Monday, January 28, 2008

They Had Me at Daniel Craig

From the Associated Press. New Bond Film: Quantum of Solace IVER HEATH, England (AP) — Bond is back — and he wants revenge. Producers have revealed some of the secrets about the latest James Bond film, due for release later this year, including the inner turmoil that drives its suave superagent hero and its title: "Quantum of Solace." As titles go, it's not as mellifluous as "From Russia With Love" or "Goldfinger." But Daniel Craig, returning as Bond after 2006's "Casino Royale," says he likes it. "It has grown on me," Craig told reporters on the film's set at Pinewood Studios near London on Thursday. "It doesn't trip off the tongue. But why should it?" Producer Michael G. Wilson said the title, chosen only a few days ago, was taken from a story by Bond creator Ian Fleming that appears in the collection "For Your Eyes Only." Craig said Fleming defined a quantum of solace — it means, roughly, a measure of comfort — as "that spark of niceness in a relationship that if you don't have, you might as well give up." Filming began earlier this month at Pinewood, the franchise's home since the 1960s. It's a direct sequel to 2006's "Casino Royale," beginning an hour after that film ends, with Bond devastated by his betrayal by true love Vesper Lynd. "He had his heart broken at the end of the last movie and that certainly is a spur for him in this one," Craig said. "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't revenge in his heart. But it's more than that. That spurs him on, but that's not what the movie is. It's not a revenge movie. It's about him figuring a few things out." Producer Barbara Broccoli said the film, directed by Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball," "The Kite Runner"), mixes Bond's "inner turmoil" with action — and of course gadgets — as he tries to stop a shadowy cabal trying to bring down the world economy. Craig's second Bond adventure continues in the gritty vein of "Casino Royale," in which a rough-edged 007, newly granted his "license to kill," bled, sweat and felt real emotion. But Wilson promised it also has "twice as much action" as its predecessor. "It's pretty jam-packed," he said. Filming began at Pinewood three weeks ago. Location shooting will take place in Italy, Austria, Panama, Chile and Peru. Mathieu Amalric is a new addition as villain Dominic Greene. But the French actor, star of the Oscar-nominated "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," won't be sporting a trademark tic like many of his predecessors. He and Forster decided his villainy should come from within. "That's maybe what is horrible about today," Amalric said. "We can't guess who the villains are. The villains are invisible." Amalric said he modeled his character to some extent on former Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "I've been taking details, the smile of Tony Blair, the craziness of Sarkozy, he's the worst villain we've ever had," he said. Bond may find solace — producers are coy — in the arms of two Bond Girls — Ukrainian Olga Kurylenko as a feisty Bolivian named Camille and Gemma Arterton as an MI6 agent named Fields. "In the movie, he is obviously still attached to his past," said Kurylenko. "The appearance of this new girl might divert him. Or, it might not." Craig, who overcame public skepticism — a blond Bond? — to win rave reviews for "Casino Royale," said he still felt nervous about the role. "All the fear I felt before is still there," he said. "This is a $200 million movie, and it's James Bond. We have to make it great. The smile of Tony Blair? Oooooh, creepy. ;)

8 comments:

furiousBall said...

See, I actually like that title than the previously Bond titles.

SQT said...

I like the name too. It sounds all thoughtful and intelligent like.

I also like that it starts immediately after "Casino Royale." We never really see a character deal with the aftermath of a situation before. They seem to be giving this Bond more depth and that is so great.

Charles Gramlich said...

I really like the title myself. but it sounds so SF to me.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I wish they had gone back to the original books or else started with some of the Gardner or Benson novels.

However, that being said, my Man-Juices are flowing. Wait...did I write that?

Carl V. said...

I actually heard that this one was from some of Fleming's original work, though not one of the novels.

Anyway, they could call is 007 Does Pink Fluffy Bunnies for all I care. As long as it is at least as good as Casino Royale, I'll be thrilled.

SQT said...

Or how about Daniel Craig Does...
Never mind.

Hey there, Skippy said...

Stewart's manjuices aside, I can't help but feel that 'Quantum of Solace' may indeed be the silliest name for a movie ever. I mean the physics/emotion related possibilities are endless:

"Quadratic Equation of Loneliness"

"String Theory of Tedium"

"Dimension of Ambivalence"

"Pie Chart of Sighs"

I could go on...

GFS3 said...

As a believer that Daniel Craig saved a franchise on life support (Pierce, you started out so well!), I'll definitely be seeing the new Bond flick.

But the name is terrible! I agree with Stewart (everything except the "man juices" part) -- go back to the original books and do them right.