Oil Spoil: Gemma Arterton’s Slippery Quantum of Solace Experience

At this point, it goes without saying that there could be some major spoilers in this article, but this small set of photos released today via The Daily Mail was just too interesting to pass up. Many of you will recognize the image above as the demise of Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger. In the film, Masterson is the accomplice of the film’s main villain, and is killed after she is discovered to be sleeping with James Bond by having her entire body covered in gold paint, causing her to asphyxiate.

In the upcoming Bond film Quantum of Solace, a deliberately similar fate awaits Gemma Arterton’s character Agent Fields, an MI6 agent assigned to keep tabs on Bond as he attempts to unfold the layers of a very large, very secretive evil organization. In Quantum, Arterton’s character is drowned in crude oil and draped over a bed in a scene that is to be an homage to Goldfinger.

Mail Online has published the photo as part of a feature that is running in their Sunday edition. The article also features a few quotes from the 22-year old former St. Trinians star, including an account of what it was like to be covered from head to tow in crude oil:

“I couldn’t move. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe or hear because it went in my ears. It was unpleasant, but it’s something I’ll always remember and it will be an iconic part of the film.”

As well, Arterton also commented on what it was like to lock lips with 007 himself, Daniel Craig. Apparently, her scene came with quite a bit of anticipation:

“I just couldn’t get that image of him walking out of the sea in Casino Royale out of my head. He was very cool and I was a giggling mess. I mumbled something like, ‘I just kissed you!’ and he just said, ‘Yes you did. And now we have to do it again.'”

“Fortunately, he’s an incredible kisser.”

And in case you are wondering, I have also kissed Daniel Craig before — and I concur. Quantum of Solace hits theaters here in the U.S. on November 14th.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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