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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.

Amalric Confirmed for Bond 22

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

According to Digital Spy,

French actor Mathieu Amalric has confirmed that he is to play the villain in the next James Bond film

Of course, I had Max von Sydow’s comment on this on Sunday, and rumors have been swirling for a week or three, but this is the first report I’ve seen that claims Amalric himself said so.

Interestingly, Amalric has played the son of former Bond villains twice. He’s currently in The Diving Bell and Butterfly as the son of Max von Sydow: NSNA’s Blofeld. In 2005, he was in Munich (with Daniel Craig) where he played the son of Michael Lonsdale: Moonraker’s Hugo Drax.

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Max von Sydow drops a bomb on Bond 22!

Posted in Quantum of Solace, Wacky Media with tags , , , , on December 2, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The Film Experience has an interview up with Max von Sydow, who is promoting his new movie, The Diving Bell and Butterfly. Starring as von Sydow’s son in Diving Bell is Mathieu Amalric, who has been strongly rumored, lately, to be the villain for Bond 22. I’ll let von Sydow tell the rest (emphasis added):

N: Were you familiar with Mathieu Amalric before making the movie?

MVS: I didn’t know him. I met him for the first time in front of the camera …which happens all the time. Unfortunately.

N: Then you really have to find that familial connection quickly.

MVS: This can be very absurd. I don’t like this situation. I’d rather be at least a little bit acquainted with actors I work with. He’s a very good actor. He has directed also. He’s done a lot of good work.

MVS: He’s directed films also. He’s going to be Blofeld in the next James Bond.

N: Oh! [editors note: Max von Sydow also played Blofeld in the 1983 James Bond film one-off Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery]

What? Blofeld? What?