Quantum of Solace

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QUANTUM OF SOLACE continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in “Casino Royale” (2006).

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 (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organization 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 (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization.

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 (Joaquín Cosío).

Using his associates in the organization, 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 organization.

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Cast

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation on stage, screen and television, Daniel Craig is 007 agent James Bond of the British Secret Service MI6. Craig returns to the role following his highly acclaimed debut in “Casino Royale”, the highest grossing film in the history of the 007 franchise.

Daniel Craig was born in Chester and brought up in Liverpool, leaving there to join the National Youth Theatre in London at the age of seventeen. He continued his training at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991.

Craig made his film debut in 1992 in the South African boxing drama “The Power of One” but came to the attention of critics and casting directors in the much lauded 1996 television drama serial “Our Friends in the North”, playing the role of Geordie Peacock.

In 1998 he played the role of George Dyer, painter Francis Bacon’s working class boyfriend in John Maybury’s powerful biopic “Love Is the Devil”. This was followed by roles in “The Trench” (1999), written and directed by acclaimed author William Boyd, the ensemble black comedy “Hotel Splendide” (2000). In 2000 he was recognized as one of European Films’ “Shooting Stars”. In 2001 he played the role of Lara Croft’s boyfriend in “Lara Croft, Tomb Raider”.

In 2002, Craig starred in Sam Mendes’ film “Road to Perdition”, receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Connor Rooney, the troubled son of crime boss John Rooney, played by Paul Newman. The following year he starred in “The Mother”, a powerful drama directed by Roger Michell in which he played a young man who has an affair with a sixty year-old woman. This was followed by the role of Ted Hughes, starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in “Sylvia” (2003) about the lives of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

In 2004, Craig took leading roles in “Enduring Love” directed by Roger Michell, adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel, and “Layer Cake” Matthew Vaughn’s successful directorial debut about the contemporary criminal drug scene.

A role in John Maybury’s thriller “The Jacket” (2005) starring alongside Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, was followed by the lead in the television adaptation of Robert Harris’ best selling novel “Archangel”, and a leading role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated “Munich” (2005). In 2006, Craig played Perry Smith in “Infamous” opposite Toby Jones as Truman Capote (writer of the best-selling novel “In Cold Blood”) based on the murders committed by Perry Smith and Dick Hickock.

After his debut as James Bond in “Casino Royale”, Daniel Craig teamed with Nicole Kidman to star in “The Golden Compass” (2007) a film based on the first novel in the Philip Pullman trilogy. Followed by “Flashbacks of a Fool” (2008) written and directed by Baillie Walsh and, most recently, “Defiance” directed by Edward Zwick – due for release in 2008 as well.

Alongside his film work, Craig is acknowledged as a highly accomplished stage actor. His credits include leading roles in “Hurlyburly”, with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, “Angels in America” at the National Theatre, and in 2002 he was nominated for a London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance in “A Number”, playing three roles opposite Michael Gambon.

Olga Kurylenko as Camille

Ukrainian born, Olga Kurylenko moved to Paris when she was 16 to pursue a career in acting which ran alongside a very successful career as a model in Paris, Milan, New York and London.

Her debut lead film performance came in Diane Bertrand’s “L’Annulaire” (2005) aka “The Ring Finger”, in which Kurylenko played the lead of Iris. She followed this with a role in “Paris, je t’aime” (2006) aka “Paris, I Love You”, the high-profile independent film in which a cooperative of acclaimed international directors told their own short stories about each district of Paris. This premiered in Cannes in the summer of 2006.

Also, in 2006, Kurylenko played Sofia in Éric Barbier’s acclaimed thriller “Le Serpent” aka “The Serpent” in which she co-starred with French luminaries Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Richard.

This soon led to her first English-language role in Xavier Gens’ “Hitman” (2007), produced by Luc Besson, in which she plays the role of Nika Boronina opposite Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott and Ulrich Thomsen.

Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene

Mathieu Amalric, one of France’s leading screen stars, is best known in to cinema audiences for his role as the French information broker, Louis, in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” (2005). He was recently awarded France’s César Award for Best Actor for his role in the internationally acclaimed comedy “Rois et Reine” (2004) aka “Kings and Queen”, directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Previously, Amalric won the César for Most Promising Actor for his role in Desplechin’s “Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle)” (1996) aka “My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument”.

Amalric began his career as an actor in 1984, appearing in Otar Iosseliani’s “Les favoris de la lune” aka “Favorites of the Moon”, and went on to serve as an assistant director to Louis Malle on “Au revoir les enfants” (1987) aka “Goodbye, Children”. As an actor, he has since worked with such leading directors as André Téchiné, Olivier Assayas, Jean-Claude Biette and the Larrieu Brothers. His latest films include Vincent Dieutre’s “Fragments sur la grâce” (2006) aka “Fragments on the Grace”, Nicolas Klotz’s “La Question Humaine” (2007) aka “Heartbeat Detector”, Claude Miller’s “Un secret” (2007) aka “A Secret”, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Actrices” (2007) aka “Actresses” and Desplechin’s “Un conte de Noël” (2008) aka “A Christmas Tale”. He also appeared in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” (2006). Amalric has written and directed a number of films including “Wimbledon Stage” (2001) and, most recently, the documentary short “Laissez-les grandir ici!” (2007) aka “Let Them Grow up Here!”.

Amalric is currently receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Jean-Dominique Bauby in the Oscar nominated “Le Scaphandre et le Papillon” (2007) aka “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”.

Dame Judi Dench as M

Since playing Ophelia in “Hamlet” at the Old Vic 50 years ago, Judi has received wide critical acclaim for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. She has won more than 25 awards – including 9 British Academy Awards – in a career that has encompassed the stage, television and motion pictures. She received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970 for services to the theatre, and subsequently became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1988. She was recently awarded a CH (Companion of Honour).

Dench returns to the role of ‘M’, James Bond’s boss and Head Of MI6, having played the role in five other 007 films; “Goldeneye” (1995), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), “The World Is Not Enough” (1999), “Die Another Day” (2002)and, most recently, “Casino Royale” (2006).

Her other notable feature film credits include: Franco Zeffirelli’s “Tea with Mussolini” (2009), “Mrs Brown” (1997) for which she won a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Oscar nomination, “Wetherby” (1985), “A Room with a View” (1985) for which she won a BAFTA Award as Best Supporting Actress, “84 Charing Cross Road” (1987), “A Handful of Dust” (1988), another BAFTA Award-winning performance as Best Supporting Actress and two films for Kenneth Branagh, “Henry V” (1989) and “Hamlet” (1996).

Dench won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics for her performance in the hit romantic comedy “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Lasse Hallström’s “Chocolat” (2000).

She also won a BAFTA Award for her performance in “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells” (2000) for Working Title Television. In 2001 she filmed “Iris” directed by Richard Eyre with Jim Broadbent (for which she received a Academy Award nomination), and “The Shipping News” (2001) directed by Lasse Hallström with Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore.

She continues working on the stage, starring in David Hare’s “Amy’s View” (winning a Tony Award for her Broadway performance), Peter Hall’s “The Royal Family” and David Hare’s “The Breath of Life” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Dame Maggie Smith, “All’s Well That Ends Well” for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford and then the West End, Hay Fever at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, and most recently “Merry Wives of Windsor” at the RSC in Stratford.

Judi’s recent film credits include David Twohy’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004), Charles Dance’s “Ladies in Lavender” (2004), Stephen Frears’ “Mrs Henderson Presents” (2005) with Bob Hoskins, and “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) with Cate Blanchett, directed by Richard Eyre, for which Judi received a Best Actress nomination at the 2007 Academy Awards, the 2007 Golden Globes, the 2007 SAG Awards and the 2007 BAFTA’s, and won Best Actress at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards. Most recently, she appeared in the critically acclaimed television series “Cranford” (2007-8) as Miss Matty Jenkins.

Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter

Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright returns to play Bond’s CIA ally, Felix Leiter, after his performance in the last James Bond film, “Casino Royale”.

Jeffrey Wright’s impressive filmography includes: Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004), Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers” (2005), “Syriana” (2005) directed by Stephen Gaghan, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “The Invasion” (2007), Ang Lee’s “Ride with the Devil” (1999), Julian Schnabel’s “Basquiat” (1996) and, most recently, “Blackout” (2007), which Wright also produced.

Wright’s numerous awards include the American Film Institute Actor of the Year Award for his performance as Martin Luther King in the HBO biopic “Boycott” (2001), and on stage he received a Tony Award nomination and an Obie Award for the critically acclaimed “Topdog/Underdog”. In 1994 Wright won a Tony Award for his performance in “Angels in America” and nine years later, in 2003, he went on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his supporting role in the HBO mini-series of the play.

After filming Quantum of Solace, Jeffrey Wright will star in “Cadillac Records”, for Sony Pictures Entertainment, playing legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.

Gemma Arterton as Agent Fields

Rising star Gemma Arterton made her feature film debut starring in the recently released St Trinian’s (2007) directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson. Arterton plays Kelly (The Head Girl) in this modern version of the original St Trinians film. The film co-stars Rupert Everett, Russell Brand and Colin Firth.

Before joining the cast of Quantum of Solace, Arterton had just completed filming “Three and Out” (2008), directed by Jonathon Girshfield. Arterton plays the role of Frankie in this comedy starring alongside Imelda Staunton and Mackenzie Crook. Also last year, she filmed the crime thriller RocknRolla (2008), directed by Guy Ritchie, co-starring Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton and Mark Strong.

On television, Arterton was seen late last year in Stephen Poliakoff’s “Capturing Mary” (BBC). She has also recently finished filming “Lost in Austen” for ITV, directed by Dan Zeff in which she plays the character of Elizabeth Bennett starring alongside Jemima Rooper, Alex Kingston and Tom Riley.

On stage, Arterton appeared last year as Rosaline in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, directed by Dominic Dromgoole at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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Filmmakers

Director Marc Forster

BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, Marc Forster, made his directorial debut in 2000 with a psychological horror movie entitled “Everything Put Together”, which he also co-wrote. The film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and Forster went on to direct a string of critically acclaimed blockbuster hits including, most recently, “The Kite Runner” (2007) based on Khaled Hosseini’s best seller.

Although born in Germany, Forster was raised in Switzerland where he attended the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg. However, his early ambition was to make films and in 1990 he moved to America to study film at New York University. Forster commented, “When you grow up like that and suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says it’s impossible, but here I am and I’m living my dream.”

Today, Forster’s impressive filmography includes “Monster’s Ball” (2001), which received two Oscar nominations with Halle Berry winning Best Actress, and “Finding Neverland” (2004); a film based on the semi-autobiographical story of the friendship between J.M. Barrie and the single mother who lived next door with her four boys. “Finding Neverland”, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and 11 BAFTA nominations all including Best Picture. Forster was also nominated Best Director by his peers at the Directors Guild Of America.

In 2005 Forster helmed the reality bending thriller “Stay” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and went on to direct the hit comedy “Stranger than Fiction” (2006), with Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah, the following year.

Written by Paul Haggis

Paul is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and “Crash” (2005), which he himself directed. For “Crash”, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations, including one for Haggis’ direction. “Crash” reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.

In 2006, Haggis’ screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”, the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen “Casino Royale”, which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise.

Haggis’ latest film is “In the Valley of Elah”, which he wrote, directed, and produced, for Warner Independent Pictures, Nala Films, Samuels Media and Summit Entertainment was released in September, 2007. The film, which stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon is a suspense drama of a father’s search for his missing son, who is reported AWOL after returning from Iraq.

Haggis was born in London, Ontario, Canada and moved to California in his early 20s. For over two decades he has written, directed and produced television shows such as “THIRTYsomething” (1987-91) and “The Tracey Ullman Show” (1987-1990), and also developed credits as a pup writer on many Norman Lear sitcoms. He created the acclaimed, if short-lived, CBS series “EZ Streets” (1996) which the New York Times cited as one of the most influential shows of all time, noting, that without it “there would be no Sopranos.”

Haggis is equally committed to his private and social concerns. He is co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a working board member of EMA (The Environmental Media Association) as well as the advocacy group Office Of The Americas, among others.

He is married, the father of four children, and splits his time between residences in Los Angeles and New York.

Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade

Neal & Robert had their first success in 1991 with the screenplay for the controversial screen drama “Let Him Have It”, based on a true story about the killing of a policeman. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Peter Medak, was screened for Parliament and played a part in Derek Bentley’s eventual posthumous pardon.

They have since worked in a variety of genres with screenplays for such films as “The Wasp Factory”, an adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel for director Stephen Daldry, “Plunkett & Macleane” directed by Jake Scott, and “Grid Iron” for Working Title.

Between writing the James Bond films “The World Is Not Enough” and 2002’s “Die Another Day”, they worked on “Johnny English” (2003) starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich. They also wrote and co-produced “Return to Sender” (2015) for director Bille August and performed the same duties on “Stoned” (2005) for director Stephen Woolley.

They most recently teamed with Paul Haggis on the screenplay for “Casino Royale”.

Producer Michael G. Wilson

When James Bond returned to the screen after an absence of six years, Michael Wilson produced the hugely successful “Goldeneye” with his half sister Barbara Broccoli, followed by the blockbuster 007 releases “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Die Another Day” and “Casino Royale”. Together they are the producers of the 22nd Bond adventure, currently being filmed, starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric.

Wilson joined EON Productions in a legal-administrative capacity in 1972 and was named Assistant to the Producer on “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977). He received his stripes as Executive Producer on “Moonraker” (1979) and continued with that credit on the following two Bond films. His creative abilities are evident in “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill” (1985), “The Living Daylights” (1987), and “Licence to Kill” (1989), all of which he co-wrote. He became producer with his stepfather, the late Albert R. Broccoli, on “A View to a Kill”, continuing with “The Living Daylights” and “Licence to Kill”. He is currently Managing Director of EON Productions Ltd.

Michael Wilson graduated from college as an electrical engineer. He then studied law at Stanford University, worked for the US government and later became a partner in a prestigious Washington D.C. firm that specialized in international law.

Michael is interested in all aspects of still photography and is recognized as a leading expert on 19th century photography. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (a branch of the NMSI) and, in 1998, he founded the Wilson Centre for study and research on the history and aesthetics of photography.

In 2003, together with Dana Broccoli, Michael and Barbara produced the award winning stage version of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, which opened to rave reviews in London and later in New York.

He was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2008.

Producer Barbara Broccoli

A graduate of Loyola University, Los Angeles, where she majored in motion picture and television communications, Barbara Broccoli has worked in the production and casting departments at EON Productions for many years. Together with her half brother Michael G. Wilson, she is currently in production on the 22nd 007 adventure in the series, starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko.

Starting her career as an assistant director on “Octopussy” and “A View to a Kill” Barbara worked her way up to become associate producer on “The Living Daylights” and “Licence to Kill”. She and Michael then went on to produce “Goldeneye”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Die Another Day” and “Casino Royale”.

Through her own independent production company, Astoria Productions, Barbara produced “Crime of the Century” (1996) for HBO, starring Stephen Rea and Isabella Rossellini and directed by Mark Rydell from a screenplay by William Nicholson based on a book by Ludovic Kennedy. The television film, about the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards – Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor – in the category covering Motion Pictures or Mini-Series made for Television.

Barbara is Chair of First Light, the UK Film Council’s filmmaking initiative for young people.

In 2003, together with Dana Broccoli, Michael and Barbara produced the award winning stage version of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” which opened to rave reviews in London and later in New York.

Barbara was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Years Honours list 2008.

2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley

Since beginning his career in the film industry as a stuntman almost 30 years ago, Dan Bradley has steadily worked his way up the ladder to become one of the most respected and sought after stunt directors of his generation. Getting his big break on “Independence Day” (1996), Bradley now boasts over 140 film credits and in 2005 won Best 2nd Unit Director at the prestigious World Stunt Awards for his work on “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004).

Bradley was quoted as saying, “I don’t think there’s really a stunt idea that is impossible” and his dedication shows on screen and his work on “Seabiscuit” is often reviewed as being the best horse racing ever captured on film. His impressive list of credits as 2nd Unit Director include; “Three Kings” (1999), “The Bourne Supremacy”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007), “Spider-Man 2” (2004), “Spider-Man 3” (2007), “Superman Returns” (2006) and Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated “Indiana Jones and the Kingom of the Crystal Skull” due for release in May 2008.

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