As we've noted before, the James Bond movies have veered in and out of the science fiction genre, like an Aston Martin on a high-speed mountain chase. On the one end, you have Moonraker's crazy space battles and the laser satellites of Diamonds Are Forever and Goldeneye. But other Bond films, including Casino Royale, stick pretty close to some semblance of reality. Despite the physics-esque title, we didn't have much hope for the new Bond film, Quantum Of Solace — until we learned more about the plot, and saw some trippy new stills. Apparently, despite being a direct sequel to the fairly down-to-Earth Casino Royale, Quantum has a more way-out plot. The villain, Dominic Greene (Matthieu Almaric) is an environmental scientist who secretly works for an evil organization known as Quantum. And Greene wants to take over the world's water supply somehow. Actually, the version of the synopsis over at IMDB says Greene only wants to take over the South American water supply. Greene plots to help a South American general take over a small country. And in exchange, the general will give Greene a seemingly barren piece of land, which turns out to be really "a main source" of the South American water supply. (I'm confused: aren't there a lot of rivers in South America?) Bond gets involved in this water-based imbroglio because Green's shadowy organization because they helped give his girlfriend Vesper the death she deserved. I'm sort of intrigued by the idea that the newest threat isn't global destruction, space lasers, or setting off World War III — or even control over the oil supply. Instead, it's control over water. With experts warning that 75 percent of the world's population will face water shortages by mid-century, and wars over control of water looming in our future, this seems like a peculiarly 21st century anxiety for James Bond to address. It combines the looming eco-apocalypse with a kind of mad environmental science (this barren ground is actually the secret source of all the water!) that I'm fascinated to see how it plays out. Of course, Casino Royale was the best Bond film ever — right until the last half hour or thereabouts, when it fell apart completely and clattered to the ground in a pile of twitching parts. So I'm reserving judgement for now. Here are those new stills via Cinematical, some of which are quite trippy, and others of which look extremely standard-issue James Bond, with the cars and the running and babes in the desert. [Cinematical]
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