Review – Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Marc Forster

2008, UK

Mr. Bond dives deeper into the Quantum organisation in an attempt to avenge the death of his lover. He discovers a plan to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia in an attempt to seize control of the country’s water supply.

When Daniel Craig debuted his Bond with Casino Royale, he did what countless doubters didn’t expect but many hoped, he knocked it out of the park. He made the best Bond film of my lifetime. Suffice to say we all expected great things from his next.

The film has the usual bangs, wallops and kabooms but ultimately it disappoints. One big problem I had with the film is that it took the character away from where Craig was beginning to take it in Casino Royale. In that film there was always a real and palpable sense of pain and danger that helped the audience identify with this bull of a man. Bond can feel pain. He can make mistakes and show his flaws. In QoS we are faced with more of an invincible robot who wouldn’t wince at a swift knock to the goodies like the man we saw in the previous film. The identification has gone and, in turn, so has the interest. It also doesn’t help that the plot is too muddled and dull for a bond scenario, supporting actors are wasted and there is a complete lack of humour. My favourite part of the film when we see the classic ‘Bond through the gun barrel’ shot. I thought “Here we go! This is Bond! Bring it on Jimmy!”

Then it ended.

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