Spoiler warning for Quantum of Solace.
With commercial success all but guaranteed, all eyes are turning to where James Bond will go after Quantum of Solace.
“We made a decision to strip everything away. Some things will come back, some things won’t. Some things will come back in a different way.” – Barbara Broccoli
In an interview with ComingSoon.net James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli revealed fans can anticipate the series will simultaneously bring back some of the 007 staples while continuing to invert the franchise’s traditions.
Broccoli said, “In Casino Royale, the book, there was no Moneypenny or Q so that is why they are not in that story. And, in this follow-up, there didn’t seem to be a reason or a place for them. That doesn’t mean that they won’t appear later on. We made a decision to strip everything away. Some things will come back, some things won’t. Some things will come back in a different way. We will take some more risks and shake things up a little bit more and hope audiences are with us.”
The producer also reaffirmed that villainous organisation Quantum will play continue to play a role in the films. “Hopefully at the end of Quantum of Solace, we have this ‘whole’ character. And now we can do what we want. I think in some way, he will go after the organisation. So in that sense, it may become a trilogy, but we haven’t really structured it that way.”
“She is our anchor. She is the real Bond girl!” – Barbara Broccoli on Judi Dench as M
Broccoli also discussed the important role Judi Dench plays in the films. “She is our anchor. She is the anchor of the film in terms of the character. She is the only authoritative figure in Bond’s life. I think the moral conflicts between them are very interesting, and I think she is such a phenomenal actress, that as a woman, she has so much authority without having to bang her fist on the table. She had such a great relationship with Pierce [Brosnan] on the screen. And she has such a great relationship with Daniel [Craig]. She is our anchor. She is the real Bond girl! The one that keeps it all going, and I don’t want her to leave. She keeps threatening to leave but I will not let her!”
So, Judi Dench will be back, as will, Broccoli says, the gadgets. “The trouble is, everyone has gadgets. We will need to come up with a few that have not been invented by the Sony Corp!” Broccoli laughed.
“Outside of Miles Davis, he was the coolest cat on the planet.” – Jeffrey Wright on Jack Lord, the screen’s first Felix Leiter
At the end of Quantum of Solace, Felix Leiter is promoted, fuelling ComingSoon.net to speculate whether Jeffrey Wright will have an increased role to play in future instalments. Wright responded, rather intriguingly, “I don’t think anything has been written yet, but I hear some interesting things… rumblings.”
It’s a role Wright clearly relishes. He tells ComingSoon.net, “I do try to bring, particularly to [Casino Royale], my own thing to it. For me, Jack Lord sprung to mind. I mean the shades. And outside of Miles Davis, he was the coolest cat on the planet. And I was just very excited to bring some fresh life into the character and into the series to the extent that I could.”
The actor remains aware of the series’ legacy: “I think we are influenced only in that there is a previous history to these films. It’s a Bond film. There is an element of style and slickness. But at the same time, there has always been an intelligence to these films that cuts through as well.”
“The discussions we had before we started shooting were about the classic Bonds we love, the classic movies of the ’60s that we loved.” – Daniel Craig
Director Marc Forster
Daniel Craig also spoke to the website about the choice of Marc Forster as a director for Quantum of Solace. “What Marc is, fundamentally, is not only a great director, but a lover of movies. He knows the process. If you look at his films, how varied they are from Monster’s Ball to [Finding] Neverland to Kite Runner, each one is so individual. You would think they were different directors if you were to look at them blindly I think, and that is what I think he brought to this. He brought this attitude of here we go, it’s a Bond movie, we don’t get to have chances like this very often, lets give this a go.”
Craig continued, “I mean the discussions we had before we started shooting were about the classic Bonds we love, the classic movies of the ’60s that we loved. And whatever we are going to do, we are going to make a movie that people remember because it is visually stunning, it goes to the best locations in the world, and that it will be remembered as a stunning Bond movie.”
Check out the full interview at ComingSoon.net.
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