Quantum of Solace

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Post by Germangirl » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:48 pm

Zibzabzut wrote:Just found this on a beauty site talking about how they made the costumes for QOS, kind of fun:

http://www.stylelist.com/celebrity-styl ... bond-style
If you click on the "Quantum of Solace" in the text first line, you get to those very nice "Moviefone unscripted" interviews with Daniel and Mark.
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by Sazza » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:45 pm

Thanks!! :D
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Post by Daskedusken » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:25 pm

`I had to chase my dream` says Bond girl Olga Kurylenko

Quantum Of Solace - 13-04-09

Sitting at the head of a long table, Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko resembles some sort of queen, blessing her subjects with moments of her valuable time. The start of her conversation doesn't sound like something you'd hear in a royal court, however - reports the California Chronicle.

"Basically, your body has to be like this -- your hips must go forward," she says, arching her back.

It's not often you get within a couple of feet of a Bond girl, and should you accomplish it, it's even less likely she'll spend the first five minutes of your meeting sticking her chest out at you while gyrating in a chair.

Realising the assembled all-male group of journalists is getting a little flustered, 29-year-old Olga ends her impromptu sky-diving lesson and returns to talking about Quantum Of Solace, in which she stars as James Bond's Bolivian sidekick Camille.

The film -- the second movie in the rebooted 007 franchise and the 22nd in the Bond series -- was released in cinemas last October and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

To promote the release, Olga has come down to Bodyflight, an indoor skydiving centre just outside London where she and Quantum co- star Daniel Craig trained for the film's death-defying aerial action set pieces.

"I practiced skydiving every day for a month. I've not done it since then and I miss it," she says.

Learning how to fall out of a plane properly was just one of the skills Olga picked up while making Quantum Of Solace.

She makes it look easy on screen but reveals that she didn't know what was in store when she signed up for her first action role.

"I was in (2007 video-game adaptation) Hitman, which was an action film, but I wasn't involved in any of those scenes.

"I didn't know to what point they faked it, what point they replaced you with a stunt person, it was all totally new. When started training I soon realised I had to do it all by myself!" she shrieks.

"They trained me so hard so they didn't have to double me. It looks better that way -- when the actor does the stunts you don't have so many cuts in the action.

"I'm grateful to the producers for getting me do it because I had so much fun."

At the time of the film's release much was written about how Daniel Craig had pushed himself to the limit -- dancing across rooftops in Siena, Italy, crashing speed boats or careering around in an Aston Martin DBS.

While Olga's daredevil streak passed by almost unnoticed, she actually performed nearly as many stunts as the leading man.

In Quantum Of Solace, Camille and 007 first cross paths in Haiti where Bond is chasing up leads to the mysterious Quantum organisation. It's there he comes across global terrorist Dominic Greene, a man Camille has seduced in order to get closer to corrupt Bolivian General Medrano, the man who made her watch while he killed her parents and sister.

Unsurprisingly, she wants revenge. After a frosty start Camille realises Bond is both the only person she can trust and the one man who can assist her vengeful crusade.

While Camille isn't the first Bond girl to resist his charms -- they only share a short kiss -- she is the strongest female character in the series to date. She's single-minded, ruthless, and every bit Bond's equal.

Playing fierce, independent women has now become something of a calling card for the former lingerie model, who was born in Berdyansk, Ukraine.

She's currently based up in Scotland while filming Centurion, a British film telling the story of a great battle between the Romans and the Picts.

Olga plays savage warrior Etaine and gets to put her combat skills to good use, spending much of the film on horseback.

When asked about why she picks such iron-willed characters, Olga stops in her tracks.

"It's very funny because I realise only now that that's what happened," she says.

"Maybe it's subconscious, but I am attracted to that quality when I read a script."

She's embarrassed, almost to the point of blushing, when it's suggested she sees something of herself in these steely characters.

"I guess I am kind of like that, in order to go through everything I've been through to get what I want and chase my dream," she says reluctantly.

"I've had to be strong, and determined and focused. I have that in me, and these characters do reflect my character as well. But I'm not just that, I am so many other things. I am a human being also, so I don't want to be limited to playing that all the time."

"Next, maybe I'll go for a weak character. If it's interesting."

The last sentence speaks volumes about Olga. With such exotic looks, she could easily coast through a career playing one fluffy role after another, never offering more than something to look at for the audience, and an objection of affection for the leading man.

She says she turns down scripts all the time because they require nothing more of her than to stand around looking pretty.

"It happened before Bond, more so afterwards. It's very disappointing," she explains.

"I said no to three films after Quantum Of Solace. They were with big actors, too. I thought 'What is my character doing there? Nothing. So why should I do it?'

"I believe in what I do, and try to be serious, genuine and truthful. That's all I can do," she continues.

"People who are interested in that can see through anything else. Those that are blind to those things will be blocked to it no matter what I try.

"Some people can get stuck on looks, but I don't think it's my loss, I think it's their loss because they're not seeing what's in front of them.

"In life, if you are adventurous, you can discover things."

Born into a poverty-stricken family, Olga was raised by her mum - - her parents divorced shortly after her birth -- in an apartment shared with her grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin.

She says she never stopped dreaming about a better life, and believed from an early age something good was around the corner.

At 16 she was spotted by a model agency scout in Moscow, who duly signed her up. Pretty soon after she was packing her bags for Paris, where she still lives after being granted French citizenship in 2001.

"My background means I really know the value of things now," she says.

"I don't go crazy and I know how to treat people.

"I can compare things to my childhood, so I know what something means for other people.

"I always think about those not in my position, and I know not to treat anything with disdain or disrespect."

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Post by Elvenstar » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:22 pm

Fade to Black: Roberto Schaefer, ASC

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If there is one thing cinematographer Roberto Schaefer has learned during his journey into the world of digital acquisition, it’s that there is not, and probably never will be, a uniform digital workflow. Schaefer participated in a flurry of digital camera tests using various systems before and during production on the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace—including that project’s use of Dalsa Origin 4K cameras for a complex visual-effects sequence. Subsequently, he shot a full-length independent feature called Leaves of Grass for director/actor Tim Blake Nelson and Nelson’s friend, producer/actor Edward Norton, using the Red Digital Cinema Red One camera system. What Schaefer has concluded is that, right now, digital production workflow options essentially offer productions “a potluck dinner” to manage.

“Every project’s workflow is different with digital cameras,” he says. “There are tried-and-true methods, and some are more straightforward, but none are exactly the same. Red, for instance, seems a bit more of its own thing, different than others, just because of the way the [proprietary Red] .r3d files are and the conversion process you have to use. Plus, it’s all changing so fast. Conceptually, you could decide to do things one way, and by the time you get to post, you realize you should have done it differently.”

Leaves of Grass features Norton playing opposite himself as twin brothers, which required extensive visual effects. At press time, the movie was undergoing a DI at PlasterCity Digital Post in Los Angeles and had no release date announced. By the time Schaefer got to the project, he had used the Arriflex D-20 and Dalsa Origin cameras on Quantum of Solace for visual-effects sequences, shot a TV pilot with a Panavision Genesis, filmed a commercial with Thomson Grass Valley’s Viper FilmStream camera, and tested the Red One extensively.

From Schaefer’s point of view, the Red tests he did during development of Quantum of Solace were crucial to his education, even though the Red camera was not chosen for the Bond film. Those tests, he says, helped him conclude Red was his best choice for Leaves of Grass.

“We didn’t jump into [using Red] lightly,” he says. “I was pleased with what I learned using the camera [during the Quantum tests]. Part of it, of course, was that we had a pretty low budget and we realized we could shoot a lot more footage than if we shot Super 16, and Red was more affordable than the other digital formats in terms of equipment rental. But Edward Norton is pretty tight with [director] David Fincher, and as we considered [Red], he got us on a conference call with Fincher, who had just used Red on a Nike commercial campaign. Fincher was very positive about his results and what you could do with Red. I talked to others who had shot Red, and their results were similar. It made us comfortable, even though we knew our workflow would be a bit different.”

Indeed, even as familiarity with the system set in, Schaefer realized in the middle of the production there were things he might do differently the next time he uses Red. That’s because, as with any embryonic technology, his time to fully test options with the technology wasn’t proportional to the practicalities of a modern shooting schedule.

“Now that I’ve shot [Leaves of Grass], I might have made some technical decisions differently,” Schaefer says. “You don’t get the proper time to do all the tests you want to do. But those changes would have largely been about exposures and ratings and those kinds of things. The technology is moving so fast, though—it’s exponentially changing even in a relatively short time.”

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Post by Elvenstar » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:50 pm

Quntum is among the nominees for Best Foreign movie at 2009 MTV Russia Movie Awards

The list

I, Legend
QOS
P.S. I love you
Transporter 3
Hancock

http://www.mtv.ru/events/ceremonies/kn/ ... oreign.wbp
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Post by Thelma » Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:21 pm

For once, it's the best movie of the list.

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Post by Germangirl » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:55 pm

Elvenstar wrote:Quntum is among the nominees for Best Foreign movie at 2009 MTV Russia Movie Awards

The list

I, Legend
QOS
P.S. I love you
Transporter 3
Hancock

http://www.mtv.ru/events/ceremonies/kn/ ... oreign.wbp
I thought the russians didn´t care so much for QOS?
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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Post by Elvenstar » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:32 am

Germangirl wrote:
Elvenstar wrote:Quntum is among the nominees for Best Foreign movie at 2009 MTV Russia Movie Awards

The list

I, Legend
QOS
P.S. I love you
Transporter 3
Hancock

http://www.mtv.ru/events/ceremonies/kn/ ... oreign.wbp
I thought the russians didn´t care so much for QOS?
This list is actually ridiculous in terms of public opinion.
The most popular films at the box office are Madagascar, Indiana Jones etc. but they're not on this list...
The highest rated are Dark Knight, Wall-e and maybe Twighlight but they're not on the list...

2 films that are really popular are Will Smith's so 1 of them is the winner for sure. Of course Butler fans may well vote in spades and make "I love you" a winner. I actually don't care much about this award anyway...
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Post by Daskedusken » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:20 pm

`Quantum of Solace` score nominated for Ivor Novello award

Quantum Of Solace - 22-04-09

The 54th edition of the Ivor Novello Awards, covering 2008 and staged by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in association with PRS for Music, will take place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on May 21.

Composer David Arnold's soundtrack to the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" is nominated in the Best Original Film Score category.

It is joined by "The Escapist" (Benjamin Wallfisch) and "There Will Be Blood" (Jonny Greenwood).

Last year, Amy Winehouse won the best song award - but turned up too late to accept it.

The Ivors celebrate the outstanding writing achievements of songwriters, composers and their music publishers. The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional sales or performance figures in the award year or recognise the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career. Presented annually at the Grosvenor House, London, The Ivors continue to be acknowledged as amongst the most widely coveted awards for British songwriters or composers in the world.

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Post by Elvenstar » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:56 am

Yesterday night RMA happened and Qos lost Best Foreign Movie to I, Legend (as it was expected).

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Post by Daskedusken » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:52 pm

`Quantum of Solace` debuts in HD on DirecTV in USA

Quantum Of Solace - 25-04-09

To celebrate the arrival of the latest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, DirecTV, the nation's No. 1 satellite television service, will present the film in 1080p and treat customers to the "007 Collection,” an instant James Bond Film festival available on DirecTV’s video on Demand service.

Quantum of Solace, one of the top ten movies of 2008, will be instantly available in standard definition and HD on DirecTVPay Per View and in 1080p (the highest HD resolution format available for HD video enthusiasts) through DirecTVon Demand beginning today.

As a special treat for those who want more time to bond with Bond, seven classic films: Casino Royale (precursor to Quantum of Solace), Diamonds Are Forever, Die Another Day, Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Golden Eye and Goldfinger will be available on Demand in HD and standard definition through May 7.

Quantum of Solace, the 22nd film in the Bond franchise, follows the eponymous spy who, having been betrayed by the woman he loved, fights the urge to make his latest mission personal.

The DirecTVon Demand service is available to customers with a DirecTVPlus® HD DVR or R22 DVR receiver, and offers more than 7,000 standard-definition and HD titles, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The service allows customers to download the programming of their choice from the DirecTVon Demand library to their DVRs to enjoy whenever they want. The service offers one of the easiest-to-use on Demand interfaces on television, with unique features that make navigating through titles simple and quick.

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Post by Daskedusken » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:18 am

`Quantum of Solace` helps lift Amazon profits

Quantum Of Solace - 25-04-09

Blockbuster sales of the latest James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" on DVD and Blu-Ray helped Amazon's profits shoot up.

It was the internet retailer's biggest seller in the past three months, said UK boss Brian McBride yesterday.

The US giant boosted sales 18% in the first quarter to £3.3billion with profits up 24% to £121million.

The group refuses to give UK figures but McBride says they were "in line" with the group - figures High Street traders would "give their right arm for".

He says one reason it is bucking the trend is that the weak pound is driving orders for electronic goods such as iPods, cameras, and TVs from Ireland and Europe.

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Post by Dunda » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:03 pm

for the German speaking member a nice interview with Marc Forster for a Swiss radio station

http://www.20min.ch/unterhaltung/people ... n-21737503

the last third is about QoS and he told that he at first was about to decline the offer to make it, but when he met Daniel he changed his mind.
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Post by Vesper Lynd 007 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:28 pm

Dunda wrote:for the German speaking member a nice interview with Marc Forster for a Swiss radio station

http://www.20min.ch/unterhaltung/people ... n-21737503

the last third is about QoS and he told that he at first was about to decline the offer to make it, but when he met Daniel he changed his mind.
Thanks :wink:. It's really nice :D. For me Marc is one of the best directors of our time and probably even of earlier and following generations.
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Post by Germangirl » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:39 pm

No idea where to put this, but its funny and has to do with QOS too.

Question on MI6
Who is the best fighter? Answer from someone:
CraigFanGirl wrote:1.Daniel Craig-Image :D
2.Sean Connery
3.George Lazenby
4.Roger Moore
5.Tim Dalton
6.Pierce Brosnan
The top notch acting in the Weisz/Craig/Spall 'Betrayal' is emotionally true, often v funny and its beautifully staged with filmic qualities..

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