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<i>Quantum of Solace</i>: Bond’s Most Preposterous Moments

The 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, came out on DVD today, and while many thought it was more Bourne than Bond, you have to admit that the movie had a heaping helping of Bond-level ridiculousness. We watched the DVD and came up with our list of the most preposterous moments in the film, time-stamped for your viewing convenience. Let the Bond-age commence!

4:07 - Bond opens the trunk of his Aston Martin after an extended car chase, during which he is repeatedly rammed and shot at, to reveal his still-conscious prisoner inside. There is absolutely no way that guy would even be alive. Unless that trunk was full of pillows, the head trauma alone would have turned the man's brain into jelly, rendering any interrogation techniques fruitless.

22:40 - M seems surprised that Bond killed someone he was supposed to get information out of. Haaaaaave you met James? Later on in the film, she is indignant that he has bedded a female operative. Maybe she should keep a copy of his profile on her Blackberry.

35:55 - This CIA guy Felix Leiter is working with has a ginormous mustache. Seriously, it's huge! Is this how the world sees America? Or just the CIA?

46:40 - Bond shoots a lot of guys while trying to escape the big opera/Quantum conference call. So it's weird that the one guy that gets him in trouble is the guy he drops/lets fall off the roof, who actually survives... then is shot by Greene's driver. Can I get a witness? Seriously, like an eyewitness who saw the whole thing and can clear my boy? I mean, yes, Bond's a menace, but it's usually self-defense, and all the false accusations in this movie piss me the hell off, especially since they turn him into a rogue agent for, like, the umpteenth time.

51:17 - On the plane to Bolivia, Bond has to ask the bartender what he's drinking. A.) How did he order it? Did he just say, "Make me an elaborate beverage that has gin in it?" B.) Isn't he a secret agent with enemies everywhere? Shouldn't he be watching the bartender make his drink, keeping track of everything that goes into it? His martini could be poisoned, not stirred, and he wouldn't know until it was too late.

52:38 - "Hello, I work for the British consulate in Bolivia. I'm a leggy redhead supermodel-type, and I travel alone, wearing a tan trenchcoat, leather boots and seemingly nothing else. I've been sent to make notorious womanizer James Bond follow orders. Please do what I say, or, better yet, ignore me until you get to your hotel room, at which point have sex with me." Seriously, did the ambassador to Bolivia owe James Bond a favor or something?

56:45 - Bond asks the leggy redhead, Miss Fields, what her name is, and all she says is "Fields." That's right, the writers specifically give her an opening to say that her first name is "Strawberry," and then don't have her say it. In fact, nobody ever says it in the few scenes before she dies. Why the hell would the writers do that? Are they ashamed that they wrote it? This is a James Bond film! "Strawberry Fields" is a perfectly acceptable name.

1:05:00 - Bond and Camille are on their way to scope out the enemy's secret lair, and they just happen to drive by an airstrip that has a couple of planes. Bond then trades his car for the big cargo plane, and not the smaller, more maneuverable Cessna right next to it. Was it not available? Out of order? Or did you really want that lumbering antique? If you really want the Cessna, Bond, just knock the guy out and take it. You're a spy who doesn't care about the rules!

1:09:20 - Never mind -- Bond just outmaneuvered a small, single-seat fighter jet using his massive, smoking cargo plane. Why isn't he in the R.A.F.?

1:10:55 - Falling out of the plane with a parachute-wearing Camille, Bond needs to get to her, hang on and pull the cord. H doesn't get there before hitting ground level, but luckily they were above one of the area's many sinkholes, giving them another few hundred feet to pull the cord. They finally pull it 20 feet above the bottom. I'm pretty sure they would be a fine mist if that happened.

1:18:40 - Bond finds M in his hotel room and the body of Miss Fields on the bed; she's been covered with oil, and M says her lungs are also full of it. Now, the body has clearly not been touched, so how the hell would M know what's in her lungs? Does she have X-ray vision?

1:21:05 - Why is Felix Leiter talking like Batman?

1:29:55 - We learned that the desert hotel where the climax occurs is powered by "fuel cells," but what kind is never really made clear. Apparently, they're the kind you keep at the bottom of the ramp to the underground parking garage, so if a car goes down that ramp out of control, it can smash through the flimsy brick wall and cause those fuel cells to blow up, unleashing a chain reaction that will destroy the entire hotel. ...I don't know if those kind of fuel cells are going to catch on.

1:41:46 - "Quantum of Solace"? That's what this movie was called? I don't believe it.

Pick up the DVD here, then let us know what moments you found to be the most ridonkulous.

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