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'Quantum of Solace': Let's brainstorm a better title!

Quantumsolace_lTrue confessions time: I haven’t been super excited about seeing a movie on its opening weekend since Death Race Sex and the City. But with the Nov. 14 release date for Quantum of Solace closing in, all that’s about to change. The only problem, as I see it, is that jank title, which like the raw foods movement — insert horrified squeak from my tumtee here — has never caught on with me.

So what say you all? Let’s brainstorm a better title for what looks like the action event of the fall movie season. I’ll start:

* Incendiary Device
* Inconsolable Rage (I got that phrase right from the teaser trailer. Thanks, Dame Judi!)
* Please Wear the Square-Cut Trunks, 007!

Okay, clearly I am not good at this movie-titling business, so I’m passing the torch to you. Get to work in the comments section below! Daniel Craig offers his undying gratitude in advance. Sigh.

More on James Bond, ‘Quantum of Solace':
Visit EW.com’s James Bond HQ (it’s awesome!)
Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s ‘Quantum of Solace’ review
Read EW’s current cover story on ‘Quantum of Solace’ (featuring exclusive pics!)
Listen to EW’s movie critics talk 007
James Bond: The Spy Who Raised Me

Site of the Day: Rejected James Bond theme songs

AlicecooperAmy Winehouse, you may recall, was supposed to record the theme song to the upcoming Bond film Quantum of Solace. Sadly, we may never get a chance to hear what that might’ve sounded like. But Johnny Cash singing his countrified interpretation of ThunderballPet Shop Boys’ take on The Living Daylights? Alice Cooper (pictured) offering his version of The Man with the Golden Gun? Yes..yes..and yes. An enterprising reporter for the website of London’s Guardian has assembled a list of Bond-theme tracks that were rejected by the film studio — and even provides links to performances that can be found on YouTube. Some tracks are good, some less so; all are guaranteed to yield more than a quantum of silly enjoyment.

Who's your favorite Bond villain?

Goldgingervillian_lAll I know about the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, is what I read on EW.com, but something has me worried: the name of the new villain, played by Mathieu Amalric: Monsieur Greene. Ooh, scary! What happened to the tradition of giving the big Bond bad a cool name, like Dr. No, Le Chiffre, Ernst Stavros Blofeld, Francisco Scaramanga, and, my favorite, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe, pictured with Sean Connery’s Bond)?

All in all, Mr. Vert is going to have a hard time matching up to my man Auric in the coolest-Bond-villain-ever competition. First of all, Goldfinger has built an entire lifetime of wickedness around the pursuit of a commodity that happens to appear in his last name. (What is Monsieur Greene going to do, destroy America’s stock of lettuce?) And Goldfinger has by the far the best murderous assistant in any of the movies: Oddjob (if only for the razor-Frisbee derby). Plus, even though Bond could outcheat him in golf, Goldfinger could nearly match 007 in a zinger-off. (”Do you expect me to talk?” "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.")

But that’s just me. Who’s your favorite Bond villain of all time? Name your nominee(s) in the comments section below, and be sure to state your reasons why. The most convincing answers may appear in an upcoming EW.com gallery!

More on James Bond, ‘Quantum of Solace':
Visit EW.com’s James Bond HQ (it’s awesome!)
Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s ‘Quantum of Solace’ review
Read EW’s current cover story on ‘Quantum of Solace’ (featuring exclusive pics!)
Listen to EW’s movie critics talk 007
James Bond: The Spy Who Raised Me

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Check out Jack White and Alicia Keys on the new (awesome) James Bond theme song!

whitekeysImage Credit: White: George Pimentel/Getty Images; Keys: Matt Carr/Getty ImagesMy favorite part of “Another Way to Die,” the new James Bond theme song that just leaked, would have to be the lyric where Jack White attempts to work in the title of the movie — and can’t quite bring himself to utter that much-maligned phrase: “Another tricky little gun/Giving solace to the one/That’ll never see the sunshine.” Just say it, Jack. Quantum of Solace. It’s not as bad a title as everyone says. You could give those words a real cred boost if you’d just mention them in passing! Okay, maybe I’m still alone on that one. And maybe he’s saying “silence,” not “solace” — I can’t really tell from the fuzzy radio rip that I’m listening to (below).

Anyway! I really dig this song. Alicia Keys and Jack White have way better musical chemistry than I expected them to: Jack ratchets up his usual riff-tastic retroisms with some Bond-appropriate orchestral flourishes, which in turn complement Alicia’s soaring vocals better than your average stripped-down Stripes cut might. Granted, “Another Way to Die” is no “Goldfinger” or “Live and Let Die.” But it’s easily as much fun as “A View to a Kill” or “Die Another Day” (both of which are thoroughly enjoyable tunes, so don’t even start, naysayers).

Where would “Another Way to Die” rank on your personal list of fave Bond songs? A final note before you weigh in: I’d just like to point out that I kinda-sorta predicted that the Quantum of Solace theme song would be a historically unprecedented duet between a pasty, semi-reclusive indie dude and a soulful lady with a big voice. (Check out the parenthetical sentence at the end of the third paragraph.) And now my kinda-sorta prediction has come true, and the musical fruit it has borne is oh-so-glorious. Feel free to offer your thanks below — or don’t you like “Another Way to Die” as much as I do?

'Quantum of Solace': The new trailer awaits your judgment!

I love trailers. Honestly, I do. When they’re good, they’re perfectly honed mini-masterworks. (My favorite of the last few years was the spot for Little Children, which plays like a tense gem of a short film.) If my keister isn’t planted in a movie-theater seat in time for the trailers, I am not a happy boy. But recently, some unfortunate tics have crept into trailer design and the new spot for Quantum of Solace bears my least favorite: the strobe-dissolve. It’s when the image all but throbs at you, giving mere snatches of a scene before quickly fading to black. In theory, it’s supposed to imply a sense of rhythmic urgency. Instead, it doesn’t give me anything to sink my teeth into, and thus leaves me a little disoriented. ("Wait, what am I looking at? Oh, there it goes…")

But then, Daniel Craig falls out of a window, through a skylight, and into a scaffolding, and all is right with the world.

When I heard Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster was directing Quantum, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t get the explodo I so rightfully expect from a Bond flick. Judging from this spot, though, I think I can put those fears to rest. But what about you—does this seem likely to make good on the promise of Casino Royale, or is it a lot of sound and stiff-upper-lipped fury signifying nothing?

Trailer Blazer: 'Quantum of Solace'

I just have one question about the trailer for the newest Bond movie (which picks up its action directly after the end of Casino Royale): After two minutes of sexy, spy-y, revenge-y goodness, can you detect a single quantum of solace in any second of this preview?

Where we're going, we don't need roads

Squba_lCan your car swim? This amphibious vehicle, the Rinspeed sQuba (dubbed "Scubacar" over on Defamer), was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show, and while the thought of riding in it makes me queasy — on the water, I have no seasickness problems, but underwater seatbelted into a submerged convertible? No thanks! — I like to look at it, and would love to see it action. Taking inspiration from the sportscar-turned-submarine in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me (the infamous Lotus Esprit), I think we PopWatchers should craft a film or TV plot worthy of "Scubacar." Should she join the newest gadgets in the Daniel Craig-era 007 arsenal? Save lives on a revamped Baywatch? Become a love interest for Knight Rider‘s KITT? Dive in and tell us what kind of adventure you envision for the car that swims.

Beat This Tagline: 'Quantum of Solace' teaser poster edition

Quantumofsilence_l"Out of the shadows, and into the fight."

Oh, snap! That’s pretty good, if I do say so myself! But what do you think? Should the Sony marketing department (which, let’s face it, has the unenviable task of trying to sell a film called Quantum of Solace) grant me a license to shill, or are you heading down to the comments section to show me who’s the boss?

Standing up for 'A Quantum of Solace'

Newbondcast_lAm I the only James Bond fan who doesn’t hate the name of 007’s next movie (starring, left to right, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Craig, and Gemma Arterton)? I’m starting to think so, after scanning the reactions to today’s announcement that the franchise’s 22nd entry will be titled A Quantum of Solace. The way bloggers are crying foul, you’d think the Broccoli family had served them some sort of vicious personal insult. “[I]t’s so bad we think we might cry,” spat Hecklerspray’s Stuart Heritage. “Worst Bond title ever? It makes no sense. It sounds like a blancmange,” hisses the U.K. Guardian‘s Xan Brooks. “What in god’s name were [the] producers thinking??” wept Best Week Ever’s Dan Hopper.

I get that this is an easy target — and each of those posts, to be fair, is pretty funny. Still, I gotta say, I really think A Quantum of Solace (which was originally the name of an obscure Ian Fleming short story) is a cool-sounding name for a brooding action flick. So what if it’s hard to figure out exactly what it means? (An advanced particle physics allusion? Some Victorian ethical concept?) Maybe it’s just the geek in me talking, but I dig it. The phrase A Quantum of Solace is lean, smart, mysteriously menacing — just like Craig’s Bond. And what’s the alternative? Heritage, perhaps inadvertently, proves my very point when he sardonically sums up the typical Bond film-naming process: “Everyone knows that all James Bond movie titles should be based on a popular saying with the word ‘Die’ where the word ‘Live’ should be.” Whatever its flaws, A Quantum of Solace is definitely way better than whatever lame proverb-puns the producers could have dredged up.

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One Boxed Set to Rule Them All

Uadvd_lTell me, do you like movies? Do you really like movies? How about lifting weights? Well, the new 90-disc United Artists 90th Anniversary Prestige Collection Gift Set is the product you’ve been weighting for! (The puns… they never stop.) Coming in at a hefty 22.5 lbs (as verified by an elaborate series of experiments involving 10 DVDs and my bathroom scale) and costing a coronary-inducing $869.98, the set boasts an assortment of MGM/UA’s classic flicks of the past almost-century.

As for which films are in this boulder of a box, the selection is puzzling. While you get a whole mess of undeniable classics — like Some Like it Hot, West Side Story, The Manchurian Candidate, Dr. No, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Midnight Cowboy, Rocky, Raging Bull, Leaving Las Vegas, and Hotel Rwanda — there are a couple of puzzlers. Instead of giving us, say, Goldfinger, we get Dalton’s Bond dud, The Living Daylights? Does one need both Red Dawn and Road House? And does anyone truly need to watch Baby Boom again?

Hey, if you’ve got almost a grand lying around and nothing better to spend it on, go for it. Then again, you could also buy a crapbox car… that could, you know, take you places.

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