Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Anatole Taubman, Marc Forster and Barbara Broccoli kicked off the "Quantum of Solace" marketing campaign today in Moscow...

Moscow Press Conference
13th October 2008

As first reported by MI6 over the weekend, the global press tour for the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" kicked off today in Moscow. Cast members Daniel Craig (007), Olga Kurylenko (Camille) and Anatole Taubman (Elvis) were joined by director Marc Forster and producer Barbara Broccoli for a press conference and photo call in the Russian capital on Monday 13th October 2008.

Above: Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko on the roof of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow, Russia.

Broccoli explained the significance of starting the worldwide marketing campaign in Russia. "This is a key, emerging market for us and it is very exciting to be here. We shot in St Petersburg and had a wonderful experience. Russia is a country with a very strong film tradition and we are very much looking forward to the Russian reaction to the film."

The five lead a packed press conference at 10:30am at Moscow’s luxury Ritz Carlton, that had been preceded by a press screening of 20 minutes worth of footage from the film the night before (screened at 8:15 in the nearby 'October' cinema). A full screening of the film will take place in Russia on 23rd October for accredited members of the press.

Above: Pictured in the background is The Moscow Kremlin, which includes four palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of Russia.

Broccoli said that Bond's character would display a newly found confidence after the traumatic events of the last film. “At the end of ‘Casino Royale’ Bond is devastated when the woman he loves is killed by an evil organization", she said. "The title of the new film reflects his journey to put things right and find a quantum of solace.”

When asked which stunts were the most challenging to perform, Craig said that a free fall sequence where he and Kurylenko leap out of a plane was among the most difficult. "We did this in a wind tunnel with winds of 200 mph ripping around us and 20 cameras shooting from all around. That was one of the toughest days."

Michael Schlicht, the film’s Russian distributor, told Variety that he anticipated box office gross in the territory of “around $20 million” following its release on 800-plus prints.