US showbiz media have visited the set in Panama
City to interview key cast and crew members. MI6
rounds-up the behind the scenes intel...
Production Diary (13)
26th February 2008
Entertainment Tonight (video)
and The Insider (video)
visited the set of "Quantum
of Solace" in Panama City.
A derelict building has been converted in to a party venue with
of lights and glamorous extras. The crumbling structure actually
used to be the club house of former Panama dictator General Manual
Noriega. Craig explained, "I'm sure there are some
bad ghosts in here, but it was where he partied and we're using
it as a
location for a fund raising event".
Filming took place over four very long night-shoots,
with action taking place up until 4am. Over 700 local extras
were cast and
dressed as glamorous party guests. The night-time party scene,
where Dominic Greene is hosting a fund raising event, takes
place about half-way through the movie. The climax of the confrontation
between Bond, Greene, Fields and Camille takes place at the top
of a stone staircase. One of the foursome ends up taking a long
tumble down the steps. "In the Bond scheme of things, it's
not such a big stunt, but that doesn't mean the guy who's going
to do it isn't going to get hurt", Craig said.
Above: Lara Spencer from "The Insider" on set with Daniel Craig
Tom Ford has designed all of Daniel Craig's suits for the film.
Craig talked about the fate of some of the costumes made specially
for the film. "One of the things for me was that he wears
great suit, but I wreck about 30 or 40 of them through filming.
It's really a crime - it makes me weep every time! I take a suit
ET confirmed that the production looked at over 7,000 actresses
and models for the two Bond girl roles. When Craig was asked
about his involvement in the process, he said "I'm involved
all the way all the way through - or they pretend to involve
me. I mean, they ask my opinion and I have my say."
Marc Forster explained how they
came to pick Gemma
Arterton. "The thing is with Gemma
is that she's funny, she's witty, she's gorgeous, she's
Forster said. "She has every quality I was looking
for and I thought 'that's it, that's her!'"
Gemma talked a little about what it's
like becoming a Bond girl. "There's a lot of pressure
when you're a Bond girl because you get compared to all
of the previous ones. Does Bond fall in love with her?
I can't say. Maybe he does. I'd love if it he did! I had
to jump in to bed with [Daniel Craig] for a love scene
on day one of filming. That's why it was such a wonderful
Kurylenko also spoke about becoming
a Bond girl. "Training was amazing. It was so intense,
much more so than for any movie I've done before." When
asked about her 'rival' for Bond's attention in the film
- Agent Fields - she teased with another question, "can
you get any idea of who is the bad one and who is the good
one by looking at us?"
French actor Mathieu
Amalric, who plays the villain Dominic
Greene, did not feature much in the report, but he talked about
his appearance in one short clip: "I don't have something
on my head, or a metal jaw, or an eye that bleeds, or anything
that says 'oh, he's the villain'. I just have my naked face." In
one snippet of a scene, Camille is seen kissing Greene before
pulling away when Bond approaches.
Daniel Craig Sound Bites
- So I'm swinging on some ropes, way up high again. I can never
get away from it! It's always safe but it feels kinda hairy
- Will you see flesh this time around? I can't say!
- I've been driving the Aston Martin DBS on a test track, so
I can go as far as I like... I've been up to 155mph.
- Does James Bond find love again? Maybe. Soon... Is he ready
to have sex again? Of course, he's always ready to have sex!
- I get to go to places I've never been to before, so they
are some of the best experiences of my life.
- He’s lost the love of his life and he’s angry
about it. But he’s also got a job to do so he’s
got to keep it under control.
The production heads next to Chile, Austria, Italy and finally
Pinewood Studios in the UK.