This the first time in a Daniel Craig Bond film in which James Bond does not fire a suppressed gun. Although the film poster features Bond holding a suppressed Heckler & Koch UMP9, all the guns he fired are not suppressed.
This is the first James Bond movie where James Bond is seen inebriated. Bond has never actually been shown drunk (he may have appeared as this in Casino Royale (2006) but he had been poisoned). The scene in a bar on the plane in this movie clearly shows he has been affected by alcohol and it is mentioned that he has drunk six Vesper martini cocktails.
Daniel Craig felt Casino Royale (2006) was physically "a walk in the park" compared to this film; his training was extremely intense, involving more boxing, running, speedboating and stunt driving. He was injured about three times in the making of this film.
The film's title was selected only a few days before its announcement on 24 January 2008. For a long time, it had been considered unsuitable for an 007 film; Daniel Craig admitted he was unsure about it, but it seemed to fit in the context of the film: "Bond is looking for his Quantum of Solace, that's what he wants. Ian Fleming says that if you don't have a Quantum of Solace in your relationship, you might as well give up. Bond doesn't have that because his girlfriend has been killed, therefore he's looking for revenge to make himself happy with the world again." QUANTUM is also the name of the organization in the film; a kind of new-age SMERSH, or the fictitious S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Marc Forster thought Judi Dench was underused in the previous films, which is why she has such a much bigger part to play this time. He had her interact with Bond more because "she is the only woman Bond doesn't view in a sexual context", which Forster always found interesting.
At 106 minutes long, this is the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions Official Series. This film is a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006) which coincidentally is the longest film in the official series. This film is also the first Bond movie to run under two hours since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The non-EON made-for-television Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) tele-movie has the record for being the shortest Bond movie ever, running at 51 minutes.
This is the first James Bond movie to have both a boat chase and a car chase since Live and Let Die (1973). This film is the only Bond movie that has a foot chase, a car chase, a plane chase and a boat chase.
This film marks the first time since You Only Live Twice (1967) that Bond does not introduce himself with the catchphrase "Bond, James Bond." The line was shot for several different scenes but was completely cut out as Forster and the producers found it unnecessary. (The Bond films From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965) also do not use the line) The other staple Bond line stating a "vodka martini, shaken not stirred" does not appear in this movie either.
A free-fall scene with James Bond and Camille was shot in the Bodyflight Wind Tunnel in Bedford with 17 small digital cameras. It was going to be shot in the conventional way (with a large fan blowing the actors faces), but Craig disliked the idea of a fan in his face and stunt coordinator Gary Powell suggested filming in a wind tunnel. For safety, Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko shot for only 30 seconds periodically, and wore wind-resistant contact lenses that enabled them to open their eyes as they fell. The Body Flight Wind Tunnel is 26 feet (about 8 meters) long with a diametric width of about 16 ½ feet (about 5 meters) and can simulate free falling at 170 mph (about 274 kph).
With the use of this original Ian Fleming James Bond story title for this movie, there now remains only four original Fleming titles that haven't been used as movie titles. These are "The Property of a Lady", "The Hildebrand Rarity", "Risico" and "007 in New York".
According to Mathieu Amalric, his character does not have any distinguishing features to make him more formidable and to represent the hidden villains of society: "He has no scars, no eye that bleeds, no metal jaw. I tried everything to have something to help me. I said to Marc Forster: No nothing? A beard? Can I shave my hair? He said: No, just your face." Amalric also described Greene as "not knowing how to fight, so James Bond would be more surprised. Sometimes anger can be much more dangerous. I'm going to fight like in school."
Daniel Craig was injured at least three times during the making of this movie. The most prominent ones included an injury to his face, which required four stitches; another to his shoulder, which required 6 surgical screws to be inserted in an operation and his arm in a sling; and then his hand was injured when one of his finger tips was sliced off.
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 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Amalric found the role refreshingly physical.
James Bond's eleven costume changes in the movie required about 420 pieces of clothing. There were nine versions of every suit used in the movie. Three were normal, three were battered with blood and debris whilst three were this but also waterlogged.
The "Vesper" martini drink is described as being three measures (9 ounces) of gin (Gordon's was Bond's choice), one measure (3 ounces) of vodka (Bond preferred a grain vodka be used; e.g. Absolut) and half a measure (1.5 ounces) of Kina Lillet. The ingredients are shaken over ice until cold, served in a cocktail glass with a slice of lemon peel for garnish. Kina Lillet has not been made since 1985 and the modern substitute would be Lillet Blanc, made by the same company, Lillet, based in Podensac, France. This also creates somewhat of an anachronism as this movie is clearly set in the present, where Kina Lillet would no longer be available.
On 1 April 2008, while filming was going on in the village of Baquedano, the local mayor Carlos Lopez drove his sedan into the village of Baquedano, nearly running over a policeman. He was reportedly furious that the filmmakers did not seek his permission to film in the village; he was outraged that the film portrayed the region of Antofagasta as part of Bolivia when Chile had conquered it in 1883; and criticised security measures like "special forces and water cannons to prevent people walking in the street" for the small town, which reminded him "of the worst of the Augusto Pinochet years." He was arrested, detained briefly, and put on trial two days later. His claim that they needed his permission to film in the area was dismissed: Michael G. Wilson explained that Bolivia was essential to the plot due to its history of water problems, and was surprised the two countries disliked each other a century after the War of the Pacific. When the Chilean newspaper "La Segunda" ran a poll on the incident, 75% of its readers disagreed with Lopez's actions, feeling it now presented a negative image of Chile.
Screenwriter Paul Haggis described James Bond in this film as "a very human and flawed assassin, a man who has to navigate a morally complex and often cynical world while attempting to hold onto his deep beliefs of what is right and wrong." Daniel Craig further described Bond as "an unfinished article with a sense of revenge, who is still headstrong and doesn't always make the right decisions."
This is the first ever James Bond film in the series that has no gun barrel sequence at all at the start of the movie, and the first to use it at the very end of the movie. This is also the first James Bond movie where we see Daniel Craig perform the gun-barrel walk synonymous with the sequence and the series. The gun-barrel walk was not part of the alternate gun-barrel sequence in Casino Royale (2006) which had a gun-barrel sequence at the start but with different graphics but was not the traditional sequence. Daniel Craig becomes the seventh person to perform the traditional gun barrel walk and sequence after the first five actors who played James Bond and stuntman Bob Simmons who did it in the first three Bond movies. It's also the first gun barrel sequence to be presented in color since Die Another Day (2002), and the first to show Bond wearing a business suit since The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
As with Casino Royale (2006), the traditional film series characters of Q and Miss Moneypenny do not appear. 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 won the part of of Agent Fields over 1500 other applicants. The full name of her Miss Fields character is never revealed in the film and is only ever referred to as "Fields". Her full name is given in the film's closing credits and publicity documents as "Strawberry Fields," named after the 1967 song by The Beatles. She has red hair, like strawberries. Strawberry Fields can be considered a typical Ian Fleming-esque moniker. Arterton has reportedly based her character on a number of 1960s Bond Girls, particularly Pussy Galore and Tracy di Vicenzo, on whose hairstyle Arterton based Fields' hair. She's the fifth major redheaded Bond Girl in the series, the first 4 being Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in Thunderball (1965); Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); Helga Brandt (Karin Dor) in You Only Live Twice (1967); and Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
As the first ever direct sequel in the series, Daniel Craig has commented: "We felt we needed to tie up the loose ends from Casino Royale (2006) and make sure people realize we are back making Bond movies. For me it's about creating something that is going to stand alone but if you put the two films together, you're going to have an incredible experience because you will see one continuous story."
The set for the floating opera sequence utilizes a gigantic EYE which invariably references For Your Eyes Only (1981) as does the distinctive appearance of the eyes of the film's chief villain. The "For Your Eyes Only" book is the anthology which includes the short story "Quantum of Solace" from which the movie takes its title.
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.
Of the film's somewhat different title, Daniel Craig said that it was "meant to confuse a little. It's meant to make you sort of wonder" and "We want people to start thinking as they come and see the film" whilst producer Michael G. Wilson said an original Ian Fleming title was "really important to us" and "We thought it was an intriguing title that references what's happening to Bond and what's happening to him in this film."
Out of the 400 women who auditioned for the role of Camille, Marc Forster chose Olga Kurylenko because she seemed the least nervous of them all. She spent three weeks training with weapons and learned how to fight and body fly, a form of indoor skydiving. Kurylenko dislikes filming stunts, but Daniel Craig's compassion helped her to carry them out. Kurylenko also trained with a dialect coach to perform with a Spanish accent, which was easy since "she has a good ear and can imitate people." She was also given a DVD box set of all the 007 films since she has not seen many of them, although the Bond franchise is quite well-known in her homeland of Ukraine.
The MacGuffin in this film is the natural resource water. Producer Michael G. Wilson has referred to the movie Chinatown (1974) where it was used as a MacGuffin. This is the first environmentally themed Bond movie since the Solex Agitator solar power source appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Paul McCartney turned down the offer to write a new James Bond song for the film, and recommended singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse for the job. Winehouse actually recorded a demo with music producer Mark Ronson. The demo was not used for reasons linked to Winehouse's inability to record music at a time due to her well publicized personal situation.
On 19 April 2008, Fraser Dunn, an engineer driving Bond's Aston Martin DBS to the set lost control of the car and ended up in Northern Italy's Lago di Garda (Lake Garda). Some media labelled the incident, "Dry Another Day" (spoof of Die Another Day (2002). The technican suffered only minor injuries but the car, valued at £120,000 ($235K), was completely totaled. Reportedly, a fan later paid about (UK) £200,000 for the wrecked car which is about £70,000 more than what the car was worth brand new. More surprising is the fact that this particular car (one of six) was not part of even any filming for the movie and is not seen in the final film.
As a promotional book-tie in for the movie, all the original Ian Fleming James Bond short stories have been housed in the one volume for the first time. The compendium is called "Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories". It includes all nine short stories from the For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octopussy (1983) and The Living Daylights (1987) anthologies. It was released on 29 May 2008 in the UK and on 26 August 2008 in Northern America.
To film the aerial dogfight, a "Snake-head" camera was built and placed on the nose of a Piper Aerostar 700. This camera is shaped like a periscope and can turn 360°. It was used so that pilots for the first time can fly as "aggressively as they dare without sacrificing the drama of the shot."
Reportedly, this is expected to be the final James Bond movie released under the Sony banner. This is allegedly due to a legal agreement which was made when Sony formed a consortium to buy the MGM studio four years ago in 2004. This film and its precursor Casino Royale (2006) have both been MGM / Columbia Pictures co-productions and both studio logos are seen at the start of each film. For Skyfall (2012), MGM is expected to return to being the Bond franchise's sole exclusive studio. However, it has been touted that Sony may be staying on.
The Bregenz floating opera sequence was filmed during Philipp Himmelmann's 2007 production of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" at the Bregenz floating opera stage on Lake Constance in Austria. A full version of Himmelmann's "Tosca" can be seen by viewing Tosca (2007). The part of the "Tosca" opera seen in this James Bond movie is the Te Deum scene and parts of Act 2. Major characters from the opera that can be seen in the movie include Floria Tosca, Baron Scarpia, Mario Cavaradossi, Sciarrone, Spoletta and Shepherd. In the original production, however, the Scarpia singer on the platform strips down to his bare chest during the Te Deum.
The meaning of the film's title according to different sources. The Governor character in the Ian Fleming short story of the same name defines it as "... a precise figure defining the comfort, humanity and fellow feeling required between two people for love to survive. If the quantum of solace is 0, then love is dead." He then introduces the Law of the Quantum of Solace as follows: "I've seen flagrant infidelities patched up, I've seen crimes and even murder foreign by the other party, let alone bankruptcy and other forms of social crime. Incurable disease, blindness, disaster - all of these can be overcome. But never the death of common humanity in one of the partners. I've thought about this and I've invented a rather high-sounding title for this basic factor in human relations. I have called it the law of the Quantum of Solace." In the same story James Bond comments on the Law of the Quantum of Solace as follows: "That's a splendid name for it. It's certainly impressive enough. And of course I see what you mean. I should say you're absolutely right. Quantum of Solace - the amount of comfort. Yes, I suppose you can say that all love and friendship is based in the end on that. Human beings are very insecure. When the other person not only makes you feel insecure but actually seems to want to destroy you, it's obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero. You've got to get away to save yourself." In an interview, the producers explained: "It means that a relationship cannot be salvaged unless there is a 'quantum of solace' between the two parties - 'Quantum' meaning 'measure' and 'solace' meaning 'comfort' - so if they are not willing to share that then their relationship is not redeemable. In our case, it is a couple of things: Bond is looking for a 'quantum of solace' after his experiences in Casino Royale (2006), and QUANTUM also happens to be the name of the villainous organization in the film.
In trailers for the movie, the "OO7" part of the film title logo shifted to form the "Nov. 7" release date. While this was a great visual gimmick in the trailer, the release date was pushed back to Nov. 14 in the United States.
Dennis Gassner's production design in this Bond movie is a homage to the pioneering work of Bond production designer Ken Adam. Daniel Craig described this film as "a classical Bond movie, with a touch of Ken Adam." Art Director Adam was renowned for creating the lairs of the villains in the early 007 films. Michael G. Wilson also described Dennis Gassner's designs as "a post-modern look at modernism."
The character of MI6 Agent Fields (Gemma Arterton) is a tribute to the Bond girls of the 1960s, notably Tracy Bond from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Goldfinger (1964)'s Pussy Galore, both of which are Arterton's favourite performances. Arterton described Fields as "not as frolicsome or femme-fatale as other Bond girls, but is instead fresh and young."
This is the first James Bond movie to utilize the now rebuilt (for a second time) Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage which burnt down (for a second time) one week after Casino Royale (2006) finished filming there on 30 July 2006.
First James Bond movie to take its title from an original Ian Fleming short story since The Living Daylights (1987), a gap of twenty-one years. It is also the first time since this movie that James Bond has visited the opera.
Designer Tom Ford, working with the film's costume designer, Louise Frogley, to create made-to-measure suits, shirts, knitwear, and ties for Bond. More than 400 pieces were made for 11 costume changes. For each scene they made three suits that were perfect, three suits that were bloodied and blown up, three suits that were bloodied, blown up and had been in a pool. These were made for various stunt-men as well.
This is only the second time that production designer / art director / set decorator Peter Lamont has not worked on an official Bond movie since Goldfinger (1964). The other time was Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) when he won an Oscar for Titanic (1997). This film marks his retirement from the series.
A closing theme heard after the James Bond theme during the movie's closing credits was not featured on the movie's soundtrack. The theme is called "Crawl, end crawl" and it was composed by David Arnold and Four Tet (also known as Kieran Hebden). The track was not included on the soundtrack because it was produced at a very late stage and after the soundtrack was already in a well advanced stage of production.
Villains in the Bond movie series have often had some physiological dysfunction or trait that makes them distinguishable. For this movie, some may have thought that there was none for Dominic Greene, but arguably, critics have noticed his distinguishable and menacing bug eyes which do set him in the company of Bond villains of old.
All of the suits worn by Daniel Craig in the film are the Tom Ford Regency model, which features a 3-roll-2 button closure, double vents, pick-stitching, straight flapped pockets, a ticket pocket, & side adjusters rather than belt loops. The suits also feature 5-button surgeon's (functional) cuffs, which is a Tom Ford trademark.
QUANTUM, the name of the criminal organization, is not actually an acronym. James Bond creator Ian Fleming was famous for creating the acronymic criminal organization. SPECTRE stood for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion whilst SMERSH is derived from "Smiert Spionam" which means "death to spies". Many James Bond and spy parodies have organizations with spoof acronyms, but QUANTUM isn't an acronym, at least not yet.
This is the first James Bond film ever in the series that a car chase will be the main action piece in the pre-credits opening sequence (the opener in The Living Daylights (1987) was a chase with a Land Rover jeep).
The use of Bodyflight / Indoor Skydiving in this movie continues an often overlooked tradition in the official Bond series of using new and different sports, activities and pastimes. Parkour / Free Running and Texas Hold 'Em Poker appeared in Casino Royale (2006); Die Another Day (2002) showed Kite-Surfing and Switchblades (one-person gliders modeled on fighter jets aka PHASST - Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport); Thunderball (1965) had Sky-Hooking and the Bell Jet-Pack Flight; Winter Sports featured in For Your Eyes Only (1981) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), the latter of which showed a Stock Car Rally on ice; Moonraker (1979) was the first movie to feature a modern Space Shuttle and it also showed the space training ride in a centrifuge chamber (though hardly a sport); You Only Live Twice (1967) showcased the mini-helicopter Little Nell; Octopussy (1983) had the mini AcroStar Bede jet; GoldenEye (1995) had a Bungee jump; The Living Daylights (1987) opened with Paintball; the 1970s popular sport of hang-gliding featured in two 70s Bond pics, Live and Let Die (1973) and Moonraker (1979); Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) had the free-falling parachuting HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) Jump (aka a military free fall); A View to a Kill (1985) sparked international interest in Snowboarding; and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) premiered the water Jetski Wetbike.
The cocktail that Bond has aboard the plane is called a "Vesper". Mathis mentions the name of the drink in this scene. The drink is taken from the novel "Casino Royale". The scene suggests Bond is reflecting on Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale (2006) by way of using emotive music score reminiscent of their romance in a scene where he is drinking the martini which is known by her name.
Marc Forster's image (as seen in production stills) was used with consent for the video game tie-in Quantum of Solace (2008). In the train mission of the game, Vesper hands Bond a photograph of the an enemy that resembles Forster.
In a later interview, Daniel Craig revealed that the script originally wasn't intended to be as much of a sequel to the previous as it ended up being. However, because of the writer's strike, they had only the "bare bones" of a script and Craig and Forster ended up rewriting a lot of scenes between them, with many decisions being made on the fly and at the last second. Much of the content that made it such a direct sequel to the previous film was a last-second addition. Also, the title was chosen more or less at random, with Craig saying that most Bond movie titles are "meaningless" anyway, and they hoped it would sound intriguing. The title didn't really connect with the script they had at the time, and the revenge-story elements that actually made the title relevant were last-second additions.
The pre-credits car chase took months of preparation and eight weeks to film on location in Italy. It involved 40 stuntmen, six doubles for Daniel Craig, seven 162,500 pound Aston Martin DBS's and eight Alfa Romeo 159s.
The first installment of the James Bond film franchise to be a direct sequel to the previous film. "Quantum of Solace" is a direct sequel to "Casino Royale" and it continues on from where "Casino Royale" left off.
It was once extensively rumored that Al Pacino would be making a cameo appearance at the end of this movie as the head of the QUANTUM criminal organization in a brief role equivalent to that of a master villain like Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Apparently, Pacino was interested in taking the role of General Medrano.
First time that an official James Bond movie title song has been sung by two artists as a duet. The theme is called 'Another Way To Die' and is sung by Jack White and Alicia Keys. They were officially announced to be performing the song on 29 July 2008.
Director Marc Forster had wanted to film in the Swiss Alps which was a location for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and is where he grew up. Switzerland was also the nationality of the literary James Bond character's mother. However, the Swiss Alps location was written out of the movie for cost reasons. The film's climax originally featured here. There were concerns that the locale would be too similar to On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The finale now takes place in the desert, a terrain which has never before housed a villain's lair in a Bond movie.
This movie marks the return of semi-clad / naked girls dancing in the opening title sequence, a trademark of the series, and something that was left out of the previous Bond movie Casino Royale (2006)'s opening title sequence.
Bond hands a Universal Exports business card to one of Greene's men in Haiti that shows the pseudonym R. Sterling. The same name was used by 007 in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) when he introduced himself as Robert Sterling to Stromberg, with Anya Amasova as Mrs. Sterling.
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".
Whilst the film was in pre-production, some filming of background shots occurred during August 2007, long before principal photography was scheduled to start. This was because of the Palio di Siena Horse Race which forms the opening to a chase sequence through the medieval architectural town of Siena and its famed Bottini underground aqueduct which evokes From Russia with Love (1963) and its Basilica Cistern.
This film is being released in the same year that celebrates the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming, James Bond's creator. Fleming was born on 28 May 1908 and this film was originally scheduled to be released on 2 May 2008, a few weeks before the 100th Birthday on 28 May 2008. However, the general release date was deferred until 7 November 2008 to allow more time to produce the movie. The film was released in the UK, and some other countries, on the 31 October, a week before the general worldwide release.
In July 2006, the film was set for a release date of 2 May 2008, and Roger Michell was in negotiations to direct. He decided to turn down the job as he felt that that set production schedule of 18 months was not adequate for him ("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."). The release date was consequently pushed to November 2008.
To shoot the foot chase in Siena, officials supplied 1 million Euros to the filmmakers for them to build four camera cranes, alter rooftops, and hire 300 extras needed for the scene. The centuries-old roof-top tiles had to be removed by the production from the old houses and the roofs reinforced so actors and stunt-men would not fall through them.
The principal photography was plagued with many accidents. For example, one stuntman was seriously injured when he crashed a car in a chase sequence. Daniel Craig sliced open the tip of a finger. He also cut his face and required 8 stitches. In Austria, a technician was stabbed by his wife while working. An outdoor set in Pinewood Studios was damaged by fire.
Marc Forster is the first director in the EON Productions James Bond series not have a nationality from the British Commonwealth. Forster was born in Germany whereas all previous directors were from England or New Zealand.
Word of the film's secret title was discovered by fans when it was noticed that the domain name of quantumofsolace.com had been registered by Sony Pictures on 22 January 2008. The title of the movie was then leaked onto the internet prior to the official press conference on 24 January 2008. Similar domain name quantumofsolacemovie.com was registered by Sony Pictures in September 2007.
This is a James Bond movie which utilizes an original Ian Fleming title but nothing else from its source material. The first Bond movie to use just the title and zero or little else was You Only Live Twice (1967) , then The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), then Moonraker (1979) and later A View to a Kill (1985). Ironically, no novelization of this movie is being released. The original short story has been re-issued along with all the other original Fleming short stories.
Vehicles featured include the 510bhp 6.0-litre Aston Martin DBS V12 returning from Casino Royale (2006); Alfa Romeos including a black Alfa Romeo 159 belonging to villain Dominic Greene; a C-47 skytrain; a 1930s Douglas DC-3 propeller aircraft; an old Peugeot 404; a Daimler Double 6 & Super 8; a motorcycle; Sunseeker Powerboats including a Sunseeker Sovereign 17 speedboat, Sunseeker 37 Metre Yacht M4 & two motoryachts; Ocean Sky Jets including a Gulfstream G550 executive jet; and Ford vehicles in the last of their three picture deal which include the Ford GT, a gold 2009 Ford Ka MkII, an electric model Ford Edge, Volvo, a Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Defender 110 makes.
The film's first major teaser entitled "TRAILER A" was launched in theaters with the wide-release of Sony's US Summer blockbuster Hancock (2008) on 2nd July 2008 after having its premiere on-line a couple of days earlier on 30 June 2008.
The criminal organization revealed as QUANTUM in this film, which was active but unknown in the previous film Casino Royale (2006), is something which producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed to be intended to be an ongoing and regular foe of James Bond, much like SPECTRE in the early Bond movies of the 1960s. EON Productions, which produces the series, allegedly do not own the rights to the name SPECTRE due to a legal settlement with Kevin McClory.
Chile's Atacama Desert is a significant terrain in the third act of this movie and it's only the fourth major time that a Bond movie has featured desert terrain. The Nevada and Black Rock deserts in Nevada were the first deserts featured in the series in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Next was perhaps the most famous so far, the Egyptian desert in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The Desert would next feature in The Living Daylights (1987) featuring both the Moroccan and Mojave Deserts.
This is the first Bond film that is a direct sequel. However, it's not the first time that there's been a direct sequel in the Bond universe. In January 1997, a Raymond Benson's James Bond short-story "Blast From The Past" was published. It is a direct sequel to the 1964 Ian Fleming James Bond novel 'You Only Live Twice". This story was cut by about a third and has been is published uncut for the first time in October 2008 in Pegasus Books' Benson omnibus "The Union Trilogy". As such, both direct sequels have been released for the first time in the same year if one considers the short-story's complete version.
The Q symbol on Dominic Greene's lapel pin represents the name of his organization, QUANTUM. Q has previously been made famous in the EON Productions series as the code-name of the gadget-master Major Boothroyd. The Q character does not appear in this movie as with its precursor Casino Royale (2006).
This is the first ever James Bond movie in the series not to have a montage of scenes in one of the movie posters for its release. Painted artwork montages in some posters were a staple of the series up until Licence to Kill (1989) from which after photo montages took over for some posters.
The film's Royal World Premiere was held on Wednesday 29 October 2008 at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in the presence of British Royals Prince William Windsor and Prince Harry Windsor of England. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was held in aid of the "Help for Heroes" and "The Royal British Legion" charities.
The free-fall sequence seen in the film was performed by the actors doing indoor skydiving. This utilizes a vertical wind tunnel (VWT) which shifts air up through a vertical column wind tunnel at about 120 mph. People can fly through the air without having to skydive or parachute. As a person floats in mid-air, their action is so described as body flight or bodyflight. This activity is a legitimate pastime similar to sky-diving and is also used as training for that sport.
The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include A Quantum Consolation (or A Quantity of Consolation) (Germany); Quantum of Mercy (Russia); 007 Quantum (Mexico & Canada); A Grain of Comfort (Croatia); 007 Quantum of Solace (Argentina & Brazil); and 007: Reward of Comfort (Japan).
The names of villain Dominic Greene's henchmen are Yusef, Elvis, Mr. Slate, Gregg Beam, Craig Mitchell and General Medrano. The character of Mr. Slate was originally called Mr. Black whilst Dominic Greene was originally called Maurice Greene. There are three villains in the finished film with names representing colors: Dominic Greene, Mr. White, and Mr. Slate (= gray; previously Mr. Black).
This is only the third time that an M character's home has been shown in an official EON Productions James Bond film. The first was in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and the second was in Casino Royale (2006). The unofficial James Bond film, the comedy spoof Casino Royale (1967) also showed an M character's home.
This is the first time that the studio logos are seen in their normal full color representation for both the Sony - MGM studio Bond partnership and for a Daniel Craig Bond movie. The opening sequence for Casino Royale (2006) was in black and white and the studio logos were shown in b/w.
In this direct sequel, the characters that return from Casino Royale (2006) include James Bond, M, Felix Leiter, Rene Mathis and Mr. White. Characters referred to from that film mentioned in this movie include Le Chiffre and Vesper Lynd. Characters that appear in this film who were in the original "Casino Royale" novel include James Bond, M, Rene Mathis and Felix Leiter. Of all these characters, only James Bond appeared in the original Ian Fleming "Quantum of Solace" short-story. The character of Strawberry Fields has been considered a version of Mary Goodnight.
The ingredients of the famous martini shaken not stirred James Bond drink that is described in this film as three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, a half a measure of Kina Lillet, shaken over ice, with a thin slice of lemon. In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond alluded to naming it after Vesper. The Vesper name has two sources according to Henry Chancellor's book, "James Bond: The Man and His World - The Official Companion to Ian Fleming's Creation". One of them was that she was named after an exotic cocktail called a "Vesper". The rum punch drink contained ice, rum, fruit and herbs and was served to Ian Fleming and his life-long friend Ivar Bryce at a north-eastern Jamaican plantation house.
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.
The film uses no elements from the Ian Fleming short story "Quantum of Solace" except its title. Apart from James Bond, none of the characters from the short story (Rhoda Llewellyn, Philip Masters and the Governor) are used as character names in the movie, nor is its Nassau / Bermuda setting.
The use of the title "Quantum of Solace" for a Bond movie was first touted around the time of Licence to Kill (1989). A minor sensation erupted when the announcement of the title for this movie was made in January 2008. The title is taken from one of Ian Fleming James Bond story titles. Some media likened it to being like a "Harry Potter" title (imagine "Harry Potter and the Quantum of Solace") whilst others commented on its difference, one outlet saying that it was "a real Oddjob" and that, "The Name's Odd. Very Odd." In an interview with GQ Magazine, Daniel Craig stated that he was involved in making the decision for the title, Quantum of Solace. He also admitted that "in the great tradition of Bond movies, the film's title is often meaningless." Daniel Craig has also said he wanted to avoid titles that mention dying or death for this film's title. Ironically, the name of the title song for this movie is "Another Way To Die".
An initial storyline for this movie was to be based on an original Ian Fleming James Bond short-story titled "Risico" which involved drug-running. This was to involve M sending Bond on a mission to avenge a friend. This is reflected in trade paper Variety's early published synopsis for the film which stated: "James Bond infiltrates a drug ring that is flooding Britain with heroin". Story elements from "Risico" have previously been used for the movie For Your Eyes Only (1981).
The Governor character alludes to the "Quantum of Solace" in the original Ian Fleming short-story of the same name as follows: "The Governor paused and looked reflectively over at Bond. He said: "You're not married, but I think it's the same with all relationships between a man and a woman. They can survive anything so long as some kind of basic humanity exists between the two people. When all kindness has gone, when one person obviously and sincerely doesn't care if the other is alive or dead, then it's just no good. That particular insult to the ego-worse, to the instinct of self-preservation-can never be forgiven. I've noticed this in hundreds of marriages."
Editing this movie was so stressful that co-editor Richard Pearson was brought in to assist Matt Chesse to speed up the editing process. Marc Forster only had five weeks to edit the entire movie. In his previous movies, Forster would take an average of 14 weeks to edit.
It's the first James Bond movie since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) where Bond uses the Walther PPK as his main weapon. It should be noted that in that film, Wai Lin given Bond a Walther P99 before he joins her in searching for the stealth boat, becoming it in his new main gun for the following three Bond films. The Walther PPK was used also by Daniel Craig in promotional photos of Casino Royale (2006).
An early draft of the script involved Bond discovering that Vesper had a child (by a previous relationship) and who had been kidnapped by Quantum. Paul Haggis' submitted script included a scene at a UN-style international conference, with Bond having to follow a Quantum secret conference by constantly switching frequencies. The scene was rewritten to take place at an opera, as director Marc Forster feared that it wouldn't be visually interesting.
Befitting the film's environmental theme, Ford chose to feature two of its environmentally friendly concept cars in it, as part of its product-placement arrangement. In the scenes set in Haiti, Camille drives a prototype electric version of the Ford Ka, the redesigned model of which was introduced in the film. Later, at Greene's compound in the Atacama Desert, several Ford Flex prototypes - powered by hydrogen fuel cells - are shown, notably the one Bond and Camille drive to the Bolivian train station near the film's end. While both vehicles subsequently went into mass production, neither engine variant was ever sold commercially. Finally, given that Ford had divested itself of all of the British brands in its former Premier Automotive Group by the time "Quantum of Solace" premiered, the automaker elected to discontinue its association with the Bond franchise in future films.
This film marks the return of the "traditional" gun barrel sequence, albeit at the end of the film as opposed to the beginning. Similarly, the previous film Casino Royale (2006), incorporated the gun barrel sequence as part of the opening fight scene. The following film, Skyfall (2012), also uses the sequence at the end. These three films are the first to break away from the "traditional" use of the gun barrel sequence at the beginning of a James Bond film, which was used for the last time in Die Another Day (2002).
This movie represents the first time that a Bond movie or any Hollywood Blockbuster for that matter will open in India prior to its US premiere. It debuts in India on 7 November 2008, exactly a week before it rolls out in Northern America.
The film's US release date was pushed back a week from 7 November 2008 to 14 November 2008 when Warner Brother's announced that it would be moving off their 14 November 2008 release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and delaying its launch for eight months.
According to the documentary Bond on Location (2008), this film spent more time on location than any previous Bond movie whilst the production notes for this film state that it utilized more locations than any other Bond movie. It was filmed on three continents (Europe, North America, South America), in one studio (Pinewood), and across six different countries (Austria, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Panama and the UK). This feat is close to the record held by Moonraker (1979) which was was filmed on three continents, in four studios, and across seven countries.
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 (1962) had metal hands, Carl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) had webbed-hands and there was also Mr. Goldfinger (1964). 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: Death Trap Beirut (1966) has four fingers.
This is the sixth James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series not to mention the film's title in the film's main song (heard during the opening titles). The others were (in order) Dr. No (1962); From Russia with Love (1963); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); Octopussy (1983) ("All Time High") & Casino Royale (2006) ("You Know My Name"). [n.b. the song lyrics for "From Russia With Love" are not heard during the opening titles of that movie as the instrumental not vocal version of the song is heard.]
Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the Aston Martin DBS and the Ford Motor Company including vehicle makes Volvo, Range Rover, and the new Ka; Corgi International Limited's toy gadgets, die-cast vehicles and action figures; Sony's "Mission for a Million" competition; Omega SA Watches, James Bond wears a Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronometer with a black dial; Swatch; Coca-Cola's Coke Zero (as in "Zero Zero 7"); Smirnoff Vodka; Bollinger Champagne which is "The Champagne of James Bond"; Sony Electronics including Sony Bravia TV sets and Sony Vaio laptops and tie-in ad for Sony HD TV; Sony Ericsson cell phones, particularly the Sony Titanium Silver Edition C902 Cyber-shot Phone; Virgin Atlantic Airlines; four Scalextric toy racing sets; Heineken Pilsener Beer with ads featuring Olga Kurylenko; Avon Products Inc.'s "Bond Girl 007" women's fragrance with ads featuring Gemma Arterton; UK National Lottery operator Camelot's James Bond scratch card game; Ocean Sky Jets; Orbitz' "Travel Like Bond" Tourism Competition Giveaway; VisitBritain; Tom Ford tailoring for James Bond's clothes; Sunseeker Powerboats; and Activision's Quantum of Solace (2008) video-game.
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 (2006). As such, QUANTUM replaced SMERSH, the latter which featured in the original "Casino Royale" novel and in Casino Royale (1967). Second, "Quantum of Solace" is the condition of James Bond's emotional state.
The phrase "Quantum of Solace" is never spoken or seen as written text in this movie. The phrase however is mentioned on more than one occasion in the Ian Fleming James Bond short-story "Quantum of Solace".
Dominic Greene's distinguishable bug eyes are the most recent addition to the series rogue gallery of villains with identifiable physiological attributes. But it's not the first time that such an optical trait has befitted a Bond villain. Emilio Largo in Thunderball (1965) wore an eye patch over his left eye; Media baron Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and computer nerd Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye (1995) both wore glasses whilst Emile Leopold Locque in For Your Eyes Only (1981) wore hexagonal ones; Gettler in Casino Royale (2006) had a pair but one with one clear and one dark round lense; Dr. Mortner aka Hans Glaub in A View to a Kill (1985) wore a monocle whilst Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006) had tear drops that wept blood. David Bowie, whose eyes are often perceived as being of different colors, was the original choice for the lead part of villain Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985) but turned the role down.
The first line of the Ian Fleming James Bond short-story "Quantum of Solace" read: "I've always thought that if I ever married I would marry an air hostess" whilst the last lines read: "He reflected on the conference he would be having in the morning with the Coastguards and the FBI in Miami. The prospect, which had previously interested, even excited him, was now edged with boredom and futility."
The Managing Director of Sunseeker International Powerboats (the boats are regularly seen in the James Bond movies of recent years) as a Speedboat Captain on a Sunseeker power boat carrying Daniel Craig as James Bond.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Gemma Arterton's character is found dead covered in oil - a call back to a similar discovery in Goldfinger (1964). 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. In another Goldfinger reference, the opening title sequence features dancing girls colored as golden sand.
Giancarlo Giannini as double agent Rene Mathis from Casino Royale (2006) 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 (1963) and variations of this character's name have appeared in Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) (as Valerie Mathis) and Casino Royale (1967) (as Inspector Mathis). As the character dies in the film, this is probably the last time in the series that Mathis will be seen.
The scene where Bond stalks a double agent during Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" opera was shot at the floating opera stage on Lake Constance at Bregenz, Austria. The opera itself, dealing with deception and revenge, holds a parallel to the film. The fight ends when the double agent falls from the roof, mirroring Tosca's suicide at the end of the opera (by throwing herself off the castle ramparts).
This is the third James Bond movie where James Bond is either suspended, decommissioned or has his license to kill revoked. The first was Licence to Kill (1989) and the second was Die Another Day (2002).
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 Skyfall (2012), 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.
A sequence where James Bond was to come out of the underground cisterns at Siena Cathedral was cut from the script as it was considered culturally insensitive, disrespectful and offensive to have the character arise from this location. Instead, James Bond will be seen emerging from the Fonte Gaia.
This is the third consecutive time in the official Bond movie series that James Bond has acted as a rogue agent. The previous two times were Casino Royale (2006) and Die Another Day (2002). Bond has acted as a rogue agent four times in the series altogether with Licence to Kill (1989) being the first time. GoldenEye (1995) and GoldenEye (1997) featured British rogue agent Alec Trevelyan whilst another James Bond video-game was called GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004).
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 (2006), 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.
As with Casino Royale (2006), the fully orchestrated James Bond theme isn't heard until the end of the film, this time during Daniel Craig's new official gun barrel sequence, as well as the start of the ending credits, marking the first time in the series that a gun barrel sequence with Daniel Craig is accompanied by the James Bond theme, since the version of the sequence used in Casino Royale dropped it completely, being accompanied instead by the opening bars of the theme song of that film "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell. Second consecutive Bond film that ends with the James Bond theme during the credits, followed by a vocal or instrumental track.