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Quantum of Solace is no Casino Royale, but then it never could be that. What made Casino Royale not only the best James Bond film to date but also a great film in its own right was its emphasis on Bond the man, its retelling of how he became 007, and his tragic relationship with the treacherous Vesper Lynd. Those are all unique to that particular story and can never be duplicated. Instead, QoS is content with being an extended but action-packed epilogue to its more thoughtful and romantic predecessor.
The first direct sequel in the Bond series, QoS picks up shortly after Casino Royale and finds 007 (Daniel Craig) investigating the shadowy network that recruited Vesper to serve as its double agent. M (Dame Judi Dench) fears that Bond is merely on a personal vendetta, but the secret agent insists that he is only concerned with doing his duty. During his globe-hopping quest -- which takes him to Italy, Haiti, Austria and, finally, Bolivia -- Bond identifies several leading members of the mysterious Quantum organization, including eco-friendly tycoon Dominic Greene (Matthieu Amalric).
Greene, who publicly touts his environmentalist agenda even as he cuts secret deals in order to gain control over various natural resources, has his designs set on Bolivia and is in cahoots with would-be dictator General Medrano (Joaquín Cosio). As one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, Greene has connections to both the CIA and MI6 so Bond finds himself wanted by his own people once he gets too close to the truth. But Bond is not alone in his battle to take down Greene. The beautiful and mysterious Camille (Olga Kurylenko) is, like Bond, a damaged soul out to right a wrong from her past. Together, they will take the fight to Greene's doorstep.
As complicated as that synopsis may sound, the truth is that Quantum of Solace offers one of the skimpiest stories yet in a Bond film. That's not to say it's bad; there just isn't much "there" there in terms of plotting or character development. The impact of last fall's Writers Strike can clearly be felt. There might have been some more meat on the bone had the filmmakers and screenwriters Paul Haggis and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade had more time to hone the story rather than rushing to beat a strike deadline. While there are several crackling dramatic scenes between Bond and various supporting characters that give QoS much needed dramatic heft, the story falters when it comes to the villain's diabolical plot. It's a fascinating and topical notion that deserved further development.
By Karl J. Paloucek of the Channel Guide Store
The James Bond franchise — not to mention Bond himself — got a terrific makeover with 2006’s "Casino Royale." Daniel Craig quickly made mincemeat of the doubters who had initially scoffed at his being cast in the role of the consummate British superspy. It didn’t hurt that the decision had been made to go back to Bond’s literary origins, in something of a tabula rasa for the series as a whole. In effect, we got a new Bond, a more complex and human version than we’d previously seen. It was a brilliant move that gave the series the rejuvenation it so badly needed.
"Quantum of Solace" picks up the trail of Bond’s sorrow where we’d left it. Mr. White, apprehended at the end of Casino Royale, reveals under interrogation that the organization that blackmailed Vesper — Bond’s love interest in Casino — into betraying him, is more vast and complex than anyone could have guessed, infiltrating even top levels of MI6. But in ferreting out the traitor, Bond uncovers a link in Haiti, where, by chance, he meets Camille, who leads him to Dominic Greene, a savage businessman seeking total control of one of the world’s essential natural resources under the guise of an environmental foundation. Greene is also near the heart of the organization Bond holds responsible for Vesper’s death.
Bond is still haunted by Vesper’s memory, and of the memory of what could have been, and it’s what gives Quantum of Solace its tension. Torn between his overwhelming impulse for revenge and his duty to his country (and to his boss, M, impeccably reprised by the venerable Judi Dench), Bond struggles to restrain himself in his pursuit of the truth. As he recklessly throws himself into the chase — often literally; as is seemingly required, there are many incredible chase sequences — the bodies begin to tally up, tempting M to take him out of action.
And that’s what’s best about both this Bond film and its antecedent — as propelled as it is by the furious action, it’s very character driven. In the past, we’ve always rooted for Bond and sympathized with him as the hero, but through Craig’s interpretation of the role, we’re getting to know him in a very textural manner. He’s more real to us, with personal concerns and conflicted loyalties.
If there’s a caveat to be issued regarding Quantum of Solace, it’s that seeing Casino Royale is essential to fully understanding all of the character and plot nuances that Quantum offers. It’s a fast-moving, labyrinthine story with numerous players, all with their own agendas. It can be difficult to follow, but most should find the effort worth it.
When Casino Royale arrived two years ago I was a very happy person. I was one of what feels like the few people that actually wanted Craig to do well as Bond. I wasn't moaning about him being blonde, I wasn't moaning about the lack of gadgets, I was just happy to see one of my favourite fictional characters back on screen. As many people know I am a huge Bond fan, I have all the movies, I love them all in their unique way, and even if Casino Royale had been a disaster I would have found some enjoyment out of it. Thankfully it wasn't a disaster, it was actually one of the best Bond movies made. Quantum of Solace is a direct sequel of Royale, and so I once again had high expectations of it. Perhaps even more so than with Royale, as now I knew Craig is a superb Bond, and I wanted the story to evolve more. Let me start off by saying Solace is not as good as Royale, and for many people that will be a problem, as so many people were expecting an even better movie. While it is an extremely good movie, and a brilliant Bond movie, its just not one of the best and does have a few problems. Still as a Bond fan I still absolutely loved nearly every minute of the movie. It isn't overlong and outstays its welcome like Royale, but neither is it rushed as I feared. The performances are incredibly strong once again and there are some thrilling action sequences thrown in as well.
Daniel Craig once again is very strong as Bond, and unlike what a lot of critics have said, is actually good fun. He can deliver a pun quite well, and he also does the dramatic and seriousness of Bond to perfection. In short he is definitely up there in terms of quality with Sean Connery. He feels a bit more comfortable as Bond this time around, he doesn't have to say the famous line which sadly felt a tad forced at the end of Royale. Instead he does get his fair share of brooding, although his verbal sparring with Gemma Arterton is pretty brilliant. The lead Bond girl this time is played by Olga Kurylenko, who I last saw in the dismal Hit-man movie. Thankfully here she plays a very interesting, although different Bond girl. She doesn't appear much for the first half, and her first sequence seemed more random than interesting. However she does develop quite nicely and by the end she is definitely one of the better Bond girls. Lead villain duties go to Mathieu Amalric. I have to say he was a bit of a disappointment after the brilliant Lechiffre in Royale. Amalric is a slimy villain, and he does put in a good performance, but his villain just isn't all that menacing, and I can see him being one of the easily forgettable Bond baddies. Judi Dench gets an awful lot more screen time this time round, and its all the better for it. M has been rewritten as a superb character, and gets some nice bit of swearing to do. Finally Gemma Arterton is fairly decent as a wasted Bond girl. She has way too little screen time, and far too little to do, however she does shine through, and features in one of the more memorable moments of the movie.
Coming off a relaunch of a great Bond movie from Goldeneye's Martin Campbell,(Casino Royale), you better bring your A+ game here. Sadly it does not in my opinion. It picks up after CR, which is different from all the other Bonds, and is also nice because you always wonder what happens next after all of these movies. The action was good, the directing is ok, by all means I respect ones artistic vision and all but, taking sound out where it should be, and cutting away to horses in the middle of a chase scene really bothers me when watching a Bond film I want to see sexy action stuff not artsy fartsy stuff. Sexy is Gemma A, not Olga K, I didn't think she was all that for a Bond girl. The bad guy also I thought was kind of a weenie as well. I mean he didn't come off as some bad ass villain just a greedy guy. I think all Bond really had to do is drain his bank account and he would have been really screwed. Come to think of it sand and desert is not sexy either makes me appreciate pool maintenace people more. The credit sequences was not used by Daniel Kleinman who did the title sequences for the past 5 films which I thought were the best becasue it prepared you for the Bond experience, but instead used another co. which was still good but sand and crap how that could be cool looking I don't know. The theme from Jack White and Alicia Keys is rather annoying too I can't get the beat of it, and I know they wanted to young it up and all with this collaboration but it sounds off to me, not cool enough. Last but not least the word MAAM sounds like MOM with the british accents here, not a big deal but forewarning for those who are not "englishly" trained. The only part I liked was the ending, they finally show Craig do the barrel shoot at the camera which technically should have been at the beginning of the film, hence a really awesome rendition of it in "Royale" actually this movie really made me appreciate the 1st one with Craig. For serious Bond fanatics only, and get it cheap here. The 2 disc version isn't anything special either the only thing on the 2nd disc are the web content videos that you can watch online anyway, not worth it.
I've been a Bond fan ever since the first one. Now I realize one does not go to a Bond movie for a classy cinematic experiance. But one does expect certain things from each Bond movie. There are the chases, and the gadgets, and the smart remarks and the signature destruction of whatever location is being used by the villian.
It had been a while since I saw Casino Royale. This is supposed to be a direct sequel to that movie. WIthout remembering the details of Casino Royale, I watched this with absolutely no idea what was going on. Basically, Bond just going around killing people. After going back and reviewing the last part of Casino Royale, the actions in this movie became a bit clearer. Still, I did not buy Bond as a revenge driven psychopath. He's supposed to be the good guy.
Daniel Craig has some good aspects as Bond, but his version just does not live up to previous incarnations. Judi Dench does a great job as 'M'. But not having 'Q' was a serious lack, both from a characterization standpoint and for the lack of cool gadgets. The actor we know and loved as Q has died, but just leaving the position blank seems a poor choice. As does not having any cool gadgets.
The movie starts off with a decent car chase, but we really don't have a clue why it occurs. The rest of the movie is fairly tame from an action standpoint, and the destruction of the villian's installation is kind of lame.
It's somewhat disconcerting that Bond's superiors think he is a problem and then think he is fine, with no evidence to support a change of view. Either believe in him, or don't. And when a major intelligence agency who has '00' rated killers does not trust you, one expects they can deal with the problem. But Bond just continues blithely on, apparently unaffected by any actions of his superiors or organization.
All in all, quite a disappointment.