London: With stitches in his cheek, a broken fingertip and his arm still in a sling, there's good reason for suspecting Daniel Craig might be both shaken and stirred by his experience filming Quantum of Solace, but the actor is up-beat as the curtain rises on his second Bond movie.
“We have stylised it much more than Casino Royale. It is much more of an unrealistic world but with very modern themes,” Craig says.
Seldom far from the danger, was Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko. She was picked out from 400 rivals to play Camille, a Russian-Bolivian agent who finds herself on the same path as 007. After learning to fight, fall, shoot and sky-dive, she has sound advice for her successor.
“Every Bond girl is so different and mine is so different from the last one,” Kurylenko says.
With Judy Dench getting more screen-time as bond's boss ‘M’ and French actor Mathieu Amalric providing the villainy, the film pushes many of the bond buttons familiar to fans of the franchise.
New ground is broken though with more locations than ever before, an environmental theme taking centre stage, a deeper double-o-seven, and arguably the least popular title in the 46-year history of bond movies.
The film-makers might hope for a royal pardon for such folly from princes William and Harry. After all, as an agent of her majesty's secret service, Bond's boss is their granny.