Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bond 22 is Quantum of Solace


I have to admit... when I first heard the title I cared very little for it. It felt awkward to say and doesn't seem to fit well linguistically within the Bond cannon. (Then again, Octupussy doesn't fit all that well either) But this is our beloved Daniel Craig returning as Bond. And the film has another very talented director behind it in Marc Forster. Then I ran across this old blog post defining the idea of "Quantum of Solace" and I'm completely sold. Given the story of the last film and where I'm sure this one is headed this is a perfect title for the film.

**Updated 01/25**

Here is an explanation of the concept from James Bond creator and author Ian Fleming himself...

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. I’ve seen flagrant infidelities patched up, I’ve seen crimes and even murder forgiven by the other party, let alone bankruptcy and every other form of social crime. Incurable disease, blindness, disaster—all 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.”

“Quantum of Solace” – Ian Fleming

I'll take it! I can't wait to see this one.

2 comments:

The Misanthrope said...

I am looking forward to the movie as well. I love all the info you included, very informative.

_Shane said...

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