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:: Spotlight :: Red Carpet Australian Premiere of Quantum of Solace in Sydney

By: Kate Muir

Notes from the Quantum Of Solace Red Carpet at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter

Spotted were Sara Groen, Andy Lee, Megan Gale, Tom Williams, Ruby Rose, and, of course, stars of the film Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, producer Barbara Broccoli, and director Marc Forster.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with absolutely everyone whose Italian leather shoes or stilettos walked the ruby red carpet. The hot question on my lips was to find out what the ultimate Bond girl accessory is. So I thought, who better than to ask the leggy, gorgeous Bond brunette girl, Olga Kurylenko, who made me think twice about becoming a Bond girl when she told me that she had to train non-stop to play her strong character. Fittingly, her ultimate accessory was a gun. I also managed to grab Megan Gale away from her charming, comedian partner Andy Lee long enough for her to share that Bond is definitely the ultimate! Ruby Rose was also on hand to give me some tips on what to wear to an upcoming Bond themed Christmas party with her ultimate Bond girl accessory: Halle Berry’s sexy orange swimmers with matching utility belt.

For me though, the highlight of the entire night was making Daniel Craig blush. That’s right, I made Bond blush! In a chat about the emotional growth we’ve seen in Bond over the years, particularly in Casino Royale and now in Quantum of Solace, we see Bond learn from his mistakes and grow. Craig commented on this by saying that in his tenure with Bond he wanted to make him deeply emotional and to find out who he is, stripped back and raw. On the note of emotion I thought I should ask the question which is on every girl's mind, “Is there any romance left in Bond?” To which he replied, “Yes. Of course there is, absolutely!” The shade of blush pink that crept across Craig’s face ensued when I verified this with his beautiful partner Satsuki Mitchell.

As for the film, Quantum of Solace finds Agent 007 (Daniel Craig) and M’s (Judi Dench) interrogation of Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) proves no one can be trusted. Fuelled by the betrayal of Vesper, the woman he loved, Bond’s determination to track down the mastermind behind White’s sinister organisation leads to Haiti, where he finds an unlikely ally in Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a beautiful but feisty stranger. The trail quickly leads to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) but with the British Government and the CIA working against him, Bond must kill or be killed on his mission to uncover the truth and destroy ‘Quantum.’ “The Quantum of Solace“ literally means “a small measure of comfort amid sorrow or disappointment” and so connects Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace through Bond’s emotional state and the betrayal and loss of Vesper.

This is the 22nd film in the Bond franchise and was filmed in more locations than any other, shooting in the UK, Panama, Chile, Mexico, Italy and Austria. I can do nothing but rave about this film. From the very first heart pounding moment it was clear that this Bond was not afraid to get his hands dirty and take a few knocks along the way. Throughout the film my heart was either in my throat, racing with excitement, or breaking and sympathising with this heartbroken Bond.

Pictures from the Red Carpet

Daniel Craig & Satsuki Michell
Barbara Broccoli, Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko & Marc Forster Olga Kurylenko
Marc Forster Interviewing some fans