Quantum of Solace. That gathering of words right there has become one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted phrases since its much anticipated reveal early this year. No doubt a large majority of the fans eagerly-awaiting the naming of Bond 22 wore an expression of bafflement just after the announcement was made, and I have no shame in admitting that I was among them. But now I feel slightly better in knowing that one of the film’s screenwriters is sharing in our rather comical bewilderment.
Digitalspy is stating that upon being asked by MTV to explain the meaning of this mysterious phrase, Paul Haggis simply replied: “I have no idea. It’s not my title.”
So surely now we can rid ourselves of any shame or embarrassment that arose upon our seeking of a dictionary post-announcement, as even some of those close to the film are a little unsure of the exact meaning.
There is one man however, who will never be beaten when faced with a challenge. Whether that challenge comes in the form of powerful global terrorist organizations or in this case a teasingly ambiguous film title, Bond will always come out victorious. Daniel Craig describes with confidence the intent of the Ian Fleming phrase: “It comes from the idea that in a relationship, if you don’t have a quantum of solace left in your relationship, then give up.”
He has also dropped hints that the statement is integral to the plot of the new 007 feature.
Whichever way you look at it, this intriguingly exotic name will only add to Bond’s allure and the hype surrounding this new installment, making it a must-see come November this year.