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See “Quantum Of Solace” To Watch Bond Kill Dozens Of People…And Not Do Much Else


One of the best things about James Bond is that as he goes about his business, he always does it with a grin and a martini. He was always very playful and witty, never too terribly serious about the very serious things he was doing. Unfortunately, the people behind “Quantum Of Solace” don’t think that Bond is fun, witty, or even going to drink his favorite drink. Instead, this movie’s James Bond is cold, cruel, and ruthless.

Honestly, I wish I could tell you how many people Bond kills. It’s tough to remember after one viewing. Bond literally kills every one in his path. His boss, M (Judi Bench, being awesome), even makes a joke regarding the fact that he kills everyone. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the joke funny because I had already made it.

“Quantum Of Solace” starts off with a bang. There is a great car chase, though it may have been better if the Editor would have taken some Ritalin. You quickly learn that this movie is picking up literally moments after the far-superior “Casino Royale” left off. Promising no? Well, after the fifth or sixth chase sequence and you watch Bond kill his 17th guy or so, it gets very boring and the movie really goes nowhere.

It’s difficult to really pick this movie apart because in the end, it’s a good action movie. Sadly, it’s not a good James Bond movie. Don’t think that makes sense? Explanation:

The main character of this movie is hell bent on revenge due to the death of the love of his life. While going after those responsible, he meets another a woman that is also hell bent on revenge against those very same people. They team up and go after the bad guys together.

We’ve all seen that movie before. The only difference is that the main character in “Quantum Of Solace” is James Bond. While I definitely like the fact that this is the first Bond movie to really be a sequel of another, the execution of that idea is very flawed. “Casino Royale” established the Daniel Craig James Bond as a cool and collected killing machine, but he kept that smart-ass glint in his eye. He was funny and glib. The train scene from “Casino Royale” with Eva Green is my favorite moment of the film and there isn’t a scene close to that one in “Quantum”. Hell, he rarely cracks a smile in this movie.

So yes, this is one of the bad James Bond movies. It’s not as bad as some of the lesser Roger Moore or even the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies (other than “Goldeneye”). While Judi Dench as ‘M’ is always fun to watch, she actually has more to do emotionally than Craig’s Bond. Even the Bond girls are fairly worthless. Olga Kurylenko is just a female version of the icy killer that Bond is here. She is just a device for sexual tension. Meanwhile, poor Gemma Arterton is just a device for…well…sex. This movie even wastes the great Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. He is a total background character here with absolutely zero purpose.

Who do you blame for this? You could blame director Marc Forster, but the movie is a well made and a great looking action movie, with maybe too much action. Instead, I am going to blame writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis. Their script took all the fun out of Bond.

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  1. November 20, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Personally…I loved it. Maybe thats because I am a girl. Hear me out…

    Casino Royale was written to be the very FIRST Bond movie ever. The first storyline in all the Bonds. M even comments about how he has just been named a 00 agent in that film. He is shown as a killer, and then falling for Vesper.

    Quantum of Solace is the whole process of revenge and giving up on trust and anything other than revenge, and sex. While this isn’t particularily appealing as a whole, and does really just make him seem like an assassin…but its still some sort of romantic (if misguided) view of revenge.

    It makes this current Bond…a James Bond that is not just a 007 agent, but also a man who has loved and lost.

    And that…I actually like.

  2. Adam
    November 21, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    I liked it a lot as well. Daniel Craig is a badass and nobody wants to see an old, tired, cliche Bond any longer.

    I don’t get the Jeffrey Wright comment. His character did what he had to do and that’s it. There’s no need for background information on him. The fact that it is Wright is trivial.

  3. Walt Firer
    December 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    I agree with the writer, this could have been any action movie.
    They just put the name Bond to it.

    The start of the film is way too fast paced, and it does hardly slow down along the movie itself.

    Two elements made every Bond film, imho:
    The barrel intro with the Bond theme, and the phlegmatic humor.
    Both elements are highly absent in QOS…

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