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10th Anniversary of Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig

By: Anders Frejdh
Quantum of Solace 10th Anniversary poster
On this day 10 years ago, Quantum of Solace (2008), Daniel Craig's second film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas. Quantum of Solace was first released in Sweden and the UK. In America, the film premiered on 14th November 2008. FSWL founder Anders Frejdh worked as an extra on the film and can be seen next to Daniel Craig during the opera scenes filmed in Bregenz, Austria.

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 interrogate Mr White 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, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, 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. 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.

Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions presents Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)

• 3 Jan 2008: Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios
• 28 Jan 2008. Marc Forster shot the early scenes in which 007 and M interrogate Mr White
• 8 Feb 2008: Marc Forster shot the scene at the Bolivar Hotel, where 007 refuses to stay
• 23 Feb 2008: Marc Forster shot the scene in which Camille tries to shoot Bond, thinking he’s an assassin
• 29 Feb 2008: Daniel Craig was filming in Coco Solo, Colon, Panama
• 4 Mar 2008: Marc Forster shot the scene where Camille goes after General Medrano, intent on killing him
• 8 Mar 2008: The dramatic boat chase was being shot in Shelter Bay, Panama
• 13 Mar 2008: The stunt where Bond jumps his motorbike onto a boat and chases Medrano was shot
• 28 Mar 2008: Shooting took place on the climactic sequence with Bond firing through the hotel skylights
• 29 Apr 2008: Shooting was taking place on the chase through the opera house in Bregenz, Austria
• 2 May 2008: Marc Forster shot Dominic Greene’s arrival at the Bregenz Opera House
• 16 May 2008: Marc Forster shot Bond’s leap onto the Colonel’s car, beginning his assault on the Perla De Las Dunas
• 30 May 2008: Marc Forster shot Bond and Greene escaping the stairwell explosion at the Perla De Las Dunas
• 29 Sep 2008: The music video for "Another Way To Die", the theme tune to the film, was released
• 20 Oct 2008: "Another Way To Die", the theme song by Jack Black and Alicia Keys, was released in Europe
• 29 Oct 2008: The film had its royal premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London

A selection of filming locations for Quantum of Solace

• Atacama Desert, Chile
• Baja California, Mexico
• Baquedano, Antofagasta Region, Chile
• Barbican, London, England
• Caleta Cobija, Antofagasta Region, Chile
• Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
• Colon, Panama (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)
• Craco, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
• Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England (Bregenz, Austria airport)
• Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, Austria
• Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Casa Viejo, San Felipe, Panama City, Panama (The Andean Grand Hotel, Bolivia)
• Lake Garda, Italy
• Limone sul Garda, Brescia, Lombardia, Italy
• Madrid, Spain
• Malcesine, Verona, Veneto, Italy
• Maratea, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
• Michilla Bajo, Antofagasta Region, Chile
• Old Union Club, Casco Viejo, San Felipe, Panama City, Panama (Dominic Greene hosts party in La Paz, Bolivia)
• Paranal Observatory, Antofagasta Region, Chile
• Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy (Palo race)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England (studio)
• Quarries, Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
• Seebühne, Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Austria (Opera scenes)
• Talamone, Orbetello, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
• The Reform Club, Pall Mall, St. James's, London, England
• Torre di Talamonaccio, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
• Water Gardens, London, England

Vehicles used during the filming:

(Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Alfa Romeo 159 (car)
• Aston Martin DBS V12 - 2007 (car)
• Avon 18 inflatable
• Bell 204 HUEY (helicopter)
• Douglas DC-3 (aeroplane)
• Ford Bronco
• Ford Edge
• Ford Ka (car)
• Haitian fisherboat
• Jaguar Daimler double-Six (car)
• Land Rover Defender Station Wagon (car)
• Mazda 323 - Haitian taxi
• Montesa Cota 4RT
• Nissan Bluebird 1.8 SE Saloon (car)
• Range Rover Sport HSR (car)
• Siai-Marchetti SF-260TP
• Small fisherboat
• Sunseeker Sovereign 17 (båt)
• Sunseeker Superhawk 43 (båt)
• Suzuki DR 650 (motor cycle)
• Volvo S40 (car)
• VW beetle (car)

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet some of the cast and crew

>Anatole Taubman (actor)
>Anthony Waye (executive producer)
>Barbara Broccoli (producer)
>Chris Corbould (miniature effects/special effects supervisor)
>Daniel Craig (actor)
>David Arnold (film soundtrack composer)
>Debbie McWilliams (casting director)
>Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
>Gregg Wilson (associate producer)
>Jesper Christensen (actor)
>Judi Dench (M)
>Lindy Hemming (costume designer)
>Marc Forster (director)
>Mathieu Almaric (actor)
>Michael G. Wilson (producer)
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
>Olga Kurylenko (actress)
>Pauline Hume (end titles)
>Rachel McDowall (actress)
>Robert Wade (screenwriter)
>Rory Kinnear (actor)
>Tim Piggott-Smith (actor)
>Toby Hefferman (2nd assistant director)

Photo on top:
One of the original Swedish film posters for Quantum of Solace (2008) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film Quantum of Solace on MGM's official website.



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