By Helmut Schierer on 2013-10-26

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    After the fuss about last 007th Minute’s headline (see here), I decided to just try the same trick a second time. It’s a good deed in a bad world and everyone will be happy about it.

    Or maybe it’s a not-so-good deed in a less-than-fabulous world and nobody is going to notice it…

    Anyway, here goes.’s resident ‘No Precious Oil for Bleak Water!’ expert examines the 007th minute of ‘Quantum of Solace’. Opinion aplenty, all of it Jacques Stewart’s very own – though you may share a slice of his – and none of it without the odd grain of irony.


    Debate the veracity of his observations here






    Revolution, evolution, resolution. Revelation.




    The origin of the specious, Casino Royale misled some that what was to follow would be as previously begat. A mild dabble in black & white, realism (pfft) and moody mirrorstaring now out of Eon’s system, the Bonds would surely settle into comfy routine, the backstory done. Casino Royale wasn’t as startling as the demented fire & brimstone trollpreaching lead anyone simple enough to believe, to so believe. Bond was complete – must have been; said his name, earned his theme – so steering complacent passage beckoned. We’d seen it before.


    We knew.


    We were the Bond-Knowers, a tremendous way to use up the only life one lives. To do anything else but give us “a Bond film” would be heretical and lead to purges or at least be anonymously commented on most tartly with brave spelling solutions and voluntary exposure of the quality of one’s education. If creating Bond was what Eon was now up to, we were entitled to see the creation come forth in the way oodles of films and umpteen books had taught us. If I’ve understood it correctly – questionable – creationism manifests itself in a variety of ways. The Word that is Bond was written by Fleming in the 1950s. The Word that is Bond was written by Fleming in the 1960s. The Word etc was the Connery films, or at least the ones where he’s not morbidly obese. If undereducated, the Word – word, bro – is something with the Pierce Brosnan gentleman. It appears that creationism is as susceptible to evolution as anything else. The Bond series not having been overburdened with originality since the 1960s, there was an understandable view that the first Craig having created the world, all would then come to pass as given and bode well in 00-heaven. Amen.


    Until one encountered the Anti-Bond.


    At which juncture, “persons” were upset, gnashing teeth, mashing keyboards, their heads spinning as they wrote in tongues, vomiting us a “view”, blaming the convulsions on trying to follow the editing. Expressing themselves in a way that witchburning used to satisfy, Quantum of Solace shook various clashing faiths in Bond, whichever version one considered gospel.


    Some raged at the lack of explicit/explosive “closure” (ugh) of the Vesper “arc” (ugh ugh), others at the milky villainy or the inconclusive approach to Mr White and chums. For many, jiggycam confused (James Bond is in a chase and he wins; is this hard?) and for a select bunch, the undergraduate realpolitik didn’t appeal. The song’s apparently dreadful, the ‘plane fight crashlanded in from another film, Bond shoving Mathis in a skip epitomises what should happen to the film and what goes on, goes on too quickly to engage. And the gunbarrel’s all done wrong, inevitably. For a few hardy troglodytes, Mr Craig remained a problem, but most evolved people seemed to have pushed themselves up by their hairy knuckles and overcome this. Many told the world that it wasn’t could have been better (surely the fate of all Bonds once the glee erodes) but should have been better. Should of. Or longer (albeit plumped with what has never been satisfactorily fingered).


    However, it seemed rare to dislike all these (and other) allegedly negative attributes, and the gnawing seemed not so much between those who liked it and those who didn’t, but between those who loathed it for X seeking dominance over those disliking Y. For the poor sods who admired it (hi), all one could do was watch. Not in (much) superiority but, for one’s own part, in bewilderment at how vicious it became, humanity and consideration of one human for another, gone. How apt.    


    Now easily (too easily) perceived as the go-between of two “bigger” Bond films, Quantum of Solace undoubtedly establishes that each unhappy Bond fan is unhappy in their own way.




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  2. Moore: “Craig is the best Bond.”

    By Matthew Harkin on 2012-08-28

    Roger Moore, star of 7 James Bond movies has revealed his favourite James Bond actor is indeed current Bond star Daniel Craig. The 84 year old actor, and author of Bond on Bond, has applauded Daniel Craig’s acting ability, “I loved Casino Royale and Daniel Craig. He is a wonderful actor, certainly the best actor to play Bond. I have never been guilty of method acting, or even acting if you want to argue a point.”.

    As Quantum of Solace, Craig’s second Bond outing, left a sour taste in the mouths of some Bond fans, Moore has stated that he hopes that James Bond latest adventure will be a touch on the lighter side. “I believe that Skyfall is going to have a lot more humour in it than Quantum of Solace did, something I’ll be pleased to see.”

    You can read the rest of the interview here. Bond on Bond is released October 4th.

  3. Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace Blu Ray Double Pack coming

    By Matthew Harkin on 2012-08-22

    Fans waiting for the promised collectors edition of Quantum of Solace might have just a small glimmer of hope on the horizon, as Amazon has listed that a double pack of Daniel Craig’s first two James Bond films will be available October 2nd. News of an apparent collectors edition has been making the rounds since 2009, with director Marc Forster previously confirming his involvement. However, news of the recent Bond50 BluRay collection put doubt in the mind of Bond fans, as not many new special features have been confirmed for the set. I must stress now, that this could be just reissue of two previously released editions. However, nothing is confirmed yet either way, so try not to get too excited. Check the Amazon page here.

  4. Quantum of Solace Definitive Edition 2-Disc DVD set listing online

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-05-06
    James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace'

    James Bond in Quantum of Solace

    A brand new listing has appeared online at Australian DVD website EzyDVD for a 2-Disc Definitive Edition of Daniel Craig’s Quantum of Solace.

    While details are extremely limited at the moment, this new release is due out on 28 July 2010 and will feature lenticular packaging (something that was briefly done for the James Bond DVDs in 2008).

    Cover artwork, special features and whether or not this so-called Definitive Edition will also be available on the Blu-ray format remain a mystery for the time being. readers will recall that Quantum director Marc Forster revealed in April 2009 that he was working on a special edition of the film that would include audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes, among other extras that were omitted from the original release.

    Marc Forster

    Marc Forster

    At the time, Forster was also debating whether or not to include the original cliffhanger ending to the film as a deleted scene. It was in this one-minute long scene that 007 confronts Mr. White and utters the ‘Bond, James Bond’ line.

    ‘It wasn’t cut because of that sentence,’ Forster said at the time. ‘It was cut for other reasons. I think it worked but it is still better how it is. It’s not on [the original DVD release] and we are still discussing whether we should put it in the next one. On one hand, I think it would be cool for the audience to see it. On the other hand, I think it would be more interesting to keep it a mystery.’

    As soon as we learn more details regarding this Quantum of Solace Definitive Edition DVD, we’ll let you know. Just keep your browsers pointed to the main page and our Discussion Forums for all the latest details.

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  5. La Sexta grabs Quantum of Solace in free-to-air deal with MGM

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-03-25

    Spanish broadcaster La Sexta has grabbed free-to-air rights on 10 James Bond films in a new deal with MGM.

    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the broadcaster picked up the rights to the 007 films, including 2008’s Quantum of Solace. The deal is due to begin in April with a run of five of the Bond films.

    It is the second high-profile signing for La Sexta in the past two weeks, following the three-year exclusive output deal with Warner Bros. The broadcaster, which averages about 7% audience share, had shied away from major Hollywood deals until recenty.

    The deal also includes the Rocky and Robocop franchises, as well as “Conan the Destroyer.

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  6. Bond girl Olga Kurylenko nominated in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women competition

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-02-18
    Olga Kurylenko

    Olga Kurylenko is Camille in Quantum of Solace

    As was the case last year, Quantum of Solace Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has been nominated for a 100 Sexiest Women in the World competition for 2010 at FHM Magazine.

    Voting is currently taking place to determine who will end up in the top 100 overall for 2010 and is open for six weeks. At the beginning of May, the top 100 will be unveiled. Last year, Kurylenko placed 22nd overall in the competition.

    To cast your vote for the Quantum of Solace star, visit her page here at FHM Magazine.

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  7. Four Tet on the Quantum of Solace closing theme: Crawl, End Crawl

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-02-01

    As first reported on way back in late 2008, Quantum of Solace became the first James Bond film since Tomorrow Never Dies to feature an original end-title theme.

    Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden)

    Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden)

    Composed by David Arnold and Four Tet (also known as UK electronic musician Kieran Hebden), the track, entitled ‘Crawl, End Crawl, was described by Hebden as ‘kind of remix of stuff from the score of the film’.

    In a just released interview with New York Magazine, Hebden goes into the origins of this original 007 track a little further. He states: ‘They contacted me and I went and met David Arnold, and he played me the all the multitracks from the sessions, and I just took away whatever sounds I wanted. I think I had, like, a day to make this piece of music—the deadline was really tight.’

    ‘A week later it was on at the premiere,’ he continues. ‘It was a little bit weird for me because the kind of melodies and riffs they use in the James Bond music is so different from what I’d normally use. You just couldn’t get away from the James Bond–ness of it. It was just, like, there, in every little string sound I was given. But I guess that’s the point in some ways.’

    Click here for the complete interview.

    While not included on the official Quantum of Solace soundtrack, Bond fans can purchase ‘Crawl, End Crawl’ from the Apple iTunes store.

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  8. Quantum of Solace Blu-ray discounted at

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-11-29
    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    The shopping savings of Black Friday may be over, but is still getting into the spirit with 250+ discounted Blu-ray and DVDs available on their website.

    One particularly good deal for James Bond fans is the Quantum of Solace Blu-ray, which has been marked down a whopping 75% from the $39.99 list price to just $9.99.

    Click here to access all of Amazon’s Blu-ray and DVD deals of the week.

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  9. Marc Forster on Quantum of Solace; working with David Arnold

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-08-11

    Director Marc Forster has given a lengthy interview to Soundtrack Geek about the role of music in his films as well as the overall development of last year’s Quantum of Solace.

    Marc Forster

    As Forster has stated in past interviews, he wasn’t completely sold on helming a James Bond production when the offer first came through, but was ultimately won over by the opportunity to work alongside Daniel Craig.

    He said: ‘First I met with the producers and I told them I wasn’t sure, that I had to think about it and then they said that I should meet with Daniel who was in town. I connected with him because he’s a real actor, he’s down to earth and someone I knew I could make a really good movie with him even though at that point, we didn’t even really have a script.

    Once onboard the 22nd 007 entry, Forster decided to shake up the formula a bit by bringing in many of his own crew members. This included a new director of photography, editor, visual effects designer and main title design group.

    David Arnold

    David Arnold

    One of the few longstanding Bond crew members who remained for Quantum was composer David Arnold. Forster explained: ‘One of the things I wanted to do was bring my crew, the people I’ve worked with in the past to the Bond films, though in regard to the composer, David Arnold had scored several of the previous Bonds, so the producers had me listen to his music and meet with him. I met with him which I thought was interesting because I had replaced everybody else but would have this continuum going into Bond through David Arnold and actually it was a collaboration I enjoyed very much.’

    Interviewer Timothy E. Raw also brought up an aspect of the film that has sparked a great deal of discussion on 007 messageboards: the editing. ‘You have this close-knit team you brought on board to Bond,’ he mentions, ‘one of those people being your long-time editor Matt Chesse. The thing that baffled me, to be perfectly honest was that opening car chase action sequence. It had some of that Michael Bay, I daresay, attention deficit editing style. Is this the studio responding to Jason Bourne breathing down their necks that they feel they have to adopt this very similar “shaky cam” editing style in order to compete?’

    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    ‘No it wasn’t,’ Forster replies. ‘The studio didn’t really say much, it was more from me. I wanted to create that opening to be very disorientating, the feeling of not really knowing where I was. This was the character state for me, that Bond, he doesn’t really know who he is with this word of disorientation going on around him. That’s what I tried to do with that.’

    ‘I hear that there were a couple of people who saw that comparison to Bourne. On one hand, Dan Bradley, the second unit director worked on those movies which definitely adds too that comparison. The sequences he worked on, on this were the opening car chase scene and the exterior of the plane sequence. I shot the interior. In regard to the car chase though, when he shot things, I always watched it and gave him notes on how I wanted to have it different or this and that, so there was a constant dialogue of me pushing for the disorientation of that opening, not so much him actually.’

    There’s much more. To read more about Forster’s pre-Bond films, visit Soundtrack Geek for the complete interview.

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  10. Quantum of Solace gets Digital Spy Movie Awards nominations

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-08-09
    James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace'

    Digital Spy has launched the 2009 Digital Spy Movie Awards and Quantum of Solace has been nominated in a few of the categories.

    Daniel Craig competes against several others in the 2009 Best Actor category. He is nominated for both his role as James Bond and in Defiance.

    Fans can also vote for Quantum of Solace in the Best Blockbuster category, where it competes against Twilight, Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and several other films.

    Voting is open to everyone through August, with the winners slated to be unveiled on the site in early October.

    To cast your votes, visit the Digital Spy Movie Awards website.

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