Quantum of Solace was released in 2008 and is the 22nd film in the James Bond series. It was directed by Marc Forster and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with the screenplay being written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade based on the character created by Ian Fleming. Quantum of Solace stars Daniel Craig in his second performance as James Bond with Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, and Judi Dench.
The storyline follows James Bond as he seeks revenge for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd, and is assisted by Camille Montes, who is plotting revenge for the murder of her family. The trail eventually leads them to a wealthy businessman called Dominic Greene, a member of the Quantum organisation, who intends to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia to seize control of that country’s water supply.
The producer Michael G. Wilson, had developed the film’s plot while Casino Royale was being shot with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis contributing to the script. Daniel Craig and Marc Forster even had to write some sections themselves due to the Writers’ Strike, although they were not given any screenwriter credits in the final cut. The title, Quantum of Solace, was chosen from a 1959 short story in Ian Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only, although the film does not contain any elements of that story.
Principle photgrpahy for Quantum of Solace was shot in six countries; Mexico, Panama, Chile, Italy, Austria and Wales with interior sets being built and filmed at Pinewood Studios, London. The exterior airport scenes were filmed at Farnborough Airfield and the snowy closing scenes were filmed at the Bruneval Barracks in Aldershot. Marc Forster wanted to make a more modern film that also featured classic cinema motifs: a vintage Douglas DC-3 was used for a flight sequence, and Dennis Gassner’s set designs are reminiscent of Ken Adam’s work on several earlier James Bond films. Even with the traditional Bond villains sterotypes, Forster rejected any grotesque appearance for the character Dominic Greene to emphasise the hidden and secret nature of the film’s contemporary villains.
When Quantum of Solace was released it received mixed reviews from the critics with the critics generally preferring Casino Royale, but they continued to praise Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond, and agreed that the film is still an enjoyable addition to the series. The action sequences and pacing were praised, but criticism grew over the realism and serious but gritty feel of the film. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently holds a rating of 65% with the general consensus being, “Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it’s still a bit of a disappointment”.
Commercially, Quantum of Solace was a huge box office success. When it premiered in the UK it grossed £4.9 million ($8 million) in box office reciepts, breaking the record for the largest Friday opening in the UK. Quantum of Solace then went on to break the opening weekend box office record in the UK, taking £15.5 million ($25 million) in its first weekend, surpassing the previous record of held by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. When it opening the USA it acheived $27 million on its opening day and became the highest-grossing opening weekend for a James Bond film in the US and tied with The Incredibles for the biggest November opening outside of the Harry Potter series. Quantum of Solace went on to take $168.4 million in USA and $417.7 million in other countries making a total of $586.1 million in worldwide box office receipts.
Quantum of Solace
Year of Film
Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Adventure
Budget: $200,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $67,528,882 (USA)
Gross: $586,090,727 (Worldwide)
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