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No Solace Found in Latest Episode; Following the Success of His First Bond Film, Daniel Craig Has Earned the Right to Call Himself a Traditional 007. Rene Rodriguez Finds out Why

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

No Solace Found in Latest Episode; Following the Success of His First Bond Film, Daniel Craig Has Earned the Right to Call Himself a Traditional 007. Rene Rodriguez Finds out Why

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WHEN Casino Royale opened in theatres around the world in November 2006, producer Barbara Broccoli - daughter of original James Bond producer Albert R Broccoli and keeper of the 007 movie flame - was a little nervous.

Not only were she and co-producer Michael G Wilson introducing a new Bond, actor Daniel Craig, but they were also rebooting the entire 20-film series, taking the character back to the beginning of his career as a globe-trotting, not-yet-suave MI6 agent.

Fortunately, audiences liked what they saw.

Casino Royale grossed nearly $US600 million ($A905.32 million) worldwide - more than any Bond film before it - and Broccoli exhaled.

What they came up with - the action-intensive Quantum of Solace - marks a series of firsts for the venerable franchise.

Quantum is the first 007 movie to pick up immediately where the previous one ended - specifically, around 15 minutes later.

"At the end of Casino Royale, we felt there was a lot of unfinished business," Broccoli said. "Bond had fallen in love with the government agent Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green, who died at the end of the film and had his heart broken.

"He was in denial and emotionally shut down.

He understood that Vesper kind of gave up her life for him and he wants to go after the people responsible - the hand that holds the whip, so to speak."

That hand turns out to belong to a top-secret organisation known as Quantum - so secret even Bond's boss, M (Judi Dench), has never heard of it.

Bond's quest for revenge sends him around the globe, to places including Austria, Bolivia and Haiti, where he meets Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who happens to be searching for some payback of her own.

In another departure from time-honoured 007 tradition, Bond doesn't get his leading lady into bed.

With the exception of one kiss (and some flirtatious glances), their relationship remains entirely chaste. …

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