Quantum of Solace (2008)

Character: Vesper Lynd (uncredited)
Director: Marc Forster
Co-Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen, Rory Kinnear, David Harbour
Written by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Based on: Quantum of Solace, a James Bond short story by Ian Fleming (title only)
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of Vesper Lynd.

Eva Green’s Role

Eva appears in an archive footage as Vesper Lynd, an accountant who worked for the Treasury Department and is sent to assist 007 on the “Casino Royale” mission in Casino Royale (2006). Intelligent, beautiful, but with many dark secrets, Vesper is the ultimate Bond girl who left a mark on James Bond.

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Production Trivia & Facts
Has a run time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Eva appeared in an archive footage as Vesper Lynd along with Vesper’s original boyfriend and foil Yusef (Simon Kassianides).

The title song for the film is “Another Way to Die” by Jack White and Alicia Keys. This is the first time that an official James Bond movie title song has been sung by two artists as a duet.

This is the only Daniel Craig James Bond film where he does not introduce himself and the third James Bond film where Bond does not introduce himself as “Bond, James Bond.”. The other two Bond films are From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

This film is a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006).

Chile’s Atacama Desert (where the finale was filmed) is the driest region on planet earth with no record of any measurable rainfall ever having occurred there.

Stuntman Gary Powell and other members of his family have worked on every EON Productions official series Bond movie since Dr. No (1962). Father and uncle Nosher Powell and Dinny Powell worked on all the early 60s and 70s Bonds with Sean Connery and George Lazenby; brother Greg Powell worked on the 70s and 80s Bonds with Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton whilst Gary has worked on all the 90s and 00s Bonds with Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

In this direct sequel, the characters that return from Casino Royale (2006) include James Bond, M, Felix Leiter, Rene Mathis and Mr. White. Characters referred to from that film mentioned in this movie include Le Chiffre and Vesper Lynd. Characters that appear in this film who were in the original “Casino Royale” novel include James Bond, M, Rene Mathis and Felix Leiter. Of all these characters, only James Bond appeared in the original Ian Fleming “Quantum of Solace” short-story.

The cocktail that Bond has aboard the plane is called a “Vesper”. Mathis mentions the name of the drink in this scene. The drink is taken from the novel “Casino Royale”. The scene suggests Bond is reflecting on Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale (2006) by way of using emotive music score reminiscent of their romance in a scene where he is drinking the martini which is known by her name.

Designer Tom Ford designed Daniel Craig James Bond suits and related costumes for this film.

An early draft of the script involved Bond discovering that Vesper had a child (by a previous relationship) and who had been kidnapped by Quantum. Paul Haggis’ submitted script included a scene at a UN-style international conference, with Bond having to follow a Quantum secret conference by constantly switching frequencies. The scene was rewritten to take place at an opera.

Bond’s confrontation with Vesper’s boyfriend is taken from the short story “007 in New York”, in which which Bond warns a female intelligence employee that her boyfriend is an enemy agent.

The ingredients of the famous martini shaken not stirred James Bond drink that is described in this film as three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, a half a measure of Kina Lillet, shaken over ice, with a thin slice of lemon. In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond alluded to naming it after Vesper. The Vesper name has two sources according to Henry Chancellor’s book, “James Bond: The Man and His World – The Official Companion to Ian Fleming’s Creation”. One of them was that she was named after an exotic cocktail called a “Vesper”. The rum punch drink contained ice, rum, fruit and herbs and was served to Ian Fleming and his life-long friend Ivar Bryce at a north-eastern Jamaican plantation house.

This is the first James Bond film to be released in a year ending with the number 8. There was no Bond film in 1968, 1978, 1988, or 1998.

Sophie Harley, who created Vesper Lynd’s earrings and Algerian loveknot necklace in Casino Royale (2006) was called upon to create another version of Vesper’s Algerian loveknot necklace.

Mathieu Amalric is the fourth French actor to play a leading Bond villain in the official James Bond series. As Dominic Greene, he follows Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax in Moonraker (1979), Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan in Octopussy (1983) and Sophie Marceau as Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999).