This is the latest in the Bond movies and the second in the newly rebooted post Bourne Bond. Quantum Of Solace picks starts just after Casino Royale finishes with James Bond out for revenge for the death of his love, Vesper.
Bond's quest takes him across the globe finally ending in Bolivia where he uncovers a plot that involves a corrupt environmental company run by a Dominic Greene (Amalric) seemingly intent on owning a barren area of land. In the process Bond makes a companion out of the beautiful Camille – who is also after revenge. In the meantime M tries rather unsuccessfully to keep Bond in line and she begins to questions everyone's loyalty as a traitor is found in the ranks.
I loved the rebooted Casino Royale; it was exciting and took Bond into new territory with Daniel Craig looking like a man who could kill with his bare hands (and crack a walnut with his thighs!). Casino Royale also gave us a thoughtful Bond with a tender side that hadn't been previously seen, a really interesting beginning to what was previously, for me, a largely one-dimensional character so there was a lot to maintain and improve on in the next Bond film.
Unfortunately for me Quantum of Solace didn't live up to expectations. The film feels hurried and just like an add on. I can swallow the concept of the timeline occurring straight after the previous movie but this film bounces from one action scene to the next with little story. Craig is as good as he can be in a role that largely just requires him to act like action man and nothing else.
Judi Dench is the only character with amusing lines and personality, and maybe that for me is the main disappointment from such a good start with the rebooted franchise the clever scripting has already disappeared. Even the special effects occasionally looked hurried and unfinished – which for me was pretty much the overall effect of the movie.
Director: Marc Forster
Daniel Craig – James Bond
Olga Kurylenko – Camille
Mathieu Amalric – Dominic Greene
Judi Dench – M
Giancarlo Giannini – Rene Mathis
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