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  • Broken Base: The theme song by Jack White and Alicia Keys. Some fans don't mind it at all, while others think it's just trash. It doesn't help that some really, really good themes were rejected. Like this. Or this, by the legendary Shirley Bassey.
  • Complete Monster: 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 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 trying to rape his maid out of frustration. When Camille intervenes, Medrano tries to rape and murder her as well, mocking her about her mother and sister.
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  • Contested Sequel: The movie is highly divisive. Either this is an okay Bond movie that's not as good as Casino Royale (2006), or it's an egregious case of Sequelitis. Skyfall was put in Development Hell due to studio reshuffling and licensing issues, making Quantum even more divisive over time and leading to a giant What Might Have Been: 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? 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, a terrible Bond movie and terrible film, or a solid film and solid Bond movie. For what it's worth, many reviewers couldn't make up their minds either.
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  • Continuity Lock-Out: You really shouldn't see this movie without seeing Casino Royale (2006) first.
  • Critic-Proof: The film did very well at the box office (it is the fourth 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mr. White. In this film and Casino Royale (2006), the character has more Moments of Awesome in his limited screen time than the two villains of both films combined. He was eventually brought back in Spectre.
    • Mathis qualifies with his role as aide and confidante to Craig's Bond in Casino Royale (2006). Here, he is willing to work with Bond again after being accused of The Mole in the last film.
  • Faux Symbolism: Director Marc Forster made it a point for the film's action sequences to be based around the four elements, though the only one which has some bearing on the plot itself is the final battle centered around fire.
    • Air: The dogfight in the sky, only really used to get Bond and Camille to a place where they could figure out what Greene's goal actually is.
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    • Water: The fight with boats, just... because it started on a dock.
    • Earth: The Chase Fight, like most fight scenes, take place on land.
    • Fire: The final battle in the hotel that's inexplicably Made of Explodium. It's used to give Bond's opponent a fighting chance, and to trigger Camille's psychological trauma. Though one has to wonder what happened to the hotel's staff or other occupants, including the waitress that we see is in the building shortly before the explosions start.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: According to Word of God, the reason Bond and Camille do not sleep together in this film is because the writers felt that having their hero seduce a traumatized rape victim would be in exceptionally poor taste. In the very next film, however, Bond does in fact seduce a traumatized rape victim... and it got pretty much the exact reaction they feared they would get with this one, so one wonders why they forgot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Much was said about the untrained and not-at-all intimidating-looking Greene putting up a close fight against Bond in the climax. Although it's Truth in Television that wild attackers can be dangerous to even elite fighters (and Greene was aided by an early surprise attack and the explosions knocking both around), it still got flak. As of Spectre, Greene is the only Craig-era Big Bad to actually fight him in hand-to-hand combat, let alone come close to killing him in combat.
    • David Harbour plays Felix's CIA handler in this film. 12 years later, he's playing an SVR agent / superhero.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: 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. It also lack's humor-typical for a Bourne film but a staple of Bond. Arguably, it's too close to a Bourne film (or any other gritty action movie) to be a proper Bond film.
  • Moral Event Horizon: 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 Karmic Death can be too harsh.
  • Narm:
    • Dominick Greene when he goes Ax-Crazy.
    • "Please do not talk to me like I'm ZHUTPID!!!"
    • The incredibly mundane scheme by Quantum (Monopolizing Bolivia's water supply) and the fact that their plan is foiled every step of the way despite American support, makes them pretty laughable villains, especially since they're a stand-in for SPECTRE. Which might by why SPECTRE themselves basically destroyed Quantum by the time Spectre occurs.
    • MI6 Agent Strawberry Fields. Evidently it was intentional.
    • Bond's pickup line when courting Fields. "I can't seem to find the....uh...stationary. Can you help me?", probably the most pathetic attempt at a pickup line in the history of Bond (which still works, mind you). The pause between words seems to imply Craig (who actually worked on the script, and may very well have came up with that line) knew it was a bad line and delivered as such.
    • Elvis' bowlcut, which makes him look like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.
    • The Mood Whiplash following (Mathis's death) of Bond throwing his dead body into a dumpster and looting his wallet.
  • Never Live It Down: For most Bond fans, it is best remembered for having failed to live up to the high expectations set by Casino Royale, with particular points of contenting going towards the editing, the villains, uninteresting plot, and excessive action scenes.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The film had 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 well made third person shooter, and the DS is hard to describe. Incidentally, the Next-Gen and PC versions were done by Treyarch.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The new squeeze of Vesper's boyfriend who works for Canadian intelligence is played by Stana Katic, who would later become famous for playing NYPD detective Kate Beckett in Castle.
    • The poor molested lady in the hotel is played by Oona Chaplin, before she became famous for appearing on a lot of TV series (just one of them being Game of Thrones as Talisa Maegyr).
    • Yusef is played by Simon Kassianides, who later became famous for playing HYDRA operative Sunil Bakshi on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. So yeah, he went from working for Quantum to working for HYDRA.
    • Felix's handler Gregg Beam is played by David Harbour, who would go on to become Jim Hopper, Reboot!Hellboy, and Red Guardian.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Averted. Camille doesn't get with Bond at the end, even though she had better chemistry with him than many previous leading ladies.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dominic Greene is popularly cited as the weakest of the Craig-era villains, and one of the most underwhelming baddies in the franchise's history. He doesn't have any of the visceral psychosis or sadism of Le Chiffre, Silva or Oberhauser, and he overall comes off more as a shyster trying to make a quick buck than as a Worthy Opponent for MI6's top agent. It's pretty telling that Spectre barely acknowledges him as it retcons the events of the Craig movies as SPECTRE's machinations, and he isn't even included in the literal Rogues Gallery towards the end.
    • His henchman Elvis isn't much better in this regard, sharing similar issues with Greene and often being regarded as The Load with his dodgy toupee making him hard to take seriously.
    • General Medrano comes across as a one-dimensional monster more typical of a Rambo sequel than Bond.
  • Sequelitis: As a direct followup to Casino Royale, it was hit by this hard as fans considered it to be an underwhelming continuation of Bond's revenge-driven pursuit of Quantum, with both the villains and their ultimate scheme to be badly overshadowed by those of the previous film. Especially unfortunate as it is one of the few films in the franchise to serve as a direct sequel to a preceding movie, which prior to the reboot initiated by Casino Royale had maintained at best only a loose continuity. To date, it is generally considered the weakest of Craig's Bond movies.
  • Squick:
    • When Greene splits his own foot with the axe.
    • What we're told about his death may also count.
  • Special Effects Failure: The film really loves to flash and jump-cut through many of its scenes, which for many may come off as distracting and ultimately unnecessary editing that hurts the pacing of the film's plot.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • 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 best movies in the James Bond franchise. While it got generally favorable reviews from critics (it holds a score of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes), many critics and fans felt it was a letdown after Casino Royale.
    • The theme song, "Another Way to Die", is this as well. After the near-universal acclaim of "You Know My Name" from the previous film, many felt this song was a terrible follow-up.

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