Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric and
Gemma Arterton talk more about their characters in
"Quantum of Solace"...
Production Diary (8)
30th January 2008
Bond girl Olga Kurylenko
has admitted in an interview for TheLondonPaper that
she had never seen a Bond film until she reached the age
of 16 when she moved from her Ukrainian homeland to France.
The 28-year-old said she still hadn't seen any of the movies
before Pierce Brosnan took up the role but that she'd got
the box set of 20 films to find out what she'd been missing.
She said: "Who doesn't want to be a Bond girl? It's
a cult movie. I'm not worried about being stereotyped.
Camille is a strong independent woman who is charming and
sensual. Bond women are strong at the same time as being
feminine. I've never worked so hard training for any other
movie, I'm using weapons, driving cars and involved in
Above: Olga Kurylenko as Camille in "Quantum of Solace"
French actor Mathieu Amalric, who plays the
film's sinister villain Dominic Greene, has previously said he
modeled his character to some extent on a couple of European
leaders, "I've been taking details, the smile of Tony Blair,
the craziness of Sarkozy (French President), he's the worst villain
we've ever had. He's really dangerous. In fact he walks around
thinking he's in a Bond film."
But unlike some of the Bond
villains that have gone before him, Amalric's character will
not be so hot with his fists. He said: "He was supposed
to have a secret skill. But we had this idea that maybe if the
villain doesn't know how to fight, James Bond would be more surprised.
Sometimes anger can be much more dangerous. I'm going to fight
like in school. I was going to say 'like a woman'. You are allowed
to do things that you are not allowed to do in real life, especially
with a woman." He added that a modern villain was "like
a gas" and could be found anywhere.
Quizzed yet again about
the title, Daniel Craig said of the story that it is taken
from: "It debates relationships and how they hurt
and how people can be hurt. I think it relates to how Fleming
was feeling at the time. I think it relates to the fact
that if you don't have that Quantum of Solace in a relationship
you should give up. If you are not respecting each other
it's over, and at the end of the last movie Bond doesn't
have that because his girlfriend has been killed." Craig,
who spoke to press on the day of the title's unveiling
after shooting a scene of the interior of MI6, was sporting
a plaster on his thumb following a stunt injury from using
Craig said of reprising
the scene where he comes out of the ocean: "I'm not
going to put them trunks on ever again but there will be
a certain amount of nudity in this movie." On the
subject of how he feels about repeating or exceeding the
success of Casino Royale, Craig said "I'm as nervous
as I was before if not a little more than before. We thought
the last film was great but who knew that people would
respond in the way that they did? We owe to people who
saw the last movie to give them something even better."
Above: Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Quantum of Solace"
"There is revenge, a
fight within him and a need to do his job, to solve this
that has been
Everything that he understood about the world has been turned
upside down ... because he has fallen in love" - Daniel Craig
British actress Gemma Arterton, whom Daniel
Craig describes as a "rising
star", spoke to IGN on
the press day and revealed a little about her character. "She's
actually quite funny, and very real, and someone that you could
know from down the road", she said. "There's something very fresh
about her. For me, she's got stuff that all women can identify
Arterton also revealed how she landed the part. "I went to two
auditions. I was in a play at the Globe in London and the casting
directors came to see me in it. I was playing a very Bong girly
type of role, but Shakespeare. It was Rosaline in Love's Labour's
Lost, and she's very haughty and sharp. They asked me in for
an audition, which I never thought I'd get. Then I got a second
audition where I met the director and everyone, then I had a
screen test which was petrifying, then I got the part."
Above: Gemma Arterton as Agent Fields in "Quantum of Solace"
The screen test involved both
Daniel Craig and the director Marc Forster. "I hadn't read the
script so I didn't know anything
about anything, which was quite nice actually, and it was such
a bizarre day. They make you look as great as they can
and then you go on set and there were literally about 60 people
looking at you and thinking, "Could she be a Bond girl?" Everyone's
eyes are on you and everyone's whispering and looking. It's so
uncomfortable, but you have to do it because the producers have
to see what you look like. Then I acted a scene with Daniel and
it was very brief. He said, "Hello, how are you?" And
I said, "I'm really scared." And he said, "Don't
worry." We did the scene and he said, "Well done." And
that was it. Then the director Marc Forster said, "OK...
good luck." And I thought, "No, I've lost it." But
I didn't, so that was great."
She got the good news on the last day of filming "3 And
Out" on location in Gibraltar, whilst she was on a boat in full
producer got a phone call from my agent and passed the phone
over and he just sang the Bond theme down the phone to me. And
I was like, "Nooo! Oh, my God." After composing herself
and shooting the last scenes for that film, Arterton and her
co-stars went out for dinner and celebrated with "lots and lots"
Her character Agent Fields will have a scene
with Bond that is reminiscent of "something iconic", and will
be involved in
a "little bit of a fight" but not the major action which Olga
Kurylenko's character Camille will deal with. Arterton,
who says her character is "very, very cute", will shoot her scenes
at Pinewood Studios and Panama.