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Quantum of Solace continues the adventures of James Bond after Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White, who reveals that the organization that blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
It's actually funny how the rebooted series that began on such an astonishingly high note comes crashing down all the way in this second chapter as Quantum of Solace fails to accomplish everything a sequel is usually supposed to and is a massive downgrade in comparison to its predecessor with only compensation coming from Daniel Craig's brilliant performance as James Bond.
Serving as a direct sequel to Casino Royale & picking up the story right where it was left off in the last chapter, Quantum of Solace continues Bond's quest for revenge against those responsible for Vesper's death & is assisted by another agent looking for retribution against the people who killed her family but their trail eventually leads them to a…
If "Casino Royale" was a distillation of almost every great element that makes Bond films Bond films, its follow-up, Marc Forster's "Quantum of Solace," does something completely different. It is a Bond film that almost completely strips away the recognizable veneer of gadgets, urbane spies, and casinos, leaving the viewer with a spare yet textured action film. If "Casino Royale" rebooted 007 in the tradition of the Connery 1960s Bonds entries, "Quantum of Solace" remakes Her Majesty's Commander in the shape of a stark action hero out of the chilly 1970s.
Forster's film, which, in its first departure from Bond tradition, is a direct sequel to "Casino Royal," finds Daniel Craig's James Bond picking up the pieces of betrayal and…
"If you could avoid killing every possible lead, it would be deeply appreciated."
Marc Forster clearly knows how to turn potentially great stories into bland and lackluster movies, first he destroyed Khaled Hosseini’s wonderful and powerful Kite Runner and only one year later this one. Some say not having a finished script led to such a disastrous Bond film and they may be right because this doesn’t seem to be the work of the same writers who created the fascinating Casino Royale.
I don’t know what does this supposed to be, is it a part of James Bond franchise? Then why its central character is so different from what we used to see in the past? It is a reboot…
The Journey to Skyfall ends with the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace!
And we're back to square one.
When talking about the issues with Quantum of Solace, many people like to say that this film isn't very Bondlike, and that it's more Jason Bourne. I can't help but disagree. The thing keeping Quantum of Solace from reaching the heights of greatness is that it's too much like a Bond film, just with the Craig grit attached.
What do I mean by that? Well... this film has too much damn action scenes. That wouldn't normally be a complaint, but for a film that relies itself on being an emotional epilogue to Casino Royale's story, it doesn't give us time…
There is something horribly efficient about you.
Where to begin with the many problems that plague Quantum of Solace? How about Dominic Greene? Keeping up with the colored named villains theme, this film has the worst Bond villain ever conceived, fueled by the dumbest motivation. It doesn't help matters that this villain was a complete wuss, which makes him unbefitting of a Bond villain. I get that modern villains don't need monocles and white furry cats to appear threatening (and Skyfall overcomes this hurdle quite well), but the least the writers could have done was make this villain more convincing. Something about Mathieu Amalric just seemed way too off to make his character any good. Was it his appearance?…
November 2016: Scavenger Hunt #20
TASK #17: A film from a bargain bin!
Yes, that isn't a lie. When I bought this film on DVD years ago at Walmart, it was in the $5 bargain bin. Despite the reasonable price, I couldn't help but find it to be a shame, because this film is too good to belong in a bargain bin. As of this writing, there have been 26 films featuring the character of James Bond (24 produced by EON Productions, the other two being productions that EON had nothing to do with), and if I had to choose what the most underrated 007 film would be, I would choose this one: Quantum of Solace, one of the more…
When compared to Casino Royale, it's a real step down hindered by the fact that it's the first direct sequel in the Bond franchise. When compared to the franchise as a whole, though, it's still amazing that this exists in the same universe as Moonraker and Die Another Day. The action is still exciting. Craig is still strong. Even if the plot is a little weak, it still falls in the upper half of Bond films. Best not to judge it too harshly and just go along for the ride.
Not as good as the previous movie with some elements feeling like a retread but still a solid entry and I like how it smoothly transitions to from Casino Royale.
"The first thing you should know about us is... we have people everywhere."
BOND: Daniel Craig
ALLY: Giancarlo Giannini as René Mathis; Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter;
DRINK OR GADGET OF NOTE:
BOND GIRL: Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes; Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields
HELPLESSNESS RATING: Camille Montes 3/5 Her plans are not very good but she comes through in the end; Strawberry Fields 1/5 quirky, fun, fails task.
VILLAIN: Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, a member of QUANTUM; Jesper Christensen as Mr. White is still about
HENCHMAN: Anatole Taubman…
A bit of a messy Bond film to say the least of which for a long time you have no idea of what's going on. Craig shows he is a good fighter in this Bond movie but the story remains hard to convince. Olga Kurylenko is Bond girl.
daniel craig might not be the best bond but he does do a good job as a roguish agent
While this is by no means a good movie, at least it deserves credit for having a reasonable runtime. At one hour and 41 minutes excluding end credits, this is by far the shortest Bond movie, and that's really refreshing after watching too many of these movies getting pushed beyond the two hour mark for no good reason whatsoever.
Quantum of Solace er en okey James Bond film, men den har nogle problemer. For det første får man hovedpine af dens febrilske kamerastyring og dens konstant lynhurtige klipning. Især i åbningssekvensen går det helt galt, og man ved ikke hvad der er hoved og hale i det hele. Det er et problem der er over alle filmens actionsekvenser, og det eneste det gør er at man ikke kan se hvad der foregår, mens man kniber øjnene sammen i et desperat forsøg på et større indblik... og det lykkes ikke, lige meget hvor meget man kniber!
For det andet er historien intetsigende, selvom de virkelig prøver at gøre den interessant, så mister man lidt interessen efter lidt tid.
Caught this on USA today and I must say it wasn't as bad as I was led to believe. Granted, the fact that I had low expectations and didn't spend any money might've helped. Anyway, the film was fairly good, although I felt it became more formulaic within the Bond sub-genre than it's previous installment. I did love the reference to Goldfinger with the oil-covered woman. The climatic fight was too bombastic, I guess, with all the hotel exploding and whatnot. Still, I enjoyed it.
(written in 2011)
Bond tries to copy Bourne and misses what makes both special
But not really cuz it's been 5 years since I marathoned all of them and my memory is hazy and…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…