In "Quantum of Solace", James Bond's fans will be missing out one of the signature Bond movies' lines, the superspy agent classic self-introduction "Bond, James Bond". According to the Independent, the agent 007's trademark catchphrase has been dropped off from the film because it doesn't work out like what the filmmakers expected.
Mentioning that the cutting off of the one-liner has been blessed by the important people involved, director Marc Foster explained that actually the line has been written in the script. "There was a 'Bond, James Bond' in the script," he said. "There are several places where we shot it as well, but it never worked as we hoped."
"I just felt we should cut it out, and Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson [the film's producers] agreed, and Daniel [Craig, who plays Bond] agreed, too," he then added. "It's nice to be open-minded about the Bond formula. You can always go back to them later on." Additionally, the helmer also noted that another catchphrase eliminated from "Quantum" is "shaken not stirred", the one used when Bond orders up his Martini.
Apart from the catchphrase omission, Foster has also confirmed that "Quantum" will be the shortest Bond movie in terms of its running time, as reported by MI6 News. The high-octane action flick is said to be having a runtime of 106 minutes. The last Bond movie getting under 2 hour screening time was Pierce Brosnan's 1997 "Tomorrow Never Dies" (116 minutes), while the shortest Bond flick ever hitting the big screen so far was 1964's "Goldfinger" (110 minutes).
To be distributed by Columbia Pictures on November 14, "Quantum" resolves around the adventures of Bond in a manipulative and dangerous mission of uncovering the truth behind the organization which blackmailed his former lover Vesper while fighting the urge to avenge his broken heart. It is scripted by Robert Wade, Neal Purvis and Paul Haggis.
It is Daniel Craig's second outing as Bond after "Casino Royale". In it, he will be joined by Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko as Camille, Gemma Arterton as MI6 Agent Fields, Mathieu Amalric as the lead villain Dominic Greene, Judi Dench as M and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter among others.