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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Greene's scheme involved ransoming Bolivia's supply of water in a bid to overthrow the government with General Medrano installed as its new leader and Greene's top customer. Many fans found this plot to be just as underwhelming as the two masterminds behind the plan.
  • 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.
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  • 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 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.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The villains' plot, depriving the Bolivian people of water, seemed silly when it was released. In 2016, it was determined that the government of Flint, Michigan, deliberately allowed their water supply to become toxic, which led thousands of locals to suffer serious ailments such as lead poisoning.
    • 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, let alone come close to killing him in combat.
  • 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. Arguably, the film actually contains a high "Holy Shit!" Quotient 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.
  • 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.
    • MI-6 Agent Strawberry Fields. Evidently it was intentional.
    • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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 MI-6's top agent.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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