1. Craig Commits To Making 'Quantum of Solace' A Success

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-01-24
    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Press conferences, videos, the official synopsis, not to mention the announcement of the title of Daniel Craig’s newest James Bond film… had enough yet?

    If not, then these two video reports regarding Quantum of Solace should prove somewhat interesting. Daniel Craig speaks to both the BBC and ITV News about the choosing of the title for his second 007 film, the pressure of following up 2006’s Casino Royale and more…

    First off, the video from BBC News briefly gives fans a view of a Pinewood set of a ‘plush hotel suite in which 007 spends the night with a female agent.’

    Also included is an ever-brief scene with Bond stating to an unidentified woman in the film: ‘You’re going to get a phone call in a minute. Would you mind telling them I’m headed for Cairo?’

    Picture: Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    When quizzed about Quantum of Solace as a title, Craig said: ‘Well, I’m basically going to give you the Ian Fleming line on that. Basically, it’s his idea that once the quantum of solace leaves a relationship, it’s all over. If you don’t have that quantum of solace, then there’s not much left worth fighting for.’

    ‘So, it’s a lot to do with where he [James Bond] is at at the end of the last movie. His heart’s been broken and he’s going out to find the guy who is responsible. He’s looking for revenge, but he also wants to make himself happy with the world again.’

    When asked about the pressure of following up the hugely popular and successful Casino Royale, Craig replied: ‘It’s not the way I think. And even if I did allow myself to think like that, it’d just be for a moment… it’s a team effort.’

    A similar question was posed by the ITV News (video here), to which Craig responded: ‘You know, this is more important to me now than it was before. The last time around, I thought that if I failed, I could just walk away, you know, “I screwed that one up, so I’ll go and try something else.” This time we’ve got to prove that the last one wasn’t just pure luck.’

    As some 007 fans are already aware, the release date of Quantum of Solace (7 November) is a mere two weeks before the sixth film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince–the ‘competing British icon’–debuts in theatres.

    When asked how he felt about walking away the winner of a potential box-office battle between Bond and Potter, Craig cooly replied: ‘Very favourably. It’d be silly not to really.’

    Quantum of Solace sees James Bond out for revenge on a mission that takes him to Austria, Italy and South America.

    According to the synopsis, Bond girl Camille, played by Ukrainian-born Olga Kurylenko, leads the secret agent to Dominic Greene, member of a mysterious organization and a ruthless businessman, seeking to control huge natural resources.

    Greene is played by Mathieu Amalric, who starred in the Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and Butterfly. The plot follows on directly from Casino Royale as Bond aims to uncover the truth about Vesper, the beauty who betrayed him, and discovers that she had been blackmailed. ‘James Bond is after revenge, and Camille is after revenge and they have slightly different goals, but in the end they are going to have to collaborate,’ says Kurylenko.

    Click here to view the complete Quantum of Solace plot synopsis

    CBn will be updating throughout the day for all the latest news and complete coverage of Quantum of Solace–just keep your eyes on the main page.