1. Olga Kuryenko On Stunts, Bruises And Revenge

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-04-05
    Olga Kurylenko is Camille

    Olga Kurylenko is Camille in Quantum of Solace

    WARNING: Possible spoilers

    Olga Kurylenko recently spoke about the demands of her role as new Bond girl Camille in Quantum of Solace.

    According to The Sun, the newest leading lady in the James Bond series wasn’t quite sure she had the part during the initial auditions.

    She said: ‘When Marc looked at me he was so blank. I told my agent, “Forget about it”. I was so sad.’

    What eventually followed was an early Christmas gift in a phone call saying she had secured the role. ‘It was Christmas Eve I found out I got the part,’ she said. ‘I was with my friends, it couldn’t have been a better present.’

    'Quantum of Solace' Press Conference

    Quantum of Solace Press Conference
    Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

    When Kurylenko first began work on the Bond film earlier this year, she seemed to be fond of the rough stuff that accompanied the role, stating at the time: ‘I like my bruises. When I get one it’s like “Yeah, I have got a bruise, pretty cool”.’ But she has since realized it isn’t a complete picnic.

    After just completing a 12-foot jump from a rooftop to a lower balcony, she said: ‘Did you see me doing the stunt? I am very impressed with myself because there was no way I could do it before.’

    ‘Yesterday, I came to the top, looked down and said to the stunt guys, “No, guys, there is no way I am doing it–I am very scared of heights.” And they just slowly, slowly, very patiently got me to do it.’

    Further commenting about work at Chile’s Paranel Oberservatory, which will feature in the climax of Quantum of Solace, Kurylenko said: ‘The action we were filming today is happening more towards the end of the movie. Camille is about to get to her goal, which she is trying to get to throughout the whole movie. She is about to get her revenge. After that jump over the balcony she is pretty close. It’s going to be a big fight.’

    ‘There was another scene where my back was to the balustrade and it moved and I felt I couldn’t do it. The stunts in this film are crazy. They are really tough.’

    The scariest stunt yet? Possibly the Panama speedboat sequence according to the actress.

    ‘We were in Panama and we did this boat chase in the sea. The boat went so fast and when you hit the waves it really jumps up and when you land it is really hard. And we were not sitting safely, we were fighting. The stunt guys fell into the sea a few times. So I had to really hold on. I got bruises. It was for real.’

    Olga Kurylenko

    Olga Kurylenko

    Keeping in line with what appears to be a completely action-packed Bond film, Kurylenko also mentions that she trained for sky-diving:

    ‘I learned sky-diving in London. They have this big tunnel where they simulate the air. During a month I was training I was squeezed like a lemon by the air after a few minutes. I said, “I am not doing this”. I couldn’t even lift my arms up. But after a month I was spending a whole day in there.’

    And while the onscreen relationship between Bond and Camille might be described as a bit feisty at times, in real life the two actors have hit it off. ‘Daniel is my favourite Bond. He suits the part perfectly and he is a great actor.’

    Stay tuned to the CBn main page for the most up-to-date and complete coverage of Quantum of Solace.