Episode 004

James Bonding

Quantum of Solace with…

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James Bonding #004: QUANTUM OF SOLACE with Emily Gordon

Emily Gordon joins the Matts to discuss Quantum of Solace!

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  • I am looking forward to listening to this. I love Emily V. Gordon! I know I am in minority, but I really enjoyed this Bond. I like the sequel feel of this. I thought the “douriness” fit, but I thought it felt lithe. I liked the locations, and action. Again I know I am in the minority in this opinion. I am glad I have this and Casino in Blue Ray.

    I expect I will laugh very hard. Thanks Matts!

  • The more I watch Quantum of Solace the more I enjoy all the aspects of it (aside from every character pshyco-analysing Bond every two seconds)

    The director knows how to end an action sequence (every way definitive and different), there’s a lot of different serious beats that keep in line with Casino Royale’s lead, and the fact the main ‘bond girl’ is no such thing is quite refreshing!

  • HR: “Yes, Mr. Bond, we’ve received a few office complaints about you.”
    Bond: “Like what?”
    HR: “Well, it seems every time you ride in an elevator, you are the only one who ever exits.”
    Bond: “I suppose that’s true.”
    HR: “Yes, but that includes your co-workers. Just last week you put Jerry from accounting in a triangle choke — For no reason — Just because he had the ill fortune to be in the same elevator car.”
    Bond: “I bet he didn’t account for that.”
    HR: “And that’ll be quite enough of your quips, sir. You are going on report if this happens again.”

  • i know i’m alone on this, and that my opinion is likely to be considered invalid being that i do not really like Bond, but i consider Quantum the best Bond movie (that i’ve seen – & yup that includes Casino Royale, as much as this depends on that), among other things an excellent critique of both the franchise & action movies of its ilk in general.

  • Love the podcasts but have a bone to pick with this one. Another Way to Die is a great song for the Craig era of Bond and a good song overall. It didn’t seem like you guys really gave it a chance or even understood the lyrics.

    They perfectly fit Bond, with a lot of appropriate imagery and several of the instrumental moments are as Bond as any song has been since Live and Let Die.

  • So glad to see other QoS fans out here alone in the fields. The only problem I have with this film is the “too quick” editing in some action set pieces. Other than that, it’s a damn fine Bond.

  • First) I get to actually listen to this fine podcast today. Yeah to hiding my laughter at work.

    Second) Glad there are other fans giving this movie the love it so rightly deserves.

  • Definitely imagine that which you said. Your favourite reason appeared to be at the net the easiest factor to take
    into accout of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time as other people think about worries that they
    plainly don’t recognize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and also outlined out the whole thing without having side-effects , folks can take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

  • This was a great podcast. And I am also one of the few that enjoys this movie. Watched Casino Royale about 4 hours before seeing QoS and so I was able to feel like they were one long movie. It works so well that way.

    Anyway, I love this podcast and I wish every episode was three hours. It’s hilarious. Thank you!

  • “Eagle Eye Gorley… what is he doing with that cat? Oh my God!”

    I laughed so hard I bothered my co-workers. No mention of the woman from Castle in it? Still really enjoyed it. I may have a trilogy of these films in Blue Ray in the very near future.

  • Did you guys actually forget that Mathes’ offer of a pill(and all the worry/trepidation on Bond’s part) was because, in a rare instance of a Bond film really staying with the novel, Bond’s main worry in surviving Le Chiffre’s torture was that he’d be permanently impotent? Granted, it was a much grimmer prognosis when Fleming wrote it than it is now, but still–for some guys, there is no cure.

    I know you guys like the Bond-as-detective, but he’s not; once again, Fleming was basing him on a real sub-class of operative. Having a license to kill means he’s not to be wasted doing the normal intelligence work that the other field agents, covert or not, can do(probably better). He’s there to confirm or refute an analysis that requires assassination &/or sabotage.

    Lastly, two pronunciation notes: it’s Eva BROWN(same word, same meaning, same pronunciation–just a variation in spelling between two Germanic languages. The only reason the German appliance manufacturer’s ads use that incorrect, French “brawn” is that they started selling to the Brits first–notice the VO is always a British speaker–who cannot bear to pronounce any foreign word correctly).
    And, in the name of all that’s holy, the word is “SAHL-ess”, not “SOHL-ess”(the short “o” of “hot”).

  • Pah! This is my favorite Bond film.

    If watched immediately after Casino Royale, so the continuity of the actors & characters helps explain who and what is going on, it’s as close to perfect as any bond film gets.

    The pacing of the action scenes shot almost POV seemed a little too frenetic when it came out, but in the years since, as we’ve started to become more accustomed to seeing such quick moves and cuts, it’s starting to look like it was just a bit ahead of its time. As well, the sound work and photography is from slightly left of heaven on this one. Love the sound work.

    My only complaint is… James bond saves the villagers from the evil corporate anti-environmentalists? I just can’t even begin to imagine Fleming sitting down to write this.

  • It’s great to hear some love for Quantum on James Bonding. Many critics dismiss Quantum too casually, it’s a subtle and singular Bond film that rewards multiple viewings and close attention.

  • I like Emily and generally respect you, but A View To A Kill is the dumbest song EVER. Try to step out of the ‘child of the 80s’ mode. The music from the 80s is horrific.


  • great podcasts guys, being a brit ex pat i’m so happy there are americans who appreciate bond on such a microscopic level as we do!
    just a quick note:
    the reason bond puts mathis in the dumpster and goes through the wallet is quite simple: to make it seem like he was robbed and killed by local thugs. it’s a dodgy part of town and would be easiest way to cover up his death and not draw any suspicion onto bond or on the mission at hand. this way any local cops that find him will just write it off as another dead mugged tourist who wondered into the wrong part of town but it seems cold to camille since he doesn’t bother explaining his motives to her. he’s thinking on his feet.

  • How is it possible to say this movie is humorless?

    “I don’t think he smoked.”
    “Florists use that expression!”
    “Not in the slightest.”

    The humor is just delivered very drily.