29 Oct - Quantum of Solace premiere

October 29th, 2008

Advance apologies for this one. No, I didn't photograph the Princes Harry and William, or Samantha Bond, or Giancarlo Giannini, or Bob Geldof, or Jack White. And the photos I did take of Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane and various semi-unidentifiable celebrities all suffer from what you'd generally call "a lack of light".

Which is bound to happen in England when the sun sets around 5pm and stars arrive at premieres around 6pm and the floodlights are only in the hoarded-up parts of Leicester Square where 'special people' are allowed. (Not that I'm bitter!)

Anyway, the best of what I was able to get were:

With reference to the above apology, I actually have no problem with this photo. Then again, I took it yesterday during the daytime.

With reference to the above apology, I actually have no problem with this photo. Then again, I took it yesterday during the daytime.

(Far left, with white shawl) - Barbara Broccoli has been the producer of the last five or six (or seven?) Bond films, and her late father was producer of most of the rest.

(Far left, with white shawl) - Barbara Broccoli has been the producer of the last five or six (or seven?) Bond films, and her late father was producer of most of the rest.

People were saying "He's the bad guy" but I found it hard to tell whether people were talking about him or the character he may play in the movie. Still, if somebody gives you a piece of paper at a premiere, you're entitled to sign it. (Edited to add : People were wrong : he's Marc Forster - the director of the film) (then again... with the benefit of hindsight, with this movie widely criticised for being a sub-par Bond film, People Might Not Have Been So Wrong)

People were saying "He's the bad guy" but I found it hard to tell whether people were talking about him or the character he may play in the movie. Still, if somebody gives you a piece of paper at a premiere, you're entitled to sign it. (Edited to add : People were wrong : he's Marc Forster - the director of the film) (then again... with the benefit of hindsight, with this movie widely criticised for being a sub-par Bond film, People Might Not Have Been So Wrong)

Dame Judi Dench, who has played "M" for the last few movies (she's wearing a red waist-shawl... and believe me, this is at the theoretical maximum range of my camera's flash and shake reduction system!)

Dame Judi Dench, who has played "M" for the last few movies (she's wearing a red waist-shawl... and believe me, this is at the theoretical maximum range of my camera's flash and shake reduction system!)

Daniel Craig, aka James Bond. 1 good photo out of 250 taken on the night is... still a good photo. I'm happy with this one. And if you're going to get just one (1) good photo at a James Bond premiere, you might as well have it be James Bond (or the main Bond Girl... obviously)

Daniel Craig, aka James Bond. 1 good photo out of 250 taken on the night is... still a good photo. I'm happy with this one. And if you're going to get just one (1) good photo at a James Bond premiere, you might as well have it be James Bond (or the main Bond Girl... obviously)

Olga Kurylenko is the Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace. She's prettier in real life than she is on the poster (focus, camera, focus!!!)

Olga Kurylenko is the Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace. She's prettier in real life than she is on the poster (focus, camera, focus!!!)

I SAID FOCUS, DAMNIT!! (It pains me to put sub-par photos into a journal like this... but it's certainly a realistic representation of the event as I experienced it...)

I SAID FOCUS, DAMNIT!! (It pains me to put sub-par photos into a journal like this... but it's certainly a realistic representation of the event as I experienced it...)

Gemma Arterton (foreground, motion-blurred), the 'other' Bond Girl in this film. I'm hoping she's making out a cheque for the $5 she owes me...

Gemma Arterton (foreground, motion-blurred), the 'other' Bond Girl in this film. I'm hoping she's making out a cheque for the $5 she owes me...

To put my problems into some kind of context, here's my distance from Where The Action Is Taking Place. It's so far from where I am that I'd basically need to be unemployed to have gotten there early enough to gain access. That, or have a greater passing resemblance to (say) Daniel Craig. Or to be a bit more truthful about my appearance, Marc Forster. Or perhaps just come dressed as Dame Judi Dench.

To put my problems into some kind of context, here's my distance from Where The Action Is Taking Place. It's so far from where I am that I'd basically need to be unemployed to have gotten there early enough to gain access. That, or have a greater passing resemblance to (say) Daniel Craig. Or to be a bit more truthful about my appearance, Marc Forster. Or perhaps just come dressed as Dame Judi Dench.

Actor Robbie Coltrane (aka. 'Hagrid' in the Harry Potter films, albeit considerably more bearded and scraggly-haired) .... hiding behind a giant echidna?

Actor Robbie Coltrane (aka. 'Hagrid' in the Harry Potter films, albeit considerably more bearded and scraggly-haired) .... hiding behind a giant echidna?

Wireimage tells me this is Mohammed Al Fayed, and Wikipedia tells me he's got a personal worth of approximately 550 million British pounds. Looks lonely, doesn't he?

Wireimage tells me this is Mohammed Al Fayed, and Wikipedia tells me he's got a personal worth of approximately 550 million British pounds. Looks lonely, doesn't he?

I'm .... not sure who this is. They need to get a thing started where people wear name tags to these things.

I'm .... not sure who this is. They need to get a thing started where people wear name tags to these things.

I don't know who he is, but damnit I need a scarf like that to go with my receding hairline and I'll be THIS cool!!

I don't know who he is, but damnit I need a scarf like that to go with my receding hairline and I'll be THIS cool!!

Well, I won't lie. I've had more fun at premieres than this one, especially since this one was so restricted and kept away from the public, and held in near-darkness. Also, might I also say the people standing around me were among the most ruthless (and tall) I've seen at a premiere - except for that pretty blonde lady whose foot I stepped on : I'm sorry about that!

edited to add : fortunately redemption would come along four years later with James Bond for the world premiere for 'Skyfall'

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