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Casino Royale part 2
Quantum of Solace (DVD)
Member Name: madbob
Quantum of Solace (DVD)
Advantages: Fast paced, excellent script
Disadvantages: perhaps average as a stand alone. Cut scenes too fast at points
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.
Summary: A decent addition to the bond library