Gemma Arterton’s performance as field agent Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace leaves me wanting more of her, especially when the film begins to lag about.
Fields starts as a serious, business-minded woman who is following orders to bring Bond back to London. However, she’s overwhelmed and frankly, outwitted by 007’s sheer smarts as he stomps all over her plans. They spend the night together and wind up going to baddie Dominic Greene’s eco party for Greene Planet, where Fields trips Greene’s henchman, Elvis.
That’s the last we see of Fields, alive, that is. After going through a tumultuous day with Camille, Bond returns to his hotel suite to find Fields dead. The startling image brings back a glimpse of Jill Masterson’s glittering gold body in Goldfinger, but Fields is doused in oil.
It’s Fields’ death that brings about M’s realization that 007 is a loose cannon, whose neglect leaves various innocents to die during a mission.