Director Marc Forster
Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster spoke with Moviefone about his vision for the 22nd James Bond film and how it differs from what we’ve seen before.
‘You take on Bond, and you work within that framework of Bond,’ said Forster. ‘You know, you have the girls, the cars, the history, the millions of fans. Casino Royale has been such a huge success, and audiences always have higher expectations. So there is incredible pressure you are under because you have to create something as a follow-up to Casino Royale. And that sort of pressure excited me.’
‘At the same time, I always love[d] the early ‘Bond’ films, like the 1960s Sean Connery, Ken Adam-designed Bond films, which I felt were so much ahead of their time in feel and look and design. And I felt like when you got to Quantum of Solace there would be this incredible opportunity I had been given to really create something stylish and interesting and push further than where Casino went.’
Although Quantum of Solace picks up roughly 30 minutes after the events of Casino Royale, Forster was keen to point out that this film won’t be a carbon copy of Daniel Craig’s debut as 007.
Daniel Craig is James Bond
He said: ‘I had to set my own tone and own visual tone for Quantum of Solace. So I didn’t want to get too married to it because I felt like I still have to put my stamp on it and visualize it the way I feel it should be right to the character. And also, the movie starts where the last one ended. And I feel Bond is in a very different place now because it’s the first time he experienced love and he lost someone. And now we take off from this point where he experienced that loss. And what really does it mean for Bond also to lose someone as he himself takes other people’s lives? And it makes him psychologically more vulnerable, and out of that vulnerability the main theme, the center of the film, for me was trust. What can you trust? And what does trust really mean if you love someone?’
When questioned about the supposed curse hanging over the Bond production, Forster shrugged it off. ‘On every action film, small accidents happen. And really the greatest news is obviously that Harris, the stunt guy, is out of the hospital. He’s walking, talking. He really will get back to normal. That’s just incredible news. And then the little things like with the finger and stuff, that’s just gonna happen, you know. So I’m not really buying into it because I feel the movie we did is really special and the main things are I’m feeling very positive about it.’
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