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Quantum of Solace [2008] (2 discs)

Director:Marc Forster
Writer:Neal Purvis
Paul Haggis
Robert Wade
Composer:David Arnold
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
Sorting Tub:Hotel
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:65%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Bond James Bond heads out to find the organization that caused the death of the one he loved, and attempted to take the life of his boss.

Reaction: I personally think this one came together a bit more to my liking. Though the previous one was just great as well.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Marc Forster => Director
Neal Purvis => Writer
Paul Haggis => Writer
Robert Wade => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Alfonso Cuarón => Additional Voices (voice)
Daniel Craig => James Bond
David Harbour => Gregg Beam
Elizabeth Arciniega => Mr. White's Girlfriend
Fernando Guillén Cuervo => Colonel of Police
Gemma Arterton => Strawberry Fields
Giancarlo Giannini => René Mathis
Guillermo del Toro => Additional Voices (voice)
Jeffrey Wright => Felix Leiter
Jesper Christensen => Mr. White
Jesús Ochoa => Lieutenant Orso
Joaquín Cosio => General Medrano
Judi Dench => M
Lucrezia Lante della Rovere => Gemma
Mathieu Amalric => Dominic Greene
Olga Kurylenko => Camille
Rory Kinnear => Bill Tanner
Simon Kassianides => Yusef
Stana Katic => Corrine
Tim Pigott-Smith => Foreign Secretary

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • There is a deleted scene that runs for about a minute from this movie where the film was originally going to end. It involves James Bond meeting Mr. White and it was taken out of the film so Bond 23 (2011), the next movie in the series, would not be compelled to continue this storyline (hence making a trilogy) if the producers decided to go with a different story. CinemaRetro reports that MI6 Declassified discloses: "The movie was originally intended to end with a one-minute sequence where 007 introduces himself to Mr Haines at his estate, setting up the next movie. The gun-barrel sequence, uniquely positioned at the end of "Quantum of Solace", would have appeared after Bond dispatches Mr White for good." The deleted scene is intended to be included in the DVD release.
  • Dominic Greene is the second leading Bond villain in the EON Productions series to die but not by the hand of James Bond, a Bond Girl or Bond ally. Nor are any directly involved with events that lead to his death. As with both the Ian Fleming novel and film of Casino Royale, Dominic Greene shares the same fate as Le Chiffre in that he is a major villain (i.e. not including henchmen) who is killed by his own people.
  • The title Quantum of Solace has two connections with the movie. First, "Quantum" is the name of the secret criminal terrorist organization first introduced in Casino Royale. As such, QUANTUM replaced SMERSH, the latter which featured in the original Casino Royale novel and in Casino Royale. Second, "Quantum of Solace" is the condition of James Bond's emotional state.
  • James Bond and the leading Bond Girl (Camille, played by Olga Kurylenko) share a kiss in this movie but do not make love, making it the second [James Bond] film where a relationship with a leading Bond Girl is not consummated since Tomorrow Never Dies (Michelle Yeoh).
  • As with Casino Royale, the traditional film series characters of Q and Miss Moneypenny do not reappear. Producer Barbara Broccoli has said: "In 'Casino Royale,' the book, there was no Moneypenny or Q so that is why they are not in that story. And, in this follow-up, there didn't seem to be a reason or a place for them".
  • Gemma Arterton's character is found dead covered in oil - a call back to a similar discovery in Goldfinger. In that film the victim is covered in gold. Both bodies are also found in similar locations and positions. The media went onto label this scene "Oilfinger". Arterton filmed the scene on her first day of filming for the movie.
  • Giancarlo Giannini as double agent Rene Mathis from Casino Royale returns in this movie. This is the second EON Productions official series [James Bond] movie to feature the James Bond ally character of Rene Mathis. The Mathis character appeared in the original Ian Fleming novel but not film of From Russia with Love and variations of this character's name have appeared in "[Climax!:] {Casino Royale (#1.3)}" (1954) (as Valerie Mathis) and Casino Royale (as Inspector Mathis). As the character dies in the film, this is probably the last time in the series that Mathis will be seen.
  • Reportedly, Daniel Craig was paid (UK) £4.5 million for the movie, more than twice as much as the (UK) £2 million he received for Casino Royale.
  • The media in 2008 reported that Gemma Arterton once had six fingers on each hand. This is a condition known as polydactyly. She called it her "little oddity". Bond villains have long been famous for having some kind of physiological dysfunction. To date, no Bond movie villain characters have had this trait, though Dr. No had metal hands, Carl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me had webbed-hands and there was also Mr. Goldfinger. Lee Fu-Chu in the Bond novel Brokenclaw was born with his left hand's thumb on the opposite side of his palm whilst The Sheik villain in the Eurospy movie Agent 505 - Todesfalle Beirut has four fingers.
  • According to Mathieu Amalric, it was easy to accept the role of Dominic Greene because "it's impossible to tell your kids that I could have been in a Bond film but I refused!" Having played a paralyzed newspaper editor in his previous film Le scaphandre et le papillon, Amalric found the role refreshingly physical.
  • Parody t-shirts of the movie's teaser poster which showed a tall silhouette of James Bond with a gun featured taglines such as "Shoot First - Vodka Martini Later", "Never Stirred, Never Shaken" and "Even My Shadow Has A Big Gun".
  • Cameo: [Alfonso Cuarón] The Mexican film director as a helicopter pilot, credited for additional voices. Cuarón is a friend of the movie's director Marc Forster.
  • While filming in Panama, Daniel Craig had to change hotels a number of times after the press discovered his whereabouts. Problems for the cast and crew were caused by the increased attention of the paparazzi.
  • Dan Bradley was hired as the film's second unit director on the basis of his work on The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, so the film would continue the contemporary gritty action style begun in Casino Royale. Alexander Witt, the second unit director on Casino Royale, was also second unit on The Bourne Identity.