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Mastidon Did Mini-Interviews With The QUANTUM OF SOLACE Cast At The UK Pemier!!

Merrick here...
Here's Mastidon with the last in his series of reports from UK's QUANTUM OF SOLACE premier. You can find his spoiler-heavy review of the film HERE, and a different report from the premier HERE. FOr tis installment, Mastidon got some micro interviews with Craig, Dench, Wright, and that creepy badguy dude.

Hi Guys, Mastidon here with one last bit for you on QUANTUM OF SOLACE, interviews from the Red Carpet at the London Premier. I covered a lot of Red Carpets for AICN and I can honestly say that this was by far the biggest of them all.

It was promoted as the biggest UK Premier in history. From the thousands of attending fans and hundreds of press people, I would say it probably was the case. This is the mess Merritcat had to deal with in the photographer pen in order to bring you all of these great photos. Keep in mind she is only 5'1"!

Because this was a Royal Premier due to the attending of Prince William and Harry, all press people had to be locked up about 2 hours before the arrival of the guests. This gave us some unusual sites like this one -

Dame Judy Dench arrived sporting a Bond tattoo!
MASTIDON: Hi. How is it playing Elizabeth versus M? They are both very strong women. DAME JUDY: Different. Different frocks. Different women. Entirely different attitude. MASTIDON: But both really strong and powerful. DAME JUDY: Oh yes, but a lot of other people are strong that I play. Just a characteristic of her that is strong and bossy M. MASTIDON: How do you like action? DAME JUDY: I like it. I like getting a bit of the action myself. I don't like being just in the office all of the time. REPORTER: What is it like working with Daniel Craig again? DAME JUDY: It's lovely. The thing I like working with Daniel and Pierce is that they both have a huge sense of humor and you must not take yourself too seriously I think. MASTIDON: Thank You Judy.

Jeffrey Wright arrived sporting an Obama button. The election was still a week away.
MASTIDON: Hey how are you? Have you voted yet? JEFFREY: No, I have not. I will be back in the States to vote on November 4th. USA Today REPORTER: So tell me about the character. The movie gives Americans a bad name until you came up. JEFFREY: Some of us Americans deserve their bad name but fortunately the majority of us paint a better picture. I think Felix is of that number. USA Today REPORTER: What is it like working with Daniel Craig. JEFFREY: Its great. This was the 3rd movie Daniel and I have worked together. I like him as a man and a actor and think we work well together. We are creating a sense of kinship we create between these characters and I think audiences appreciate it. MASTIDON: Are you going to be back for Bond 23? JEFFREY: We'll see. REPORTER: How do you feel returning? JEFFREY: I feel like I felt the first time, only doubly so. It's a lot of fun. It's Bond. There is no bigger franchise in film. There is that element to it but there is also a level of intelligence about these films and a contemporary quality to them that audiences appreciate. When I was first asked to do this role in CASINO ROYALE, my agent sent me a script and said take a look at the CIA guy they want you to play that role. What do you mean the CIA guy? This is Felix Leiter man. Outside of Miles Davis in the 60s, for me Jack Lord was the badest cat on the planet. So to follow in his footsteps is a great thrill.

Mathieu Amalric arrived not looking too menacing but wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day .
USA Today REPORTER: I just saw the movie this morning. MATHIEU: Oh, you're lucky. I didn't seen it. MASTIDON: You're about to. USA Today REPORTER: You're character is just pure evil What is your inspiration? MATHIEU: Television. Just click on television and you see all of these people, very important and big smiles. They want to sell you the planet. They all love us. They aren't concerned by environmental issues. And we have a financial crisis. We don't know why and we don't know where the villains are. You don't know. You see? And people are going to lose their jobs. I love those people that have power. MASTIDON: Do you see people using Global Warming as a way to try and get ahead? MATHIEU: Yeah. Of course. We all know that what's very frightening about this film is that everything is true. Everybody knows that countries are selling the rights to pollute to other countries. That's the truth. REPORTER: A lot of people had accidents on this film and everybody is saying that this film was cursed. MATHIEU: No, there wasn't that much accidents, It is the spirit of the Bond films. All the stunts are real so it is dangerous. But we worked a lot. To be precise and violent at the same time. And with Daniel, it is great to work with him because you can hit him. He loves it. He loves it.

Mr. Bond arrived with his arm in a sling after having shoulder surgery a few weeks before.
MASTIDON: Hi Daniel. DANIEL: Hey, how you doing? MASTIDON: Real good. How is it for you to turn the character off when you leave the stage since you play such a cold Bond is it easy for you? DANIEL: I find it very easy, yes. MASTIDON: You don't find yourself looking at people funny or anything? DANIEL: No I don't. No, no, no. REPORTER: What do you say to those people who say your Bond is not as funny as it should be? DANIEL: I don't know. I think he is hilarious. REPORTER: Why do you think that? DANIEL: Why, because I think it is. Because he gets into extraordinarily very funny situations.

After the cast, both Prince William and Harry came to speak to a crowd of veterans attending. They shook hands and talked to many of them for about 20 minutes. This is about the best non-blurry picture I could take of Price Harry with my camcorder.

With the departure of the Princes, my Bond adventure ended. I have now seen the film twice and I still love it. For me the key to enjoying this film is to make sure you see CASINO ROYALE as close to Quantum as possible otherwise you simply will miss key points. James Bond will return in the already announced Bond 23. Let's hope they can keep up the bar set by these two.... Ciao, -Mastidon

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  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig rules

    by lostbat

    but now enough quantum for this day....first?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    I presume Merrick was just drunk from all the Moet you got from whoring this utterly mediocre franchise resetting pos.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Chips n' Soalce

    by Kasch

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    the Obama reference is strangely poignant

    by Maniaq

    -with the idiot white guy in charge making way for the black dude - in the film, that is!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy


  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    What's up with Sideshow?

    by batzilla

    Those jerks are turning out as many crap statues/figures as they can calling them "Exclusives" and "Limited Editions". Pfft. Reminds me of the comic book boom of the late 80's early 90's. We all know what happened to that market now don't we?! Not sure why I am talking about this here other than every time I come to this site their advertising more of Sideshows shit.<P>And getting a statue that isn't damaged is almost impossible. I bet 9 out of 10 of their orders gets returned because of breaking during shipment.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Pennsy, I almost responded without looking at your post

    by dr sauch

    Well played. Also, Mastidon was getting pwned by that other reporter.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Someone fix the title..

    by Aeghast


  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I Am Not A Fan Of Daniel Craig, But Now I Like Him

    by Media Messiah

    I saw him on Jimmy Kimmel and he was a very funny, very humble, and very nice guy. Looks like that is why they hired him, I guess? I like it when nice people make it big!!!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    star trek trailer am here

    by bacci40

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    much better

    by gotilk

    Thanks bacci40.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I almost suspect

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Mastidon edited in the other journalist's ridiculous questions to make himself look like the pillar of journalistic professionalism. "What do you say to those people who say your Bond is not as funny as it should be?"<p> </p>The movie? Well, I'll not try and kill the buzz for any of you that Harry, Mori and Vern have generated. Personally, I'd say it was like an unhinged seesaw; a lot of crazy shit went down, but I'll be damned if I know why. I way, way preferred Casino Royale. I don't know if you've seen it lately, but that was one good looking film! Maybe I'm projecting, but apart from the opening, Quantum could all have been shot in a corridor at Pinewood for all we know.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    why is Mathieu Amalric wearing a dress and standing next to Crai

    by Prossor

    what the heck?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    unhinged ROUNDABOUT!

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST



  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    the one bacci posted is compressed and pixelated


  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    video interviews too

    by mr blandings

    absolute radio must have been right next to Mastidon - check out their videos from the premiere.... the last bit in the first video with the princes in the background is similar to that last photo....

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    The Star Trek Trailer: I Was Not Impressed!!!

    by Media Messiah

    The trailer looks cheap and the film, from what is shown in the trailer, feels like the Bizarro World version of Star Trek!!! One weekend in theatres, and this film will be dead at the box office!!!!

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    DRAC...looks the same to me

    by bacci40

    top gun meets star trek...the original cap kirk grew up on a farm and liked to ride horses...not choppers...fucking he gets to rape my childhood

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    btw...other trailers are up now too

    by bacci40

    the 3rd spirit trailer...still looks like shite....harry potter non pirate, looks better than all the rest

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by Mastidon

    You would think wrong. All press people were in a cage simiar to the photo of the fans - just not as crowded. TV was first, then radio, then print stuck at the end. I was with several UK newspapers, USA Today, and People Magazine. The cast members were lead down the line and stop for 30 seconds or so at a person and sometimes we had to group up and all just shout out questions over each other. It was total chaos. A good example of this is I was also there when both Gemma and Olga came by but they were too far to my left or right to ask a question where as with the guys and Judy, they stopped directly at me.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    So the STAR of the Bond films

    by seppukudkurosawa

    gets ignored, while two pretty women (one of whom is in the movie for all of 5 minutes) get swarms of lecherous old journos buzzing around them. Surprise surprise.<p> </p>I was only kidding around anyway, Masti. I've walked by a couple of these premiers, and it's an open Zoo! I'm surprised you managed to get as much contact as you did.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    The worst for me...

    by Mastidon

    was missing a chance to speak with Barbara Broccoli. She talked to TV & Radio. Looked at us print guys and said "I'll be right back." Crossed over the aisle to sign autographs and never came back. I was all set ot ask her **SPOILER*** Is Quantum a rebbot of SPECTRE or will we see SPECTRE in the future? I doubt she would have answered but would have loved to hear what she said.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    What's a Pemier?

    by HolyJebus

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    007 is back

    by CoolerKing72

    Its a shame no one understood what Dalton was trying to do in the 80's. He was 20 plus years ahead of his time. The public wernt ready. Daniel Craig i salute you sir. He is Bond

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    london premier

    by kingoflight

    When was it.....

  • Biggest Star Trek Film EVER...Star Trek is Back.....

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    SURE, Mr Craig, totally hilarious, real knee slapper

    by ricarleite

  • Nov. 16, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Bond left the room in 2002

    by Prossor

    then some homeless looking guy came in and put on his tux.

  • Nov. 16, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by jae683

    That 'homeless looking guy' looks way more credible putting 9mm slugs in people then the cartoon Bonds that came before.

  • Nov. 16, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I mean Prossor, sorry. lol

    by jae683

  • Nov. 16, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Can we change the spelling of" Mastidon"?

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    It's bugging me

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by Mastidon

    You are not the first talkbacker to ask that question and I certainly doubt the last. But the answer reamins the same every time, that would be no.