* BrokenBase: The theme song by [[Music/TheWhiteStripes Jack White]] and Music/AliciaKeys. Some fans don't mind it at all, while others think it's just trash.
** It doesn't help that they rejected some really, ''really'' good ones. Like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg2dXY9TOKA this.]] Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCX4SxhpPwE this,]] by the legendary Shirley Bassey.
* CompleteMonster: [[TheGeneralissimo General Medrano]] raped and killed Camille's family in front of her, and burnt down the house. He conspires with Dominic Greene of the organization Quantum, deliberately engineering a nationwide drought in Bolivia to get allow Quantum to get its hands on his nation's water supply and having the gall to frame the government for selling off its rainforests. Medrano is willing to plunge his nation into drought and famine, dooming multiple innocent people, just so he can have an excuse to seize power. When Greene informs Medrano how expendable he truly is to Quantum, Medrano buckles under pressure and acquiesces to Greene's demands before [[AttemptedRape trying to rape his maid]] out of frustration. When Camille intervenes, Medrano [[AttemptedRape tries to rape and murder her as well]], mocking her about her mother and sister.
* ContestedSequel: The movie is highly divisive. Either this is an okay Bond movie that's not as good as ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', or it's an {{egregious}} case of {{Sequelitis}} [[FanDiscontinuity that never happened]]. ''Skyfall'' was put in DevelopmentHell due to studio reshuffling and licensing issues, making ''Quantum'' even more divisive over time and leading to a giant WhatMightHaveBeen: had the third Craig-era Bond film come out faster, would it have retained continuity and cashed in the plot coupons Bond picked up in ''Quantum''? Well, we'll never know, as ''Skyfall'' more or less reset the modern Bond-era continuity ''again'' [[note]]Though ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' also had a one-shot villain, and the SPECTRE organization came back in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' so who knows...[[/note]] -- while he was a relatively new agent in ''Casino Royale'' and ''Quantum'', ''Skyfall'' turned Bond into an elder statesmen almost ready for retirement. About the only thing the base can agree on is that ''Casino Royale'' and ''Skyfall'' each sit on one end of the Bond spectrum of seriousness vs. crazy-but-awesome... and then there's ''Quantum'': a terrible Bond movie but solid film, or a solid film ''and'' solid Bond movie, or a complete EpicFail. For what it's worth, many reviewers couldn't make up their minds either.
** Post-''Skyfall'', the conflict regarding ''Quantum of Solace'' now seems to be about whether you prefer common Bond tropes averted and subverted (''Quantum'') or played far more straight (''Skyfall'') (though many of Skyfall's tropes are deconstructed, so keep that in mind). The debate seems to have shifted as to whether or not the next film should tie up the remaining plot threads from ''Quantum'' or stay in the ''Skyfall'' genre.
* ContinuityLockOut: You really shouldn't see this movie without seeing ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' first. ''Skyfall'' requires you to see neither (or, alternatively, every film in the franchise), reversing the situation.
* CriticalDissonance: The film did very well at the box office (it is the third-highest-grossing Bond film to date, without adjusting for inflation, earning $586 million worldwide), but it remains Daniel Craig's most divisive Bond film as far as critics are concerned.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This film took a lot of heat for being a Bond film that apparently really ''didn't'' want to be a Bond film. As such, it was really hard to care about anything happening in it, as nobody in the film came across as likable -- the quintessential Bond elements were gone and the most common complaint was that the film wasn't a fun, escapist fantasy. Of course, given how ''Casino Royale'' ended, was there anywhere else to logically go? It's still a touchy subject in the fandom.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Mr. White. In this film and ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', the character has more [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] in his limited screen time than the two villains of both films combined. Also, Mathis qualifies with his role as aide and confidante to Craig's Bond in ''Film/CasinoRoyale''. Here, he is willing to work with Bond again after being accused of TheMole in the last film.
** Agent Strawberry Fields, who managed to outshine leading lady Camille.
* FridgeBrilliance: Craig was frequently criticized for his cold, emotionless performance, with one reviewer calling him a "Robo Bond." However, at the end of ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', which this film immediately follows, Bond's reaction to [[spoiler: Vesper's death]] was...to completely shut down emotionally. Bond begins the film in the midst of a HeroicBSOD, and doesn't pull out of it again until the last few minutes of the film.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A common accusation is that the film simply repeats some things that worked so well in the last one -- as well as the tricks of the ''Bourne'' films -- except none of it feels new and fresh, let alone Bond-like. Arguably, the film actually contains a high {{HSQ}} and plenty of great lines, but it's too close to a ''Bourne'' film (or any other gritty action movie) to be a proper Bond film.
* MagnificentBastard: Dominic Greene might be a thoroughly nasty piece of work but he's a [[ManipulativeBastard master manipulator]] and has balls of steel! He even manages to taunt Bond while being dangled over a raging inferno.
** Mr. White as well. He is perfectly calm when taken to MI6 headquarters, kills [[spoiler: Le Chiffre and his henchmen]], and has his brilliant moment during the Tosca scene.
* MoralEventHorizon: From Camille's backstory, one suspects that Medrano has made crossing this into a career. He's already a murderer, a torturer, an arsonist, and a rapist by backstory, so after he tries to rape the hostess, there's really no way his KarmicDeath can be too harsh.
* {{Narm}} and NarmCharm:
** Dominick Greene when he goes AxeCrazy.
** ''"Please do not talk to me like I'm '''ZHUTPID!!!"'''''
%%* NeedsMoreLove
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Averted, with a solid, if not particularly inspired, FPS (even if it's more of a ''Casino Royale'' adaptation - only five of its twenty levels are from ''Quantum of Solace''). The PS2 version is a TPS, and the DS is hard to describe. Incidentally, the Next-Gen and PC versions were done by [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Treyarch]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: Hey, who knew that [[Series/{{Castle}} Kate Beckett]] had been a Canadian secret agent before joining the NYPD?
* RomanticPlotTumor: Averted. Camille doesn't get with Bond at the end, even though she had better chemistry with him than many previous [[GirlOfTheWeek leading ladies]].
* {{Squick}}: When Greene splits his own foot with the axe.
** What we're told about his death may also count, although it somehow doubles as a CrowningMomentofAwesome.
* [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By The Strike]]: [[http://www.swiftfilm.com/daniel-craig-says-writers-strike-ruined-quantum-of-solace/ The movie's convoluted plot is a result of the 2007-2008 strike]]. The script was finished by Craig and the director, which went about as well as you might expect.
* ToughActToFollow: This isn't a badly done action movie, by any means, and it's definitely superior to a good number of previous Bond films, but it's definitely a step down from ''Casino Royale''--which was one of the most acclaimed action movies of 2006, and is now often cited as one of the top 10 movies in the James Bond franchise. While it got generally favorable reviews from critics (it currently holds a score of 64% on Website/RottenTomatoes), many fans trashed it after comparing it to ''Casino Royale''.
* {{Theiss Titillation Theory}}: See ({{Vapor Wear}}) example.
* UnfortunateImplications: Olga Kurylenko as Camille being in brownface is this. It's especially egregious because some people who are from Bolivia [[RealityIsUnrealistic are actually as white as the actress.]]