Since the title of the 22nd Bond Film was disclosed on January 24, Bond fans across the world have struggled to understand what it means and how it will play into the film. According to producer Michael G. Wilson, a quantum of solace is essentially a measure of comfort.
ďI think itís very appropriate for this film because based on what happened to the character of James Bond in the last film, Casino Royale, he needs a quantum of solace, considering his mental state,Ē said Wilson.
- quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence
- a particular amount.
- a share or portion.
- a large quantity; bulk.
- comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort. (n)
- something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief: The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace. (n)
- to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.). (v)
- to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.). (v)
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When we last saw 007, he had shut himself off emotionally following the betrayal of his first true love, Vesper Lynd. His last words about here were ďthe bitch is dead,Ē which is not something someone who has come to terms with Vesperís death would say. All of the interviews and articles on Quantum of Solace reveal the same point: that the film will be far darker than Casino Royale and will involve much soul searching on Bondís part
Michael G. Wilson was also quoted as saying: "You know, Quantum of Solace is a short story from Ian Fleming. I think it works for the film; I think it works for the story. In a sense, I think it was a good move to use an original title from Ian Fleming." Below is an excerpt from the short story Quantum of Solace from Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only.
"Iíve seen flagrant infidelities patched up, Iíve seen crimes and even murder foreign by the other party, let alone bankruptcy and other forms of social crime. Incurable disease, blindness, disaster - all of these can be overcome. But never the death of common humanity in one of the partners. Iíve thought about this and Iíve invented a rather high-sounding title for this basic factor in human relations. I have called it the law of the Quantum of Solace.
Bond said, "Thatís a splendid name for it. Itís certainly impressive enough. And of course I see what you mean. I should say youíre 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, itís obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero. Youíve got to get away to save yourself."