On the Train
August 15, 2006With shooting now wrapped, there's a moment to catch our breath and look back at some of the sequences I haven't had time yet to bring you up to date on. There's been so much happening on this film that I could be writing till next year to cover it all!
Like the scenes in the Pendolino. That's one of those high speed trains that does not spill your coffee into your lap as you go round a corner. Although they are already state of the art, this one was re-designed by our art department to fit the requirements of the story. The train itself was actually hired from Czech Rail and runs into Prague but in our world, we're en route to Montenegro, the home of the Casino Royale so we had a dining car and a corridor down the train (but, as far as I could see, no Robert Shaw on the roof).
There are some interesting early scenes here between Bond and Vesper - verbal sparring matches that will set up the relationship to come. It's a good introduction to our leading lady, Eva Green, and to how she sees her character.
"Vesper is a kind of enigma. She's quite complex and it's difficult to see through her. That's why I think James Bond gets attracted to her, because he can't really see through her."
Eva's another example of the interesting casting choices that have been made on this film. As I was saying the other day, the producers were actively involved in this as Eva makes clear.
"Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson really helped me with the character. They talked me through the story, which is quite complicated on the first reading, there's a lot of sub-text and they were very much involved in the design of the costumes, of Vesper's look, and I've never seen producers like that before, it's so unusual and great."
We'll learn more about both Eva and Vesper down the line but before we go, what's her take on our new James Bond?
"It's amazing because Daniel is so hypnotic, magnetic, and he's a gentleman, he's strong but he's not mannered, and you know he's very rough and rugged and is quite attractive I think, quite dangerous."
Thank you. That's the right answer!
Until next time.