Bond is more humane this time: Director
James Bond, the fictional spy would now be seen in an avatar that is more emotional and humane in Quantum of Solace the latest movie on the secret agent scheduled for release early next month.delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2008 16:47 IST
James Bond, the fictional spy would now be seen in an avatar that is more emotional and humane in 'Quantum of Solace' the latest movie on the secret agent scheduled for release early next month.
Director Marc Froster says he wanted to experiment with the character of the elusive secret agent and bring out a new Bond different from the on-screen image established by his predecessors.
"Change is always for good and it seemed interesting to experiment. I wanted to bring more of an emotional component to the Bond movie," Froster told PTI through email.
Froster, who is known for making sensitive and character-driven films like Oscar winning 'Monster's Ball' and 'Finding Neverland,' admits that directing 'Quantum of Solace" was one of the biggest challenges of his career.
"The biggest challenge ever for me was to keep the legacy going as there were lots of expectations," he says.
The latest James Bond adventure, which is releasing in India on November 7, is one of the longest running series in the film history with 22 films.
Among other changes that he has introduced in the movie Froster has done away with trademark catch-phrases like 'My name is Bond, James Bond' and the famous one-liners about having his martinis 'shaken, not stirred' in the film which is a sequel to 'Casino Royale.'
"Phrases like "The name is Bond,James Bond," and "shaken, not stirred" are immortal, but then why not try something real new with the grandest ever Bond film?" Froster quips.
He, however, clarifies that removing these catch-phrases was not a deliberate decision.
"There was a 'Bond, James Bond' in the script. There are several places where we shot it, but it never worked out as we hoped. I just felt that we should cut it out and Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson (the film's producers) agreed. But trust me, we were not being stubborn on this," Froster says.
When asked whether there was any apprehension while removing these immortal lines from the film and Froster admits that the producers were initially reluctant.
"At first discussion with the producers and all of them were like should we or shouldn'tt we? But everyone knew what we were going ahead with. It was Bond of the new era that we were looking ahead," Froster says adding there wasn't much fuss about it in the end.
The new changes that have been introduced are in keeping with the new look of the whole film. "The producers wanted to have the franchise go in a different direction. Last time, they took a risk with Daniel Craig in the film. That was a success, so this time they felt they could take it to another step and see how it goes with another filmmaker," he adds.
But what Froster was not sure was whether he would be able to do justice to one of the most legendary characters in the history of cinema.
"I was a director with no experience of action, whose successes have almost exclusively been character-driven dramas. Actually, even the thought of directing an action movie was much more intimidating to me," he says.
Talking about film's impending India release, Froster says, "India is a niche market for Hollywood films now. People appreciate our hardwork and that really boosts our morale."
The director says that the decision to release the film in phases was to get in tune with feedback.
"I am sure people would love to watch it as soon as possible isn't it? and it was just the appropriate date that we thought of film releasing in India," he says when asked about the decision to release the film in India before it releases in US.
"The journey has just been great. My first Bond film, higher expectations, working with Daniel. Everything has just been grand, in fact grandest. I hope I am able to live up to audiences' expectations," he says.
'Quantum of Solace' is a sequel to 2006's 'Casino Royale' where betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, and determined to uncover the truth behind this betrayal, James Bond is ready to fight a personal battle. A case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman seeking her own vendetta.
Camille leads Bond to Dominic Green (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and a major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene is conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important natural resources. In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth.