I thought it was just me. Indeed everyone I confided this theory to has pooh pooh-ed it.
Then I looked up one of Peter Bradshaw’s (two, contradictory) reviews and found that he too had spotted references to other Bond films in Quantum of Solace. And, bar the obvious Goldfinger reference, they’re different ones.
Are there any others? Is it possible that every film was subtly referenced?
- Dr No
- Live and Let Die
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- The Living Daylights
- Licence to Kill
- Casino Royale
At the end of the film, Bond is sitting in the dark with his gun out waiting for the Algerian, just as he waiting for Professor Dent at Taro’s house (also less obviously referenced at the start of Casino Royale). My spot!
Fields is lying on the bed, covered in oil just as Jill Masterson was covered in gold paint. Me & Bradshaw.
The coffins in the pile up in Haiti. Bradshaw (seeing a reference to the voodoo in LaLD).
The skydive. Bradshaw.
Bond flies a DC-3 and ejects before it crashes, though not aboard a humvee as from the Hercules in TLD. My spot
In the hotel, when M tells Bond he’s on the capture or kill list he vaults over the balustrade, just has he vaulted the verandah as he handed in his resignation (“it’s a farewell to arms”). My spot.
Doesn’t count – too obvious!