Quantum of Solace: Bond’s Revenge

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Quantum of Solace: Bond’s Revenge
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When you can’t tell your friends from your enemies, it’s time to go
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Original Release Date:
2008
Original Running Time:
102
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Fanedit Running Time:
103
Time Cut:
6
Time Added:
5
Brief Synopsis:
From what many consider to be the the worst Bond title song ever, to the frenetic action sequences which have come straight from a Jason Bourne movie, Marc Forster’s take on James Bond struggled to maintain that special identity which separates 007 from the rest of the crowd. For this fanedit, I wanted to try and achieve a few things which I hope may inject the movie with more personal emotion and drum home the feeling that Bond’s trail of vengeance, not to forget Camille’s too, is very much what the film is about.
Intention:
For this fanedit, I wanted to try and achieve a few things which I hope may inject the movie with more personal emotion and drum home the feeling that Bond’s trail of vengeance, not to forget Camille’s too, is very much what the film is about.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to my lovely girlfriend, Sophie, as always. You gave me the idea for this edit in the first place and chose the title song, so this one really is for you.

Also thanks to L8wrtr for his continued patience and support and to everyone here at fanedit.org for taking an interest.
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
Whilst I’ve now obtained a higher regard for Marc Forster’s theatrical cut, I truly hope that other Bond fans find something within this edit to make them appreciate that amongst the “blink and you’ll miss it” action scenes and the poor villains , there’s still some very strong material here, particularly in Craig’s ruthless yet haunted performance as 007. I wanted Vesper’s presence to be very much felt, so at every opportunity I have tried to put her in Bond’s mind.

Plus, most of all, I hope that the climatic fight has now taken on a more thought provoking aspect, the kind of which is rarely seen in a Bond film (and yet definitely is felt in Fleming’s work) . Oh, and make sure you watch it with a classy drink or two at hand (or in my case a pint of ale and a packet of crisps… shame on me!)

Started Edit: February 2011

Completed: May 2011
Cuts and Additions:

Cut list:

- Inserted gun-barrel sequence to the beginning of the movie (accompanied by Michael Kaman’s “gun-barrel opening theme” from Licence To Kill)

- New extended pre-credits sequence: now begins with a shortened and slowed down version of the opening car chase, intercut with a recap of the events from Casino Royale. Sound effects and music added.

- Foot Chase through the sewers and along the rooftops in Sienna between Bond and Mitchell, now trimmed slightly and again slowed down. Some crowd shots cut.

- Title sequence now starts after the fight between Bond and Mitchell, with new theme song.

- Boat chase is trimmed

- Opera sequence altered. During the shoot-out between Bond and Greene’s men, instead of the opera scenes being shown I have intercut memories of Vesper in an attempt to make it more personal. Also, replaced music with “Vesper’s Theme” from Casino Royale. Sound effects added, action from the shoot out is trimmed and slowed down.

- Bond confronting the bodyguard on the roof is trimmed and moved to the scene where Tanner and M are discussing the identities of the Quantum group from the pictures Bond took. It now appears that Bond did actually shoot and push the guard off the roof. We do not see Greene’s men shoot the guard after the fall.

- Bond’s arrival to meet Mathis is trimmed. The boat and aerial shots are removed.

- Aerial battle and parachute scenes trimmed

- One long shot of Agent Fields’ oil-covered dead body is cut (we had already seen the body twice), and then slowed down image of Bond being disarmed.

- Hotel in the desert. The conversation between Medrano and the chief of police about the hotel’s unstable fuel cells has been cut. It makes it far too obvious that the whole hotel is like a bomb waiting to explode.

- Desert inferno… when Bond jumps down onto the Chief of Police’s car, the line he speaks before firing his gun is cut, instead shooting straight away – just seemed more real to me.

- Desert inferno II… the duel confrontation involving Camille vs. Medrano and Bond vs. Greene is considerably slowed down – Picture has been drained of colour and music has been changed in an attempt to add more emotional weight to the sequence. Scenes are also trimmed from both fights.

- Aftermath… Bond’s line to Camille, “stay here”, is cut, as is Bond driving Greene out further into the desert. Instead, the scene just goes from the desert with Greene hobbling away into Camille and Bond saying their goodbyes.

- M telling Bond that Greene’s body was found in the desert has been trimmed. She no longer says that motor oil was found in his stomach, just that 2 bullets were found in the back of his skull. The intention here is to really leave it up to the viewer as to whether Bond killed Greene or somebody else did.

- Bond theme has been removed from end credits. After the gentle ending of Bond dropping Vesper’s necklace in the snow, it just didn’t seem to fit for me. The End Crawl music by Four Tet has been retained, along with a replay of the new title song.
Cover art by LastSurvivor (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by AstonMartins4Me. Winner of the Fenny May 2012 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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I enjoyed the flashbacks with Vesper, it made it easy to understand what was happening. The opening music was a much better choice than the original sound track. Slowing down the action scenes made it more enjoyable to watch and easier to follow. Overall I prefer your version over the original any day. In the original car chase I had to slow the movie to see what was happening, in your version I did not have to do anything. The subtitles displayed for each of the city locations was a vast improvement over the original.

Thank you for your hand work, your are very talented with your edits.

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Overall I enjoyed this edit and I think it helped the movie. There's not a lot to work with, so only so much can be done.

First, the good. Adding in the gun barrel Bond trope fits--it is kind of odd to not have it. Replacing the theme song was a decided improvement; I'm not 100% convinced of the P!nk song but it fits overall and is a massive improvement over the awful original.

Trimming the action sequences works. This is a Bond film, not a Bourne film, so the chases and fights shouldn't be the focus. In particular the opera sequence is fantastic IMHO. Going slow motion with just the music track get across the brutality of the fight without getting in the viewer's face about it. The Vesper flashbacks generally works. Same goes for the final hotel fight, though it isn't quite as effective. The technique helps to highlight Bond's state of mind.

Having a callback montage at the beginning is a good idea since this is a rare actual sequel film. Which segues me into the criticism. The initial sequence felt overlong. Probably picking up a couple of short clips then right to the sinking elevator and aftermath would be enough--not a summary of the entire Casino Royale.

Moving the Sienna chase to before the opening credit sequence also didn't work for me. It moved the credit sequence too far into the film--15 minutes or so in? It felt wrong.

As mentioned, some of the flashbacks to Vesper were a bit abrupt, even if appropriate.

With the cutting, the thin story and weak villain became almost secondary. It started to become more of Bond ignoring M's orders and avoiding getting caught by her and the other agents. Again, not much to work with here.

In the end I did enjoy the edit and it works, it's just not my favorite work by Last Survivor.

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Interestingly, I've heard that if Diamonds Are Forever still had Lazenby, it would have had a early flashback scene of Tracy's death and thus become the first 007 revenge film. QOS had a second opportunity but again missed it but LastSurvivor's fan edit succeeds on doing this. The flashback scene compiled from Casino Royale as the pre-title opening and Vesper's theme occuring in the chorus pursuit scene effectively provides the lingering effects of Bond's loss. The opening title song while not bad but I would have prefer Eva Almer's "Forever" which was a rejected theme song for the film but hey, at least the gun barrel was placed correctly. The scenes in slow motion help give in the effect's of Bond looking for his solace which was a good idea to introduce to lessen the continuous action scenes that are terribly edited. I would love to see a blu-ray rip remake of this edit with new changes and I definitely give this a watch.

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The flashbacks in this movie were a brilliant choice. It made the story feel much more connected to the first movie, and since Daniel Craig's version of Bond is meant to explain his origin, this is important. QoS is sorta meant to be a "chapter 2" to bond's beginning of how/why he came to be. At least that's the impression this movie gives you, and I liked it.

Some can nit pick about the title music change but what I care about is the story and this edit was magnificent. Thanks LS!

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Interesting! There is something good to be found in QoS, as LS proves. This is one of the best "saving a film"-edits I've seen. QoS is actually good now. The inserts from Casino Royale are a nice idea and the opening takes a different path, to say the least. The only time the flashbacks disrupted me (though only for a second) was at the final fight at the desert hotel. Once I realized what it was, it immediately fell into place.

The editing in the original is one of its bigger faults to me, and LS manages to make them less obtrusive. Audio and video-wise, this edit is perfect. Great work, I'd love to see a HD-version. Recommended!

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