A hallmark of the Daniel Craig James Bond era so far has been the minamilistic approach taken towards the spy’s world famous gadgets, ditching the ‘Q’ scene for a more realistic interpretation.
Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster discussed his thoughts on the proper way to incorporate gadgets in a 007 film, as well as the new opening title sequence in an interview with the LA Times.
‘People might say there are no gadgets in this movie,’ said Forster, ‘but to me the idea of carrying around five or six gadgets, that seems very old school to me. People have iPhones now and we are all accustomed to devices that consolidate different technologies. A suitcase full of gadgets seems odd and also reminds me of all these superhero movies now. We wanted Bond to be more believable and realistic.’
Director Marc Forster
Despite the move away from the gadgets and similar trademarks of the series such as the ‘Bond, James Bond’ line, Quantum of Solace still includes several Bondian elements where Forster felt appropriate.
One example from the film is when Daniel Craig’s Bond has a martini, shaken not stirred of course, prepared for him during a Virgin Atlantic flight by a bartender who recites all the key ingredienets. ‘That was a fun way to show he is becoming the Bond that is familiar,’ Forster said.
More shaking and stirring of the franchise followed on when it came time to create the main title sequence, which some fans describe as a mini-Bond film on its own.
Passing along series regular Daniel Kleinman in favour of MK12, Forster explained that he wanted the sequence to harken back to the early Bond films, bring back the silhouetted girls that were absent from the previous Casino Royale.
Said Forster: ‘We wanted those iconic images, the women and the guns, the retro look. The design company MK12 did the work and it is in the tradition but it’s also new and bold.’
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