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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Bond's wardrobe update from Brioni to Tom Ford was Daniel Craig's idea.
    • It was Anatole Taubman's idea for Elvis to have a bowl-cut.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Canadian agent Corrine Veneau is played by Canadian actress Stana Katic.
  • B-Team Sequel: For whatever reason, Martin Campbell, who directed the previous Bond film Casino Royale, didn't return to direct. He later called the film "lousy".
  • California Doubling: The scenes happening in Bolivia were actually filmed in Panama, Chile and Peru.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Stana Katic, who was considered for the role of Strawberry Fields, was instead cast as Corinne Veneau.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • A Quantum Consolation (or A Quantity of Consolation) (Germany).
    • Quantum of Mercy (Russia).
    • 007 Quantum (Mexico and Canada).
    • A Grain of Comfort (Croatia).
    • 007 Quantum of Solace (Argentina and Brazil).
    • 007: Reward of Comfort (Japan).
    • Silence of Quantum (Hungary).
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Daniel Craig wasn't fond of how production went (reports suggest he and the director were making it up as they went along thanks to the writer's strike), saying that thanks to Quantum of Solace, he'd never do a film without a script nailed down again. Fortunately, it didn't turn him off doing another Bond film, as it was followed by the far better received and much more successful Skyfall.
    • Gemma Arterton stated in a 2020 interview with The Sun that she regretted being in the film.
      Arterton: I still get criticism for accepting Quantum of Solace, but I was 21, I had a student loan, and you know, it was a Bond film. But as I got older I realised there was so much wrong with Bond women. Strawberry should have just said no [to having sex with Bond], really, and worn flat shoes.
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Gemma Arterton dyed her hair red for the film.
  • Fake Mixed Race: The Ukrainian-born Olga Kurylenko plays a woman of Bolivian and Russian descent.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-born French woman and plays a Bolivian woman. They partially Hand Wave this by having it mentioned that her mother was a Russian dancer, making her a Bolivian woman of Russian descent (Kurylenko does have some Russian ancestry).
    • Mexican Joaquín Cosío plays the Bolivian General Medrano.
    • Spanish Fernando Guillén Cuervo plays the Bolivian Chief of Police of La Paz.
    • Oona Chaplin was born in Spain (though she does not usually consider herself Spanish) and plays a Bolivian.
  • Playing Against Type: Mathieu Amalric is known for playing whimsical intellectuals in French auteur dramas. Nobody expected him to play a Bond villain.
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  • The Red Stapler: Daniel Craig's wardrobe caused a spike in demand for Tom Ford suits and other products.
  • Screwed by the Network: 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.
  • Spared by the Cut: The script originally had Bond finally killing Mr. White and other members of Quantum. The scene where Bond confronts White was filmed, but ultimately it was decided that the film should end by letting Bond find his solace, and it ended up on the cutting room floor. The scene itself has never shown up on DVD extras, but photographs of the scene do exist.
  • Star-Making Role: The film launched the international careers of both Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton.
  • Troubled Production: The film was stalled in pre-production by the 2007 Writers' Strike. Based on various accounts, screenwriter Paul Haggis was frantically finishing a first draft hours before the strike deadline and/or Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster rewrote script pages themselves during production. In addition, the fragmented nature of the production (due to the strike) led to a rushed and nearly incoherent plot.
  • Uncredited Role: Due to the 2007-2008 writers' strike, both Daniel Craig and director Marc Foster ended up finishing the script, but neither was credited for their role.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Mathieu Amalric and Anatole Taubman came up with the backstory of Elvis being Greene's cousin who was rescued from the streets by Greene himself, making him his right-hand man and bodyguard.
  • Working Title: Sleep of the Dead.
  • Written by Cast Member: Due to the 2007-2008 writers' strike, Daniel Craig ended up finishing the script (along with director Marc Foster).

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