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Olga Kurylenko on Quantum of Solace

Published November 14, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
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Olga Kurylenko is not just a pretty face. She plays the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, but she's not just eye candy for Daniel Craig to seduce in between action sequences. She plays Camille, a woman whose vendetta against the man who killed her family intersects with Bond's latest mission.

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"We didn't rehearse like scene by scene but we spoke a lot and before we started filming the movie," Kurylenko said. "Marc [Forster] just sat down with each of us and we just went through the part, went through the script, just spoke about how he sees it, how I see it, what I want to bring in. So we just spoke a lot and obviously before each scene every day on the set, he would speak to us about how he sees it. But at the same time, he didn't want to frame us. He was very open, he said, 'I'm open for any improvisation and anything that you want to bring.'"

Those acting conversations weren't much help when Kurylenko was getting slammed around in the film's action scenes. "All the time. I just trained. I spent six months with the stunt team. All the days I wasn't on the set, I was spending them in the gym with the stunt guys and just training and training and training, rehearsing all those fight scenes because there were different scenes, rehearsing the choreography because I had to be really natural."



One of the sequences involved free falling from an airplane, which was shot in a wind tunnel to keep Daniel Craig and Kurylenko in the air. "For me, it's funny. For me, it was a very difficult scene to film I think because it was a wind tunnel and it's round also, so I think they used, I don't know how many cameras, 16 cameras all around. It was like something amazing but I loved it because during the months we trained for it and I just really got addicted to it. So for me the wind tunnel was a pleasure. I loved it."

More difficult stunts included a speedboat chase and the actual airplane disaster that requires them to jump. "That was, I had tons of stuff in my eyes, like all this dust. That was amazing. I don’t like heights but if this was happening in a real plane, I would freak out. I really don't like it. Somehow the boat scene, because it was going so fast, it's like being on a roller coaster that goes really fast except that you're not sitting in attached, just enjoying. We weren't attached. We had to fight and it was really difficult not to fall out of the boat because the boat was jumping."

Quantum of Solace opens to theaters on November 14th.

For trailers, featurettes, posters, still and additional movie info, go to the Quantum of Solace Movie Page.


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