The wait is over– the new Bond film Quantum of Solace premieres today and it comes with a little extra bonus in the form of a trailer for the new Star Trek movie. The Trek trailer will be available online next week, so until then you have to go to the theaters (where it should be seen anyway). We have a summary of trailer news and Bond facts below. [UPDATE: Emails and comments from TrekMovie some TrekMovie readers indicate that not all theaters showed the trailer at the Thursday midnight showings]
- Features voice-overs of Bruce Greenwood (Pike) and Ben Cross (Sarek)
- Music is not from the Michael Giacchino score, but edited by Giacchino from Brian Tyler’s score for Children of Dune
- New USS Enterprise is seen (in construction on land and in space), but the recently released USS Enterprise image is not from the trailer
- Will be available at apple.com and startrekmovie.com Monday morning at 10AM
- Will be featured on Entertainment Tonight Monday evening
- Trailer for Watchmen also premiering with Quantum of Solace
Come for the Trek, stay for the Bond
Trek is in front of the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The film opened two weeks ago in the UK and last week in other markets and is already a global hit with over $160 Million in sales so far. It has been getting mostly good reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 72%. Bond is a good fit for Trek as it is a venerable franchise that also recently went through a reinvigoration, and recasting with the 2006 hit Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the new Bond in an origin story. Before that film came out, some hard core Bond fans made news complaints of the change, even down to his hair color, all of which seems forgotten now.
There are actually a few Trek/Bond connections. Our resident ‘six degrees of Trek expert’ and Memory Alpha editor Chuck Trotter put together a list:
- Famke Janssen, the actress who played Kamala the metamorph in TNG’s "The Perfect Mate," played villainess Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, the first Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan.
- Teri Hatcher appeared as Lt. B.G. Robinson in the 1988 TNG episode "The Outrageous Okona." Nine years later she became a Bond girl when she played Paris Carver in the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Stuart Baird, the director of Star Trek Nemesis, was the editor of Casino Royale.
- The late Marc Lawrence, who played Volnoth in TNG’s "The Vengeance Factor" and Carl Zeemo in DS9’s "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang," appeared in two Bond flicks: Diamonds Are Forever and The Man with the Golden Gun.
- Actor Bernie Casey, a.k.a. Ben Sisko’s former pal Calvin Hudson, appeared in Never Say Never Again, where he was the first African-American to play Bond’s CIA pal, Felix Leiter. The role is currently played by another African-American actor, Jeffrey Wright.
- Anthony Zerbe, who played Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection, played a henchman in the 1989 Bond flick License to Kill.
- Walter Gotell, who played Kurt Mandl in the TNG episode "Home Soil," portrayed Russian General Gogol in five of the Bond films.
- Christopher Held, Lindstrom in TOS episode "The Return of the Archons", appears uncredited as an agent in Diamonds Are Forever. Sid Haig, who also appeared in "Return of the Archons" as the first lawgiver, also appeared in Diamonds.
- Ken Adams, the production designer on seven James Bond films, was hired to as production designer for the proposed Star Trek film Planet of the Titans back in the 1970s. Adams sketched new concepts for a redesigned starship Enterprise before the project was scrapped.
- Hawaii Five-O star Jack Lord portrayed Felix Leitner in the first Bond film, Dr. No. Lord was later Gene Roddenberry’s first choice for the role of James T. Kirk, but Lord’s deal fell through when he demanded 50% ownership of the show.
- Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM), the owner of the Bond film franchise, was the first studio to reject Roddenberry’s Star Trek. The series would ultimately be accepted by NBC after CBS also rejected it.
- The Director of Photography on the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies was Robert Elswit. Elswit was previously a visual effects photography on star Trek: The Motion Picture as an employee of Apogee.
- Jeffrey Byron, who appears as a Starfleet instructor in 2009’s Star Trek, was considered for the role of James Bond when Roger Moore retired from the role before Timothy Dalton was chosen.
- Former Paramount Pictures production executive Jeff Kleeman, who oversaw production on Star Trek VI, later became Executive VP of Production at MGM and oversaw production on the first three James Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough).
- David Nowell is the Aerial Director of Photography on Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond flick. Nowell was also a cameraman on Star Trek III and later Aerial Director of Photography for Star Trek Nemesis and 2009’s Star Trek.
And who can forget the Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holonovels seen and referenced in the DS9 episode "Our Man Bashir,"
Did you see the trailer?
If you have seen the new trailer, don’t be shy. Tell us what you thought below. Also of interest, what did your friends think, especially non-Trekkie friends and family. What was the crowd reaction? And this is a good time for some of you lurkers to join in on the fun.
NOTE: there have been some reports that some theaters did not have the trailer, if you went to see QoS and it wasn’t there, please note the name of the theater, city and show time.
UPDATE: It is clear from comments and emails that the Star Trek trailer did not appear at some midnight showings. It is hard to judge what share had it, and it isn’t clear if this will change for the Friday-Sunday showings. TrekMovie will continue to look into this, but it may be worth calling ahead to see if your local theater is running the trailer.