With the release of big summer movies like The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Indiana Jones, it is all to easy to forget that there are still cool movies still to be released this year. One of these is the return of James Bond in Quantum of Solace. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench will return with new bond girls Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko, in the first ever Bond sequel.
Casino Royal was a huge success back in 2006, so there is huge pressure on director Marc Foster to make a Bond film better than Royal. Not only is there pressure from people’s expectations, there is also the pressure of finishing the movie on time, as Foster revealed to TimeOut London:
‘I have way too little time to edit,’ he says calmly and frankly. ‘We wrapped the movie just a few weeks ago and I’m basically editing right now for another week or so. Then I show it to Michael and Barbara at a little preview screening and then I have another week to cut. So I have, like, five or six weeks to edit the whole movie. Normally, I’ve had 14 weeks for any of my films so far. Six weeks for this film is crazy.’
Foster is known for his character-driven dramas such as Finding Neverland and Monsters Ball, yet he was brought on board to direct the latest chapter in the Bond franchise, which is known for it’s action, car chases and stunts.
‘I think they wanted to bring more of an emotional component to the movie,’ he says. ‘And they wanted to have the franchise go in a different direction. Last time, they took a risk with having Daniel Craig in the film. That was a success, so this time they felt they could take it another step and see how it goes with another filmmaker.’ Time’s up, and Forster returns to his particular vision of what a Bond movie should be about: girls, cars and a healthy dose of angst.
Quantum of Solace will be released on October 31st in the UK, and Novemeber 7th in the US.