Marc Forster Can Only Handle One Bond at a Time
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2008
Earlier today I attended a full day of press interviews with the cast from Quantum of Solace and as I still revel in the excellence of the film tonight, I thought I'd bring you an interesting quote today from director Marc Forster. This is somewhat of a teaser to the upcoming James Bond coverage we have planned and my interview with Marc Forster as well. And to introduce it, let me just say, when everyone finally gets to see Quantum of Solace, I know I won't be the only one who will want Forster to come back to direct more. He presents a very sleek vision of Bond like I've never seen before and I loved it. But would he direct another? Forster says he was offered the next one, but declined because he prefers a balance of films.
"They offered me the next one, but at this point the pressure is so intense -- it's a year of not having a life. And I don't know if I want to do that again. It's literally not having a life, and I mean that, it's not exaggerated. I feel like life is short, you have to find a balance."
Although Forster made that statement when asked about returning for another Bond movie, his experience on Quantum of Solace was certainly fantastic. You can hear plenty more from Forster in our interview due out in a few weeks as part of our James Bond Week. Until then, I'll reiterate that having Forster, a director known more for his art house films (e.g. Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner), take on an action-heavy Bond movie was a brilliant idea. Not only does he handle the action very well, but he brings a very graceful sense of style to the typically gritty Bond universe and I loved seeing that. I really hope the producers find a director as amazing as Forster to follow in his footsteps for the next film.