MI6 rounds-up Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko's
reflections on 007 after production on "Quantum
of Solace" had
Production Diary (38)
4th September 2008
During the last few days of principal photography
on "Quantum of Solace" back
at the home of James Bond, Pinewood Studios, Daniel
Craig and his co-star Olga
Kurylenko chatted candidly about
their time on the latest 007 adventure...
The two-time 007 star admitted that he never celebrated after the success of "Casino
Royale", instead he simply focused on making Bond 22 even better. "There
was never a point where I punched the air," Craig elaborated. "The
movie worked, but I did everything I could to make my part in the movie work,
so there is no kind of, 'See, I told you so.' I kept on saying, 'We make the
best movie we can,' and thankfully that worked."
At Pinewood, the atmosphere was reportedly
much less tense than some of the more trying times whilst
on location in South America. Craig explained the pressure
was on the whole team to see "Quantum" trump
the previous outing.
"We were a huge success commercially
last time, which puts a lot of pressure on this movie," Craig
said. "We have to apply the method we used last time,
which is to make the best movie we can, and that's where
we're at ... hopefully. It's difficult. But I know from
what we've got, this movie is going to be something else."
The 40-year old actor explained that it was
not a matter of reworking the "Royale" formula but
to progress from there. "I want the audience to be involved with
the characters," Craig said. "The action and the explosions,
everything that goes along with the Bond movies, they can be
taken care of, but I want the audience to be pulled in and involved." Craig
reportedly jumped at the opportunity to have Marc Forster on
the team, believing his guidance would help strengthen the characters.
"I just try to apply the same rules
as last time,
and hopefully that will work out."
Being 007 in a modern age, Craig
explained, is not much like the character Fleming wrote: "I'm
going from stunt sequence to stunt sequence, and it's great fun
do. But it's not very Bond-like. Bond used to do 10 push-ups,
then smoke 60 cigarettes and drink a bottle of something and
then pop a pill. That kept him going." Craig said that on
the whole his time as 007 so far has been good to him: "My
life hasn't changed, not in my mind. The physical aspects have
changed, sure. I have to do things differently, I have to fight
for my privacy, and there's a huge amount of bonuses."
The Ukrainian-born actress has been thrust in the spotlight - thanks to 007 - and her life has changed in leaps and bounds since adopting the role of the vengeful Camille.
"Overnight I became of interest to people, especially the press. I imagined that would happen because it's a big movie, but you don't really realise to what point," Kurylenko said. "At the same time what disappointed me was there were quite a few lies in the press. I don't know why people do that. I guess because they can't get anything on me because nobody knows me, so I guess they just made up stuff."
Despite constantly being hounded for the next quote, Kurylenko says that there still is some glamour to being a Bond girl. "A Bond girl must be a strong and independent woman, but at the same time charming and sensual. Those opposite qualities combined together make her interesting. She must be strong but at the same time feminine." Not only must Camille charm her way into 007's arms, by all accounts, her character is one of the most physically lethal yet: "I do fighting, stunts for fight scenes, I do body-flight, which is very physical - everything hurts after that."
The newcomer reflects that playing a role in
this Bond film was almost too good to be true. "Doing Bond
is an amazing experience - I've seen other Bond movies and I
liked them. I loved the last one, and Daniel Craig is my favourite
Bond. I was looking forward to participating - it's got a great
plot, great action, and they choose people really carefully.
Now that I've got here I see that there's a lot of preparation
goes into it and it's like a family. It's an amazing experience."