Quantum of Solace: A Word About Pretension

Quantum of Solace is the title of an indie rock band’s second album, not a James Bond film. Yes, I know what you think it means, but you don’t get brownie points for replacing what might have made a perfectly good sentiment regarding the new direction of the Bond films with big fancy words like quantum. Look it up. It’s a physics term that has only tangential relation to its intended meaning here. What makes Bond’s melodrama too cool for words like “measure” or “comfort”? And if you have to resort to manly words that don’t actually mean what you mean them to mean in order to avoid the inevitable sticky sentimentality, maybe your damn Bond should man up and stop being so broody.

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