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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Quantum of Solace can be found here.

Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig), still suffering from the loss of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) and still not fully trusted by MI6 head M (Judi Dench), uncovers a plot by world-renown developer of Greene Planet, Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), to help overthrow the Bolivian government in exchange for a seemingly barren area in the Bolivian desert. CIA's section chief for South America Gregg Beam (David Harbour) thinks the land contains oil. Others think it might contain diamonds, but it contains something even more valuable than that.

No, Quantum of Solace is based on an idea by co-producer Michael G. Wilson, stepson of the late Albert R. Broccoli (producer of the previous James Bond movies) and half brother to current producer Barbara Broccoli. The story was adapted for the movie by screenwriters Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis. The title was chosen from a short story in Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only, although the movie's relation to the story is remote and tangential at best. The story is about Bond attending a dull party where he hears a story of a dysfunctional marriage; it ends with him reflecting that normal life can be more dramatic than his own.

Although the title was taken from one of the short stories in the book For Your Eyes Only, the story in the book has nothing to do with the film. In the short story, Bond is told a story by the colonial governor of Jamaica, with whom he had just had dinner. It is a brief tale about a failed relationship. The term "quantum of solace" means "a small measure of comfort amid sorrow or disappointment".

Yes. Quantum of Solace begins only a few minutes after the final scene of Casino Royale (2006). The producers and writers of Quantum of Solace have stated that the action of the film picks up "almost an hour after the close of Casino Royale". They have also said it is a continuation of the story established in Casino Royale. In this way it can be regarded as a true sequel to Royale and, like that film, is separate in continuity to any of the previous Bond films to come before. While sharing the same continuity of the character, the previous Bond films were more "stand-alone" adventures of the super spy than sequels that told one ongoing story. It is not clear how long the producers intend to continue this ret-con of Bond films in this manner, but they have already openly stated that they do not intend to re-visit or remake any of the material from the previously released series of Bond films.

Bond (Daniel Craig) attempted to rescue Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) from a building collapsing into a canal in Venice, but he's too late. Mr White (Jesper Christensen) makes off with Bond's casino winnings. M (Judi Dench explains that Vesper made a deal with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) such that she would give them the winnings if he would let Bond live. When Bond returns to his apartment, he finds a message for him from Vesper, giving him the telephone number for Mr White at his villa in Lake Como, northern Italy. As White arrives home, he receives a telephone call. "Mr White, we need to talk," a voice says. Suddenly, a shot rings out, hitting White in the leg. As White attempts to crawl away, Bond appears, gun in hand. "The name's Bond...James Bond," he says.

The terrorist organization represented by Mr. White in the previous film is called Quantum. Unlike SPECTRE, Quantum seems to operate in anonymity, using pawns to carry out terrorist acts. In addition to a returning Mr. White, Bond is pitted against Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a businessman who runs a number of Quantum's shell corporations, his cousin Elvis (Anatole Taubman), and General Medrano (Joaquín Cosio), a corrupt military leader allied with Quantum. Yusuf, (Simon Kassianides) the previously unseen French-Algerian boyfriend of Vesper Lynd, has a minor villainous role in this film.

The movie opens on a highway in northern Italy as Bond (with Mr White secured in the trunk of his Aston Martin) attempts to outrun pursuers on his way to Siena where M is waiting to question him. White escapes when M's bodyguard Mitchell (Glenn Foster) turns on her, so Bond kills Mitchell; he and M return to London to search Mitchell's apartment and discover that he had a contact, Edmund Slate, in Port au Prince, Haiti, so Bond traces him down, only to find a dead end. However, he does learn that Slate was a hitman for environmentalist Dominic Green, who is helping deposed Bolivian dictator General Medrano to overthrow his government in exchange for some land in a worthless desert. Bond follows Greene to Bregenz, Austria, but not before saving Greene's lover, Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), from certain death at the hands of Medrano, who also murdered Camille's family. While at the opera in Bregenz, Bond kills a bodyguard of Quantum member Guy Haines, an advisor to the British Prime Minister, so M orders his passports and credit cards to be suspended. Bond talks old friend Ren Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) to forge a passport for him and invites Mathis to accompany him to La Paz, Bolivia, where the British Consulate orders Bond to return to the UK. After seducing the British Consulate, Bond attends a party being thrown by Greene. Bond ends up stranding Greene in the desert and heading to Kazan, Russia to track down Vesper's former love, Yusef Kabira.

The opening song, 'Another Way to Die' is performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys.

James Bond once again drives an Aston Martin DBS, the same car he drove in Casino Royale. It has no gadgets -- or at least Bond doesn't use any if the car has them. Characters in the film also use Land Rovers, Alfa Romeo 159's, an old DC-3 airplane, a South American-built VW Beetle and even a very old Peugeot 404.

Greene wanted the area of Bolivian desert because it had natural water sources. (Remember, he says if Medrano turns the land over to Greene he "gets whatever they find there.") He used the idea that there was oil there in order to tempt the CIA into letting him install a puppet dictator. Once the General takes control, Greene intends to supply water back to Bolivia at a massive cost and become very rich. However, viewers have pointed out a flaw in the plot, such that Bolivia is a desperately poor nation that wouldn't be able to afford the high prices Greene would charge; in fact, the movie takes pains to illustrate the poverty in the country, raising the question of whether Greene's plot was truly to get rich from water or simply to be evil for evil's sake.

The "gun barrel" does return, although not right before the opening scene/theme song as is the Bond film's custom; it appears just before the end credits and, while completely revised for Craig's appearance, is more like the traditional gun barrel.

It is Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. The performance was filmed in the spring of 2008 at the floating stage of the Bregenz Festival, Austria, as performed in the festival's 2007 and 2008 seasons, directed by Philipp Himmelmann. In the original production, however, the singer strips down to his bare chest.

This would be the original ending: Bond confronts Guy Haines, one of the Quantum members seen at the opera house, at his private estate. Mr. White is also present, serving in a henchman capacity. Bond spins around to shoot White, mirroring the movements of the gunbarrel sequence of Casino Royale, then captures Haines. This was cut so the producers would have more options, in terms of plot direction, for the next film.

The movie version: Camille has burn scars on her back from when General Medrano set fire to her house after killing her mother and sister. Camille was trapped in the house for a short time & was subsequently burned. The actual reason is that actress Olga Kurylenko had tattoo laser-removal surgery just before filming commenced, so they worked it into the story for the film.

Was Mathis a good guy?

Yes, Mathis was in fact an ally of James. In dialogue it is revealed his current residence in Italy was a gift from MI6 when they realized they had wrongfully imprisoned and tortured him. When Mathis is dying in Bond's arms, Bond asks him "Is Mathis your cover name?" This was not Bond trying to discern his allegiance, rather Bond was merely distracting him and alleviating the situation that they both knew was going to end with Mathis' death. Bond was clearly comforting his friend in his last few moments, and asking about his name was his way of getting closer to his friend in the end. When Bond dumps the body in the dumpster, it is for mere ease and practicality and because as Bond says "he wouldn't care" Camille asks if this was how he treated his friends, if Mathis wasn't his friend more likely than not he would have said so. It's also worth noting that in the end of the movie Bond says he has no regrets. It is possible the writers never intended Mathis' character to be a clear cut good/bad guy.

Her full name is Strawberry Fields, an obvious reference to The Beatles. She likely didn't want Bond to make fun of her name, as he tends to do. Also, she was probably trying to keep herself at a professional distance from Bond, knowing his reputation with the ladies.

Did Mr. White escape?

Mr. White likely had a second infiltrator who helped him escape from MI6 custody, as it would have been difficult (though not impossible) to escape on his own with his injuries. When he reappears in the opera house, he manages to keep a low enough profile to escape Bond's notice, so he is still at large by the end of the film.

A split second before he forces Slate (Neil Jackson) out onto the balcony, Bond stabs him in the neck with the scissors. Bond stabs him again in the leg as an added pacifying measure. Director Marc Forster and his editors, Matt Chesse and Richard Pearson opted for a quick-editing method that at times makes the action difficult to follow. Though it is possible he stabbed him in the femoral artery (which, in many cases, can cause rapid loss of blood and death), it doesn't look like that's where the scissors went. If you watch the scene, just a split second after Slate actually dies, there is a pool of blood forming beneath his head.

Not likely, but this IS a Bond film & they often make the impossible seem possible (or MORE impossible!!). Of course, we don't know how deep the crevice was or if Bond and Camille had reached terminal velocity, but it does seem like movie implausibility. However, hearing someone talking or yelling while falling that fast, with the wind rushing past your ears, is virtually impossible. The Mythbusters proved it on one of their shows during a tandem skydive. Grant Imahara yelled as loudly as he could during the jump, and it couldn't be picked up by recording equipment or any of the crew filming it. Again, Bond film, impossible made possible. (The same can be said of Bond shooting the fuel tank in the burning hotel at the end; under normal circumstances, the resulting explosion would have killed them both, or at least left them critically injured and deaf, but since it's a Bond film, it only knocks down the wall so they can escape.)

Yes, but it's not called that. It's the ESO Hotel which is near the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The writers probably used the name Perlas de las Dunas to make the place sound more exotic.

How does the movie end?

After leaving Greene in the desert with only a can of motor oil, Bond heads for Kazan, Russia to track down Vesper's former lover, Yusef Kabira. He discovers that Yusef has a habit of linking up with female intelligence agents in possession of sensitive secrets and then forcing them to reveal those secrets by claiming his life has been threatened. Holding Yusef at gunpoint, Bond tells Yusef's current 'lover' to leave the room, call her agency, and tell them they have a leak. In the next scene, Bond is shown leaving Yusef's apartment and meeting up with M. Bond tells her that Yusef is still alive, and M tells him that Greene was found dead in the desert with motor oil in his stomach and with two bullets in the back of his head. She also mentions that Felix Leiter has been promoted and tells Bond that she needs him back. 'I never left,' Bond replies and walks off. In the final scene, he drops Vesper's necklace in the snow.

Greene was shot by Quantum because they thought he'd given away secrets to James Bond. It is doubtful that he actually drank the oil Bond had given him because Greene likely wouldn't have taken it with him. Most likely, he was force-fed the oil before he was killed, a parallel to the way Agent Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) was killed.

At the end of the credits, it says: "James Bond will return."

In May 2006 Activision acquired non-exclusive rights to develop and publish James Bond games. Quantum of Solace was released in late October 2008 (Europe) and early November 2008 (North America) to coincide with the simultaneous release of the motion picture. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game, developed by Treyarch Studios, utilizes the "Warfare Engine"- backbone for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and originally developed by Infinity Ward - for both the game's single player campaign and multiplayer modes. The game itself is a first-person shooter set during the course of the motion picture, with players controlling James Bond throughout the film's storyline. Activision also released licensed Quantum of Solace titles for PlayStation 2 (developed by Eurocom), Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Wii (Beenox), and Nintendo DS (Vicarious Visions).

The BBFC rated Quantum of Solace as a 12A for cinema release for containing "frequent moderate action violence". The BBFC originally saw the film in an unfinished version to advise on a likely rating. Their website states that "the film would most likely receive a '12A' as it was, but that care should be taken when finishing the film not to increase the intensity of certain scenes." It was after this that edits were made in one scene in the finale of the film, before being submitted to the BBFC in its final form. At this point it was officially passed as a 12A (detailed notes can be found on the BBFC's site). As of March 2010, it appears that these cuts to violence are present in all versions worldwide.

Martin Campbell, although at first strongly tipped to direct Quantum of Solace, stated at the Chinese Premiere of Casino Royale that he was "unlikely to return to direct the 22nd film." No reason was given by Campbell but, in quick succession, he was signed to direct 2 new films, 36 and Unstoppable. Roger Mitchell, who has worked with Daniel Craig before on Enduring Love and The Mother, was briefly considered, but then decided not to direct the film, stating that, "I was very nervous that there was a start date but really no script at all. And I like to be very well prepared as a director." After Mitchell left, Sony Pictures then stated that 18 months was too short to produce a good film, so the release date was pushed back to November 7th, 2008.

Casino Royale, the 21st Bond film, was a reboot of the James Bond film series. Whilst borrowing heavily from both the Bond film mythos and the Ian Fleming novel bearing the same name, it made significant changes to both in order to achieve its aim of re-inventing the long-standing character for modern audiences. As such, it is incorrect to assume that Casino Royale was a prequel to the already established James Bond film series. The events of Casino Royale were not designed to precede those of the 20 other James Bond movies. An example is that in Goldfinger Bond is given his gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 by Q to complete a mission, however in Casino Royale Bond wins this Aston Martin in a game of poker.

Including Quantum of Solace, Craig has made three movies so far in which he plays James Bond: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012). Spectre is set for release in 2015, and Bond 25 is on the books with no known release date. Craig is scheduled to play Bond in both of these movies.

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