Quantum of Solace ★★★½

The twenty-second film about James Bond, directed by Marc Forster, is a direct continuation of the story that began in "Casino Royale" and can therefore not be regarded as a standalone movie. It features creative action sequences and hand-to-hand combats that are realistic rather than stylish, but they are not as exciting as they could be, because Bond seldom seems to be in any real danger. Daniel Craig’s interpretation of the James Bond character is excellent; Mathieu Amalric ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") is very good and nuanced as Dominic Greene, a believable and interesting but not particularly memorable villain. What little humor there is is cold, cynical, and appropriate to the tone of the film. The reference to "Goldfinger" (in this case, it is oil instead of gold) is a nice touch. "Quantum of Solace" feels somewhat rushed and would probably have benefited from some additional story and character development, but it is nevertheless a solid and worthy James Bond movie.