Olga Kurylenko (“Hitman,” “Max Payne”) stars opposite Daniel Craig in Columbia Pictures’ new James Bond action-thriller “Quantum of Solace” as Camille, a woman focused on avenging the murder of her family.
“Camille is a girl with a tragic past — because her family was killed in front of her eyes when she was young,” explains Kurylenko. “She has been through a lot and is tough because of it. She knows the man who killed her family and her motivation is revenge.
“I don’t think Camille is a typical Bond girl. She is one of the few Bond girls in the history of the films who does not sleep with Bond!,” Kurylenko laughs. “She’s a strong character, she knows what she wants and she is determined.”
Kurylenko was required to train extensively for the stunt sequences film. “Once I read the script I was super excited. I really liked the character and I liked that she was going to be involved in so much action. I figured there would be a lot of work with weapons and stunts, driving, freefalling and where else do you get the opportunity to do that? I worked with different people to train for different stunts: the fights, the boat, driving. The stunt guys have been so helpful to me, everything is a question of learning and they are good teachers, everything is explained so well. There was one occasion, during the party scene, when Greene (played by Mathieu Amalric) is supposed to almost push me off a very high balustrade. I’m scared of heights and when I first saw it, I thought there is no way I can do that – I can’t even walk on the balcony of my apartment. But the stunt team took me up there and went through things slowly. They were so patient and I managed to do it!”
Kurylenko is full of admiration and praise for co-star Daniel Craig. “It is great to work with Daniel. He is professional and very concentrated. He is totally focused and serious about the role but he has a good sense of humor – his jokes are very, very funny. I think Daniel has been so successful in taking over the role of James Bond because he is a great actor but I think his look is also very important. He looks so masculine and tough. The power in his eyes is incredible. I experienced that in one scene, he just looked at me and he cuts through you with his eyes – it’s very powerful.”
Opening soon across the Philippines, “Quantum of Solace” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures International.