Director Marc Forster
WARNING: Major spoilers
Although it may be a long way off, brief little tidbits on Bond 23 are starting to pop up during the production of the current James Bond adventure.
‘If I would ever do a big movie again in that size,’ he said, ‘it has to be my own franchise, which I would create from scratch, which I would cast, create the look and really create the franchise on my own.’
Producer Michael G. Wilson also added that he expects the Bond production to pause for at least a year following ‘Quantum‘. ‘I need a break for a little while,’ he stated.
Action and Romance
The other major news centers on the relationship between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Olga Kurylenko’s Camille–the first leading Bond girl that will reportedly not share a single kiss with Bond in the film.
After previously describing her character as bit feisty and independent, Kurylenko further characterized Camille as a Bond girl with a ‘masculine spirit.’
‘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.’
Daniel Craig is James Bond
‘It’s not like we’re making some sort of big action romance here,’ said Craig. ‘This is a Bond movie first of all. You have to apply the Bond equation, which is that we have to have as much action as we possibly can that fits in with the story, which makes sense.’
‘There’s a theme in the movie, which is about shortages in the world and how people are abusing them and this sets it up quite nicely really…’ – Daniel Craig
Craig continued, regarding the film’s finale in Chile’s Atacama Desert: ‘I’m bruised up from the fight scenes, but that’s part of the deal. I wouldn’t have done the movie without going all the way.’
‘We’re not making a kitchen sink drama here. We are making a Bond movie. What Marc wanted and the producers and what I wanted is to bring back a visual flair to the movie, so that every frame in every shot that we see is beautiful. And there may be things exploding, but they’re good to look at.’
With filming now completed in Chile, the cast and crew have reached the halfway point in the production. Craig mentioned that the tone is lighter than 2006’s Casino Royale–but only slightly.
‘It’s kind of Bond’s journey into, at first we think it’s vengeance, but it goes somewhere else,’ he said. ‘They’ve killed the love of his life, this organization, and we don’t know who this organization are, and he needs to find out who they are. And it’s for personal reasons but also professional reasons.’
The Best Gadget There Is
According to Craig, Quantum of Solace continues the pattern that began in Casino Royale of placing less emphasis on gadgets. ‘The Aston Martin’s there, and that’s still the best gadget we have.’
‘I want them to stand alone and be good films. As long as that continues, then we’ll keep making them. And if it doesn’t, then we’ll stop.’ – Daniel Craig, planning to stick around as 007
Forster also commented on the stylistic look of the film, comparing it to 1962’s Dr. No (a film that villain Mathieu Amalric also brought up when talking specifically about the Paranal Observatory as Dominic Greene’s headquarters).
‘I want to go back to the 60s and 70s thriller look,’ the director stated.
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