1. "It's the most calm, friendly set that you've ever been on."

    By Matt Weston on 2008-01-29

    Speaking with James Bond legend, Michael G. Wilson, IGN confirmed that no part of Ian Fleming’s “Quantum of Solace” will feature in the film of the same name.

    Michael G. Wilson

    Michael G. Wilson

    “No,” said Wilson. “It’s completely original, it doesn’t use any part of the short story.”

    Fleming’s tale, featured in the 1960 short story collection, For Your Eyes Only, sees 007 attending a dull dinner party, where he is told a story about a destructive love affair.

    Wilson confessed it is more difficult to script a Bond film not based on a Fleming story. “I think Fleming was a great writer with great stories, and he created the Bond character so he knew how he would react in certain circumstances. So it is more difficult when you don’t have that template to start with.”

    The 007 producer also discussed the pressure of working to have a shooting script ready before the Writers Guild strike began. “It was a big rush – the curtain was falling and the emails were flying back and forth, but luckily we got in just under the wire.”

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Wilson said, “We wanted a director who would work with the actors and attract great actors. Marc is also incredibly well prepared. He’s the most prepared director I’ve ever worked with. Every scene in the picture has been planned – he’s put all the camera positions in even. Everyone on the crew looks like geniuses – no one ever looks bad – because everybody knows what the next shot is, everyone’s preparing for the next shot. No one ever gets caught out. It’s the most calm, friendly set that you’ve ever been on. It’s amazing.”

    “I think every director has a different style. I love Martin [Campbell], and I think he’s done great Bond films with GoldenEye and Casino Royale, the most successful Bond film ever. He’s a fantastic director and I love him dearly. But I’m just talking about Marc’s qualities and I think he has a great vision. We can help him with the action because we have a whole team of people who know how to do it, so they can assist him.”

    Mathieu Amalric

    Mathieu Amalric

    When asked if he felt any risk in casting relative unknowns, in particular Quantum of Solace villain, Mathieu Amalric, Wilson replied, “After seeing The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, I don’t think there’s any risk at all, as well as the other films I’ve seen him in. Actually, we cast him just before we saw the movie, but my god, he’s a fantastic actor.”

    While Quantum of Solace will not see the introduction of further ingredients of the 007 mythology (as seen in Casino Royale, moviegoers will see Bond’s famed car return. “Well we have Aston Martin back again with their new car. The other cars are a mixture of different makes and models.”

    As for Bond’s toys, Wilson says, “We haven’t been too strong on gadgets, we’ve just used realistic things within the world.”

    Head over to IGN for the complete interview.

    Quantum of Solace will shoot in Panama, Peru, Chile, Italy, Austria and London over the next six months, before hitting cinemas from 7 November 2008.

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