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Quantum of Solace
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"Have Regrets. Get Revenge."
Directed By Marc Forster
Written By Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Cast Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench
Produced By Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Cinematography By Roberto Schaefer
Film Editing By Matt Chesse, Rick Pearson
Music By David Arnold
Studio Eon Productions
Distributed By Columbia Pictures, MGM
Franchise James Bond Franchise
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release Date October 29, 2008
Runtime 106 Minutes
Rating PG-13
Budget $200,000,000
Gross $586,090,727


Overview

Quantum of Solace is a 2008 British produced action-thriller espionage film starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko,and Mathieu Amalric. It was directed by Marc Forester and is the twenty-second film in the James Bond Franchise Series. Unlike previous 007 films which tend to be stand alone films; this feature film was a direct sequel to the previous film Casino Royale.  It was also the second film starring Daniel Craig in titular role as James Bond.

Secret Agent 007 James Bond is an angry and bitter man.  The only solace he has ... is getting revenge on the ones responsible for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd.  But what will revenge cost him?

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Reception

Quantum of Solace was released on October 29, 2008 in a special premiere in London's Odeon Leicester Square where the proceeds of the screening were donated to the charities Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. It officially debuted on October 31 in the United Kingdom where it earned a total gross of $8 million for its opening day, which incidentally shattered the UK's record for the largest Friday opening before it went on to gross $25 million for its opening weekend which also broke the UK's previous opening weekend record that had previously been held held by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

It was subsequently released in the United States on November 14 of that same year alongside Dostana and Slumdog Millionaire. It debuted in 3,451 theaters nationwide and immediately leapt to the top of the box office charts, earning a total weekend gross of $67,528,882. It could not sustain the momentum however thanks to the debut of Twilight by the next weekend which eclipsed the film, dropping to the number 2 spot. Quantum of Solace would continue its steady decline over the next few weeks before ending its 11-week box office run in the low 30 most popular films.

Overall, it earned a total of $168,368,427 domestically in the United States with a staggering $417,722,300 in the foreign markets for a worldwide total of $586,090,727. It garnered mixed reviews by critics who proclaimed, "following Casino Royale was never going to be easy, but the director Marc Forster has brought the brand's successful relaunch crashing back to earth—with a yawn" and others found it "brutal and breathless—" but added, "—but still a disappointment". Many critics praised Daniel Craig's performance as the titular character as well as the action sequences but admitted that the plot was a bit incomprehensible not to mention the all-to-obvious product placement. The Rotten Tomatoes website gave it a 65% "Certified Fresh" approval rating with Metacritic scored it with a "58 out of 100".

Quantum of Solace did win a 2008 Satellite Award for Best Song.

It was subsequently released commercially in 2009 in two DVD set editions with a standard one-disc set and a deluxe two-disc special edition and Blu-Ray.

Trivia

  • Although Quantum of Solace had a rough draft, the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike left it unfinished when filming was about to commence. This forced Director Marc Forester and actor Daniel Craig to sit down and essentially write out several sections of the script themselves. Although not intended to be a sequel, there were some dangling plot threads that both felt needed to be resolved from Casino Royale. Daniel Craig found the whole situation with the unfinished script to be so frustrating as it required revising during filming that he subsequently vowed to never do any project without having a finished script again.
  • This film was actually untitled for most of the production with Daniel Craig and Marc Forester choosing "Quantum of Solace" at the last minute, more or less at random from Ian Fleming's 007 stories as the most "intriguing".  It actually does not contain any elements from the story itself, nor of any of Fleming's other 007 novels and is an entirely original plot.

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