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    Americans' ID of Bond 

  • How did Felix's jerkass boss know who Bond was? At the time Bond is still just a relatively new agent and hardly someone who would be brought to the attention of the station chief for South America.
    • He might have known from the fiasco in the embassy from the last movie. I believe Bond's name was all over the media.
      • And yet this slipped past Greene?
      • Greene knew exactly who Bond was. Witness how Greene introduces Bond to Camille — he directly refers to Bond's reputation as 'damaged goods', which is Greene poking fun at Vesper's death.
    • Bond was MI6's man in the poker game, and Felix knew that fact. Perhaps the CIA knew who he was and let Felix know in case they needed to co-ordinate (possibly in a "we lost the game, let's team up and just flat-out kidnap the man"), and Felix's boss either knew who Bond was and it was a test for Felix's commitment, or knew Felix well enough to figure out he was lying and used some quick thinking to piece it together (MI6 just called him asking about a man, who just happens to tell him that he found someone snooping around outside his property, who Felix knows, so how many people working for MI6 does Felix know again?). As for Bond's name being all over the media, all the media reported on was that a British Agent killed a man in an embasy, and the only photos we see are ones taken from behind Bond where his face isn't visible.
    • A bigger question is what was the point of his "test" of Felix. In mixed company, he asks Felix who is in the picture and then after Felix fails to identify Bond, does it himself. If Felix had known his boss recognized Bond, then he just non verbally told him not to tell. If, as Felix thought, his boss didn't know who Bond was, wouldn't it normally be more prudent to not reveal then name of the agent of an ally to a third party if no authorization had been granted?

    Bolivia conspiracy 
  • How does gouging Bolivia on their utility bills count as a scheme worthy of a transnational conspiracy? Last I checked, Bolivia wasn't exactly the richest country on the block, even by South American standards. Also, starting the massive gouging immediately after getting the last of the land needed to control the bulk of their water supply not only tells the new leader who's responsible, but also what piece of territory he needs to retake to make the gouging end. If they'd slowly jacked up the price over a few years the general wouldn't have known how he'd gotten screwed. The choice of Bolivia is notable in that ten years before the movie was filmed, foreign companies had bought up the nation's water resources to jack up the prices, with the result of causing large scale riots. You'd think Quantum would have remembered that.
    • The new leader knows full well who is responsible for the crisis, as do the old- that's the point. Quantum controlled that land and water and wanted more, and the old government refused, so they are installing a new one. As for the historical unrest, that's probably one of the reasons the new government will be headed by a brutal dictator in the first place- riots matter a lot more in democracies than they do in dictatorships. The reason they are after the water is not to jack up the prices, its because of the freshwater crisis that is predicted to hit the planet in the next few decades or so (there is expected to be a lack of drinkable water somewhere down the line, given the population boom and such like- granted, this isn't really explained in the movie, but its implied and it was in the news at the time, and many Bond movies base their plots on news stories). Its about long-term power. And bare in mind its not the only Evil Plan they have in the works; its just the one they are working on now. On its own controlling the water of Bolivia might not amount to much, but in concert with attempts to monopolize industries and control governments all over the globe, it becomes part of a strong hand.

    Mr. White's getaway 
  • Considering that he's shot in the leg, left pinballing around the trunk of a car for a while, and then shot in the shoulder and left lying motionless on the ground, Mr. White somehow manages to escape an MI6 interrogation room and is in good enough shape later to turn up for the opera scene. It really seems as if he was supposed to be Killed Off for Real but the filmmakers changed their mind after the fact..
    • That Hollywood Healing is some good stuff!
    • A better explanation is that Quantum have the means to both extract him during the confusion of the foot chase and to give him the very best of restorative care to enable him to attend their next important clandestine meeting.
    • Quantum(or another organization revealed down the line) had a mole in place in the room. It's reasonable to assume there were more men in play to get White away and it wasn't a one man operation. IE someone had a car outside that White jumped into. Now good enough shape is easy enough with enough drugs to dull the pain. All he has to do is sit down and enjoy the play.

    Mathis torture 
  • Casino Royale ended with 007 telling M to continue torturing Mathis in case he was also a mole, then heading off to find White. Quantum starts with Bond just having captured White... and Mathis comfortably retired and recovered from his ordeal. How has there been time for Mathis to be tortured, cleared, set up with a villa, and given time to find an Italian girlfriend?
    • Again, Hollywood Healing
    • And who knows how long it took Bond to find White? As for the girlfriend, I gained the impression that they'd known each other for a while.

    Using Fields 
  • Why was Fields sent to bring Bond back to Britain? By M's acknowledgement, she wasn't a field agent and Bond's ability to charm the pants off any woman he sets his mind to is well-known by now. What good did M see in sending her after Bond?
    • She was there to pick up a friendly agent; it was supposed to be a milk run. Send Bond a pretty face so he follows the face back to MI6.

    "Her lungs are full of it." 
  • How does M know Strawberry's lungs are full of oil when clearly no autopsy has been performed? She could easily have made the same point (about there being oil) by just saying "she's covered in it."

    "I didn't shoot the bodyguard" 
  • Why didn't Bond tell M that he didn't shoot the bodyguard he threw off the roof?
    • I think it's a combination of (subdued) surprise when she tells him what happened ("wow, Quantum have the resources and the balls to off a member of Special Branch and pin it on MI6!"), trying to process the rest of the information during their conversation, and being really bloody sleep deprived. He manages to convince her later that he's really still one of the good guys by telling her to acknowledge Fields' bravery, and it's likely she infers from this that he didn't actually kill a SB member (as opposed to the other men he offs during the film which are subject to his discretion and LTK) or else, he explains off-screen later that he did not in fact murder the guy.

    "He'll make much more when he sells us out." 
  • Bond figures that the guy who provides the cargo plane to them will alert them to Quantum (or maybe the Bolivian Air Force). Would it not be worth killing the guy in that case, or at least knocking him out to give them time to do their reconnaissance without the acknowledged threat of getting attacked by fighter aircraft and a helicopter in an unarmed cargo plane?

     Greene's overdone death 
  • Before Bond abandoned Greene in the middle of the desert, he threw him a can of motor oil, which would make us believe that the latter would choose to drink it to avoid a Fate Worse than Death. However, in the final scene in Russia, M tells Bond that Greene's body was found with "two bullets in the back of his skull and motor oil in his stomach". Did Greene not drink the motor oil, as that would have almost certainly killed him? Was he dead when his people found him, in which case they decided to put the bullets in his head just for laughs? And if he was still alive, did his people force-feed him with oil, and then shoot him? Or did they shoot him first, and then feed his corpse the oil For the Evulz? Either way, There's No Kill Like Overkill.
    • Bond predicts that Greene will walk 20 miles before he resorts to drinking the oil. It's quite possible that Quantum finally bore down on him just as, or slightly after he took the drink, meaning if they hadn't summarily executed him, the oil would have soon done the job anyway (disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, so we'll have to wait to hear how quickly that volume of motor oil would have killed a heavily dehydrated man with several axe injuries or how long he could keep walking after drinking it). They probably wouldn't have been petty enough to apply both of the cause-of-death injuries if one alone would have done the trick; and if they knew about him ingesting oil, they wouldn't have bothered with the shots (but probably would gleefully wait to see him painfully expire from the oil's toxicity). If the bullets were shot in the back of his skull, they likely didn't wait to have a cordial chat first, completely averting Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?.
    • It's left to interpretation. He could have drank the oil, died from it, and then shot after the fact, or he was found alive, force fed the oil, and then shot (whether still alive or after dying). Two bullets in the back of the head imply an execution-style killing, which would send a strong message to anyone who found the body.

     The other seduced female agents 
  • Yusef had apparently seduced other female agents before Vesper. Assuming these went successfully, what happened to these women after they delivered the ransom for his "kidnapping"? Best case scenario were they left shocked when their boyfriend never showed up again? Or were they subsequently eliminated by Quantum (maybe by Yusef himself) as potential liabilities after they became of no use to the organization?