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    Arrow Why it was Ian Fleming's wife who invented James Bond ?

    Why it was Ian Fleming's wife who invented James Bond ?

    Seduced by Ian Fleming: Ann would not keep away from him

    Those who were lucky enough to visit Goldeneye, Ian Fleming's Jamaican retreat, could never understand how the Flemings went through so many wet towels.

    But those sodden towels were needed, literally, to cool their fiery partnership, used to relieve the stinging of the whips, slippers and hairbrushes the pair beat each other with - Ian inflicting pain more often than Ann - as well as to cover up the weals Ian made on Ann's skin during their fiery bouts of love-making.

    And like their love-making, their relationship was complex, passionate, often shocking.

    Each was tormented by the other - but it was this painful torment which kept their marriage on the road. It seems unbelievable that the creator of James Bond was born 100 years ago this year.

    Adapted for successive generations, Bond is as modern today as he was when Fleming's first in the series, Casino Royale, was published in 1960.

    In Fleming's books - as in his life - sex and cruelty went hand in hand, and sex and cruelty never go out of fashion.

    This cruelty even infected his marriage. In public, his wife Ann was a beautiful, sharp-witted aristocrat.

    In private, she soaked up the pain the abusive Fleming caused her - physically and mentally - and then gave some of it back. Had Ann not been in Fleming's life, the James Bond novels might never have been written.

    They were first acquainted around a swimming pool in the chic French seaside resort of Le Touquet in 1936.

    Ann, strikingly attractive with dark hair and grey-green eyes, was already married.

    She thought Fleming, then 28, was "a handsome, moody creature" with his long, thin face and crooked nose, broken on a football pitch.

    Although apparently good for nothing - teachers at Eton, followed by his superiors at Sandhurst were glad to see the back of him - Fleming was irresistibly attractive to women.

    His charm, arrogance, air of melancholy and reputation as a womaniser - he could seduce girls in four languages - all added to the effect.

    But inwardly, the Bond creator wrestled with demons of disgust and inadequacy.

    His wealthy mother constantly humiliated him. His brilliant brother Peter Fleming was already a celebrated author, whereas Ian was forced to leave his enjoyable job as a journalist at news agency Reuters to become a stockbroker in order to make ends meet.

    Fleming's ruthlessness towards women may have been influenced by the gonorrhea he caught at Sandhurst.

    He quickly got bored with lovers, telling a friend women were like pets or dogs; men were the only real human beings, the only ones he could be friends with.

    "No one I have ever known had sex so much on the brain as Ian," recalls his friend Mary Pakenham (later Lady Longford).

    His London flat was full of books about flagellation: men and women standing over each other with a whip.

    To a guest who showed any interest in them, Fleming would remark: 'I say, are you getting a kick out of that?'"

    Like many self-obsessed people, he presented a mystery to even his closest friends. "Ian was entirely egocentric," commented Ann Fleming after her husband's death.

    "He stood for working out a way of life that was not boring and he went anywhere that led him."

    Ann was anything but boring. Born Ann Charteris in 1913, she was connected to a raft of upper-class families through the Tennants on her mother's side.

    Her first marriage to a childhood friend, Lord O'Neill, head of the most ancient traceable family in Europe, was greeted with general satisfaction. The pairing was happy enough and produced two children.

    But there was a restless, bohemian side to Ann, never fulfilled by servants and baronial halls.

    It was only in the feverish atmosphere of wartime that her exuberance was truly released.

    She spent the war flitting between country estates and Mayfair. While in London, she took on voluntary work - when not socialising at The Dorchester. It was then she began to see more of Fleming.

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    Some of James Bond's characteristics mirror those of Ian Fleming. As in his plots sex and cruelty went hand in hand

    War suited Ian. He was by now a Naval intelligence officer and quickly rose to become personal assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence, with the rank of commander (the rank Bond would have).

    Ann now had several men in love with her - let alone husband Shane O'Neill who was fighting in Tunisia - but she found herself drawn to Fleming's rakish insouciance.

    Sometime early in the war, Ann went to bed with him. In a throwaway remark to a friend, she once declared she could not understand why people took their emotions so seriously. She was attracted to cads and bounders, she wrote.

    And after O'Neill was killed in action in 1944, she would have married Ian if he had asked her.

    But, instead, Ann married Viscount Rothermere, Esmond Harmsworth, proprietor of the Daily Mail.

    He was able to give her a life of wealth and status Fleming could not possibly emulate.

    Still she could not resist Fleming. If anything, this added extra spice to their relationship.

    The love letters they wrote during this period resonate with passion.

    Mark Amory prints a few of them in his selection of Ann Fleming's letters.

    She wrote to Fleming in 1947 after a few days together: "It was so short and so full of happiness, and I am afraid I loved cooking for you and sleeping beside you and being whipped by you... I don't think I have ever loved like this before."

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    James Bond: The world's favourite spy. Plots are mostly based around exotic locations similar to Jamaica where Fleming spent a lot of his time

    Fleming, too, could write from the heart: "All the love I have for you has grown out of me because you made it grow. Without you I would still be hard and dead and cold and quite unable to write this childish letter, full of love and jealousies and adolescence."

    Yet by the end of the 1940s, when this letter was written, strains were beginning to show.

    Whereas Ann was gregarious, Fleming disliked parties and preferred to be alone in the evenings.

    While Ann was revelling in her life at the centre of the whirlwind of London politics and society, Fleming began building the house in Jamaica he would christen Goldeneye, which would serve as his retreat from London society.

    Named after the codeword for a Naval Intelligence operation Fleming masterminded during the war, Goldeneye was a plain house, built overlooking the sea above a small cove.

    Ann went there first in early 1948 and was appalled by the stark concrete, the lack of baths and the absence of windowpanes - only slatted louvres, since Fleming liked the idea of gentle tropical breezes wafting through the house.

    But she quickly got used to the routine: swimming in the morning before a breakfast of pawpaw and Blue Mountain Coffee, and later returning to swim with masks and spears to catch lobsters.

    Later that year, the carousel ground to a halt. Ann gave birth prematurely to a daughter who died after eight hours, leaving her "bruised and bewildered".

    Although her husband stayed loyally by her bedside, it was generally accepted to have been Fleming's child.
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    007: Would James Bond have come about without the drive of Ann Fleming?

    Ann later claimed Fleming's tenderness in the letters he wrote to her at the time was what made her truly love him.

    "I think any other man would be a frightful bore after you," she wrote from her sick-bed. "I should miss the infinite variety of wall-gazing, pointless bullying so harsh and then so gentle if I cry."

    Whenever Rothermere took Ann on his business trips, Fleming followed. In Montreal, he shadowed the couple, and when the coast was clear, turned up at her hotel with his suitcase and told her he was moving in.

    Terrified they would be caught, Ann told him she now had a lady's maid who came in the morning. "Get rid of the *****," said Fleming. Meekly she did so.

    Their relationship thrived - thanks to their fierce physical fights. When Ann left bruises on Fleming, he would warn her that "all this damage has to be paid for some time", and so it was.

    "I long for you to whip me because I love being hurt by you and kissed afterwards," Ann wrote to him. "It's very lonely not to be beaten and shouted at every five minutes."

    Both needed the other and were open about their unorthodox relationship.
    Noel Coward, one of several famous people who had bought houses on the island, was scandalised to see them having breakfast together on the balcony of Jamaica's most famous hotel while a newspaper photographer prowled in the vicinity.

    "After this, I descended on them and gave them a very stern lecture indeed," he wrote. "They were very sweet but... I have grave fears for the avenir(future)".

    Coward was right, and the two of them recognised it. Fleming, who had passed the age of 40 without a wife, contemplated matrimony almost fatalistically.

    "My difficulties may seem all right while you are in love with me," he warned her, "but it might be quite different if the love turned to the usual married friendship, and you might get too irritated, I don't know."

    Viscount Rothermere then concentrated their minds by announcing that he would divorce her if she saw Fleming again.

    In 1952, her second pregnancy from Fleming officially ended their marriage.

    After losing her first child, Ann knew Fleming could be relied upon to do the right thing. Ann's £100,000 divorce settlement was to set them up financially for the best part of ten years.

    They married the following year, in Jamaica. The very next day, Ian Fleming sat down and began writing Casino Royale.

    Ann had been pestering him to write novels. And for the next 12 years, whenever he was in Jamaica, he sat down after his morning swim for three uninterrupted hours, often writing 2,000 words a day on his gold-plated typewriter.

    Infuriating Ann, he would drily remark that he wrote it to keep his mind off the horrific prospect of a life spent in happy matrimony.

    Fleming threw himself into the marketing of Casino Royale. He expected good reviews - but the book only took off when America's new President, JF Kennedy, included it among his bedside reading.

    Meanwhile, the pregnancy which led to their marriage resulted in Caspar, their first and only child.

    The birth, Ann's second Caesarian, left wide scars on her stomach, to the disgust of Fleming who had a horror of physical abnormality.

    Ann said it marked the end of their love-making.

    The marriage began going downhill within a couple of years. Fleming disliked her behaviour with her circle of well-educated friends.

    When he was in London he spent more time on his own, preferring dinner and bridge at Boodle's club to an evening with Ann. Fleming's streak of cruelty now extended to the insouciance with which he took mistresses.

    Millicent Rogers, a flamboyant oil heiress and regular visitor to Jamaica was one; Lady Jeanne Campbell was another.

    Apart from several of the wives of expats in Jamaica, a succession of socialites passed through Goldeneye while Ann was in London.

    Some of them, he reassured Ann - who knew all about Fleming's womanising - were impossibly dull. He claimed he was more likely to rape a yam.

    At the other end of the spectrum was the author Rosamond Lehmann, of whom Fleming swore his relationship to be "strictly spiritual".

    For her part, Ann struck up a passionate friendship in London with the Labour leader, Hugh Gaitskell, a close attachment which lasted until Gaitskell's death.

    If he had not been already married she might have broken with Fleming. A clever politician, Gaitskell admired her spirit.

    The problem for the Flemings was they were both too self-centred to make the compromises necessary for any successful marriage.

    Fleming also had growing health problems. For years he had been drinking a bottle of gin and smoking 70 cigarettes a day.

    This exacerbated an existing heart problem, and in 1961, not quite 53, he had a heart attack. His health would never be the same again.

    And increasingly Fleming was beginning to depend upon a relationship which utterly excluded Ann. It was to become the most intimate and long-lasting of his later life.

    Blanche Blackwell, in her early 40s when she met Ian, came from an old Jamaican family.

    Years before, Fleming had admitted to Ann his ideal of a woman was not a pert-bottomed nymphette but "thirtyish, Jewish, a companion who wouldn't need education in the arts of love. She would aim to please, have firm flesh and kind eyes".

    Blanche, darkly beautiful, was exactly what Ann feared in a woman. She looked after the house when Fleming was away, and largely organised the famous visit to Goldeneye of the Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his wife at the height of the Suez crisis in 1956.

    Ann, deeply jealous, fought back. At Goldeneye she tore up Blanche's diligent planting in the garden and used the situation to prevail on Fleming to buy Sevenhampton, a large country house in Wiltshire, which she extravagantly transformed during the next 20 years.

    A 1962 letter from Fleming to Ann depicts the misery they were suffering. "The arguments we have had over the years, our different points of view, are stale, however valid they may be on one side or the other.

    "The point lies only in one area. Do we want to go on living together or do we not? In the present twilight we are hurting each other to an extent that makes life hardly bearable."

    The question was never truly resolved. In the months before his death in 1964, Fleming mostly lived by himself, his health poor, and now unable to travel back to Goldeneye.

    He spent his hours staring miserably out to sea from the bedroom window of his Brighton hotel, while Ann busied herself at Sevenhampton.

    Fleming died in 1964 of a heart attack and was buried at Sevenhampton. Ann never recovered from grief that she had not made Fleming happy.

    The suicide of their unhappy son, Caspar, in his early 20s, was another crippling blow. Ann took to the bottle and died in 1981.

    She need not have reproached herself. Her love and determination forced Ian Fleming to confront his demons and begin to exorcise them.

    Without her, the moniker James Bond would, perhaps, only signify their Jamaican neighbour, the author of Macmillan's Field Guide To The Birds Of The West Indies - and whose name Fleming borrowed to create his legend.

    Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett is published by Weidenfeld.
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    my favs are tomorrow never dies and die another day............for the best story, gadgets, special effects, action and most importantly BOND...JAMES BOND..........PIERCE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!
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    Splendid job done my friend......

    I am so looking forward to the next and latest installment in th JB007 series.

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    Arrow Seven Rules to Receive 00 Status

    According to The MI6 Fansite "Seven Rules to Receive 00 Status" are :

    • 1] You don't fear death, and won't give into torture
    • 2] You have Olympic level shooting skills
    • 3] Even if you double-cross your own parents, you will never double-cross the organization
    • 4] You have knowledge that would surprise even a scholar, and a sense of humor that would make even a bad girl grin
    • 5] You have the sociability of a lamb, but remain a lone wolf
    • 6] You have the highest level of experience with alcohol, gambling, cars and food
    • 7] You can fall in love but you can never love.
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    Arrow FACTBOX - James Bond is back with "Quantum of Solace"

    FACTBOX - James Bond is back with "Quantum of Solace"

    The eagerly awaited James Bond film "Quantum of Solace", starring British actor Daniel Craig in the lead, opens next week in Britain and around the world in November.

    Here are some details about the "Bond" films


    -- Daniel Craig now has two to his credit with "Casino Royale", the 21st in the series, and "Quantum of Solace". Craig, 40, is the first Bond actor to have been born after the Bond series began.

    -- The earliest Bond is Sean Connery, 78. He starred in six Bond movies as well as the unofficial "Never Say Never Again" in 1983.

    -- George Lazenby, 69, is the only 007 actor/athlete, winning two ski competitions in Australia. He also only starred in one Bond movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

    -- Roger Moore, 81, formerly "The Saint" on television, had a 13 year-stint as Bond starring in seven adventures.

    -- Timothy Dalton, 62, starred in two Bond movies - "The Living Daylights" and "Licence To Kill".

    -- Pierce Brosnan, 55, is the only 007 actor to have been married to a Bond girl, Cassandra Harris, who starred in Roger Moore's fifth outing as 007, "For Your Eyes Only". Brosnan made four Bond movies.

    -- David Niven, who died in 1983, played the character in the spoof original "Casino Royale" in 1967. Agent 007 was also played on U.S. television by Barry Nelson in 1954, although the agent's name in that case was "Jimmy Bond".


    -- Bond's tastes have entered popular culture. He likes his cocktails shaken, not stirred, and introduces himself as "Bond ... James Bond". But his frequent flings with glamorous leading ladies including ***** Galore and Honey Ryder have earned him a reputation as a sexist.


    -- The 21 official Bond films have amassed billions of dollars at the box office worldwide. The most recent, 2006's "Casino Royale", grossed around $594 million globally.

    -- According to Forbes, the Bond films have generated $11.5 billion at the box office taking into account inflation, beginning with 1962's "Dr. No" through to the "Casino Royale" remake.

    -- If books, videogames and ephemera are included, the current total value of the Bond franchise jumps to the region of $13.5 billion - an exact figure is not available.

    Sources: Reuters
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    Quantum of Solace (2008) TRIVIA
    • Pre-production work for this film began before Casino Royale (2006) started filming.
    • Daniel Craig, a fan of Marc Forster, recommended him to be the film's director.
    • 22nd official James Bond movie in the EON Productions franchise and the second to feature Daniel Craig as James Bond.
    • Daniel Craig felt Casino Royale (2006) was physically "a walk in the park" compared to this film; his training was extremely intense, involving more boxing, running, speedboating and stunt driving. He was injured about three times in the making of this film.
    • Dan Bradley was hired as the film's second unit director on the basis of his work on the Jason Bourne trilogy, so the film would continue the contemporary gritty action style begun in Casino Royale (2006).
    • The use of the title "Quantum of Solace" for a Bond movie was first touted around the time of Licence to Kill (1989).
    • First time that an official James Bond movie has been released on the same day as its associated video game tie-in, i.e. in this case, Quantum of Solace (2008) (VG).
    • First time that an official James Bond movie title song has been sung by two artists as a duet. The theme is called 'Another Way To Die' and is sung by Jack White and Alicia Keys. They were officially announced to be performing the song on 29 July 2008.
    • According to producer Michael G. Wilson, the film doesn't uses any part of the original Ian Fleming short story "Quantum of Solace" except its title. Apart from James Bond, none of the characters from the short story (Rhoda Llewellyn, Philip Masters and the Governor) are used as character names in the movie, nor is its Nassau, Bahamas setting.
    • The source story "Quantum of Solace" from which the film obtains its title is not actually considered a spy espionage story though there is mention of a mission, the story is an anecdote told to James Bond at a dinner party. This is therefore the first EON Productions James Bond movie since The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to utilize a non-spy story as a source for a Bond movie.
    • As a promotional book-tie in for the movie, all the original Ian Fleming James Bond short stories have been housed in the one volume for the first time. The compendium is called "Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories". It includes all nine short stories from the For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octo***** (1983) and The Living Daylights (1987) anthologies. It was released on 29 May 2008 in the UK and on 26 August 2008 in Northern America.
    • Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the Aston Martin DBS and the Ford Motor Company including vehicle makes Volvo, Range Rover, and the new Ka; Corgi International Limited's toy gadgets, die-cast vehicles and action figures; Sony's "Mission for a Million" competition; Omega SA Watches, James Bond wears the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M; Swatch; Coca-Cola's Coke Zero (as in "Zero Zero 7"); Smirnoff Vodka; Bollinger Champagne; Sony Electronics & Sony Ericsson cell phones including the Titanium Silver Edition C902 Cyber-shot Phone; Virgin Atlantic Airlines; four Scalextric toy racing sets; Heineken Pilsener Beer; Avon Products Inc.'s "Bond Girl 007" women's fragrance; UK National Lottery operator Camelot's James Bond scratch card game; Ocean Sky Jets; Orbitz' "Travel Like Bond" Tourism Competition Giveaway; VisitBritain; Tom Ford tailoring for James Bond's clothes; and Activision's Quantum of Solace (2008) (VG) video-game.
    • The movie is being released worldwide in 2008 which is the 100th anniversary year of the birth of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
    • Producer Michael G. Wilson stated that the "traditional" gun barrel sequence (which includes the gun barrel walk) would return for this movie. It has and it was omitted in the previous film Casino Royale (2006), the only film in the series to do so.
    • Producer Michael G. Wilson conceived the film's story during the production shoot of Casino Royale (2006).
    • The Aston Martin DBS car will make a return in this movie due to a three picture $100 million deal that car company Ford has for exclusive vehicle product placement rights.
    • First time that an actor (Jeffrey Wright) has played the Bond ally character of Felix Leiter in a consecutive Bond movie (the precursor film is Casino Royale (2006)). It is only the second time that an actor has played Leiter twice. David Hedison played him in Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).
    • First James Bond movie to take its title from an original Ian Fleming short story since The Living Daylights (1987), a gap of twenty-one years.
    • According to the short story, the Quantum of Solace is defined as "a precise figure defining the comfort/humanity/fellow feeling required between any pair of people for love to survive. If the Quantum of Solace is 0, then love is dead."
    • The original Ian Fleming source short story "Quantum of Solace" was first published in Modern Woman / Cosmopolitan magazine in May 1959.
    • Ian Fleming's source short story "Quantum of Solace" was inspired by a true story in an anecdote told to him by friend, neighbor and one-time lover Blanche Blackwell who received a Cartier wrist watch as gift from him when it was published.
    • The title "Quantum of Solace" is taken from the Ian Fleming short story of the same name in the book "For Your Eyes Only". This was the first collection of Fleming James Bond short stories and was first published on 11 April 1960. The collection was subtitled "Five Secret Occasions in the life of James Bond" and was the 8th James Bond book. It also included the short stories "The Hildebrand Rarity", "From A View To A Kill", "Risico" and "For Your Eyes Only".
    • "Quantum of Solace" is the third short story from Ian Fleming's "For Your Eyes Only" collection and it's the last short story from the book to be used in some way for a Bond movie. "For Your Eyes Only" and two other Fleming short stories were originally conceived in the 1950s as scripts for a never-produced James Bond TV series with CBS. "Quantum of Solace" was not one of the short stories conceived for television.
    • Daniel Craig described this film as "a classical Bond movie, with a touch of Ken Adam" production designer Adam was renowned for creating the lairs of the villains in the early 007 films. Michael G. Wilson also described Dennis Gassner's designs as "a post-modern look at modernism."
    • Screenwriter Paul Haggis was offered the post of director, but turned it down, as to write AND direct a film would take too long.
    • Director Marc Forster had originally envisioned Bruno Ganz to play the main villain Dominic Greene but the production had already contracted Mathieu Amalric.
    • While filming in Panama, Daniel Craig had to change hotels a number of times after the press discovered his whereabouts. Problems for the cast and crew were caused by the increased attention of the paparazzi.
    • Paul McCartney turned down the offer to write a new James Bond song for Quantum of Solace (2008), and recommended singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse for the job. Amy Winehouse actually recorded a demo with music producer Mark Ronson. The demo was not used for reasons linked to Winehouse's inability to record music at a time due to her well publicized personal situation.
    • On 19 April 2008, Fraser Dunn, an engineer driving Bond's Aston Martin DBS to the set lost control of the car and ended up in Northern Italy's Lago di Garda (Lake Garda). Some media labelled the incident, "Dry Another Day". The technican suffered only minor injuries but the car, valued at £120,000 ($235K), was completely totaled. Reportedly, a fan later paid about (UK) £200,000 for the wrecked car which is about £70,000 more than what the car was worth brand new. More surprising is the fact that this particular car (one of six) was not part of even any filming for the movie and is not seen in the final film.
    • Screenwriter Paul Haggis described James Bond in this film as "a very human and flawed assassin, a man who has to navigate a morally complex and often cynical world while attempting to hold onto his deep beliefs of what is right and wrong." Daniel Craig further described Bond as "an unfinished article with a sense of revenge, who is still headstrong and doesn't always make the right decisions."
    • According to Mathieu Amalric, it was easy to accept the role of Dominic Greene because "it's impossible to tell your kids that I could have been in a Bond film but I refused!"

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    • According to Mathieu Amalric, his character does not have any distinguishing features to make him more formidable and to represent the hidden villains of society: "He has no scars, no eye that bleeds, no metal jaw. I tried everything to have something to help me. I said to Marc: No nothing? A beard? Can I shave my hair? He said: No, just your face." Amalric also described Greene as "not knowing how to fight, so James Bond would be more surprised. Sometimes anger can be much more dangerous. I'm going to fight like in school."
    • To prepare for her role as Camille, Olga Kurylenko spent three weeks training with weapons and learned how to fight and body fly, a form of indoor skydiving. Kurylenko dislikes filming stunts, but Daniel Craig's compassion helped her to carry them out. Kurylenko also trained with a dialect coach to perform with a Spanish accent, which was easy since "she has a good ear and can imitate people." She was also given a DVD box set of all the 007 films since the Bond franchise was not well-known in her homeland of Ukraine.
    • The character of MI6 Agent Fields (Gemma Arterton) is a tribute to the Bond girls of the 1960s, notably Tracy Bond from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Goldfinger (1964)'s ***** Galore, both of which are Atherton's favourite performances. Gemma Arterton described Fields as "not as frolicsome or femme-fatale as other Bond girls, but is instead fresh and young."
    • Marc Forster hired screenwriter Joshua Zetumer to reshape any scenes that didn't satisfy Forster. Each day Zetumer rewrote dialogue every day according to the actors' ideas and contributions.
    • Out of the 400 women who auditioned for the role of Camille, Marc Forster chose Olga Kurylenko because she seemed the least nervous of them all.
    • In an interview with GQ Magazine, Daniel Craig stated that he was involved in making the decision for the title, Quantum of Solace. He also admitted that "in the great tradition of Bond movies, the film's title is often meaningless."
    • This film marks the first time since You Only Live Twice (1967) that Bond does not introduce himself with the catchphrase "Bond, James Bond." The line was shot for several different scenes but was completely cut out as Forster and the producers found it unnecessary. (The Bond films From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965) also do not use the line) The other staple Bond line stating a "vodka martini, shaken not stirred" does not appear in this movie either.
    • American fashion giant Tom Ford was personally commissioned by Daniel Craig to design exclusive clothing for his 007 character.
    • Word of the film's secret title was discovered by fans when it was noticed that the domain name of had been registered by Sony Pictures on 22 January 2008. The title of the movie was then leaked onto the internet prior to the official press conference on 24 January 2008. Similar domain name was registered by Sony Pictures in September 2007.
    • This movie represents the first time that a Bond movie or any Hollywood Blockbuster for that matter will open in India prior to its US premiere. It debuts in India on 7 November 2008, exactly a week before it rolls out in Northern America.
    • Screenwriter Paul Haggis finished his final draft of the script for the film only two hours before the Writers Guild of America Writer's Strike started.
    • Daniel Craig was injured at least three times during the making of this movie. The most prominent ones included an injury to his face, which required four stitches; another to his shoulder, which required 6 surgical screws to be inserted in an operation and his arm in a sling; and then his hand was injured when one of his finger tips was sliced off.
    • At 106 minutes long, this is the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions Official Series. This film is a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006) which ironically is the longest film in the official series. This film is also the first Bond movie to run under two hours since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The non-EON made-for-television "Climax!: Casino Royale (#1.3)" (1954) tele-movie has the record for being the shortest Bond movie ever, running at 51 minutes.
    • This is a James Bond movie which utilizes an original Ian Fleming title but nothing else from its source material. The first Bond movie to use just the title and zero or little else was You Only Live Twice (1967) , then The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), then Moonraker (1979) and later A View to a Kill (1985). Ironically, no novelization of this movie is being released. The original short story has been re-issued along with all the other original Ian Fleming short stories.
    • The film's US release date was pushed back a week from 7 November 2008 to 14 November 2008 when Warner Brother's announced that it would be moving off their 14 November 2008 release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and delaying its launch for eight months.
    • Vehicles featured include the 510bhp 6.0-litre Aston Martin DBS V12 returning from Casino Royale (2006); Alfa Romeos including a black Alfa Romeo 159 belonging to villain Dominic Greene; a C-47 skytrain; an old Peugeot 404; Daimler; a motorcycle; and Ford vehicles in the last of their three picture deal which include the Ford GT, a gold 2009 Ford Ka MkII, Volvo, Range Rover and Land Rover Defender 110 makes.
    • The film's first major teaser entitled "TRAILER A" was launched in theaters with the wide-release of Sony's US Summer blockbuster Hancock (2008) on 2nd July 2008 after having its premiere on-line a couple of days earlier on 30 June 2008.
    • This movie marks the return of semi-clad / naked girls dancing in the opening title sequence, a trademark of the series, and something that was left out of the previous Bond movie Casino Royale (2006)'s opening title sequence.
    • A free-fall scene with James Bond and Camille was shot in the Bodyflight wind tunnel in Bedford with 17 small digital cameras. It was going to be shot in the conventional way (with a large fan blowing the actors faces), but Craig disliked the idea of a fan in his face and stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell suggested filming in a wind tunnel. For safety, Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko shot for only 30 seconds periodically, and wore wind-resistant contact lenses that enabled them to open their eyes as they fell.
    • Marc Forster chose to film in the Atacama Desert, the Cerro Paranal Observatory and the Observatory's ESO Hotel to represent Bond's rigid emotions.
    • James Bond's eleven costume changes in the movie required about 420 pieces of clothing. There were nine versions of every suit used in the movie. Three were normal, three were battered with blood and debris whilst three were this but also waterlogged.
    • The movie was filmed on three continents in six different countries including Austria, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Panama and the UK. This feat is close to the record held by Moonraker (1979) which was was filmed on three continents, in four studios, and across seven countries.
    • The film shoot used 200,000 blank bullets.
    • The floating opera stage sequence utilized 1700 extras who per paid £42 a day for three day's work. CGI visual effects enable the audience to appear as almost 7000 patrons.
    • Reportedly, Daniel Craig was paid (UK) £4.5 million for the movie, more than twice as much as the (UK) £2 million he received for Casino Royale (2006).
    • Mathieu Amalric based his character of Dominic Greene on two political figures: France's current President Nicolas Sarkozy and former English Prime Minister Tony Blair.
    • Real life intelligence operatives acted as on-the-set consultants for the movie including spies and assassins from the British Mi6 and the Israeli Secret Service.
    • Cameo: [Kiera Chaplin] Charles Chaplin's grand-daughter as a Hotel Receptionist.
    • Cameo: [Alfonso Cuarón] The Mexican filmmaker as a helicopter pilot (uncredited). Cuarón is a friend of the movie's director Marc Forster.
    • In an interview, the producers explained the meaning of the film's title: "The title originally comes from an Ian Fleming short story and, in the context of that, it means that a relationship cannot be salvaged unless there is a 'quantum of solace' between the two parties - 'Quantum' meaning 'measure' and 'solace' meaning 'comfort' - so if they are not willing to share that then their relationship is not redeemable. In our case, it is a couple of things: Bond is looking for a 'quantum of solace' after his experiences in Casino Royale (2006), and QUANTUM also happens to be the name of the villainous organization in the film."
    • QUANTUM, the name of the criminal organization, is not actually an acronym. James Bond creator Ian Fleming was famous for creating the acronymic criminal organization. SPECTRE stood for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion whilst SMERSH is derived from "Smiert Spionam" which means "death to spies". Many James Bond and spy parodies have organizations with spoof acronyms, but QUANTUM isn't an acronym, at least not yet.

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    • The criminal organization revealed as QUANTUM in this film, which was active but unknown in the previous film Casino Royale (2006), is something which producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed to be intended to be an ongoing and regular foe of James Bond, much like SPECTRE in the early Bond movies of the 1960s. EON Productions, which produces the series, allegedly do not own the rights to the name SPECTRE due to a legal settlement with Kevin McClory.
    • This is the first James Bond movie to have both a boat chase and a car chase since Live and Let Die (1973).
    • The title allegedly was a reference by James Bond creator Ian Fleming to the lack of emotion in a marriage.
    • This is the first James Bond film ever in the series that a car chase will be the main action piece in the pre-credits opening sequence [the opener in The Living Daylights (1987) was a chase with jeeps].
    • Parody t-shirts of the movie's teaser poster which showed a tall silhouette of James Bond with a gun featured taglines such as "Shoot First - Vodka Martini Later", "Never Stirred, Never Shaken" and "Even My Shadow Has A Big Gun".
    • The Ian Fleming James Bond short story "Quantum of Solace" was an attempt by Fleming to write a more literature serious story somewhat in the vein of W. Somerset Maugham, and is frequently described in the literary world as "a Maughamish anecdote".
    • The media in 2008 reported that Gemma Arterton once had six fingers on each hand. This is a condition known as polydactyly. She called it her "little oddity". Bond villains have long been famous for having some kind of physiological dysfunction. To date, no Bond movie villain characters have had this trait, though Dr. No (1962) had metal hands, Carl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) had webbed-hands and there was also Mr. Goldfinger (1964). Lee Fu-Chu in the Bond novel "Brokenclaw" was born with his left hand's thumb on the opposite side of his palm.
    • Daniel Craig has said he wanted to avoid titles that mention dying or death for this film's title. Ironically, the name of the title song for this movie is "Another Way To Die".
    • The full name of Gemma Arterton's character is never revealed in the film. She is referred to only as 'Fields'. Her full name is given in the film's publicity documents as 'Strawberry Fields.'
    • Originally, Agent Fields' character (played by Gemma Arterton) was known as Strawberry Fields, but is only referred to as Agent Fields throughout the movie. She has red hair, like strawberries. Strawberry Fields can be considered a typical Ian Fleming-esque moniker. Arterton has reportedly based her character on a number of 1960s Bond Girls, particularly P.ussy Galore and Tracy di Vicenzo, on whose hairstyle Arterton based Fields' hair on.
    • The movie's title song "Another Way To Die" sung by Alicia Keys and Jack White entered the US Charts at No. #107. In the UK, it debuted at the No. #26 spot on the UK Singles Top 40 Chart.
    • After Casino Royale (2006) was released, a 22nd Bond picture was in the works. An initial storyline was to be based off an Ian Fleming short story titled "Risico", which was to involve "M" sending Bond on a mission to avenge a friend.
    • This is the first Bond film that is a direct sequel.
    • First Bond film to be released in a year ending with the number 8. There was no Bond film in 1968, 1978, 1988, or 1998.
    • The Universal Exports business card Bond gives to the guard displays the pseudonym "R.Stirling". This pseudonym was also used in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) where James introduces himself to Stromberg as "Robert Stirling".
    • Designer Tom Ford, working with the film's costume designer, Louise Frogley, to create made-to-measure suits, shirts, knitwear, and ties for Bond. More than 400 pieces were made for 11 costume changes. For each scene they made three suits that were perfect, three suits that were bloodied and blown up, three suits that were bloodied, blown up and had been in a pool. These were made for various stunt-men as well.
    • In the original Ian Fleming source short-story of the same name, James Bond comments on the Law of the Quantum of Solace as follows: "That's a splendid name for it. It's certainly impressive enough. And of course I see what you mean. I should say you're absolutely right. Quantum of Solace - the amount of comfort. Yes, I suppose you can say that all love and friendship is based in the end on that. Human beings are very insecure. When the other person not only makes you feel insecure but actually seems to want to destroy you, it's obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero. You've got to get away to save yourself."
    • A minor sensation erupted when the announcement of the title for this movie was made in January 2008. The title is taken from arguably the most obscure of the original Ian Fleming James Bond story titles. Some media likened it to being like a "Harry Potter" title (e.g. "Harry Potter and the Quantum of Solace") whilst others commented on its difference, one outlet saying that it was "a real Oddjob" and that, "The Name's Odd. Very Odd."
    • The Q symbol on Dominic Greene's lapel pin represents the name of his organization, QUANTUM. Q has previously been made famous in the EON Productions series as the code-name of the gadget-master Major Boothroyd. The Q character does not appear in this movie as with its precursor Casino Royale (2006).
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    • >>> WARNING: Here Be Spoilers <<<
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    • SPOILER: The film's title was selected only a few days before its announcement on 24 January 2008. For a long time, it had been considered unsuitable for an 007 film; Daniel Craig admitted he was unsure about it, but it seemed to fit in the context of the film: "Bond is looking for his Quantum of Solace, that's what he wants. Ian Fleming says that if you don't have a Quantum of Solace in your relationship, you might as well give up. Bond doesn't have that because his girlfriend has been killed, therefore he's looking for revenge to make himself happy with the world again." QUANTUM is also the name of the organization in the film; a kind of new-age SMERSH, or the fictitious S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
    • SPOILER: The set for the floating opera sequence utilizes a gigantic eye which references For Your Eyes Only (1981). The "For Your Eyes Only" book is the anthology which includes the short story "Quantum of Solace" from which the movie takes its title.
    • SPOILER" The MacGuffin in this film is the natural resource water. Producer Michael G. Wilson has referred to the movie Chinatown (1974) where it was used as a MacGuffin. This film will be an environmentally themed Bond movie, the second to do so since the Solex Agitator solar power source appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
    • SPOILER: Whilst the film is in pre-production, some filming of background shots occurred during August 2007, long before principal photography is scheduled to start. This was because of the Palio di Siena Horse Race which forms the opening to a chase sequence through the mediaeval architectural town of Siena and its famed Bottini underground aqueduct evoking From Russia with Love (1963) and its Basilica Cistern.
    • SPOILER: Giancarlo Giannini as double agent Rene Mathis from Casino Royale (2006) returns in this movie.
    • SPOILER: As with Casino Royale (2006), the traditional film series characters of Q and Miss Moneypenny will not be reappearing.
    • SPOILER: A sequence where James Bond was to come out of the underground cisterns at Siena Cathedral was cut from the script as it was considered culturally sensitive, disrespectful and offensive to have the character arise from this location. Instead, James Bond will be seen emerging from the Fonte Gaia.
    • SPOILER: The scene where Bond stalks a double agent during Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" opera was shot at the floating opera stage on Lake Constance at Bregenz, Austria. The opera itself, dealing with deception and revenge, holds a parallel to the film. The fight ends when the double agent falls from the roof, mirroring Tosca's suicide at the end of the opera (by throwing herself off the castle ramparts).
    • SPOILER: To shoot the foot chase in Siena, officials supplied 1 million Euros to the filmmakers for them to build four camera cranes, alter rooftops, and hire 300 extras needed for the scene. The centuries-old roof-top tiles had to be removed by the production from the old houses and the roofs reinforced so actors and stunt-men would not fall through them.
    • SPOILER: Marc Forster wanted the plane fight to be a homage to Sir Alfred Hitchcock and chose old propeller-built planes (like the Douglas DC-3) to suit the retro-but-suspenseful atmosphere.
    • SPOILER: For the Lake Garda sequence, where a truck explodes and falls into the Lake, a custom-made net was designed to catch the truck.
    • SPOILER: This is the first James Bond film since The Living Daylights (1987) where James Bond only has one consummated affair in the main part of the movie. This is also the first one affair Bond movie where the girl in the affair dies. This is also the first Bond movie where Bond only has one consummated liaison in the whole film (the opening sequence of The Living Daylights (1987) implied an affair with the woman on the boat).
    • SPOILER: The traditional 'Gun Barrel' sequence is used at the very end of the movie as opposed to the beginning as with all previous Bond movies - apart from Casino Royale (2006), where it is not used at all.
    • SPOILER: Gemma Arterton's character is found dead covered in oil - a call back to a similar discovery in Goldfinger (1964). In that film the victim is covered in gold. Both bodies are also found in similar locations and positions. The media went onto label this scene "Oilfinger". Arterton filmed the scene on her first day of filming for the movie.
    • SPOILER: James Bond and the leading Bond Girl (Camille, played by Olga Kurylenko) share a kiss in this movie but do not make love, making it the first ever James Bond film where a relationship with a leading Bond Girl is not consummated.
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    My Bond Girl Nominees For Bond 23

    Freida Pinto
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Amy Smart
    Estella Warren
    Erika Christensen
    Blake Lively
    Kirsten Dunst
    Minka Kelly
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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