Stars of latest “Bond” installment talk making of

Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all took a role in Ian Fleming’s creation, James Bond, and turned the character into a cinematic icon. Since the first “James Bond” film (“Dr. No”) released in 1967, the Bond franchise has pushed out 21 films and six actors have played the role of the suave and debonair spy.
“Quantum of Solace” is the 22nd Bond film and the second outing for Craig as the man with a license to kill. Craig and Olga Kurylenko, who plays this film’s lead Bond girl, were in Miami at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a press day for the film, and The Beacon was on hand.
The Beacon: What was the most difficult part in filming this movie?
Daniel Craig: The physicality. There is a lot to do on the set, but it is very satisfying. I work with some of the best people in the business, and we push each other to try to improve what we did in “Casino Royale.” The rooftop chase was pretty difficult … once we fell in the art gallery with the ropes. That was tough. I had two doubles, an acrobat and a gymnast, but I was also hanging up there as well. It is tough, very tough.
Olga Kurylenko: The fight sequence was difficult because I had to try hard in order to choreograph my moves. The littlest detail, like the way you throw a punch on film, was difficult to do because you have to make it look, not only real, but good on camera. You do the moves precisely because the camera captures what gets filmed and that is why I trained for six months for a 30 second action scene. To get it right is so much work. It was fun to shoot it, though, because it is a different job from acting.
TB: Do you have any input on the script?
DC: Yes, I do. I have been involved with this script since the beginning.
TB: You’ve already done two Bond films. Is there any talk about expanding the later movies with some of the old characters from the past Bond films?
DC: Yes. What we are doing or what we are trying to achieve with the second movie is to make a solid base. One of the biggest things is expectation, where everybody is expecting the real Bond, what Bond becomes with the martinis, characters such as Q and M. Unfortunately, we have to earn them instead of just plopping them into a movie without explanation. What this has been about is inferring all these things. At this point, we can do anything we want. We can introduce Q back in, we can introduce Moneypenny, we can introduce the submarine base. We’re there. We got to that point, and I am very excited in doing the next movie.
TB: Why do you make films like “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale?”
DC: Because they are rare. To be given a chance to make a movie like this as an actor, and hopefully as an artist and filmmaker, is just a privilege. I grab it with both hands and see what we can do with it.
TB: This role must take a physical toll on your body. Does it take a mental toll on you as well?
DC: Of course. I am just tired, both physically and mentally. At the end of the shoot, I go on a holiday to go back to my friends and family. I hope to become normal again.
TB: What is your opinion on the new interpretation of the James Bond role, is he crazier than the other incarnations?
DC: I do not think he is crazy at all. Most of my cues are from the earlier films such as “From Russia With Love,” and I think what Sean Connery did was that he devolved an incredibly strong character from the Ian Fleming novels and made Bond a very edgy man. I would never copy what has been done. I just put my take and effort to the role. I’ve seen all the movies, read all the books and did my research. I am a Bond fan.
TB: What did you have to do in order to submerge yourself into this role?
OK: This role requires me to undergo a huge transformation; and I am not just talking about the fight scenes, learning how to sky dive and working with guns, which I never did before. I had to adopt a different personality as a different person from a different country and having a painted-on tan. It is interesting because I’ve [gotten] into a different skin.
TB: How different is this role compared to your roles in “Hitman” and “Max Payne”?
OK: This is the first time where I get to play a fighter because in the other movies, I am just a girl. This is a different experience.
TB: How did you feel about being a fighter in this movie – kicking a guy’s ass?
OK: That felt good, especially when it is this very big guy.
I was well prepared and went through a lot of training in order for me to do that.

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