Loads more details have come out from the press conference yesterfay for the upcoming twenty-second James Bond feature entitled “Quantum of Solace”.
First off the title, which is drawing a lot of derision but mostly just plain confusion in press circles. Even actor Daniel Craig admits at first he was unsure – “It’s grown on me. I was unsure at first.”
Craig says that it refers to his search for closure over Vesper’s death and betrayal – “Ian Fleming says that if you don’t have a quantum of solace in your relationship then the relationship is over. It’s that spark in a relationship that if you don’t have you might as well give up” says Craig. He adds that “It ties into the plot, it’s not some random title” and that there’s also an “element of revenge” too it.
After the change of pace with ‘Royale’, ‘Solace’ will return to a more “classical Bond movie. There’s a touch of Ken Adam (the production designer behind the giant villain lairs of the early Bond films) and ’60s spy movie.” Bond himself will be “misbehaving more this time” and going on the offensive, with the ‘action quotient’ said to be double that of ‘Royale’.
Producer Michael G. Wilson has officially confirmed that neither Miss Moneypenny or Q will be involved because “moments would have to be carved out for them which would not have felt ‘organic’.” Wilson says they may come back in the future “but only if the story demands it.” Producer Barbara Broccoli says that Eva Green won’t be cameoing in the film as Vesper – “There are no flashbacks in the film, but she’s certainly on Bond’s mind.”
Mathieu Amalric confirms that his villian character Dominic Greene will not have any facial scars or physical deformities like some famed past Bond nemeses. Rather, Greene has ‘the smile of Tony Blair and the crazy eyes of Nicholas Sarkozy’. He was picked because “The director saw something in me that had to do with the devil. That was a compliment.”
Judi Dench confirms her ‘M’ has a much bigger role this time around and thankfully her relationship with Bond will remain ‘pretty prickly’. Kurylenko says of her role that she starts out as an opponent of 007 but reluctantly is forced to work together with the secret agent – “James Bond is after revenge, and Camille is after revenge and they have slightly different goals, but in the end they are going to have to collaborate.”
Finally today, the official site has launched and revealed a full and in-depth synopsis of the film. Some minor spoilers ahead so beware:
“‘Quantum of Solace’ continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in ‘Casino Royale’. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Forensic intelligence links an MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organisation.”