Quantum of Solace
As probably everyone in the universe of James Bond fandom is well aware, the world premiere of Quantum of Solace took place at London’s Leicester Square last night and as expected the event turned out to be a royal success.
As evidenced in the recently posted video coverage and photographs (more than 400 of them, no less), many key cast and crew members from the 22nd 007 film as well as Princes William and Harry walked the red carpet to meet with fans and reporters.
Quantum cast and crew members in attendance included Daniel Craig along with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Anatole Taubman, Dame Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Simon Kassianides, director Marc Forster, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and title song performer Jack White.
Sony Pictures has released their own video report from the event, which can be viewed below:
‘It’s fantastic,’ commented Michael G. Wilson to a reporter. ‘It’s wonderful. To meet the princes, it’s going to be a fantastic evening.’
‘It’s a big challenge to come back and hopefully do as well, if not surpass Casino Royale. But Marc’s done a great job and Daniel is better than ever, so we have some hopes.’
Asked by a reporter whether it was important or not to make Craig’s second film a bit different compared to many other entries in the series (the shorter running time came up as an example), Barbara Broccoli said: ‘Well, it’s a continuation of Casino Royale. And so Bond has a kind of emotional conflict within him and he also has to go out and seek Quantum, the organization that was behind Vesper’s death. So he’s got a big job on his hands and it’s a pretty exciting movie.’
Marc Forster echoed the sentiments: ‘It’s pretty phenomenal. It’s an extremely special event and I’m extremely honoured to be here. I personally think it’s sort of character-driven Bond film, but it has a lot of action, but with a lot of emotional storytelling as well.’
Absolute Radio was one of the many interviewers at the event and have posted their report online:
‘It’s incredible,’ said Gemma Arterton, or Bond girl Agent Fields. ‘Really, really incredible. I can’t believe it’s happening. It feels like–everybody’s said it–but it feels like a big dream. A year ago I would have never, ever, ever, ever imagined I’d ever work, let alone be at a Bond premiere.’
The surviving villains from the film, namely Jesper Christensen (Mr. White) and Simon Kassianides (the mysterious Yusef) were grilled by reporters to see if they could divulge any details about what is planned for Bond 23.
‘It seems to be bigger than it was last time, which is saying something.’ – Daniel Craig
‘It’s not so easy to get me, it seems,’ was all Christensen would reveal. Kassianides had a similar reply: ‘I can’t comment on that, I don’t know. The honest truth is that I don’t know.’
Jeffrey Wright summed up the entire night perfectly: ‘London is the place to launch a Bond film. We were here two years ago and the energy is just brilliant, so it’s great night.’
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