Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace, following fast in the story that began in Casino Royale Bond is after the new world organization of bad guys.
Film making 16/25
Bonus Features 18/25
Every new actor that fills the shoes of the notorious Agent 007 James Bond brings a little something different and new to the character and Daniel Craig is no exception with a high energy. The James Bond of the past with the cool and debonair personality is gone, we have a bright yet brooding guy with a job to do and no fuss about getting it done.
Quantum of Solace takes up right after Casino Royale with Bond capturing Mr. White of the Quantum organization and tossing him in the trunk while he evades henchmen of White. The scenes kind of blend and meld from one to the next in the film with first a large chase scene between Bond and those trying to stop him from kidnapping White.
Bond successfully delivers White who was in the trunk in all those close calls and M interrogates him only to have her personal assistant, Mitchell, turn out to be a traitor who kills White and runs. So we have the next foot chase scene with Bond chasing a guy who they thought was a loyal agent of His Majesty through the buildings and streets of Sienna.
Bond kills Mitchell then goes back to work trying to uncover who is the Quantum and what they are up to by following the leads from Mitchell’s apartment to Haiti and a contact there. Bond finds out someone is supposed to kill Camille Montes who is the lover of Dominic Greene, the chairman of Greene Planet, an ecological organization.
Bond ends up following Camille around while she tries to kill General Mendrano who is now helping Greene but had killed Camille’s family. Bond and Camille find out that Greene is actually part of Quantum and is hording the fresh water supply of Bolivia so Bond has to stop him.
Camille does end up killing the General to avenge her family and Bond wins the day by depositing Greene in the middle of the desert with a can of oil. The oil is symbolic of Greene drowning an agent that Bond had just slept with in oil and leaving her body on Bond’s hotel room bed.
The final debriefing has M telling Bond that Greene’s body was found in the desert with his stomach full of oil but having been shot to death. Bond goes to Russia to confront the lover of Vesper whom Bond fell in love with before she was killed in the previous movie Casino Royale.
Bond confronts Yusef the former lover of Vesper who is currently seducing a Canadian secret agent and trying to steal secrets from her. M walks on the scene and is surprised to find that Bond has not killed Yusef in retaliation for his turning Vesper in the previous film and having her killed.
Bond is fully reinstated by M but Bond tells her he never left so we have the end of another Bond film, but not that great a one. The film is too hard to follow and does get a bit lost in the action at times but does try hard to follow the Bond style and class.
I think they are getting a bit far off track with the two latest films and not following the charm and charisma that Bond is famous for. Yes, he does have a romantic interlude or two but he is too easily fooled into trusting women in the latest films and it is disappointing to say the least.
Bond being tricked into handing money over to a woman he fell for and ends up double crossing him is not the Bond class we are used to. Quantum of Solace is also very fast paced but not in a good way, the action is quick and good but you often don’t have time to catch up on the story between the chase scenes.
That is another thing that has been quite prevalent with the current Bond films, chase scenes through buildings, across rooftops and in smaller areas. While these types of action sequences can be well done they are a bit overdone in Quantum of Solace and it seems to be one stunt after another with no smart moves on Bonds part like we expect.
The moves mostly seem like pure dumb luck that he comes out on top and not his great athleticism or agent abilities that wins the day for the best known secret agent. The latest Bond film does follow along the same story and feel of James Bond but it seems to be getting a bit lost in the too quick action and adventure from scene to scene that can become overwhelming.
The Two Disc DVD set contains several bonus features along with the film in standard definition including three making of features, a feature with Olga Kurylenko describing the boat chase sequence, a music feature and some crew additions about the film. The extra features add up to be about an hour and a half of added content that is pretty good for the standard DVD of the film.
The making of features add a lot to the entertainment value and go in depth telling how they filmed got things together for the movie locations and how they even chose the locations. The crew additions add some interesting perspective as well as telling you just what some of those funny sounding crew positions are all about.
Quantum of Solace does continue the great Bond tradition but misses the mark of a great film being only above average for me. The 2 Disc DVD set includes the extra features that are also included on the Blu-ray edition for a good purchase for Bond fans.