Quantum of Solace (2008) - Illustrated Reference

Quantum of Solace was directed by Marc Forster and premiered on 29th October 2008. Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini and Gemma Arterton. Screenplay by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Music by David Arnold. Theme sung by Jack White & Alicia Keys. 106mins.

After an assassination attempt on M, the organisation which blackmailed Vesper Lynd, is revealed to be far more complex and dangerous than previously imagined. James Bond flies to South America where he discovers a link between an MI6 traitor and Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man, and it turns out, one of the leading members of the mysterious organisation known as Quantum.

The title of the film was taken from the story “Quantum of Solace” by Ian Fleming, which was included in the short story collection “For Your Eyes Only” published in 1960.The film has no connection at all with the story.

Daniel Craig (1968-) / James Bond

Born in Cheshire, England, Daniel Craig's films include - The Power of One (1992), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Road to Perdition (2002), Casino Royale (2006), The Invasion (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), Defiance (2008), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Adventures of Tintin (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Skyfall (2012).

Mathieu Amalric (1965-) / Dominic Greene

Born in Huats-de-Seine, France, Mathieu Amalric plays Greene, one of the major players in the criminal organisation Quantum. His appointed task is to secure a piece of land in South America, rich in natural resources.

Olga Kurylenko (1979-) / Camille Montes

Beautiful Bolivian agent Camille's mission is to kill General Medrano, the man who murdered her family. She teams up with Bond to take down Medrano and Dominic Greene.

Born in the Ukraine, Olga Kurylenko's films include - Hitman (2007), Max Payne (2008), Centurion (2010), There Be Dragons (2011) and Oblivion (2013).

Gemma Arterton (1986-) / Strawberry Fields

Fields is an MI6 agent sent by M to arrest Bond in Bolivia and take him back to Britain. After succumbing to Bond’s charms she is found dead, naked on a bed covered in crude oil (in an homage to Shirley Eaton’s fate in Goldfinger).

Born in Kent, England, Gemma Arterton's films include - St. Trinians (2007), RockNRolla (2008), The Boat That Rocked (2009), St. Trinians II (2010), Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia (2010) and Tamara Drewe (2010).

Giancarlo Giannini (1942-) / Rene Mathis

Born in Liguria, Italy, Giancarlo Giannini films include - New York Stories (1989), A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Mimic (1997),Hannibal (2001), Man on Fire (2004) and Casino Royale (2006)..

Joaquin Cosio (1962-) / General Medrano

Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Joaquin plays an exiled General who makes a deal to give Dominic Greene ownership of a piece of land in Bolivia in return for help to get him back into power.

Returning from Casino Royale are Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White.

M: Who the hell is this organisation Bond? How can they be everywhere and we know nothing about them!

Quantum of Solace is the first Bond sequel, it continues where Casino Royale left off. We learn a bit more of the shadowy organisation behind the scenes on the previous adventure and that it is named Quantum.

Bond drives an Aston Martin DBS V12 in the hectic opening car chase, the second unit director worked on the Bourne movie series. Unfortunately thanks to quick cutting and shaky camera work you can barely make out what is going on.

The famous gun barrel opening appears at the very end of this film.

The third film where Bond defies M and turns rogue agent, the first two were Licence to Kill (1989) and Die Another Day (2002).

While Casino Royale (2006) was the longest Bond film to date at 144mins, Quantum of Solace is the shortest at 106mins.

QoS filmed in three continents, South America, North America and Europe and six countries, UK, Panama, Chile, Mexico, Italy and Austria.

The theme song “Another Way to Die” sung by Jack White and Alica Keys reached #9 in the UK singles chart and peaked at #81 in the Billboard Hot 100.

It is the 4th Bond song with the word “Die” in the title, the others were “Live and Let Die”, “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Die another Day”.

Quantum of Solace was another huge success for the series, grossing $586m worldwide, the second highest after Casino Royale.

M: Bond, I need you back.
James Bond: I never left.

In this writer’s opinion QoS is not in the same league as its predecessor, the film is cluttered with jerky camera work and rapid fire editing in an attempt to emulate the Bourne movies. The smarmy main villain is one of the weakest in the series, the song is naff and there are no standout action sequences. On the plus side the film moves fast, the girls are sexy, the music score is good and Daniel Craig excellent as the lethal super spy.

Roger Moore in a radio interview seems to agree saying that Craig was “a damn good Bond” but the film “had too much flash cutting it was just like a commercial of the action” he continues “you were wondering what the hell was going on. Casino Royale was better.”

James Bond will return in Skyfall in 2012 the 50th Anniversary of Dr. No.


The Critics Wrote –

"The shortest and certainly the most action-dense Bond ever, "Quantum of Solace" plays like an extended footnote to "Casino Royale" rather than a fully realized stand-alone movie. Stripped of Casino Royale's humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s." (Variety)

"If Bond was a cold killer in Casino Royale, here he's a cauldron of boiling rage. M even puts him on MI6's capture-or-kill list while the CIA threaten to take him out. Craig puts in another powerhouse performance. It doesn't disappoint - just don't expect the brilliance of Casino Royale." (Daily Mirror)

"Hugely enjoyable Bond movie, with strong performances, a hard-edged script and terrific action sequences, even if the filmmakers do appear to have a serious case of Bourne Envy." (Matthew Turner, ViewLondon)

"See it for Craig’s fully-formed Bond: angry, icily unsentimental, and fleetingly borderline psychotic at the close. Craig inhabits the character with a ruthless charisma that never lets up. And he, above all, keeps you watching." (Daily Telegraph)

"The movie opens with Bond involved in a reckless car chase on the tollway that leads through mountain tunnels from Nice through Monte Carlo and down to Portofino in Italy.

The chase, with Bond under constant machinegun fire, is so quickly cut and so obviously composed of incomprehensible CGI that we're essentially looking at bright colors bouncing off each other...

OK, I'll say it. Never again. Don't ever let this happen again to James Bond. "Quantum of Solace" is his 22nd film and he will survive it, but for the 23rd it is necessary to go back to the drawing board and redesign from the ground up." (Roger Ebert)

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Next year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. No? I wonder if it will be re-released? I wonder if it is and it comes to Vancouver if I can just not look at the spider scene and ask the person next to me to let me know when the scene is over. I've never seen Sean Connery on the big screen as a young man

as for Craig-I haven't seen this movie-but now that I have seen the original version of Casino Royale-the real one, not the parody-I'll be on the lookout for Craig's version. Has the new film started shooting?


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England Author

Bond #23 is in Pre-Production Flora. Sam Mendes is directing it.

It needs a title, I think I've got one here - Live and Let Spy! No? Okay... how about - Tomorrow Is Another Day to Die? The Killing Daylights? For Your Thighs Only? Okay I'll stop now.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

First of all let me congrats on finishing the Bond series(although I still think to make it complete Casino Royale and Never Say Never should be done).

As for the movie Quantum of Solace...talk about a movie opening with great expectations...to only disappoint most Bond fans....it continues the tradition of following a great Bond flick with a bad Bond flick...I think the best thing about the movie is your hub...which is very well written, great photos(no surprise there) and lots of tidbits of information(thankfully the shortest Bond film).

As for Flora, it sounds like she watched the tv version of Casino Royale....does this mean she will be skipping the Peter Seller's version of Casino Royale?

I thought the name of Bond 23 was called...Sorry About That Last Movie, This One Is Better.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Cogerson-I am NOT a fan of Woody Allen, and well, I'm familiar with identity of Bond in the parody. As one of Steve's followers I will read a hub on the parody but I'll be talking about how many actors in the film I love more than about the film. like David Niven, Orson Welles, everyone except Woody Allen...


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England Author

Flora, it's been a while since I last saw Casino Royale 67, I don't think Woody Allen was in it much. I might watch it again tomorrow to prepare for the hub. I'm a big Peter Sellers fan and love David Niven and those were reasons enogh for me to have the film in the collection, but the film is an almighty mess and with five directors working on it I'm not surprised. It's not even very funny.


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Cogerson. 22 Bond hubs, 23,759 words and 506 photos, posters and screenshots.

I'll finish it off with Casino Royale 67 and Never Say Never Again next week. Cheers!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Hey Steve....I think a description of Casino Royale 67 as an almighty mess is 100% correct....I watched back to back Casino Royale 67 and What's New Pussycat(another Woody Allen film)...talk about a numbing experience.

As for Casino Royale67....you have to talk about the final scene....talk about producers being out of control...what does the scene have....lots of Bonds, cowboys, indians, police, George Raft, horses, a bomb, a bar fight, and so many more things I can not remember.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Hey Flora, I can respect your Woody Allen boycott....but you should check out the last 6 or 7 minutes of Casino Royale...and witness the insanity of movie producers just wasting money for the sake of wasting money....and don't worry if the ending makes no sense without seeing the movie as the ending makes no sense either to those that wasted their time watching the movie in the first place.

Sorry Steve to not be talking about Quantum of Solace on your Quantum of Solace hub but it is Bond talk....23,759 words sounds like the makings of a book.


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England Author

I think it was the success of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World that sparked that whole silly anything goes comedy phase of the 60's.

Remember the spaceship landing in Trafalgar Square at one point of Casino Royale 67? What was that all about? I'll have a look at the film again tomorrow and see if I can decipher it. :)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

One Of My Favorite Bond Duels Was The Airplane Dog Fight In This Movie...Awesome Stuff Steve.;)


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I was very disappointed in "Quantum of Solace". After the very entertaining "Casino Royale", this one was a big let-down. The villains were entirely forgetable, and the main Bond girl was equally uninteresting. Strawberry Fields was somewhat interesting but wasn't on screen enough. Even Daniel Craig wasn't at his best here. He lost the Connery-like smoldering intensity of "Casino royale" and replaced it with constant rage. The plot barely stops for a breath and so we get non-stop action but little depth.

The worst thing about it was that it adopted the trendy (and annoying) style of the Unsteady Cam (or "shaky cam" as it's often been called), which consists of holding a camera close to the action and jerking it around wildly; after which it is edited into quick-cuts of about one or two seconds long, stapled together in a rapid-fire montage. The supposed point is to make the fight seem more chaotic and for the audience to feel more caught up in this style of action than a fight that uses the traditional wide shot. The trouble is, it's just too confusing to follow, and no one can tell what the heck is going on. The technique was made popular by the Bourne films, but it's become far too over-used.

I really hope the next Bond film is an improvement over this one. "Quantum of Solace" was one of a very few Bond films that I never cared to watch a second time when it came on TV or cable.

I really enjoyed your Bond Illustrated Reference series, Steve. I don't know if you're thinking about doing "Casino Royale" or "Operation Kid Brother" but even if you don't, this was a very well done, well researched and very detailed series of Hubs. Bravo to you.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Rob, appreciate it. Quantum wasn't a very good Bond film but I'll still take it over most of the films I see each year. Even A View to a Kill, one of the least effective Bond films and I wouldn't swap it for Captain America or Rise of the Apes etc

Mentalist Acer, thanks for the comment. The airplane duel was a highlight but even that had choppy editing.

Hopefully the Bond producers have read some of the reviews for Quantum.

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