The Intricacies of Quantum of Solace and Four New Photos
The guys over at USA Today caught up with the Quantum of Solace production team down in Chile and brought back some new photos. They're down there shooting lots of new scenes including an action sequence at en "eco-hotel". Not only did they bring back some photos, but they talked with Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster and learned about some of the film's more interesting plot developments - including Bond's decision to "discover whether his thirst for vengeance will turn him into the same kind of cold-blooded killer as the people he is fighting." Ready for more?
They've already filmed in Panama, Baja California, and Mexico, (check out a video from that shoot) and will be eventually moving to Italy and Austria as well as Pinewood Studios in London. The scenes in the Chilean desert were some of the most important moments, as Marc Forster explains, he chose that location because it combined the plot with the life of Bond and his feelings in the movie. "I chose the desert because it's isolated, you feel lonely, and that's what Bond is struggling with himself... In the desert, it's unforgivable. You're out there, and you might die."
Daniel Craig talks about the plot, too, explaining the situation James Bond is in and even how they got to the title Quantum of Solace. "He has his heart broken," says Craig, who turned 40 during the shoot. "The love of his life is killed, and he finds out she's not who she said she was. … He's out for revenge. But he's also out to find - and this is what the title is about - a 'quantum of solace.' Something has been taken away from him, and he's out to get that back." More on the shoot after the photos.
The scene being shot in Chile, which you can see in the last photo on the left, is explained by Forster.
The building is supposed to be an "eco-hotel," a buried tropical oasis amid this wasteland designed to lure the rich and powerful with the latest environmental technology. The hotel is a front for the villain, Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric, the French star of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), a tycoon using a "Save the Earth" facade to hide his plan to seize control of part of South America's water supply.
"I said, 'Look, you're not shooting Greene, you're only shooting the glass because you want him alive. You want to crash through and find him,' " Forster says. In that moment, facing the impending explosion, Bond must decide whether slaying his nemesis is worth the cost of other innocent lives.
"When they have this moment between them, Bond has a decision to make," Forster says. "Bond lost someone he loved. But what does it mean to kill someone, when you just lost someone?"
I never would've imagined that there could be such deep understanding coming from the plot of a James Bond movie, but maybe I'm not thinking about them hard enough. It's atually mesmerizing to see them doing that much interpretation and it just goes to show that we're in for even more brilliance this November. Hearing explanations like that certainly calms my nerves regarding concerns that Quantum of Solace wouldn't hold up to refreshing reintroduction of Bond in Casino Royale.
Poducer Michael G. Wilson, who has worked on every James Bond movie since Moonraker, says that Bond movies after Solace might go back to the stand-alone plots, but for this one they wanted to continue with an "evolving Bond." He explains, "[Bond] has the realization that there's no place for him in the outside world. And also he's tempted by revenge and tempted by becoming a cynic, by losing his humanity. He has to fight all of these things."
Fore more, you can head over to USA Today and read the entire article - for Bond fans it is a must. Reading that article reminds me why I love being a James Bond fan more than anything.