In our latest exclusive video diary from the set of Quantum of Solace, an age-old moviemaking rule is broken: don’t let the boom mic fall into the shot! Only in this case, it’s on purpose: meet Chris Munro, veteran of five James Bond films and an Oscar-winning sound mixer.
Munro has one of the cooler behind-the-scenes jobs on set; he commands a console of audio controls, monitoring playback of footage. Quantum of Solace is particulary challenging to mix, Munro says, because director Marc Forster (with whom Munro previously worked on The Kite Runner) “hates to have any dialogue replaced — he wants all the dialogue to be original.”
A longtime sound mixer, Munro has worked on such films as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Judge Dredd (1995), The Mummy (1999) and Bond movies Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), and Casino Royale (2006). He won the Academy Award for Best Sound for his work on Ridley Scott‘s Black Hawk Down (2001).
Check out our previous video diaries from the set of Quantum of Solace, out November 7, 2008.
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Now that we’re all acquainted with the bold Quantum of Solace title, let the build-up to James Bond’s 22nd outing begin! To get us started, Sony has recorded around 30 video diaries straight from the set. Rotten Tomatoes has gotten an exclusive look at eight of them, with one scheduled to run every Tuesday for the next few months!
Let us introduce you to James Grant. Earlier in his career, he’s worked on Munich, Stardust, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Finding Neverland, and now lends his expertise as the location manager for Quantum of Solace. Grant’s in charge of managing the shoot in Panama (just one location in an international movie shoot that will jet set from Peru, Chile, Italy, Austria, and, of course, the UK), and he gives a valuable glimpse into sheer amount of planning and logistics that goes into filming a Bond flick.