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Quantum of Solace

2008 James Bond movie, sequel to Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig

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True to the Spirit, But Darker in Tone

  • Mar 3, 2009
The second film in the re-vamped James Bond franchise, QUANTUM OF SOLACE begins almost immediately where CASINO ROYALE ended. In an adrenaline-fueled car chase, Bond (Daniel Craig) races away from a group of villains to a secret location where he retrieves his cargo from the trunk: the mysterious Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who was last seen at the end of CASINO ROYALE. Distraught over the death of his beloved Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Bond wants information about who was responsible for her death so that he can seek his revenge. M (Judi Dench) just wants information about the organization responsible because of the threat to national security it poses. It is revealed that the group is called Quantum and they are much larger and well-organized than anyone imagined, including having M's personal bodyguard as a member and spy. Thus begins a race across the globe as Bond seeks to find the man responsible for both the death of Vesper and the betrayal of M: a man wealthy environmentalist named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric). Devoted as he is, M doesn't trust Bond because he's no longer focused on his duty and mission, but is driven by revenge, seeking an elusive quantum of solace from the pain he feels. She strips him of his license and orders him to stand down, but Bond will be Bond and nothing will keep him from finding his prey. His search for Greene and flight from MI6 bring him into contact with a young woman named Camille (Olga Kurylenko) seeking revenge against a Bolivian dictator and Greene for the brutal deaths of her family members. They both possess information and skills the other can use and join forces.

CASINO ROYALE was the first of the new re-tooled franchise, but it is in QUANTUM OF SOLACE where audience members are given a glimpse of where the filmmakers are headed and the type of character the "new" Bond will be. I did not like CASINO ROYALE. It was an excellent movie, but it was unlike any Bond movie I had ever seen. It did not feel like a James Bond movie and is basically an Americanized version of the famed secret agent. Many people liked that, but I didn't. Therefore, I was a hesitant about QUANTUM OF SOLACE. However, I enjoyed QUANTUM OF SOLACE, much more than CASINO ROYALE.

As a movie, QUANTUM OF SOLACE isn't as good a film as CASINO ROYALE. The acting is excellent and the cinematography and special effects are superb, but the tone is much darker than any previous Bond movie. In this film, Bond is a very brooding character, driven by the revenge from his passionate affair with Vesper Lynd. Yet, beneath the veneer there are glimpses of the Bond that readers and audiences around the world have come to know and love
The overall spirit of the QUANTUM OF SOLACE is much more attuned with previous Bond films than was CASINO ROYALE. For example, there are several direct allusions made in the movie to previous James Bond films. CASINO ROYALE tried to cut all ties with Bond and make him into an American action hero. While continuing to remold Bond, QUANTUM OF SOLACE acknowledges what came before and seeks to take the two very different images of Bond and melds them together as one. This makes me hopeful for the future films in the franchise. Hopefully, in the next Bond movie, James will be back better than ever: erased of the cartoon lunacy of some of the previous movies and strengthened by the pain, suffering, and hardships he's endured to emerge not just as a top-notch spy with a dry wit, but as a fully human being that audiences can relate to and root for.

Recommended for fans of James Bond, people who have seen CASINO ROYALE, and people who enjoy dark action movies.

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review by . March 27, 2009
Any more James Bond movies like this  and the franchise is dead.  Here's what went wrong for me:   Everyone in it is hard. No softies. It's like a conversation where everyone is screaming. You need contrast to make a good movie. Judy Dench is a fine actress but, like everyone else in this movie, she's made of steel.  What  ever  happened to James Bond's witticisms, puns, and other verbal play?    I watched 20 minutes of this and turned to making …
review by . December 29, 2009
Not as good as the first but still an amazing entry in the long running series....
This direct sequel to the smash hit, critically acclaimed Casino Royale is more brutal and action packed than the first and it relies on explosives action sequences and out of control chases to sometimes fill in the gaps of the adequately made plot and story. But is this second installment in the reboot franchise bad? No way!! Is it a great sequel? Not really, but it is a good one at that.            Quantum of Solace was somewhat of a let down in the character …
review by . August 13, 2009
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Don't give a license to kill to a man on a vengeance quest. A wounded Bond, stripped of his cool detachment, is a very dangerous agent. Bond fell in love in Casino Royale - the kinetic and intense reboot of the series - and his lover betrayed him and then died violently while he watched helplessly. He needs revenge and closure. There's no quantum of solace for a mourning and betrayed Bond.     The task of this film, it seems, is to bring Daniel Craig's headstrong and impetuous …
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review by . June 13, 2009
I'm pretty shaken I know that.
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review by . August 16, 2009
I just wanted to watch an action movie. I didn't want anything serious. No puzzles to solve, no angst-ridden protagonists attempting to find reason in the Universe.     "Quantum of Solace" filled the bill perectly.     It is all action. Non-stop action.     Whatever attempt there is to tell a story never intrudes on the action.     James Bond, played to perfection by Daniel Craig, is strong, always coiled, headstrong …
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Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step sinceCasino Royale--this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. AndQuantum of Solanceitself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from theCasino Royalestoryline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of theBournepictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey--nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills.--Robert Horton
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Director: Marc Foster
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 14th 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Studio: MGM/UA
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