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Quantum of Solace will have NOTHING from the story

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

IGN has an informative interview with Michael Wilson. Read the whole thing, but the money quote is:

Q: Will Quantum of Solace have anything to do with Fleming’s short story.

Wilson: No, it’s completely original, it doesn’t use any part of the short story.

Quantum of Solace is title of Bond 22!

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

This is huge news. HUGE! I gasped.

The title is taken from one of a collection of short stories published by 007 creator Ian Fleming in 1960.

Quantum of Solace is a short story with no adventure in it. It is a tale told to Bond over drinks, about a marriage that falls apart due to the wife’s cruelty, and by the time she realizes how wrong she’s been, her husband, previously mild-mannered, is now doubly cruel to her. There is no “quantum of solace,” no small bit of comfort, in the marriage, and so they part. As Bond walks back to his Nassau hotel (and I’ve taken the exact walk) he compares the story he’s heard to his relatively adventurous life, and realizes he misses some of what’s important in life by rushing past these ordinary moments of kindness and cruelty.

There are only a handful of Fleming story titles (and no novel titles) that remain unused. Besides Quantum of Solace, there’s Risico, which has been rumored to be the title of at least the last three films. The entire plot of Risico is contained within the movie For Your Eyes Only, so there’s no story to use. In addition, the word “risico” is actually Fleming’s mockery of the villain’s accent; he’s saying “risk.” Two reasons why this title may never be used.

Another unused title is Property of a Lady, but again, it’s contained inside Octopussy. Not only is much of the plot there, but they actually use the phrase (it’s the auction scene).

The final unused title is The Hildebrand Rarity, which features the character Milton Krest and a scorpion tale whip, both of which are part of Licence to Kill.

At a press conference at the facility, reporters were shown a minute of footage from the new film, including Bond swinging on a rope after an explosion at an art gallery in Siena, Italy.

Big news! Big news! I’m going to be saying “Quantum of Solace” over and over to myself (and anyone who will listen) all day.

Producer Michael Wilson said the film would have “twice as much action” as 2006’s Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig debut as the iconic secret agent.

Humor for Bond 22?

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , , on July 17, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Everyone’s talking about the Daily Express interview wherein Craig hints at a funnier Bond 22.

Craig, 39, says of his forthcoming second outing as 007: “They [the producers] just want more gags. The next one’s going to be a lot funnier. Octopussy and Pussy Galore style gags. They’re all great names – but that’s the thing, the Bond jokes will be flipped on their heads.”

Now, I can’t even begin to link to all the fansites and movie boards and articles that link to this quote. But perhaps I should throw my two cents down.

I’m in the mood to trust the producers. I was horrified by the decision to cast Craig, and I was proven wrong. Yay for being wrong. Craig was awesome, CR was awesome, and I’m not expecting much disagreement on those points. More than just making a fantastic movie, I think that MIchael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli showed us they found a direction for their hero, they are grounded, they know what they’re doing. I think they were floundering, perhaps since Cubby‘s death, but certainly since Dana‘s. To me, CR says the second generation of Bond producers has come into their own. So I’m not inclined to panic.

Further, they’ve re-hired Paul Haggis for script polish. Haggis is Not A Funny Guy. If Purvis and Wade were handing in the final script, well I think we all know how lame their one-liners can be. But Haggis is not that guy, and Haggis certainly reined in the sillies his last time out.

Perhaps Bond 22 won’t be as dark as CR. That’s okay; they shouldn’t all be the same! But I’m not worried about double-taking pigeons.

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.