The new Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has opened up about
her character Camille and her experiences filming
"Quantum of Solace" to the world's press...
Bonding With Olga Kurylenko
5th April 2008
Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko told press last
week that her character Camille has "a masculine
spirit." The latest in a long line of Bond girls, she explained
how her character's relationship with James Bond in "Quantum
of Solace" will get along. "When she meets Bond, it
clashes," she said. "She's careful and she doesn't
trust that easily. So basically with men, she either uses them,
or if they're no use, and she sees that they can't serve her,
then she throws them away. First she is trying to figure this
guy out. But Bond and Camille do warm up to each other."
“Daniel is my favourite
He suits the part perfectly and he is a great actor.”
Her character's attitude is a result of the
backstory: Camille's family has been killed by General Medrano
and Dominic Greene's
organisation 'Quantum', and she is out for revenge - on her
Casting for the role spread from South America
to Russia, with Camille's biography tweaked to make her half
side) and half Russian to explain away Kurylenko's Ukrainian
accent. But the casting was transparent for the actress. "When
[director] Marc [Forster[ looked at me he was so blank. I told
my agent, ‘Forget
about it’. I was so sad", she said to reporters in
Chile last week. "It was Christmas Eve I found out I got
the part. I was sat with my friends, it couldn’t have been
a better present."
A lot is being asked of Kurylenko as
her role involves a lot of action and her own stunt work.
She admitted that she has been scared of doing every stunt
asked of her so far, but her initial nerves have ebbed
away as she grow ever more confident in her abilities.
Just before reporters got to speak to her, she filmed a
12 foot leap from a roof on to a balcony.
see me doing the stunt? I am very impressed with myself
because there was no way I could do it before. Yesterday,
I came to the top, looked down and said to the stunt guys, ‘No,
guys, there is no way I am doing it — I am very scared
of heights. And they just slowly, slowly, very patiently
got me to do it. There was another scene where my back
was to the balustrade and it moved and I felt I couldn’t
do it. The stunts in this film are crazy. They are really
tough. Certain things are really scary and it always starts
with me saying ‘No’...and I end up doing it.
I really overcame my fears.”
"I am still under the emotion of the scariest
stunt. We were in Panama and we did this boat chase in the sea.
The boat went so fast and when you hit the waves it really jumps
up and when you land it is really hard. And we were not sitting
safely, we were fighting. The stunt guys fell into the sea a
few times. So I had to really hold on. I got bruises. It was
"I learned sky-diving in London. They have
this big tunnel where they simulate the air. During a month I
was training I was squeezed like a lemon by the air after a few
minutes. I said, ‘I am not doing this’. I couldn’t
even lift my arms up. But after a month I was spending a whole
day in there. Before I started I trained for a month in Pinewood.
I did stunts, gun-firing and I had to learn how to put a gun
back together. My record was eight seconds. I beat my teacher
and he got really upset!"
The filming completed in Chile last week is
based around Dominic Greene's hideout in the desert, alongside
rogue dictator General Medrano. Both Camille and Bond have scores
to settle with the outfit.
"The action we were filming today is happening
more towards the end of the movie", Kurylenko explained. "Camille
is about to get to her goal, which she is trying to get to throughout
the whole movie. She is about to get her revenge. After that
jump over the balcony she is pretty close. It’s going to
be a big fight."