For Your Eyes Only

Monday December 1, 2008

Not long after going all in and leaving the casino, James Bond finds himself speeding through a quarry in his shiny new Aston Martin. He makes his way back to Sienna in his less than flawless vehicle and receives safe passage through an underground tunnel where he opens the trunk and tells Mr. White, "It's time to get out."

Not a moment later you hear another Mr. White jump in on the action: "Another ringer with the slick trigger finger for her majesty..." The song sets the scene for the rest of the story; raw, twisting, power.

Bond Are you going to tell us who you work for?
Mr. White I was always very interested to meet you. I heard so much about you from Vesper. The real shame is, if she hadn't killed herself, we would've had you too. I think you would have done anything for her.

Bond clearly with the upper hand with his underground interrogation methods and Mr. White seemingly having no inclination on telling his captor who he works for or what they are up to. White does make it clear that Quantum agents could be anyone even your closest friend.

Bond Are you going to tell us who you work for?
Mr. White The first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere.

MI6 agent, Craig Mitchell, helping with the interrogation draws his weapon and fires upon several of the agents and flees the scene. Bond tracks him and silences him. He returns to receive instruction from M who is still startled from being betrayed by an agent that had been her personal body guard for several years.

M When someone says "We've got people everywhere", you expect it to be hyperbole. Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression. It doesn't mean that they've got somebody working for them inside of the bloody room!

She then sends Bond out to obtain more information where he "runs into a dead end" and terminates another chance for more information. This dead end, however, turns into a live lead. Where Bond had once told White to get out, he is now being told to get in. Bond follows the lead and eventually is brought before Dominic Greene, a mastermind in seek of global control.

Bond uncovers Greene's plan and flushes out some of the Quantum agents killing yet another lead. M cancels his passports and credit cards so that he must return to London to speak with her. Bond doesn't take this without a fight and seeks help from an old friend, Mathis. Mathis agrees to help and travels with him to La Paz.

Seeing Bond sleepless with a drink named for his lost love, Mathis confuses his own uneasiness with Bond's and offers him an escape.

Mathis "I have pills for everything, Some make you taller; some make you forget."

As much as Bond seems he has some things he would like to forget, he refuses the offer. When the two agents arrive in La Paz, they begin their investigation and action ensues that live up to a name that only James Bond could carry.

Quantum of Solace offers Bond more than just another way to die, but several opportunities at death that Bond seems to shake off like dust on an old hat. Bond seems to pull himself out of a few tight places, some a bit too close for comfort. The story began with a game of cards. If you'd like to know how the story ends, I suggest you watch the rest of the show: it's for your eyes only.

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