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Quantum of Solace

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Quantum of WHAT?! Even the director of the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace hated the title at first. “I was like, ‘Quantum of Solace’, what’s that about?” Marc Forster told a group of journalists in New York. Explaining that the title came from an original short story by Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond), Forster added: “At the beginning it took me a little while to get used to it. But it kind of grew on me.”

quantum (noun): 1. a share; a portion 2. [scientific] a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents

  • Each man has only a quantum of compassion.

solace (noun): consolation or comfort at a time of sadness or distress

  • She seeks solace in religion.

On the face of it, the title means something like “Share of Comfort” or “Portion of Compassion”, but since I believe the storyline of the movie involves an appropriately green plot I suspect that there may be some play on words—specifically the word “quantum”.

Quantum of solace
From what I’ve been told
Holds the key to your heart
And the keys to your soul
Wherever you hide it
There won’t be a safe place
Once I reach for your heart
That’s what you have to face
Till I find the answer
I’ll search every space
Reach into the dark
Reach into your heart
Your time is upon you
Accept it with grace
For you’re gonna need
Me to find
A quantum of solace

If you find the answer
Right here in my face
I must be prepared
I’ve sealed my fate
I’ll find the answer
I’ll search every space
Reach into the dark
And into your heart
Your time is upon you
Accept it with grace
For you’re gonna need
Me to find
A quantum of solace

Wherever you hide it
There won’t be a safe place
Once I reach for your heart
That’s what you have to face
To find the answer
I’ll search every space
Reach into the dark
And into your heart

The time is upon you
Accept it with grace
For you’re gonna need
Me to find
A quantum of solace

NB: this is not the official Bond song for this movie

Joe | Monday, October 27th, 2008 | Filed under Listening, Vocabulary

17 Responses to “Quantum of Solace”

  1. Donna says:

    wonderful song

  2. Oliveira says:

    I’m try to understand this song.

  3. Pearl Nguyen says:

    When I listened to this song, I’ve got a hard feeling of being accused of having done sth really serious that still hidden inside.. Then someone is trying to figure it out that makes me worried but somehow, it can give a little comfort…
    Is it that??

  4. Tommy says:

    How do you mean? Perhaps you have surpressed emotions that you would like to free ?

  5. Linda k hollywood says:

    very interesting on word- specifically the word
    quantum. When I’m read you word make me have
    emotion and feeling make me know about poem
    and poetry. I can use you word for guideline to
    write poem and poetry. Is wonderful.

    Thank you
    Hollywood

  6. fikri says:

    Does anyone could provide me the full movie script of Quantum of Solace?

  7. hydomas says:

    you’re doin a wonderful support to the English learners overseas. i never imagined there is such an innovative way of learning a language. thank you so much. God bless you and your efforts..

  8. türk furkan says:

    what is ths song original name? And ı love this song.very fantastic and romantic.

  9. Ray Cedar says:

    Although I saw this movie, I can’t remember this song. Anyway I like this song. Wonderful!

  10. Mate Perry says:

    Hi every1 im lookin 4 a song from the movie @ 54:12 and its not on the Ost if some1 can help let me know pmatthews19@yahho.com thx a lot

  11. C says:

    Hmmm too deep to understand what it means. I think it is about a person who is telling someone that he or she is the protector of this someone who is running away from something.

  12. urdu stories says:

    Its very difficult to understand the exact meaning of this songs. Although the song is quite beautiful.

  13. sherry says:

    wonderful song :)

  14. eman says:

    pretty song

  15. hannia says:

    I think every song it is a poem and like this showed strong feeling the “Quantum of Solace” for me meaning that it is necesary to get a quantum of solace in some point of the life and late of soon get us and to be feel better.
    thank for the song.

  16. Roshdy Ahmed says:

    Sensational

  17. jinan says:

    wow..!! great one

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