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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Director: Marc Forster / Actors: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      03.06.2013 15:52
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      It's Bond, but not as you know him.

      "Quantum of Solace" is a 2008 action film which was directed by Marc Forster, who has also directed such films as "World War Z" (2013), "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006), and "Monster's Ball" (2001).

      Warning: Spoilers will likely be given during this review.



      Outline

      The film is 106 minutes in length and stars Daniel Craig ("Skyfall", "Cowboys & Aliens", "Layer Cake") as James Bond, Olga Kurylenko ("Oblivion", "To the Wonder", "There be Dragons") as Camille Montes, and Mathieu Amalric ("Munich", "Jimmy P.", "Happy End") as Dominic Green.



      Plot

      The plot for the film reads as follows: James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.



      Introduction

      The 22nd James Bond film followed fast in the footsteps of "Casino Royale", which was released two years previous. The title for the film came from Ian Fleming's compendium, "Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories", and it was the second Bond film to feature Daniel Craig as 007. It is a welcome continuation of the crime organisation story that has been synonymous with the franchise. This time it's Quantum and its seedy members, which has been likened to SPECTRE, headed by Blofeld. Is it any good? Let's find out!



      Review

      The film begins with Bond driving an Aston Martin DBS, or rather destroying one as he's chased by an Alfa Romeo 159 in the mountainous region of Italy around Lake Garda. This is not unlike a scene from the 1997 Bond film, GoldenEye, with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond driving an Aston Martin DB5 and Famke Janssen in a Ferrari F355. He shakes off his tail and stops in a tunnel, opening the boot of the car. There we see Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) bound up and bloodied. Bond, casually, says "It's time to get out", before the trademark Bond opening credits begin.

      The Bond theme for "Quantum of Solace" was "Another Way to Die", written by Jack White and performed by himself with Alicia Keys. I'm never one for Bond themes and this is definitely no exception. The critics slated it and most said it didn't fit with the James Bond style of things, which I tend to agree. They always say never judge a book by its cover, but with a film you have to get the first 10 minutes right or you won't keep your audience.

      There is a great scene where, while being interrogated, Mr. White says "Well, then, the first thing you should know about us... is that we have people everywhere. Am I right?" M's bodyguard, Mitchell, then attacks Bond and allows White to escape. The scene flashes back and forth between what is going on outside, and a horse race is the main attraction in Palio de Siena town square, with the locals loving every minute of it. I am not sure if that was staged or if they filmed an actual race, but they seemed to be going crazy about the race, and it's always nice to see some spontaneity in films, so if it was then I definitely applaud the second unit for filming it.

      I did enjoy a particularly funny moment in a scene when Bond is chasing Mitchell and woman drops some fruit, then puts her hands to her face, muttering to herself in whatever language she speaks. I also loved the camerawork when Bond and Mitchell are falling, as it falls with them, looking down from above. Also of note was a power boat chase scene as Bond tries to rescue Camille which had plenty of action in that typical 007 fashion. As he docks, his dry humour comes to light as he hands her over, unconscious, to a local and says "She's seasick". The comedy one-liners Bond is famous for were missing from its successor, "Skyfall", and it was good to have them in this film, as much as I loved the latest outing.

      The hi-tech computer wall that M (Judy Dench) and Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear) used in the MI6 building was something I would really like to have at home. Of course, the technology is getting us closer to using things like that with the invention of the iPad and smartphones, but I could imagine that something like what they were using would be quite expensive at first. I can remember VCRs and CD systems costing a pretty penny back in the 80s when they were relatively new, and as technology moves forward, we may see the computer wall in homes sometime soon.

      There is a part where Bond follows Greene to an Austrian opera house which is enacting a performance of Tosca which I did not think worked. Bond butts into a conversation about a deal for Bolivian oil via an earpiece, but I think the sound mixing was wrong during that scene as when there is gunfire in the opera house and the background of it, the opera music supersedes the action. You can't get everything right in the film business, but I did think that we're watching the film because it's Bond and not because there's an opera going on during a scene. There is a very short, but very stunning, bit of cinematography as Bond arrives in La Paz on a powerboat. The water and the island looked incredibly inviting.

      It's always a pleasure to see the delightful Gemma Arterton on screen, and her character, Strawberry Fields, is another of those Bond franchise play on words which is used with a lot of the films. Honey Ryder, Pussy Galore and Xenia Onatopp are three of those. I would have liked to have seen more of Strawberry Fields, but she didn't last forever. Sorry for the pun!

      An action scene between two planes was enjoyable but also a little too far-fetched. The plane Bond is flying is riddled with bullet holes and has an engine out but still somehow remains airborne for some time. Another scene involves a hotel with fire spread around. It is quite enjoyable, though the score makes it more than what it is. It does seem that there is a little too much going on at times, which can be a little confusing when you're trying to follow the plot and each sub-plot within.

      I'll not give the ending away, but you know Bond always prevails anyway!



      Characters

      I was a little wary of the choice of Daniel Craig as James Bond, but when he first played 007 in "Quantum of Solace", those fears were quickly dismissed. Among those considered for the part were Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, Julian McMahon and Dominic West, but I think Craig's versatility won over the producers. The character of James Bond doesn't need any introduction, but the way an actor plays him does, I suppose. Craig brings something different to the table. He's not as tall as his predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, but he does have a ruggedness about him that tells you he can get the job done.

      Olga Kurylenko is a very good looking woman and plays the part of the 'Bond girl' naturally. Camille is a sultry woman who works for Bolivian intelligence. I don't think they got her right, personally, as they gave her a tan and/or heavy make-up to make her look South American. Kurylenko was born in the Ukraine but looks more West European than anything. She is someone who looks up to Bond as a sort of father figure I suppose, but is obviously attracted to him at the same time.

      Dominic Greene is a squirrely character and a member of the Quantum criminal organisation. He's a businessman played by French actor, Mathieu Amalric. He's not your typical Bond villain, and I suppose he could be likened to Elliot Carver (played by Jonathan Pryce) from "Tomorrow Never Dies". Personally, I don't think the character works in a Bond film. For me, a Bond villain should be psychotic, deranged and a little bit of an oddball, but Greene is neither of those, although he does show a slightly sinister side when handing over Camille in one scene. Bruno Ganz was considered for the part, and being much older than Amalric, I think they may have changed how the character was played.



      Summary

      This is not the polished James Bond film I expected, and I must admit to being a little confused at times with everything that was happening. The problem is that it had to succeed "Casino Royale", which, in turn, was a pretty good film, and there was a Writers Guild of America strike on at the time of pre-production which led to the script not being as polished as it needed to be. In fact, if you believe the reports, Daniel Craig himself wrote some of it!

      Either way, it is still a good Bond film, but it's not a great Bond film. I watched "Skyfall" again before I watched "Quantum of Solace", and I am of the firm belief that the former is far superior in many ways. It has more action, more great fight scenes, and a better storyline. "Quantum of Solace" doesn't have the Bond gadgets from the Q branch of MI6 and it doesn't have Q himself, either, and I found myself wondering what the plot really was after awhile.

      "Quantum of Solace" just about gets a thumbs up from me, but only just. If it wasn't for the WGA strike, who knows how it might have turned out.



      What the Critics Say

      Premiere: "Quantum, thanks to a deft blend of exotic escapism and bare-bones modernism, is more than strong enough to be judged on its own. In fact, it's the perfect Bond film."

      Empire: "As with "The Dark Knight," the only real caveat is that while it's exciting and imaginative, it's not exactly anyone's idea of fun. To keep in the game, perhaps the next movie could let the hero enjoy himself a bit more."

      New York Post: "Revenge is a dish best served with bullets, high explosives and giant rolling flameballs. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond orders the revenge buffet, deluxe."

      The A.V. Club: "It's dark and exciting, but with little breathing room."

      Time: "Kurylenko, a lovely Russian-Ukrainian hybrid who is oddly duskied up to look vaguely Latina"

      My rating: 6/10

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      21.11.2010 20:55
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      Average to good action movie that ties up the loose ends well from 'Casino Royale'

      Daniel Craig faced something very difficult in 'Quantum of Solace'. It is something that is very familiar to football fans and the term is known as 'Second season syndrome'. Basically, after a successful initial season in a new league, the second season can never live up to the expectation of the first. This is probably a wee bit harsh on Craig and 'Solace', as it was a very enjoyable Bond movie that follows on nicely from its predecessor. But I feel, that in parts anyway, it was an opportunity missed.

      The story follows directly on from the end of 'Casino Royale' (see review for this in my archive) as Bond tries to escape Mr. Whites' henchmen whilst he is trying to bring him in for questioning. Following some betrayals and a few dead bodies, Bond starts to unravel the secrets behind the secret organisation that employs Mr. White - a company known as 'Quantum'. These secrets lead Bond to take on Dominic Greene, a wealthy businessman who plans to exploit water supplies in Bolivia in order to make a fortune. Bond also unintentionally receives the help of Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko) as she has a personal interest in getting close to Greene.

      The start of this film is awesome as Bond is chased in his Aston Martin by Quantum henchmen in their Black Alfa Romeos. A great action scene that set the tempo from the start. Obviously what I described above is the plot for the movie......but the underlying motive for Bond is revenge, in order to avenge Vesper Lynd and seek out both answers and the responsible parties for the events at the end of the last instalment. What I loved about the Bond/Lynd romance from 'Casino Royale' is that we never know whether she loved him truly IMO, as she was being maneouvered by Quantum but Bond had so clearly fallen for her. His hurting is real and this is what shaped the Bond character that we see in all of the other moviesqwhich is basically a cold-hearted killer that could never love anything. The events of both 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace' are instrumental in moulding these character traits for Bond.

      That is one of the postitive and intriguing elements of this movie along with most of the action sequences and the recurrence of Felix Leiter, as Jeffrey Wright carries on his role of an American CIA agent from 'Casino Royale'.

      I still think 'QOS' still had something missing though. I thought Dominic Greene was a rather weak villain and you never really feel that he is a threat to Bond, although you could argue that it was Quantum that was the real threat. Mr. White was a great character and I think they missed a trick by only having him on screen for very short periods of the film. Maybe if Craig gets another crack at the 007 whip (which I suspect he will) than we will see more of White. I also thought the re-introduction of Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) as rather pointless. But that is just me.

      One of the most pleasing things, however, was the feeling of closure without closing off all avenues for a third outing. If Daniel Craig never gets to play Bond again then he can walk away content and with his head held high that he gave us two great movies that sealed off a great story but there is also plenty of potential for him to keep going.

      Overall, 'Quantum of Solace' is a must see for anybody that saw 'Casino Royale' and whilst it is a good film, there are certain things that it lacks for it to be as good as its predecessor, namely a stronger villain and a slightly stronger script. Craig does well here though and his action scenes, as always, are top notch. I would give it three stars and hopefully DC will be back to entertain us again when MGM eventually sort out their financial difficulties and commission a third instalment.

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        I really like the James bond films and am trying to collect them all on dvd. I must say that this film I doubt if I will bother with as I found this the worst Bond film I have ever seen.


        The story was about a man called Greene who was supposed to be a great business man who was developing green technology but he got greedy and decides to branch out. Bond is sent in to try to find out what is going on.


        I found the story really boring. The first time I saw the film was at a relatives house and I actually fell asleep half way through the film which is very unlike me. I just couldn't get to grips with the story and didn't know what on earth was going on.


        There were bits that were exciting like the bit at the start when M was under attack but the majority of the film was a let down and not nearlya s good as the other Bond films.


        The main actors in the film were as follows -


        James Bond - Daniel Craig
        M - Judi Dench
        Dominic Greene - Mathieu Amalric
        Strawberry Fields - Gemma Arterton
        Mathis - Giancarlo Giannini
        Camille - Olga Kurylenko

        I thought Daniel Craig was brilliant as Bond in the last film, Casino Royale but this one just didn't do it for me. I think it was more to do with the story than the acting that made it boring.

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        Bond 22.

        2002 - the year that James bond went to pot. Pierce Brosnan appeared in what would be his final James Bond film: 'Die Another Day'. The film was flippin' awful, let's be honest. Any sense of plot and plot development went out of the window. Instead, we saw shoddy over-the-top action sequences, and an array of gadgets, including an invisible car (which explains why we haven't seen Q in the latest two films!). Even Roger Moore himself slated the film, stating his belief that it 'went too far'. This was it. After twenty feature-length films, this was what had come of Ian Fleming's wonderful creation.

        So what the hell were people complaining about when 'Casino Royale' hit our screens in 2006? This was a revival and a half, I tell you. In all fairness, it was far from a typical James Bond film. Romance was a key element, and the storyline ventured away from just a world organisation planning to destroy the world. But this was all part of the story: James Bond's story. 'Casino Royale' told of how Bond came to be a 00 agent, and how he came to be the man that has been portrayed in many a film. A lot of die-hard Bond fans hated it because it was simply not a 'Bond' film, like 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and such like. But as a film, it was fantastic. Well written, well directed, featured some great acting and was very interesting. And although James Bond was very well known generally, it commercialised it further. Even non-Bond fans could watch it with ease, and enjoy it. This really was what the franchised needed.

        But it couldn't last forever. 'Casino Royale' had to move on, and in a sense, move back. 2008 saw the eagerly-awaited release of 'Quantum of Solace'. But this film does not see James Bond as he once was entirely. It is clear by the end of the film that he is back though, but he is still in the process of reaching this point, and I believe it is done spectacularly. Quantum of Solace is the first 'sequel' in the entire James Bond series, as it follows directly on from 'Casino Royale'. I wouldn't be able to convey the plot of Quantum of Solace very well without making reference to 'Casino Royale', so if you haven't seen the film, this review perhaps isn't for you (unless of course you couldn't give two hoots about the film...).

        The film begins immediately after Casino Royale. Bond, who had fallen in love with Vesper Lynd, was betrayed by her, and watched as she committed suicide, whilst trying to rescue her. Feeling heartbroken and betrayed, he ensures that he completes his now extended mission, and tracks down Mr. White, Vesper's boss.

        Quantum of Solace picks up where 'Casino Royale' left off. Bond is delivering Mr. White to M, to interrogate him about his organisation: Quantum, which Vesper worked for too. However, White manages to escape due to a double agent, which forces Bond to undergo an investigation to find Mr. White. Bond, upon searching through the double agent's flat, traces a contact's presence in Haiti. Bond travels to Haiti, and breaks into his flat, killing the contact. He discovers that the contact was ordered to kill Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), by Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), the chairman of an ecological organisation called 'Greene Planet'. Dominic Greene is in talks with the CIA, as America is hoping to gain access to Bolivia's oil. However, things are not as they seem, and Bond must probe further in order to discover the truth behind the situation.

        That sounds more like it, doesn't it? We are back to Bond - a plot that revolves around an organisation that plans on something far more catastrophic than they let on. But echoes still remain from 'Casino Royale'. Bond is heartbroken and bitter, and Daniel Craig portrays this excellently, in my opinion. One thing noticed in 'Casino Royale' is that Daniel Craig is far more aggressive and brooding than previous Bonds. But remember that this entire episode is a revival. The formula that once worked has passed its expiry date, and something new was needed. The new Bond is modern, and I feel that some people need to let go of this image that was created by Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan alike. Yes, we loved it, but we're moving with the times. This is the new Bond.

        But he's not entirely different. The suaveness is still present, and Daniel Craig is a hit with the ladies too, and in Quantum of Solace, we see Bond's first luring of a woman - her name: Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton). Don't you just miss the old 'Bond' women's names, like 'Goodnight'? Brilliant. Strawberry Fields is, of course, a reference to the Beatles song, although this isn't stated in the film. I feel that there is perfect blend of the old-style Bond, the heartbroken Bond, and the new Bond that is simply down to the character that the producers which to portray through Daniel Craig.

        One of the main criticisms of this film was the lack of...well, emotion, story etc. There are good reasons for this, I feel. Firstly, this is what Bond films are all about, aren't they? A fairly simple plot for a film that doesn't require a lot of hardship to watch, and provides little emotion. Secondly, Quantum of Solace is a foil to 'Casino Royale'. 'Casino Royale' is a love film. It has typical 'Bond' qualities, and action sequences, but it is a love film. Quantum of Solace is a revenge film. Bond is pissed off! Like I mentioned earlier, Craig plays the bitter and betrayed character perfectly. He takes it out on everyone who gets in his way, and like we saw in 'Casino Royale', the fighting sequences are raw - more so than any other sequence seen in a Bond film. Not only does Craig create this effect, but there are other elements that help build this dark, moody aura. All characters seem to be in disdain. Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) is not on a great level with his partner, Camille Montes is having men sent to kill her by her lover Dominic Greene, and M (Judi Dench) is swearing! Corruption reigns in Quantum of Solace, right from the opening sequence, which is full of action, being a car chase. And then of course there's the double agent.

        And Quantum of Solace is full of these action sequences. This is the main element that caused these people to criticise. It's like they've made a film, and then removed all of the parts that fill in between the action sequences. This is representative of the void that is left emotionally in Bond. There is no time for emotion - let's just get the bloody job done! I feel that the film is constructed cleverly. Everything is reflecting the mood of the protagonist (to sum up: the brooding nature of Daniel Craig and his solemn acting, the corruption that is present in the film and the mindless action sequences). This needs to be bore in mind, I feel. Many have said the film isn't as good as 'Casino Royale', and it was never meant to be! Technically, I shan't think the film will ever be topped, as long as the Bond films follow the formula they have now, and renew it when appropriate.

        No James Bond has ever featured a 'sequel' as such. Quantum of Solace is the first, and most likely, the last. Like I mention, it is the 'foil' to 'Casino Royale', as the storyline needs to be continued. The two films are together and form a whole, but are seen as two halves nonetheless. The first half: love. The second half: love lost. It teaches Bond a lesson, one which he bears in mind for all other Bond films (which have already been created, and then hopefully many more to come!) - oh, except for that one where he gets married. Pfft! Echoes of the style of 'Casino Royale' are seen in Quantum of Solace however, in moments of emotion, but then he goes and dumps the body in the dumpster immediately after. These on-screen displays are very well done, and just evoke the appropriate moods, and most importantly, reflect Bond's psyche. Quantum of Solace won't get a sequel. I'm pretty sure there will be another Bond film, but it won't follow on as such. The film is conclusive, and we probably won't ever hear Vesper's name uttered from Daniel Craig's lips again.

        Finally, as I always, I must bring attention to the soundtrack, which is always a very important element to a film. This sees David Arnold return to the seat as the composer of the James Bond films, having written the incidental music to all films since 'Tomorrow Never Dies', that one included. I do not feel that Quantum of Solace's soundtrack is as good as that of 'Casino Royale', but that's the same with all elements of the film! Like the moments of emotion that echo from 'Casino Royale', there are moments of music that are reprised too. In particular, the soft piano theme that accompanies the expressive moments. There are some inappropriate moments in Quantum of Solace's score, I feel. I really disliked the use of drums at times, and sometimes the music just didn't suit the scene - but that was only rarely. Overall, the music is brilliant, and very effective, and nowhere near as tragic as the theme song! David Arnold composed 'You Know My Name' which was sung by the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell, for 'Casino Royale'. So why the hell wasn't he given the job of writing the 'Quantum of Solace' theme song? No, instead, Jack White writes the worst piece of music I've heard come out of my front room speakers, bringing shame to his partner's voice in the song: Alicia Keys. They sound like screaming kids during the chorus.

        I won't end this review on a bad note. This film is technically not as good as 'Casino Royale', but it is a fantastic film nonetheless. It marks a new beginning in the James Bond franchise, as the producers have created a film that is similar to the 'old Bond'. It has all the ingredients, but with a modern twist and the bitterness that has continued from Casino Royale's tragic ending. A dark, sinister aura is conveyed beautifully, and the rawness does not make the film bad. I have seen countless reviews that have slated this film, but I honestly feel that it has been misunderstood. Quantum of Solace is just one step towards the James Bond that we know and love.

        Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Gianni.

        Directed by: Marc Forster

        Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli

        Running time: 106 minutes (shortest James Bond film)

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          Bond is kicking a**, can't wait for Bond 23 !!

          "Quantum of Solace" is the 22nd film in the James Bond series of movies and the second to star Daniel Craig in the title role, it also follows on directly from Craig's first Bond Movie Casino Royale, it also stars Dame Judy Dench, Olga Kurylenko and Jeffrey Wright,

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          The Plot:
          James Bond ( Daniel Craig ) is driving to Italy with the captured Mr White ( Jesper Christensen ), and after evading pursuers Bond and M ( Judy Dench ) interrogate White about the organisation he works for known as Quantum, surprisingly M's Bodyguard Mitchell turns out to be a double agent and attacks Bond and M and allows White to escape, after a short chase Bond captures Mitchell and kills him much to the annoyance of M who wanted him alive so he could be interrogated,after ransacking Mitchell's apartment they discover he had a contact in Haiti and Bond is dispatched there to investigate and make contact with Mitchells contact Edmund Slate.

          Slate has actually been contracted to kill Camille Montes ( Olga Kurylenko ) by Dominic Greene ( Mathieu Almalric ), the head of "Greene Planet" a seemingly noble organisation that appears to have the main principal of ecological concern, however after more digging it turns out Greene Planet and Dominic Greene has made a deal with an ousted Bolivian General , General Medrano ( Joaquin Cosio ) to assist him in overthrowing his government in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of Desert in Bolivia, also Medrano was responsible to the murder of Camille's parents and as such she is driven to murder him as revenge.

          And so Bond finds himself getting to the bottom of Greene Planet's real agenda and once again finding himself facing Quantum, and while everything isn't as it seems Bond also finds himself falling for Camille and reluctantly assisting her in her quest.

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          I must admit after originally being sceptical about messing with the iconic James Bond movie franchise, i'm officially won over, both with the new and long needed gritty feel to the Bond Franchise, but with Daniel Craigs' gritty portrayal.

          While I feel Casino Royale is by far the superior movie, Quantum of Solace is a worthy addition the the Bond franchise, the action sequences are first class and the storyline, while confusing and drawn out at times is well written and slots in nicely to the James Bond style of plots, the music and overall movie score is well done and while the ever tricky opening title theme is well performed and catchy its not a patch on Chris Cornell's " You Know My name" from Casino Royale, which I consider to be one of the top 3 Bond themes of all time.

          As i've mentioned i'm now a convert and a fan of the "Jason Bourne" esque style of the new Bond Movies and feel it was much needed as if they'd stuck with the original format into the new millenium much longer then it ran the risk of losing fanbase and more importantly ending altogether !! James Bond is THE superspy and deserves his new grittier persona, maybe Quantum of Solace could have been a little better written, or a little better shot but its certainly a good way to spend 106 minutes and I can't wait for Bond's 23rd outing !!

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            03.08.2010 16:04
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            One of the lesser Bonds

            It's no secret how the Bourne films influenced what was a dying Bond franchise. After the embarrassing Die Another Day seemingly hammered the nail in Bond's coffin, Casino Royale saw Bond return more gritty, brutal and, fundamentally, more like Bourne.

            So if Casino Royale was The Bourne Identity, then The Quantum of Solace should be The Bourne Ultimatum, a feature-length, globe-spanning search for answers. One question remains: does Quantum measure up to its predecessor? The answer, sadly, is 'no.' Royale would be almost impossible to top, a heady mix of Bond and Bourne, featuring the most iconic Bond girl since Pussy Galore, and one of the best James Bonds - period - in Daniel Craig.

            Where Royale saw the Bond franchise kickstarted by Goldeneye helmer Martin Campbell, Quantum sees Monster's Ball director Marc Forster step in to call the shots. It's an odd choice, but, for the most part, it works. The opening double-whammy of mountain car chase and Madrid streetfight is exhilarating stuff, while the opera shootout is a strangely beautiful moment the like of which the Bond movies have never been daring enough to attempt. Forster also significantly ups Bond's coldness; one scene has Bond leave a man stranded in the desert with only a can of fuel to drink.

            As Bond, Daniel Craig truly relishes his newfound callousness. On only his second Bond film, Craig already threatens to take the mantle of best Bond ever. The supporting cast are also fine, with Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton suitably sultry, and Matthieu Almaric's Dominic Greene makes for a nasty, cowardly Bond villain. Add to that Judi Dench (ever reliable as the best M to date), Jeffrey Wright and Giancarlo Giannini and you've got an impressive international cast.

            If there's a fault here, it's the storyline. All the other elements are here: the acclaimed director, the excellent cast, some fantastic stunts courtesy of Bourne stunt-co-ordinator Dan Bradley, not to mention the intriguing plot groundwork laid down by Royale. The production team try their best to elevate the story above what it really is: a confused, bloated mess, sadly feeling like a rushed cash-in. Lucky for us the cast and crew are of a such high calibre.

            And regardless of the below par storyline, there are still some positives. In Quantum, there is no big bad aiming to destroy the world, just some sleazy eco-terrorist with a get-rich quick scheme. There are no gadgets, no typical Bond girl (she's not even interested in him!) and not even a mention of shaking or stirring a martini. Craziest of all, Bond's buddy Felix Leiter is in on the CIA's plan to dispose of him.

            Neat little touches like these edge Bond towards a more believable, unpredictable universe. Some will criticise Quantum of Solace for deviating so far from the usual Bond territory, and the writers needn't have disposed of so many Bond characteristics (a touch more humour wouldn't have gone amiss). But if it was a Jason Bourne movie, rather than a James Bond movie, that they wanted, they got it.

            The 22nd Bond film just manages to hold its own through its cast and some thrilling set-pieces. Better story next time though please, and maybe make it a little more fun?

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            05.07.2010 19:32
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            Bond fans - OK. Non Bond fans - don't even go there!

            It was Easter Sunday 2009 and I was having a meal with the family, after the whole family getting bored of watching shows and repeats of you've been framed we moved on to watching a DVD as we didn't like any of the films on TV at the time (usually there are some good films on Easter Sunday. But today was an unlucky one for films) So all the men wanted to watch the Quantum of Solace - the sequal to Casino Royale - which I saw and I thought that was pretty good but I don't really like James Bond films (not my type of films.) But I saw Casino Royale on the plane to Tenerife and my expectations were totally different.

            All I can say is, if you are a James Bond - of course you're going to love it! But if you aren't don't watch it it's a waste of time and a huge disappointed! I almost fell asleep and some parts really, really dragged on (I hate films that drag on!)
            It is very confusing and lost the plot of the story - maybe that's why I fell asleep!
            Personally I do not understand why this is nominated two Baftas for visual effects and sound - thank god the film went home empty handed! Cause the fight scenes - I got lost in them, too confusing!

            plot :

            Bond is Back, and is about to discover more secrets. His asisstant M has billions of pounds worth of network and connections to discover more. He meets two new ladies named Camille and Strawberry Fields - he only gets to sleep with Strawberry. There's loads of fighting and scenes and end up having no idea what's going on cause it's one straight to the next.
            I can't even finish writing the plot as this plot is just similar to any other James Bond film, falling asleep doesn't help this review either!

            cast

            Daniel Craig : James Bond
            Olga Kurylengo : Camille
            Judi Dench : M
            Gemma Arterton : Strawberry Fields

            certificate : 12
            director : Marc Foster
            runtime : 104 minutes
            release date : 31st October 2008 (cinema) 23rd March 2009 (DVD)

            Personally, I will never watch a Bond film again after seeing this one (sorry I'm being so negative in this review - but the truth hurts sadly.)

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            03.05.2010 23:01
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            Not as good as Casino Royale, but still a good enough Bond film

            Like its predecessor, there was again much controversy about Daniel Craig's second outing as Bond. But it wasn't 'blonde Bond' anymore, but more 'Quantum of what?' I personally like the title, fitting with the theme of the film quite well. It is also referencing Fleming, despite the fact this time around the film was a completely original story. Indeed, it had to be, because the original short story was simply about someone telling a story to Bond.

            The film also marked a first in Bond film history as the first direct sequel. Although there have now been 22 Bond films, not one has been a direct sequel until now. Only certain story elements have been brought up again (the Blofeld trilogy of You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever being an example). It assumes you have seen Casino Royale, but it is not crucial to have seen it to pick up the story. It opens no more than 10 minutes after Casino Royale finished, with an injured Mr White in the boot of Bond's car, which is being trailed by, from what we can assume, his henchmen and those of the secret organisation.

            This is where one of the faults of this film can be noticed. Having got the stunt team from the Bourne films, they think the best way of filming is by shaking the camera. This just makes the film hard to watch, and although it is better on the small scene, it was a bit of a pain when first watching it in the cinema. But the sequence itself is action packed and sets the film off in the way it means to go on, fast paced.

            Not more than 10 minutes after Mr White has been dropped off for interrogation, a foot chase kicks off between Bond and a would-be assassin. The film also features a boat chase and plane dogfight, as well as a brief fist fight in a hotel room (again very Bourne-esque). The only thing missing for a full house of famous Bond sequences was a fight on a train. Bond also flits from country-to-country like it's going out of fashion.

            This is one of the shortest Bond films to date, unlike Casino Royale, which was the longest. They could have lengthened it slightly, and maybe spent a bit longer at certain locations, but the fast pace of the film really does help it, and I feel this film is much easier to watch than Casino Royale, which tended to drag in places. However, the quality has been compromised since Bond's last outing.

            The story is average, at best, with the big secret organisation targeting water, of all things. They help a dictator take control of a country, collect all of the water, and then sell it back to him at an inflated price. Clever, I guess, and closer to real life, but I do prefer my Bond villains to tackle bigger things. The main villain, Dominic Greene, is not the most menacing of chaps, but like it has been said in countless interviews about the film, the big villains aren't the easiest of people to recognise in everyday life. It's simply Bond moving with the times.

            We see the return of Jeffrey Wright and Giancarlo Giannini into their ally roles. The full story about what happened to Mathis is never fully explained though. Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton provide good support as the Bond girls.

            The death of his love Vesper in the last film overshadows the storyline. Angry she decided to kill herself, to escape the organisation, and at the fact she betrayed him, he is out to seek revenge on whoever was involved in the kidnapping of her boyfriend, which led to her betrayal. For those who didn't like this softer side to Bond, they will be pleased to know there is a nice closure at the end of this film, which suggests he'll be back to his old self in the next outing.

            When that may be is another matter. With financial troubles at MGM as I write this, the next, aptly named Bond 23, has been 'indefinitely delayed'. This is unfortunate, because I had high hopes for Sam Mendes to take the director's chair, and Rachel Weisz as the rumoured leader of the organisation, which will no doubt fully develop over the next two films. But with a delay, they have moved onto other projects, and so may not be available when the time is right. The series will continue, I have no doubt in that, but whether it will be under MGM is not so certain.

            The film does a good job to finish the story arc started in Casino Royale. However, with such a high standard set with the previous film, it had a tough job to step up to what was expected. This being the case, Quantum of Solace is not as good as Casino Royale. But this doesn't stop me giving it 5 stars. The acting is some of the best seen in the series to date, and the fast pace really helps move the film along. The top notch action sequences are well choreographed, and greater in number than in the last film.

            DVD info
            Just like the Casino Royale release, extras are few and not very original at that. The documentaries were, again, readily available either on the internet or shown on TV. The only other extras are the 'Another Way to Die' music video and the two theatrical trailers. Nothing too exciting there, and hardily worth warranting another disc. My advice, therefore, is to wait for a Deluxe Edition like with Casino Royale, if you like your special features. However, with the next edition no doubt being planned to coincide with the next film, it may be a while before it is released.

            James Bond will return... in the hopefully not too distant future.

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            24.04.2010 18:57
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            The Badest Bond Movie ever made!

            Man, this movie shows what happened to the movies industry. That shouldn't be called as a "Bond" movie. It doesn't have a good storyline. "Casino Royale" does not have either. but at least it is a good action movie, while this one isn't even that! Altrough as many people think, it isn't Craig's fault. The fault is Barbara's and EON's. They can, and should do better movies. They don't think about the fans, only about the money. I really think that, if they are not going to do good movies, they should stop doing James Bond movies, because this movie called "Quantum of Solace" is anything, except a 007 movie. Maybe if they could find a better scripting team, it would be much much better, but...
            Anyway, the only thing we can do is to wait for a better movie, with a better storyline, better action scenes, and a better Bond...

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              18.04.2010 11:16
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              A good film, well worth buying.

              I actually think that this is better than Casino Royale, because the plot is more linear, unlike Casino Royale where the ending always seems to be a little tacked on (it's the same in the book).
              In no way is this perfect, but it's still a very good action film and Daniel Craig as Bond really does work.
              We start off immediately after the ending if Casino Royale, where Bond has kidnapped Mr White and through a chase takes him to an MI6 hideout in Siena Italy, where they try to interrogate him but find out that there is an MI6 insider. This is the introduction of the Quantum organization, which is specifically targeting something in Bolivia.
              Bond follows the leads to Haiti, where he meets Camille, who is dating a Quantum agent. He befriends her and continues to try and find the agent, Dominic Greene, to find out what is happening in Bolivia.
              He finds out that the CIA are involved with Quantum, thinking that there is oil in Bolivia and want the oil rights. But Bond discovers that it's not oil that Quantum want, but the water supply so they can blackmail the government. Bond won't let it happen, and sets of to stop it with a thrilling finale at a hotel in the desert.
              A goof action film.

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                25.03.2010 12:14
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                Makers of Bond films should take a look at what they are supposed to be representing with Bond

                Quantum of Solace picks up where Casino Royale left off, after Bond has captured Mr White. As the story unfolds, Bond finds himself tracking Dominic Greene, who is head of Greene Planet, a environmentalist organisation. Of course Greene isn't as nice as his company portrays. Bond finds himself accused of various murders and MI6 end up hunting him whilst Bond tried to uncover what is really going on.

                I'm a great lover of Bond films, but you can't help but feel that the cinema world has changed a lot, with more sex/violence being tolerated and becoming normal. While I understand Bond will move with the times, I feel there should always be some restraint. Bond has gradually been losing its famous villains and adventurous story lines, which essentially makes it just another of your average shoot em up action films.

                Compare Jaws, Dr. No or even the recent(ish) 006 to the new villain, Greene, and you'll see what I mean. A key part of James Bond is it appeals to people of all ages. I remember my Dad showing me James Bond when I was around 10, I think the first one I saw was 'You only Live Twice'. Alright theres always sex scenes in James Bond, some more tame than others, but other than that my Dad knew there was nothing I was going to see that would be harmful. He also knew that it was an interesting plot without being pointlessly complicated, i.e theres always a bad guys plot and Bond always finds out and stops it before that happens.

                Compare the same situation to now. Would you show your 10 year old Quantum of Solace? For one, they wouldn't understand the story at all. Second, James Bond isn't a role model anymore...Daniel Craig simply hasn't got the charm or style of previous Bond's, such as Roger Moore. Instead all he spends his time doing is killing people, and he doesn't have bruises or cuts in perhaps 1 scene of the film. Third, instead of a few 'pow pow' fight scenes, you now have people stabbing eachother, pushing people off a roof onto a car, and people swinging axes into peoples feet. Quantum of Solace rated 12, You only Live Twice a PG, speaks for itself (And I think the 12 should be a 15).
                One more thing before I finish the rant, I find it incredibly annoying in action films where at a fight scene they feel the need to flick the camera angle every 5 seconds (or less). If you're wondering what I mean, watch the boat chase scene.

                As an action film independant of Bond films, I'd perhaps rate this 3 or 4. But it isn't, its a Bond film, and with that comes a much greater expectation.

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                  31.01.2010 01:09
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                  A decent addition to the bond library

                  Quantum of Solace (the follow up to the excellent Casino Royale in which Daniel Craig made his debut as the British Secret Service agent 007) has recieved mixed reviews but I kept an open mind upon watching this as I had not seen the film at the cinema.

                  The DVD contains 2 dvd's the first the film and a couple of teaser trailers and the second some reasonable behind the scene extras.

                  I had watched Casino Royale but not prior to watching this which was probably a mistake as I found out straight away - the plot carries on almost exactly where Casino Royale left off. Mr White who was shot in the leg at the end of that film is seen, after a high octane car chase at the beggining of the film, in the trunk of Bonds car.

                  It literally feels like an add-on to CR rather than a stand alone film and in summary I think that's exactly what it is.

                  I hate reviews that give the end away, so i'll summarise and say that in Qunatum of Solace Bond attempts to track down the killer of Vesper Lynd (Bonds love killed in the first film) and tries to discover who the mysterious organisation is behind her death.

                  At one point Bond goes rogue and the relationship between M and Bond gets strained. Judi Dench is utterly believeable as the head of the security service.

                  Quantum of Solace (QoS from now on) is a much faster paced movie than Craigs debut. Lasting 141 minutes it certainly does feel as hough there is no let up throughout the entire film.

                  Daniel Craig was on form again and certainly for someone a lot of Bond fans seemed to hate, he's doing a great job. Olga Kurylenko & Gemma Arterton provided the bond totty - both were a bit wooden in my opinion.

                  I feel the villain of the piece played by Mattieu Amalric, needed to be a bit less of a weakling. I had to suspend my disbelief at one point as his weedy frame was wacking around the ripped Bond in a fight!

                  All in all, I think as a stand alone film it may leave some confused. It's certainly better to think of this as a part 2 of Casino Royale and i'd totally recommend you having a bond night and watching them back to back.

                  Indeed I think this was intentional. Very much a 2 part re-introduction to the rebirth of Bond.

                  3 stars on its own, 4 when watched after Casino Royale. Much better than i'd been led to believe.

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                    23.01.2010 05:39
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                    A great Bond film with good action scenes and a pace that speeds along

                    I'm a big Bond fan and loved this one. It didn't have the style of Casino Royale and the pace doesn't take as much time to strut along as in CR. It's more bang, crash, wallop in this one but I enjoyed it for what it's worth. The end of CR frustrated me and it was a bit weird to see a Bond film become a 2 parter. The villain in this was intimidating in terms of presence but he didn't do much to present any physical danger. I was sceptical of Daniel Craig as Bond but I now think he's better than Brosnan and I know that's a bold statement to make.

                    The women in this are beautiful, the lead is the hottest one in quite some time.

                    There is plenty of action in this but there are times when Bond appears to have super strength although I won't say in what scenes so as not to spoil anything.

                    It had a satisfying ending and conclusion to the first film as well.

                    I must say that the song in the beginning title sequence was the worst I have ever heard. It was just.....loud. A load of noise. A very poor song, indeed.

                    Bond is known for it's classic title songs but this one was a letdown.

                    The film itself is fun with lots of action, a good pace and a satisfying ending.

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                    Daniel Craig making 007 his own!

                    I'm liking Daniel Craig as the new Bond, he has the perfect combination of suave sophistication, action man heroics and all done with a twinkle in his eye. Favourite Bonds is a controversial subject at the best of times and can solicit heated debate among the best of friends. I have to admit I am in the Sean Connery camp but Daniel Craig is running him a close second.

                    Quantum of Solace is Daniel Craig's second outing as the inimitable Bond after Casino Royale. Uniquely for a Bond film Quantum of Solace carries on the story from the previous film and sees 007 seeking revenge for the death of his last Bond girl and love interest Vesper Lynd.

                    The film starts with an exhilarating car chase in Italy which has tones of Bourne or Ronin about it, but all the same is edge of your seat stuff. This film begins only half an hour after the end of the last one and sees Bond in his car with a kidnapped Mr White (previously seen at the end of the last film) in the boot speeding his way to M (the fabulous Judi Dench) and MI6 back up. The film's premise as well as revenge is that a shady group of influential international business men led by Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) a self confessed environmentalist leads a sketchy coup in Bolivia to serve his own twisted and villainous purpose. This is Bonds mission and sends him on a round the world chase where the action never lets up.

                    As always there are the Bond girls, this time round there is Olga Kurylenko as Camille who is also set on revenge and is a very capable Bond girl, assisting 007 in his mission. Additionally Gemma Arterton plays Agent Fields who is sent to bring Bond back in, unfortunately as with many characters in Bond she meets with a rather nasty end.

                    This has all the ingredients of a classic Bond - the locations, a steely and yet suave Bond, plenty of action, impressive stunts, plenty of gadgets, the villains, the Bond girls and yet it also has some new ingredients and nuances which add to the film. Maybe if you are a die hard Bond fan you will not like the follow on film and the revengeful Bond, but it gives it a nice edge and a new twist.

                    The critics were quite hard on the film in general saying it lacked story and wasn't a typical Bond, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, as with all Bonds you have to suspend reality and let yourself go with it but that is part of the beauty of 007 and the reason why he has had such longevity. Sit back relax and enjoy, what could be easier!

                    The film has a run time of 100 minutes and the Bond theme for the film "Another Way to Die" is sung by Jack White of the White Stripes and Alicia Keys,

                    You can purchase the DVD of Quantum of Solace on Amazon for £5.98 and the normal rrp is quoted as £24.98.

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                      24.10.2009 12:35
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                      Disappointing after Casino Royale

                      Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond movie, now available on DVD.

                      Although I was a little disappointed with this when I saw it at the cinema, I pre-ordered it from Amazon.co.uk without hesitatation as I think it deserves/needs a second and maybe even a third viewing to really understand and appreciate the story.

                      It picks up where the excellent Casino Royale left off, with Bond (Daniel Craig) tracking down and capturing Mr. White, one of the key players in the death of Bond's latest squeeze, the gorgeous Vespa Lynd (Eva Green). The opening scene involves an excellent car chase, in a great location (strangely, the video game version of this replaces the Alfa Romeo cars with Mercedes-a-likes) and swiftly moves onto a number of other exotic locations, including Siena, Austria, the Caribbean and South America.

                      I don't want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn't seen it and intends to, so I'll just say that overall, it's a "good", but not a "great" Bond movie, with some weak supporting characters, in particular, Gemma Arterton who plays Agent Strawberry Fields (really!). I also didn't particularly like Mathieu Almaric in the role of Dominic Green, something about him just irritates me but not enough to spoil the experience.

                      If you were disappointed with this at the cinema, my advice is to give it another go on DVD, or better still, Blu-ray. It gets better on repeated viewings.

                      (I initially paid around £12 for this from amazon.co.uk but I was refunded £6 due to their price promise guarantee. I don't quite understand why as it's currently showing as £11.98 but I'm not complaining).

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