More than 45 years and 22 films on and Ian Fleming’s original James Bond titles are still yet to be exhausted as film titles.
As many 007 fans are already well aware, all of the Bond creator’s novel titles have been used in the official Eon Prouctions series (the last one being Casino Royale two years ago).
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This leaves the short stories making up Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights collections as the last resort before going with original creations (which was done in the case of Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, the latter derived from a phrase in a poem).
Despite some concerns of causing confusion, the choice of Quantum of Solace as the title of the 22nd James Bond film was evidence that producers are keen to stick to Fleming whenever possible. It also sparked further fan discussions of whether or not we’ll see another Fleming short story title for Bond 23.
As The Star points out, there are only a handful left to choose from–Risico, The Hildebrand Rarity, The Property of a Lady and 007 in New York.
When they asked producer Michael G. Wilson about the possibility of The Hildebrand Rarity, he said with a laugh: ‘I don’t know, The Hildebrand Rarity? What do you think? If we can get away with Quantum of Solace, we can get away with anything.’
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