1. Virgin Atlantic Back For 'Quantum of Solace'

    By Matt Weston on 2008-02-05

    Virgin Atlantic today announced it will partner with Eon Productions, producers of the James Bond movies, for Quantum of Solace.

    The airline previously featured in 2006’s Casino Royale, for which it supplied an aircraft for use during filming. The movie also included a cameo by Virgin Atlantic President, Sir Richard Branson.

    The full press release follows.

    James Bond’s Favourite Airline – Virgin Atlantic – Is Back For Quantum Of Solace

    Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, today announced it will be a global partner for the 22nd Bond movie due out later this year.

    Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for EON Productions and directed by Marc Forster, Quantum of Solace is scheduled to be released on 7 November. Virgin Atlantic will be supporting the release with a series of promotional and marketing initiatives connected with the movie. The alliance follows the success of Virgin Atlantic’s partnership with Casino Royale, in which Daniel Craig made his first appearance as James Bond. The film became the most successful in the James Bond franchise, with record-breaking box office sales.

    Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented:

    “Virgin Atlantic and James Bond make a great partnership – slick, smooth and renowned the world over. Casino Royale propelled Bond to greater success and we’re certain that Quantum of Solace will set an even higher standard.”

    Richard Branson famously appeared in a cameo role in Casino Royale and Virgin Atlantic aircraft were featured in the Miami airport scene.

    Quantum of Solace continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

    Quantum of Solace also stars Olga Kurylenko as Camille, Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, Gemma Arterton as Agent Fields and Jeffrey Wright who returns to the role of Felix Leiter.

    Virgin Atlantic’s involvement in Casino Royale was not without its controversy, though. British Airways cut Branson’s cameo from its in-flight versions of the film, as well as any shot featuring the Virgin logo.

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