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First glimpse of new James Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace”

June 30, 2008

james-bond-3.jpgOne prefers his martinis in a glass and the other drinks his whisky straight from the bottle. They could not be more opposite, but this Wednesday movie superhero Hancock (Will Smith) and superspy James Bond (Daniel Craig) will be paired together when the first versions of a promotional “trailer” for upcoming Bond flick “Quantum of Solace“roll out alongside the premiere of “Hancock.”

will-smith-2.jpg“Hancock” tells the story of a self-loathing, hard-drinking superhero who is given a chance to redeem himself. It is widely expected to become a box office hit, and leading up to its debut, the movie has been heavily promoted. (That’s Will signing autographs at the U.K. premiere of “Hancock.”)

Film footage of the upcoming Bond flick, however, has been kept top secret. Not anymore. The promotional trailer, which is essentially a long commercial, began playing on Monday in the U.S. and Canada on Web site and internationally on

james-bond-2.jpgThe trailer begins with a flashback to the drowning of Bond’s love, Vesper Lynd, in 2006′s “Casino Royale,” and it continues with scenes of plane and car chases, a speedboat crashing into a larger boat and plenty of acrobatic fighting.

Bond appears to be bent on revenge over Lynd’s death, and his boss M (Judi Dench) seems angry at her top agent for allowing his emotions to get the better of him. “I think you’re so blinded by uncontrollable rage that you don’t care who you hurt,” M says.

Perhaps borrowing from the “Bourne” action movies starring Matt Damon, the “Quantum of Solace” trailer also hints at Bond becoming an outsider at his own spy agency. “Restrict Bond’s movements, put a stop on his passports — find Bond,” Dench’s character says in another voice-over.

“Quantum of Solace” opens in the United Kingdom on Oct. 31, in the United States on Nov. 7, and in various countries around the world throughout November.

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