Brice of the Swiss film commission (Film Location Switzerland). “Still nothing is definite, but the chances bode well”, he added.

And, most thrilling of all, my local revival theater, the Lafayette in Suffern, NY, will be showing Goldfinger on November 24 (also on the schedule, The Great Escape; One, Two, Three; Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing; Charade, and more). All showings are on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

Interview with Forster and Haggis

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , on July 7, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

CBn has the scoop. Director Marc Forster and screenwriter Paul Haggis discuss Bond 22. The two items of most interest (to me) are that Haggis was offered the director’s chair, and that Bond 22 will follow CR but not be exactly a sequel.

Paul Haggis (who returns from Casino Royale) was offered the director’s chair for Bond 22 at one point, but insists that he didn’t want the job. ‘There are certain things you can write and there are certain things you can direct. I just felt that it takes a big commitment to direct a Bond film. It’s a 120 day shoot. It’s a two year commitment basically to do it. If you do that on top of writing, it’s almost a three year commitment. So I just didn’t want to dedicate that much time. It’s going to take me six months to get the script into shape as it is. I think I’ll do that and then I’ll go off into the next project.’

Interesting insight into the process.

One of the biggest news stories from earlier this year was that Bond 22 was set to be a direct continuation from the events that occurred in Casino Royale. Not entirely so, according to Haggis: ‘I wouldn’t describe it as such,’ he says. ‘I think it’s going to stand on its own although it does follow right on the heels of Casino Royale.’

This is one of those “you have to say it” things, as audiences for sequels drop off.

Marc Forster all over the news

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , on June 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Cinematical, Rope of Silicon, CBn and more are talking about the Marc Forster interview in which he discusses the possibility of using the Alps as a filming location.

Not sure how I feel about it. Been there, done that, plus there’s always production problems because of the harsh weather. Will they never visit South Africa or Australia?

Marc Forster to Direct Bond 22

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Hadn’t been watching my news feeds today, but CBn picked it up:

The official press release:

Marc Forster to Direct ‘Bond 22’

Marc Forster will direct the 22nd James Bond adventure, it was announced today by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

Forster is the acclaimed director of the highly anticipated motion picture The Kite Runner, adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel. He also recently directed the comic hit Stranger Than Fiction for Sony Pictures. Previously, Forster directed the award-winning and critically acclaimed films Finding Neverland, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Monster’s Ball, for which Halle Berry won a Best Actress Oscar.

Forster will commence work shortly with screenwriter Paul Haggis on a draft of the screenplay by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.

This looks good to me. I thought Monster’s Ball was excellent, and Stranger Than Fiction was a pleasant comedy that didn’t quite acheive its potential, but got some fabulous performances out of some amazing actors.

Funny that his biggest movie was also Halle Berry’s biggest.