Worldwide action

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

The latest in the 007 franchise picks up just one hour after James Bond left the poker table in Casino Royale, making Quantum of Solace the first direct sequel in the series' history.

The movie opens with a heart-pounding car chase in Siena, Italy, with several Alfa Romeos chasing after and crashing into the Bond-mobile. Bond is still trying to find out the secrets of terrorist organisation Quantum from Casino Royale, and his search leads him on a chase around the world.

Quantum of Solace was filmed in Panama City and Colon in Panama, the Atacama Desert in Chile, San Felipe in Mexico, Siena, Carrara, Lake Garda and Fonteblanda in Italy, and Bregenz in Austria.

Daniel Craig is back in the lead role following the success of his first foray as 007, but doesn't think playing the super spy is any easier this time.

'We have got expectations on us now which can be double-edged: we have got to make this one better. People always talked about the fact that Casino Royale was a departure for Bond and this has to be a departure again,' he said.

'We felt we needed to tie up the loose ends from Casino Royale and make sure people realise we are back making Bond movies. For me it's about creating something that is going to stand alone but if you put the two films together, you're going to have an incredible experience because you will see one continuous story,' he said.

Marc Forster returns to direct his second Bond film. The German-Swiss filmmaker decided at a young age he wanted to make movies, and feels his involvement in the series is a dream come true.

'When ... suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says it's impossible, but here I am and I'm living my dream,' he said.

Judi Dench returns as M, head of the British secret service, while the new Bond girl is Olga Kurylenko who plays Camille, a woman obsessed with avenging the murder of a family member.

Kurylenko may not be a big name, but she has appeared in several films, receiving the certificate of excellence award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for her debut role in French film L'Annulaire. The Ukrainian model decided this movie would be an unusual challenge and grabbed the chance to learn new things.

'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?' she said.

This is another non-stop action-packed spy thriller. Just revisit Casino Royale before you hit the cinema so you have some idea of what's going on.

Quantum of Solace opens on November 6.

It contains scenes of violence