The QUANTUM OF SOLACE boat chase was shot at the harbour area in ColÃ³n, Panama standing in for Kings Quay, Haiti over a four-week period starting 25 February 2008.
Simon Crane was Second-Unit director for the sequence in Panama. For the first part of the shoot, Crane worked with stunt performers â€” Wade Eastwood, Lee Morrison and Ben Cooke doubling for Bond, Nikki Berwick and Teresa Arteaga doubling for Camille.
â€œThis was a complex shoot,â€� recalled Crane. â€œIt was like a car chase but on water but there were so many variables.â€�
Crane utilised the Ultimate Arm, a gyro-stabilised remote-controlled camera crane that facilitated incredible close up footage of the chase. This became invaluable to realise director Marc Forsterâ€™s desire to make the action look as believable as possible.
â€œThe entire boat sequence was all shot for real,â€� recalled Forster. â€œThere was no green screen work. When I was working with Daniel and Olga, I had to make sure they were secure with the stunt work, and at the same time we got what we needed action-wise.â€�
Forster and the principal cast arrived on March 19 for three days of filming. Daniel Craig recalled the logistical challenges of shooting the sequence in a busy working harbour.
â€œWe cornered off an area of the marina and out into the ocean,â€� he said. â€œThere were huge container ships going through and we were dancing around them while we were filming.â€�
For Olga Kurylenko playing Camille, there was a sharp contrast between rehearsing the scene and shooting the stunts for real.
â€œWe were going really fast,â€� she said. â€œI thought they would fake the speed but they didnâ€™t. When I practiced, I was attached and had a helmet, and lots of protection. I didnâ€™t have any of that while filming. Suddenly I had to keep my stability while fighting and acting.â€�
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