1. Not Your Typical Bond Girl: Olga Kurylenko On Camille

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-11-14

    Olga Kurylenko On Camille

    Olga Kurylenko is Camille in 'Quantum of Solace'

    Olga Kurylenko is Camille

    Olga Kurylenko talks about the character she plays in Quantum of Solace.

    “Camille is a girl with a tragic past–because her family were killed in front of her eyes when she was young. She has been through a lot and is tough because of it. She knows the man who killed her family and her motivation is revenge.

    “Camille is smart, focused and skilful. She’s got the tools to fight, but also she isn’t afraid to use her feminine charm. In fact, it’s because she is a girl, no one suspects her. When she first meets Bond she doesn’t even notice him because she is so determined and focused on her own revenge mission but, little by little, she understands they are going in the same direction, even if their goals are not exactly the same.

    “I don’t think Camille is a typical Bond girl. She is one of the only Bond girls in the history of the films who does not sleep with Bond! Camille is a strong character, she knows what she wants and she is determined.”

    'Quantum of Solace' Press Conference

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

    Kurylenko was required to train extensively for the stunt sequences film, she explains: “Once I read the script I was super excited. I really liked the character and I liked that she was going to be involved in so much action. I figured there would be a lot of work with weapons and stunts, driving, freefalling and where else do you get the opportunity to do that? I worked with different people to train for different stunts: the fights, the boat, driving. The stunt guys have been so helpful to me, everything is a question of learning and they are good teachers, everything is explained so well. There was one occasion, during the party scene, when Greene (played by Mathieu Amalric) is supposed to almost push me off a very high balustrade. I’m scared of heights and when I first saw it, I thought there is no way I can do that–I can’t even walk on the balcony of my apartment. But the stunt team took me up there and went through things slowly. They were so patient and I managed to do it!”

    Kurylenko is also full of admiration and praise for the director, Marc Forster: “Marc is very talented, I’ve seen all of his movies and I love them all. He is an artist and I trust him, whatever he says I believe him because I know he has a vision. He directs in such a subtle manner, it is not just about the action it is about people and what people feel.”

    As Daniel Craig’s leading lady, Kurylenko talks about working with 007: “It is great to work with Daniel. He is professional and very concentrated. He is totally focused and serious about the role but he has a good sense of humour–his jokes are very, very funny. I think Daniel has been so successful in taking over the role of James Bond because he is a great actor but I think his look is also very important. He looks so masculine and tough. The power in his eyes is incredible. I experienced that in one scene, he just looked at me and he cuts through you with his eyes–it’s very powerful.”

    Kurylenko also shares a lot of screen time with Bond’s nemesis in the film, Dominic Greene played by Mathieu Amalric: “Mathieu is so thoughtful about his character. It is great the way he goes away from the cliché because he is not taking the easy path. He is not playing the villain and making it obvious, he is trying to hide it and I love what he is doing because his villain is actually terrifying. Greene is so shy, so nice and subtle and suddenly he snaps and sticks the knife in your back. Mathieu is doing really great work.”

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