Quantum of Solace
For love, for hate, for justice, for revenge.
Quantum of Solace continues the high octane adventures of James Bond in 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 the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
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…
So, the journey ends here. Well, for now. The 22nd of 22 Bond films to date until Sam Mendes chips in with his contribution to the series later this year. He must be pretty pleased that some of the pressure is off knowing that he is following up this dull effort from the normally reliable Marc Foster.
It all starts off very promisingly with a breathtaking first half an hour, and with the intriguing premise of carrying on with the story from Casino Royale. But then, very quickly, it completely loses its way and becomes a very dull story about a group trying to gain control of the water supplies of Bolivia or something.
I don't know, I suppose when…
They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies.
With Casino Royale being a huge hit, Sony Entertainment decided they wanted a sequel in theaters 18 months later. Sony you say? Yes, they're the major shareholders of MGM now and apparently calling the shots when it comes to James Bond. Michael G. Wilson, who is Cubby Broccoli's step-son and now co-producer of the Bond Films along with Barbara Broccoli (Cubby's daughter), said that while Casino Royale focused on terrorism the sequel would focus on environmentalism. What's more exciting then environmentalism for a spy film? Watching paint dry perhaps? With no director…
It's been a fun ride, but my journey to watch every single 007 film has ended now that I've rewatched the twenty-second Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
Unlike other Bond films, this is a direct sequel to Casino Royale. In fact the only other direct sequels in the Bond franchises are From Russia With Love and Diamonds Are Forever (a slight sequel though). This film's predecessor, Casino Royale, was an outstanding return to form for the franchise and in my opinion the very best Bond film. It left plenty questions wide open for a bigger story and left me wanting more. Unfortunately, we got more in Quantum of Solace and it's disappointing to say the least.
While Quantum of Solace…
One of the most surprising facts about Quantum of Solace is that after twenty one previous James Bond movies, this is the first true, bonafide sequel the franchise has ever done. Daniel Craig's second outing as 007 picks up directly where Casino Royale left off, serving less as a continuation and more an epilogue in many respects; thus it's difficult to consider QOS on its own terms, given it rides so heavily off its predecessor both when it comes to narrative, texture and approach. What QOS lacks, sadly, is CR's sense of scale, elegance or charm - it rarely feels, in fact, like a Bond movie at all.
A lot of people have drawn parallels between this and License to…
"If you could avoid killing every possible lead, it would be deeply appreciated."
I honestly think it started out great, I truly do. Even had me wondering why people didn't like it. Then it slowly but surely turned into a generic Hollywood action flick. I'm not sure I understand what they were trying to do with this. This is the best they could come up with for a direct sequel to Casino Royale? I still think Daniel Craig is a great James Bond and I'm still looking forward to the next film, but Quantum of Solace has very little to do with either of those two things.
Good outing for Daniel Craig. He seems to be falling into the role rather nicely. A recap on the events of Casino Royale would have been nice, although I really liked the beginning of the film as it is. Maybe a series of flashbacks? Not sure.
I was one of the people who came out of the cinema disappointed with this film. Like many of the films I have reviewed recently this was a film I gave another chance to and I'm glad I did. This is a much better film than I gave credit for.
The director picks up where casino royale finished and it starts with an amazingly filmed car chase. The story is actually pretty good and it gave us a chance to see a focused unflinching Bond who starts to see the whole picture not just personal vendetta. This is a tough journey for Bond who still finds this difficult and whilst we see some personal growth from Bond we do question…
Film 99 of The 2013 Project.
Running time: 107 minutes.
And here's how you make a bad bond film, thanks Marc Forster. Go from the great Casino Royale, to this horrible shaky cam piece of crap. This one doesn't make sense and my Dad even turned to me at one point and said "Do you know what's going on?" No I really didn't, it's a mess and is no fun to watch.
yet another boring bond film
Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible, just in the mushy middle.
Quantum of Solace picks off right where Casino Royale left off. The action begins with a car chase and continues with a foot chase over rooftops very similar to the openening scene of Casino Royale and to the chase scene in The Bourne Ultimatum. If you enjoyed the first Bond then you wont be dissapointed about this one. I think that Daniel Craig is the best Bond after Sean Connery and he has revived the franchise that Pearce Brosnan almost put to death. This movie counts with great action scenes and Marc Foster does a great job directing and it is always good to see a movie written by Paul Haggis (Crash, In The Valley of Elah). This movie has…
I feel like this movie didn't exist. I cant really remember it, it was okay, but obviously not good enough to catch my full attention, but that's just my opinion.
A funny thing happened to on the way to making QoS. And by funny thing, I mean the Writers' Guild Strike. Much of what ails QUANTUM can be chalked up to not having a finished script upon the first day of shooting. Director Marc Forster hired a script doctor to do daily rewrites on set. This is clearly not how movies are made.
Instead of viewing QUANTUM as a miserable failure by comparing it directly to the Bond movies that bookend it... which is much easier to do... it is perhaps more useful to consider the many things that make it better than you might think. Forster made some incredibly bold filmmaking decisions that are not received warmly by Bond…
Day twenty-one of the Bond Film Marathon, film 22:Quantum Of Solace
After the critical and commercial success of Casino Royale, everybody wondered how long it would be before Bond would be back, and if it would be a sequel. November 2008 He returned in the lackluster, direct sequel follow up.
Opening up minutes after Casino Royale, Bond finds himself being chased by men to be working by the same organization that employed Le Chiffre and the man that killed him, Mr. White. After dispatching them, he makes his way to a safe house in Sienna, Italy to debrief White. The debriefing goes wrong when an agent for the MI6 goes rogue and attempts to kill everyone, putting Bond to work…