Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Above: DVD cover artwork


Agent 007 and M's interrogation of Mr White proves no one can be trusted on James Bond's newest action adventure, "Quantum of Solace". Fueled by the betrayal of Vesper, the woman he loved, Bond's determination to track down the mastermind behind White's sinister organisation leads to Haiti, where he finds an unlikely ally in Camille, a beautiful but feisty stranger. The trail quickly leads to Dominic Greene but with the British Government and the CIA working against him, Bond must kill or be killed on his mission to uncover the truth and destroy 'Quantum'.

Release Data
UK: 31st October 2008 (12A)
USA: 14th November 2008 (PG-13)
World Premiere: 29th October 2008 (Odeon Leicester Square, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 26th March 2011 (ITV)
US TV Premiere: TBC

Running Time: 106 minutes
Classification: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US)
Budget: $225m (unconfirmed)

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Daniel Craig
Olga Kurylenko
Dominic Greene
Mathieu Amalric
Judi Dench
Giancarlo Giannini
Strawberry Fields
Gemma Arterton
Felix Leiter
Jeffrey Wright
Gregg Beam
David Harbour
Mr White
Jesper Christensen
Anatole Taubman
Rory Kinnear
Foreign Secretary
Tim Pigott-Smith
General Medrano
Joaquín Cosio
Police Colonel
Fernando Guillén-Cuervo
Lt. Orso
Jesús Ochoa
Glenn Foster
Simon Kassianides
Mr Slate
Neil Jackson

Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Director: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Composer: David Arnold

Siena, Italy; London, UK; Port au Prince, Haiti; Bregenz, Austria; Tuscany, Italy; Bolivia; Moscow, Russia.

Pre-Credits Sequence
The action opens in a frenetic car chase along the banks of Lake Garda in Italy. James Bond is tailed in his Aston Martin DBS by members of Quantum in Alfa Romeo's. The chase winds through tunnels until the last car meets its fate in a marble quarry. Free of his enemies, 007 rolls in to an MI6 safe house in Siena where he delivers his package to M - Mr White.

The title is taken from a short story included in Ian Fleming's 1960 anthology "For Your Eyes Only". However, "Quantum of Solace" was first published in the May 1959 edition of Modern Woman magazine. The film does not use any element of the short story other than its title.

Above: Daniel Craig is James Bond 007.


Cut Scenes & Alternate Versions
Due to censorship regulations, some scenes have been eliminated locally. In Saudi Arabia, both shots of Fields semi-naked (with and without oil) were removed.

The following scenes were filmed but removed from the final cut:

- A shot showing Bond enjoying the end of Tosca and straightening his tie.

- A moment where Fields was "feeling terrible" after Mathis gives Bond the party invitation and notices what they have been doing.

Original Ending
A scene showing Mr White's ultimate fate and the identity of his superior was filmed and included in early cuts to conclude the film.

Mentioned in the film as one of the Prime Minister's closest advisors, Guy Haines is also a senior member of the shadowy organisation 'Quantum'. 007 discovers his presence during the Tosca opera scene where Dominic Greene holds a meeting of Quantum members.

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 adventure. The gun-barrel sequence, uniquely positioned at the end of "Quantum of Solace", would have appeared after Bond dispatches Mr White for good. The scene was shot over one day on location in London on April 14th 2008.

Best Line
Camille: "Friend of yours?"
Bond: "I don't have any friends"

Best Mistake
The CIA, Greene and Bond take flights to "Bregenz, Austria" for the opera. However, Bregenz does not have an airport.

Distinguishing Feature
For the first time in the series, the film ends with the traditional gunbarrel just before the credits roll.

Anything Else?
Bond's business card for Universal Exports lists his name as R. Sterling. 007 used this cover name (Robert Sterling) before in "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 1
Martinis: 6
"Bond, James Bond": 0

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