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James Bond said: "I've always thought that if I ever married I would marry an air hostess." So begins the Ian Fleming short story "Quantum of Solace," the third of five stories in Fleming's 1960 book For Your Eyes Only. The book was released between the more famous novels Goldfinger and Thunderball. The next Bond film will be entitled "Quantum of Solace," and though the plot will have little to do with the original story, the underlying theme of the story will be an integral part of the film.
The film will be released November 7, 2008, by MGM, directed by Marc Foster, the twenty-second Bond film, starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko. Giancarlo Giannini will reprise his role in Casino Royale as Rene Mathis. Other reappearances from Casino Royle will be Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, Jeffery Wright as Bond's CIA pal Felix Leiter, and Judi Dench as M. The film will continue from the ending of the well received film Casino Royale, the first for Daniel Craig as Bond.
With the murder of Bond's love interest Vesper Lynde in Casino Royale, there will surely be hell to pay for Slotoff.com (http://slotoff.com/) anyone involved in her death. The original short story is unlike most of Fleming's work. It is a story, as biographer Andrew Lycett wrote, with a W. Somerset Maugham style that speaks to the human tragedies involving infidelity in marriage. A Caribbean island governor (Phillip Masters) entertains a bored Bond with a tale of a couple the governor knew who had fallen victim of a wife (Rhoda Llewellyn) having an affair that destroyed the trust of the marriage.
The governor is reminded of the story when Bond speaks of marrying an air hostess; the woman involved in the affair had been an air hostess. Bond is initially uninterested in the governor or his story but is quickly intrigued with the way the governor tells the true story, then realizes the woman involved is the same boring person he sat next to during the evening's meal. The quantum of solace is the way the governor describes the minimum amount of respect and love a relationship must have in a marriage and without it there is no marriage.
The governor describes it as "... a precise figure defining the comfort, humanity and fellow feeling required between two people for love to survive. If the quantum of solace is nil, then love is dead." The story was originally intended to be used for a James Bond television series in the 1950's. It first appeared in the magazine Modern Woman in 1959. The Bond of the film "Quantum of Solace" will seek revenge on the murderers of Vesper Lynde. Daniel Craig said of the film and its relationship to the original story, "Bond is looking for his quantum of solace and that's what he wants, he wants his closure.
Ian Fleming says that if you don't have a quantum of solace in your relationship then the relationship is over. It's that spark of niceness in a relationship that if you don't have you might as well give up." He said that "Bond doesn't have that because his girlfriend has been killed," and therefore, "[Bond is] looking for revenge [...] to make himself happy with the world again. But the title also alludes to something else in the film." The official movie site describes part of the plot saying that Bond is determined to reveal the organization that blackmailed Vesper.
"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 with her own vendetta." Part of the film is shot in Siena, Italy's famous campo during its annual horse race. The Aston Martin DBS V12 will return but Q and Miss Moneypenny, staples in the early Bond films, will not. A video game entitled "Bond 22 Video Game" will be released in conjunction with the film in November of 2008.
The original release date of May 2008 was to coincide with Ian Fleming's 100th birthday, May 2, 1908. Sources: http://www.quantumofsolace.com http://imdb.com/title/tt0830515/trivia