Daniel Craig returns to the role of James Bond 007 after the smash hit success of CASINO ROYALE which saw his debut in the role in 2006. Its like Ive never been away, I was involved for a little longer this time and was working on QUANTUM OF SOLACE for about three months before we started shooting. A Bond film is a big piece of machinery, to get it going takes a lot of momentum and a lot of pushing. We kicked off straight away after Christmas and everything started falling into place.
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Following the record breaking success of CASINO ROYALE, Craig is not under estimating the task ahead. I dont feel it is easier on this one, it feels harder. We have got expectation on us now which can be double edged; we have got to make this one better. People always talked about the fact that CASINO ROYALE was a departure for Bond and this has to be a departure again. Having Marc Forster involved, who is very much a visual story teller, and getting Dan Bradley to come in and direct the second unit, who shoots stunts brilliantly and gets as much out of the action as possible, combining those two has been the name of the game; its getting the best talent we can to create the best Bond movie we can possibly make. Everyone is very psyched about it and very excited about the prospect of creating something different. We are taking the story on from the last film but we are exploring different things. Marc (Forster) has a very different way of looking at the movie and Im personally very excited by that.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE represents the first direct sequel in the James Bond film series, Craig explains; We felt we needed to tie up the loose ends from CASINO ROYALE and make sure people realize we are back making Bond movies. For me its about creating something that is going to stand alone but if you put the two films together, youre going to have an incredible experience because you will see one continuous story.
Craig elaborates on his working relationship with Marc Forster. Marc and I hit it off as soon as we met each other. I never doubted that, if we stuck together and pulled each others ideas and emotion on this, we would make a good film. That is really the bottom line, both of us keep talking about it and we are on the same wave length. Marc is obviously under a huge amount of pressure; the expectation, budget issues, locations issues, weather changes and the list goes on but we have to keep moving and we have to take this movie somewhere new and make this movie individual from the last. Not because we want to change anything but because its important to keep things alive and awake. Marc has been very strong about that and Im incredibly happy with how he has thrown himself in to it.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE promises twice as many stunts and Craig welcomes the opportunity to train for these with a view to doing as many of his own stunts as the production will allow. We have hit the ground running. There are so many variables on a movie like this. In a way, it is still new to me but you have got to cover yourself and try to get as much rehearsal and stunt training time as possible. The sets are complicated and often dangerous so we have got to be on the ball all the time and, hopefully, it will all add to the finished product.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE was filmed in more countries than any other film in the franchise, Craig explains why; I think the remit for the Bond movie is that we have to be taken somewhere. It is important that we see this character go places that excite you and make you look at the world in a different way. For me, as a kid, the Bond movies transported you to another world. It was important that it took you to different locations and showed you how wonderful, amazing and diverse the world is. If that was the only reason to make this film, we have fulfilled it.Read Part II