James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? Written by
The title "Quantum of Solace" is taken from the Ian Fleming short story of the same name in the book "For Your Eyes Only" first published on 11 April 1960. It's the third short story from "For Your Eyes Only" collection and it's the last short story from the book to be used in some way for a Bond movie. "For Your Eyes Only" and two other Fleming short stories were originally conceived in the 1950s as scripts for a never-produced James Bond TV series with CBS. "Quantum of Solace" was not one of the short stories conceived for television. The short story was written by Ian Fleming on the way back from / after returning from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean during the Summer of 1958. As such, this makes the release of this film the 50th Anniversary of the writing of the short-story. 2008 is also the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Fleming who was born in 1908. "Quantum of Solace" was first published in Modern Woman / Cosmopolitan magazine in May 1959. The source story is not actually considered a spy espionage story though there is mention of a mission, the story is an anecdote told to James Bond at a dinner party. This is therefore the first EON Productions James Bond movie since The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to utilize a non-spy story as a source for a Bond movie. The story was an attempt by Fleming to write a more literature serious story somewhat in the vein of W. Somerset Maugham, and is frequently described in the literary world as "a Maughamish anecdote". It was inspired by a true story in an anecdote told to Ian Fleming by friend, neighbor and one-time lover Blanche Blackwell who received a Cartier wrist watch as gift from him when it was published. See more »
When Dominic Greene hugs Camille while standing at the edge of the shore, you can see one part of Camille's scar peeling off. See more »
[to James Bond]
I was sorry to hear about Vesper. I think she loved you.
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This film could have been so good, but Marc Forster's clichéd and ham-fisted direction completely ruined it for me. To be fair, his handling of the quieter moments between the action was adequate, but he clearly has no grasp of how direct action sequences, which are clearly central to any good Bond. I'm afraid the 'shake the camera and cut at least once a second' school of action direction doesn't really cut it.
It's tragic really, as the setup and the stunts for the sequences looked pretty promising, but you had to look pretty hard to tell once Mr. Forster's hopeless direction kicked in. Such a waste.
I think I'll hold out for the special edition DVD - you know - the non-directors cut!
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