Quantum (n) – any of the very small increments or parcels into which many forms of energy are subdivided; portion or part.
Solace (n) – a source of relief or consolation; alleviation of grief or anxiety
On the surface, the new title for Bond 22 doesn’t have the same zing as Casino Royale did. However, Quantum of Solace sounds a little sci-fi, like Moonraker-era Bond, but in context it sounds like a pretty rad title. Sony held a press conference this morning to announce the title and pat itself on the back and have the cast dress up and look very sexy.
They were even kind of enough to supply an official plot synopsis.
Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (JUDI DENCH) interrogate Mr White (JESPER CHRISTENSEN) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (OLGA KURYLENKO), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (MATHIEU AMALRIC), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world?s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (JOAQUIN COSIO). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene?s sinister plan and stop his organisation.
So, what is Bond’s quantum of solace for Vesper’s treachery at the end of Casino Royal? Sounds like a dish of cold vengeance. And lots of sex and probably a martini or two.
The title was taken from an already existing Ian Fleming short story and the producers are promising much more action than Daniel Craig’s first foray as Bond. Craig has his own thoughts on what the title means, according to an article by the BBC.
Craig said the cryptic title referenced how Bond’s heart had been broken at the end of Casino Royale. “Ian Fleming had written about relationships,” he explained. “When they go wrong, when there’s nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire’s gone out, there’s no quantum of solace. And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace.”
The article also goes into deets about the two lovely ladies who will vie for Craig’s affection and the old lady M, who tries to keep our boy in check.