Bond Week: Official Quantum of Solace Review!
by Alex Billington
November 11, 2008
When it comes to James Bond, I'm a bit more sensitive than most moviegoers. In truth, I'm a big James Bond fan and have been all my life. Bond means more to me than nearly any other big screen hero or franchise in history, so when I go into a Bond movie, I go into it very critically. With that in mind, however, Quantum of Solace didn't let me down, at all. I walked out of it the first time so amazed and so stunned that a modern Bond movie could be that great, that I had to wait to see it a second time to confirm that it really was that good. So after finally catching it again, I'm able to officially call Quantum of Solace the best Bond since GoldenEye in 1995. Many will disagree, but that's because they're not Bond fans like I am.
The best move producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson ever made was to hire an independent artsy filmmaker for a Bond movie - Marc Forster. First off, I think Martin Campbell is a great director and I think he did a great job with Casino Royale, but for a Bond fan who loves the original movies more than anything, it was a bit odd to see at first. In the end I loved Casino Royale, but stepping into Quantum of Solace, we finally got to see a Bond film that took us back to his roots, finished a great story started in the previous film, and used a refined and minimalistic style unique to director Marc Forster. All of those combined resulted in an awesomely entertaining Bond film that I truly loved watching.
Quantum of Solace picks up right after the final scene of Casino Royale takes place, with James Bond (Daniel Craig) on the run (in a beautiful Aston Martin DBS) from henchman who started chasing him after he confronted Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) on the steps of his own home in Italy. From there the action just doesn't stop, as Bond and M's investigation is abruptly interrupted when an agent turns out to be working for the other side. Bond ends up with dual objectives in Quantum of Solace: discover what the new villain named Dominic Greene is up to, and find Vesper's old boyfriend so he can get his revenge. Along the way he comes across the feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who is looking for some revenge of her own.
There are plenty of basic attributes of Quantum of Solace that really stand out. Forster and his cinematographer Roberto Schaefer do a phenomenal job of making the film, and all of its exotic locations, look stunning on the big screen. And those locations, ranging from London to Italy to Panama to the deserts of Bolivia, are all subtle throwbacks to the Bond days of past; actually shooting on location at each of them greatly pays off as well. Bond's mannerisms, while still in need of refining, are definitely starting to improve, and Daniel Craig is really starting to fit in perfectly with the iconic James Bond image that Sean Connery and Roger Moore defined in the minds of many fans back in the day.
While there is a lot to love, Solace isn't exactly perfect, but no Bond movie is. And that's something that I think only true die-hard James Bond fans will recognize. Even Casino Royale had its flaws, but what makes them so uniquely enjoyable each time is that I'm able to look at the film and appreciate what Marc Forster brought to the franchise that I hadn't ever seen before. His directorial decision to intercut fight scenes with other events (e.g. the Tosca performance) not only pulled me out of the moment, but felt jerky and annoying. But on the other hand, his very sleek style and choice to include fight scenes set in the four elements (earth, water, air, fire) was what I ended up loving the most about this particular Bond movie.
In the end, I expect that most moviegoers might find that Quantum of Solace didn't top Casino Royale, but to me, that's not what I'm interested in seeing. To them, their interest in James Bond was recently rekindled in 2006 with an energetic, and quite different, reboot of the franchise. To me, I've enjoyed all of the 21 previous Bond films and walked into this just looking for the next entertaining film in a series that I hold very close to my heart. Not only did Quantum of Solace achieve that goal of providing some of the most solid entertainment I've seen all year, but Marc Forster gave us a movie with great visuals, great fights, and a story that wrapped up one of the most successful reboots of a franchise that I love.
Alex's Rating: 9 out of 10
Reader Feedback - 76 Comments
if you loved it so much why don't you marry it? Why didn't you give it a ten?
Daniel f on Nov 11, 2008
i thought it was better than Casino Royale I enjoyed the movie also. 9 out of 10 sounds about right
dave on Nov 11, 2008
I was not sure whether to see the midnight showing of "Quantum of Solace" but now, after reading this review, it has been solidified in my plans for Thursday. I hope this lives up to the hype and more importantly lives up to it predecessor which was my favorite behind Live and Let Die and Thunderball. Here's hoping!
David on Nov 11, 2008
Im so stoked. Im a HUGE Bong fan. Thanks for the review Alex!
Johnny Crow on Nov 11, 2008
It was all right, I wouldn't call it the best since golden eye, Casino Royale was a much more enjoyable film than this. Quantum was lacking in the fun department, and it felt more like a bridge to set up a bigger better third film while dumping the emotional baggage he was carrying from CR. It was also way to short, and the action seemed to supercede character work. Craig, Dench and Christensen were very good.
adrian on Nov 11, 2008
I'm also a HUUUUUGE Bond fan and I loved this movie!! Buut It didn't feel like a Bond film in the slightest. Infact it felt even less like a bond film then Casino Royale did. The whole movie you just feel sorry for Bond and the last time you felt really sorry for him was at the end of On her majestys Secret Service and we all know how that movie turned out... You never once see him smile or have any other facial expression besides one that only a person who hates everything can make! Having said all the the action was amazing! The directing was top notch and it was nonstop fun! There are a few camera shots that make you go whoa!
ha1rball on Nov 11, 2008
You gotta be kidding me Alex. You were so stunned etc? What? Didn't even feel like a james bond, more like Bourne in a suit. It was non stop action from beginning to end, with the action itself not even being as impressive as the one in Bourne. I was utterly disappointed with this movie, after an amazing Casino Royale, all we got out of the sequel, was a plain action movie with a character named James Bond shooting people right and left, that in the end, feels like it suffers from a serious case of Bourne envy. Story got axed too, it's almost too much action for so little story.
Darunia on Nov 11, 2008
Oh and i love James Bond too, but unlike i guess i didn't suffer from "hype" brought to me by being in contact with the people responsible for the movie, like director Mark Foster. The action sequence in the Opera show or whatever, was awesome, yes, but that's like 4 min of the whole movie.
Darunia on Nov 11, 2008
wow such different opinions. A lot of people say it just is a good action flick just a decent Bond. I just wish they add a little of that Moore humor. Just seeing Craig not smile once is just maybe trying too hard? Also while i understood Marc's comments about gadgets, I dunno, why not come up with some realistic, modern ones? Like something cool like a modified Iphone? Everyone has one so people could somehow relate and it doesn't feel bad cheese like a watch with a laser. Maybe the next one. Anyone else HATE that theme track? Jack white sounds like a tortured monkey on crack....terrible.
sd on Nov 11, 2008
i defiantely liked it more than casino royale, its about on the level with the world is not enough more action, grittier story a decent action movie for sure
Janny on Nov 11, 2008
This Bond film was sooooo hyped up and really didnt deliver a good enough story line to follow. Maybe the next one will be better but it seemed as tho they were dropping off Bonds smelly baggage. I cant believe this guy was stunned. It needed a much stronger story line and a better finish. Quantum of Solace did not live up to the hype at all
Course on Nov 11, 2008
doesnt he look like george bush in that picture?
Scott McHenry on Nov 11, 2008
Damn! What is with people and Daniel Craig? YIKES!!!! The first Jewish Bond. The first Bond movie with a duet in its theme song.(worst Bond theme song.) The First Bond without humour. Daniel Craig can't have humour even if his life depends on it. He doesn't smile at all. This new BOND has NO CLASS, NO CHARISMA, NO LOOKS & NO SOCIAL SKILLS. He can't convincingly seduce any of the Bond Girls. Which Lady would want to BED this BOND? ... maybe a GAY henchman. Oh, I forgot to mention ... He's the shortest Bond also. Casino Royale was not bad, ..... and the fans forgave the negatives that it came with because it was about Bond at the beginning of his career ..... yah! right! I don't see DC improving James Bond at all. So EON Productions please give us back Bond, ... James Bond. We've seen enough of Jason Bourne. Stop showing the world how 'green' you all are about the Bourne movies. Quantum Of Solace is 7/10 for me. Just a great action movie with beautiful cinematography.
Shawn Gregory on Nov 11, 2008
Shawn wants to eat his cake i bet. Anyway, i think you are wrong. What does Judaism have to do with anything? Although i do agree that the duet had too much white and not enough keys. As for the humor? Which casino royale did you see? Have you watched Layer Cake, he even got some laughs in the first Tomb Raider movie. Again you say something else that is stupid when you say that only a gay henchman would want to bed bond. What do you have against henchmen? Anyway, i realize you can't possible believe what you typed. So yeah. have fun.
Red Buttons on Nov 11, 2008
WHAT???? 9/10?? are you serius? the movie sucked! what did you like in this film? there was nothing new! the action? exactly the same with the the first one i got bored watching him chasing people on roofs! the story? dude seriusly watch pokemon much better senario!!! the bad guys? GEEEKKKKKSSSSSSS come on the second in command had dumm and dummer haircat! in the name of god what they where thinging!!!! "ohhh lets put some geeks in this one to be the bad guys. it would be fun" NO it not fun its stupid! anyway the movie gets 4/10 and 4 is just because it is a james bond movie! i am very disapointed from firstshowing critics i was sure that i would find an honest review, i was wrong!
Fitsou on Nov 11, 2008
Wow people get soooo pissed off. He has a different opinion than you, so the fuck what? No one has to agree on a movie because it is all subjective. If you think it sucks, don't buy it, but don't give some one who liked it shit.
Johnny Crow on Nov 11, 2008
@13 Oh and Shawn, have you even heard the Die Another Day song??? That was ten times worse of a theme song in my opinion.
Johnny Crow on Nov 11, 2008
c'mon people,with the amount of hype he's put for this movie is the 9/10 rating such a shocker? great visuals and great fights,that doesn't amount to much does it.
twispious on Nov 11, 2008
9/10, I agree...This was by far, the best Bond movie after...let's see...From Russia with Love? Golden Eye? Better than Casino Royale, Craig is the ultimate 007!!!
m4st4 on Nov 12, 2008
Great visuals? Check Great action? Check Great Bond? Check Goldfinger hommage? Checkity check! Now, let's just wait for those Moore/Brosnan lovers to star pissing over the whole goddamn picture...
m4st4 on Nov 12, 2008
I live in The Netherlands and I saw it last saturday, I have to say that I'm a fan of Bond films, and I did like Quantum very much, but it didn't left me stunned, it didn't really exite me that much, I didn't enjoy the story that much neither. Don't get me wrong, it is a superb film, but for me (personally) it is not better than Casino. Why not you might ask? Well, here is a short rundown of the problems i had: - Shacky camera syndrome. (not been able to actually see what's going on irritates me a little). - Way too fast editing. (some shots have like 25 edits every 20 seconds). - Bad guy. (he is alright, but not epic or memorable). - Bond girls. (I didn't like them that much, but that's only personal). - Story. (yes, very simple, but convoluted at the same time and difficult to follow with just one viewing). I think that I shouldn't have seen "Taken" just before this. Cheers, Hermond.
Hermond on Nov 12, 2008
Yes Alex, best bond since Goldeneye - agreed! 🙂
dom on Nov 12, 2008
Felt the story was purposefully vague for the sake of being vague and that you didn't really learn anything more about 'Quantum' than what Bond had to start with. Like someone else, I thought this was sort of like a bridge to a 3rd film. Whereas 'Casino Royale' lagged on for an extra 20 minutes, 'Quantum of Solace' sort of seemed sped up and skimped short on story in favor of the high octane action sequences that seemed straight out of 'Bourne' (except for the opera performance which was on a completely Bond level). However, a nice waste of 100 minutes. Grittier but not better than 'Casino Royale'. Solid effort.
Jack Donaghy on Nov 12, 2008
Hermond, I totally agree! Since I am from the Netherlands as well, it got me wondering if liking it depends on region? Nevertheless, I saw the film on Friday and was looking forward to it the whole day/weeks/months. Although a huge Bond fan, it didn't left me stunned as I expected it would. -There is absolutely no story. Main plot line: James is angry. He doesn't care about saving the world, kill the bad guys etc. He just wants revenge. - Shacky camera; oh my god! Action scenes do not get more exciting by throwing the camera around while filming. You cannot tell me that anyone actually saw what happened during the boat scene... chasing bond, lots of shots, still chasing james, anchor, boom everybody's gone..!?! how on earth did that happen. Please let me know, I am dying to found out. Maybe I need to see the film once more (I was sitting in one of the front rows, which is not the best position to watch this action flick (with all the shaking), but I have to say I expected more, it is a James Bond for crying out loud! Cheerio T. ps I did like the Bond girls by the way...
Thijs on Nov 12, 2008
Since when was Daniel Craig a Jew, Shawn Gregory? Anyway, the scene at the end of Tosca was brilliant and very well filmed.
Dan on Nov 12, 2008
You're mad. 9/10 for a film which is just seemless action, with little resolved plot in what turns out to be essentially a filler movie? A movie which ends with the only intention but to carry on the story into a third movie? This is nowhere near on the level of Goldeneye, and to clame-so is an insult.
Stuart Mellor on Nov 12, 2008
Alex, not a fan of your dismissal of the people who don't like this as just not being as big a bond fan as you. What's that like a 4 year old's criticism of other 4 year olds? Glad you enjoyed it though. I, as a mega fan of all bond films and most of the books, found Quantum of Solace horrendously disappointing. Not in the same league as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. But of course better than the other Brosnans It lacked any kind of cohesion and is, as most people criticise, a poorly done Bourne knock off. Which is a huge shame. Daniel Craig is still awesome though, but a boring villain and boring bond girls = not a good bond film
mikesta on Nov 12, 2008
WOW!!! so much exchange of heated words. great for Alex ... :p ... great for Daniel Craig & great for EON productions. 1st off ... like Alex I'm a big Bond fan. my fav is Connery, then followed by Brosnan. 2ndly, I never mentioned about judaism. I mentioned Jewish. A jew also has the right not to practise judaism. Jews can be Christians, Buddhists or just a cool swingin 'free thinker'. Even if they're half Jews, they're still warmly welcome by their community. But one thing to note .... 'Jews always help the jews.' DC might be half Jew. Anyways, the franchise owners - Michael G Wilson & Barbara Broccoli are Jews .... or at least half Jew. I bet most of you don't know that James Stewart was Jew. Hollywood studios are owned by Jews. they run the movie industry in the U.S. I just did an academic paper for my Masters in Mass Comm, and it was about Jewish Influences in Hollywood. WOW, the Nickolodeon in the early days of the movie industry was created by them .... the Jews. Check out the '1999 Chanukah Song'. It has a list of Actors who are Jewish .... half blooded or Full Blooded. the song is also written by Adam Sandler ... another Jew. My favorite Jewish celebrities - Ben Stiller, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stan Lee, Robert Downey Jr & Harrison Ford. Damn! even my 2 fav movies for 2008 has Jew written all over it. Iron Man: Jon Fareauv, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey Jr & MARVEL. Sex & the City: The whole cast, the writers, producers and director ...except for Jennifer hudson. Lastly, back to Bond. I've never bad mouth people and I think Alex has his opinions too. just like the rest. I don't need anyone to believe me and i have Jewish buddies & friends from all over the world. They're all smart, fun loving and very hard working people. Whether Bond is Jewish or not is not the big deal. What's important is that Bond is relevant in this new millennium & people still crowd the cineplexes to catch him on the big screen. Just caught it again about 2 hrs ago, .... 'Another Way to Die' is slowly crawling under my skin.
Shawn Gregory on Nov 12, 2008
@ Shawn you have no clue what you are talking about. Why are you even on this site? And the same goes for Fitsou. Is your comments serious. So the whole movie was him running on rooftops huh? There was no other action? How old are you? It's nice to see people still are watching pokemon. I try not to bash people but I am having one of those days so people go watch your pokemon and shut your mouth. Honestly your commenting on someones haircut in the movie...post a picture of yourself and let us comment on yours, maybe your haircut is the reason you suck at life. Anyways, I am really hyped to see this bond movie. If It's any where near as good as Casino Royale then I will be happy 😀
Curtis G on Nov 12, 2008
Seen it and liked it very much. A slick, ruthless, parred to the bone Bond that delivers on its own terms. Prefered it to Casino Royale as that (to me) ran out of steam towards the end. Craig doesn't emote much, but he still has amazing presence in the role. He's a great Bond. Good stuff. 8/10
sleepykid on Nov 12, 2008
There is no DOUBT Daniel is a good bond.
JoeG on Nov 12, 2008
I totally agree with you. 9/10. But I thought Casino Royale was better. I can't say this enough, Olga Kurylenko is HOT!!!
The Awsome Dude With Sunglasses on Nov 12, 2008
The question is was it the best Bond movie ever ? and if you gave this 9/10 then as so many people mentioned that Casino Royal was better then Casino Royal must get 10/10 !!!? am I right ? Then how the hell you gave a rating like that over a movie ? Action ? Story ? Directing ? Do you gaveit 9/10 reference to what ? do you put it ganist action movies or just Bond movies or againt all the movies that has been done until now ? I don't need your answer just I want you to learn how to consider the rating of a movie what does 9/10 mean to you and what 10/10 mean to you ? hope everyone just take in mind that it is not easy to just give 9/10 to a movie without thinking about what 9/10 mean !!!!
Kill the Batman on Nov 12, 2008
In thailand, this movie started 5th, Nov. *In Japan, next year...umm the scene cutting is too fast for me, but I enjoyed it. I prefer it to Casino Royale. http://www.taideomou.com/archives/50755227.html
taku /japanese on Nov 12, 2008
I`m completely agree with you. QoS is just the next chapter of the new Bond Trilogy. I look forward to see Bond 23 to see the end of the history. I just hope to find some more 007 cliches in the next movie (gadgets, a new moneypenny or something like that. I've just have one critic. I need more James Bond theme in the Original soundtrack. Casino Royale score was much better and intense. Regards from Spain
Jorge on Nov 12, 2008
This was a good movie, and although some think it wasn't "Bond-ish" enough, it brought the character into a whole new realm. Bond has always been a larger-than-life character, and always seemed to escape every situation unscathed. With "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solice" we finally get to see a real flesh and blood Bond. As much as I loved most of the cheese that was in the old 007 movies, I'm digging the new take. Gone are the goofy gadgets, and over the top action sequences. The new movies have pleanty of "unbeliveable" stunts and sequences, but they are done with a more serious tone. That tone, is a welcome addition to the Bond franchise. You can compare "Quantum of Solice" to the Bourne movies, and that's fine. Those are great flicks, and they've made the whole action genre take notes. The comparison just proves that the producers wanted to make Bond relevant and current, and they've shown that they don't want Bond to become a relic of the past. I have to admit: I personally think Daniel Craig is the best Bond. He's like a pitbull at times, but he can be smooth and charming as well. He's like an updated version of Connery's Bond, but darker, and brooding. He should be. The reality is that Bond has to kill people, and that wouldn't make a normal person very happy.
TCox on Nov 12, 2008
Does any movie ever get a 10 out of 10 rating? This movie seemed almost perfect to me so why the 9 rating?
James on Nov 12, 2008
you are bullshit alex....first of all there are 22 + QS= 23. know what you love mate. you didn't think casino was the best bond., c'mon. it was perfect. I watch the opening chase scene on HD every chance I get., may be you love more of action stuff than drama/dialogue. whatever. here I come midnight show...whoowoooohoooo!
SCAR on Nov 12, 2008
quantum of solace was the complete opposite 2 what i was expecting . PILE OF SHIT. it was a complete u-turn to casino royale. stunts .fighting . over the top except 4 one fight in a small room were bond killed the guy on the balllony . fuck . at one point i tough i was watchin a superman jackie chan cross over. jesus. . they done everything they avoided doin in casino royal. and that was a pile of shit. i havent enjoyed a bond film since the connery and moore days with a exception for dalton. and bronsan only done one good well ok bond film and it wasnt goldeneye. that jumping aeroplance scene . come on as if that was 2 really make us belive they were doing that. car chase at tstart was shit and boring with two ok crashes.
keith on Nov 12, 2008
I disagree completely with that 9/10. Casino Royale was a truly 10/10 or - for someone who is kinda bitter - maaaaybe a 9/10, but Quantum of Solace, really, deserves a 7 AT MOST. I consider the whole movie is about "blocks": we have one boring block, then an over the top action block, then a boring block, then another unjustified action block and so on. The villains pretty much suck. That Fields agent-Bond chick sucks. The WHOLE STORY SUCKS (that is the worst point that I have). I mean, not all of it is that bad, but I think in the overall feeling, the 7 is just because this is a Bond movie and no Bond movie deserves less than that (eeh... including the Moore movies, but come on, take consideration of the time context!). After The Dark Knight, this was my bet, and today, after seeing it, I'm not a winner... damn.
Jorge Leiner on Nov 12, 2008
I agree with #33 If The Dark Knight is 10/10 does Quantum of Solace deserve 9/10 ? Good Point Kill the Batman
Neil on Nov 12, 2008
Hey Alex, I can imagine how you feel when people start 'childishly' condemning your comments and your view of the movie. Thanks to the immatured fools for their 'kind' words. After watching QoS twice, here is my 2 cents worth summary. 1. Story = 5/10 2. Bond = 6/10 3. Action = 8/10 4. M = 9/10 5. Bond Girl Camille = 9/10. 6. Sets = 9/10 7. Location = 10/10 Things I liked about the movie = It continued smoothly from CR. It played tribute to Goldfinger, Moonraker & a couple of its predecessors. Bond's mobile phone. Bond was always dirty & bleeding after the fights. M had more dialogue. Great Locations. Things I hated about the movie = Bond didn't speak much. Bond is blonde. Too few seduction scenes as compared to its predecessors. Not many Babes .... c'mon, an ugly MILF getting a tan? The traditional barrel scene where bond walks across, ... from right to left, then makes a sharp left turn to shoot his gun at the audience. Wasn't convincing for me. DC is slowly growing into Bond ..... his own way. Sorry, but I'm still a big fan of Connery & Brosnan. However, I'm curious to know if DC will be having more dialogue lines in future as well as more seduction scenes with the Bond girls. But I'm glad to know that Bond is still around .... as Bond says in his final line of QoS ... ' I never left.'
Shawn Gregory on Nov 12, 2008
the movie sucked! It wasn't a JamesBond movie, THAT, I am sure. Please EON Productions, give us back a real Bond, James Bond, not that dwarf with no style, no class, and with that same sad expression on his face. 9/10 for a film like that??? What would you give to Citizen Kane or Barry Lyndon?? Please rinse your eyes and clean your ears Alex!!! lol Or maybe you are paid by Eon Productions??? I believe more in that, since I enjoy reading your other articles. Other possibility, you wanted to attract a large series of new comments and you wrote something you didn't believe in a second!!!!
Sylvain (from Paris) on Nov 12, 2008
Alex, I thoroughly agree with the way you approached your review. I myself am a huge Bond fan from Fleming's novels to each cinematic interpretation of the character to suit the times. Arguments about who is best bond and which is the best bond movie are a very sensitive matters for many die hard Bond fans which can lead to bitterness and resentment as can be seen from most of the comments made of QOS and your review. As with any Bond film and any Bond actor, QOS has its strong points and weak points. The film is virtually humorless, a direction the producers of the cinematic Bond has toyed with in the past - Licence to kill; the theme song is forgettable; action was sacrificed for character development; the inter cut of fight scenes with other events - the Tosca performance and so many more negatives that can be found about QOS & Daniel Craig's interperation of bond that would make most moviegoers blood boil. But for me, being a bond fan means being able to slip into the character's shoes through the Bond actor's performance and the tone of the movie - it's that escapism that movies, especially Bond movies allow us. When I want the mood and tone of Connery, Moore, Dalton or Bronson or Craig I can watch one of their movies and be totally immersed into the character and the movie. No Bond actor is perfect; no Bond movie is perfect - we all have our favorites. But for me, Ian Fleming's literary creation will always live on in the movies as long as the franchise produced don't tweak the Bond formula too much. That's what being a Bond fan is, at least to me - enjoying the movies of the past and looking forward to future installments.
Wendell AB on Nov 12, 2008
#38 Scar there are 22 OFFICIAL Bond movies in total....Quantum is the 22nd....get your facts right before you criticise. The movie "Never say Never again" is NOT an official bond movie even though it stars Sean Connery as James Bond. There was a rival company that brought out a "Knock Off" Bond Movie where the producers basically remade "Thunderball" as they only had the rights to that particular story. If you watch that movie you will see that they have not used anything related to the Bond franchise (the Bond theme, gadgets, characters...etc) even the structure of the film had to be made so that it had no connection to the Cubby Broccoli version of Ian Flemings 007. They had the name and the story and that was that!
vegasdanny on Nov 12, 2008
Gonna wait for this on DVD.
avoidz on Nov 12, 2008
I'm a massive Bond fan... but this was NOT a good Bond movie. Casino Royale is light years better than this movie. This one features extremely poor character development (who gives a flying flip about Olga Kurylenko's Camille? She was horribly wooden and couldn't act), poorly edited action sequences (intercutting a fight scene with a horse race? intercutting a shootout with an opera?), and extremely, Extremely, EXTREMELY lame expository dialogue! "What's that sound?" "Oh, those are the fuel cells that power this place." "Sounds unstable." Gee, will these fuel cells explode? I wonder. Ugh, I really was let down with this one. And calling this the "best Bond since GoldenEye" is like saying "Hey! Batman Begins is the best Batman since Batman Forever!" Right. Because all the others sucked. 9 out of 10 Alex? I'm disappointed.
Kevin Kelly on Nov 13, 2008
hi there, I am not from Netherlands, nor am i from any region specially likes QoS but there are aspects of the latest Bond that i like and dislike 😀 i have read most of the comments on Alex's review. i agree with some and disagree with some. here goes nothing :F Bond: first of all I like the new tone of the Bond, he is meaner, rougher. but he is at the first steps of his career. and he has been hit very hard at his heart on his very first mission the way even he wasnt aware that he could be hurt that much. so he is still hurting, hence the tough face, hard manners. he is still a lumber that will in time will be shaped to what we have read in the novels and seen in the previous movies. he will get to be gentler, more lightmooded as time passes and matures and see the true nature of his JOB. he is one mean hellova spy so he will learn to make jokes to be charming not only by his rough goodlooks but also keen sense of perception and intelligence 😀 and we cant be too hard on him that he has no sense of humor, tht he hasnt smiled. he has joked with verper and smiled with her. come on man he is hurting you cant expect someone to smile right after his first love of his life gal has died so that he can live...so give the guy some credit... but that doesnt mean i miss Brosnan's charm, nor Connery's charisma, Moore's humor but he has one notion that he has that he can use: he is physically able to achieve all those feats. he can throw a punch when need arise just as well as take one 😀 Gadgets: thank god there arenot any childish gadgets. i am happy that the ones that he is using actually believable and logical. the girls: well he is bond afterall he gets to have darn cute and hot chicks, which i believe where good choices both in CR and QoS the score: come on man QoS score was the worst ever. there was no bond spirit in it. sorry but nopes, its a thumb down the action: i am happy with the direction of the two movies action style. since he was on revenge fueled mission i can relate to his harsh tactics and the fight scenes were good, the car chases the freerunnings were all top notch. this Bond takes a more direct method in dealing with the baddies, but as i referred before, he is new to business. he will learn the value of a baddy that can sing valuable info. lastly the comparison of the latest bond flicks i grade them equal since they are imo one story divided in two. so when is the third new bond movie due?? 😀 we should expect a Bond who should be getting in to the role a bit more and tone down his brute force and bring out the sneaky agent. or may be he is destined to be something more ??? we will wait and see 😀 cheers burak
burak on Nov 13, 2008
god, bond week? this movie sucked. You're a nice guy, but your taste is for shit.
Marsen on Nov 13, 2008
It seems like it is a big setup for the next film, there are some great action sequences. My theater didn't really clap that much after the film was over, but apparently the other theater booed the film. Personally I would give it about a 7 out of 10. The story seems rushed and Amalric is an average villain. There are times when I felt that he wasn't even necessary. Craig is superb. The action is excellent, but isn't as relentless as some reviews say it is. I hope that the sequel will be better than this. Go see the film. It is worth the price of admission, but do not expect the same caliber that Casino Royale was at. If you walk into the theater thinking that it will be the same experience that Casino Royale was you will be disappointed some what, so try not to think about it and you will enjoy the movie.
Michael Radley on Nov 13, 2008
Thank god the director is not coming back. There was way too much focus on the action, which (and this is the worst part) you can barely tell what's exactly happening and who is who. It's close-up, fast-cut, shaky-cam, editing. It was skipping over stuff. It was very irritating. It's sad because there was some great choreography that you only get a hint of and I'm sure a lot was thrown out so we could see some blur. Casino Royale did it perfect. It was fluid. You didn't feel like you where sandwiched inbetween to guys but a spectator. You seen it play out from a comfortable angle and knew exactly what was happening. Which made the action a whole lot better.
Bill on Nov 14, 2008
Alex's Rating: 9 out of 10 ! What does that mean ? #33 got a point there over what you give such a rating ?
mike smith on Nov 14, 2008
How can you say that movie was good? I stayed up to see the midnight showing. And i was disappointed. The movie had so many lose ends to the plot, and more of what was the point of that movie? It was even shorter then most Bond movies. That and wheres the famous line "I'm Bond, James Bond." BOOO!!! I WANT A BETTER MOVIE! I give it a 4/10.
Ariel on Nov 14, 2008
This was NOT a good movie. Yes, it was entertaining but the story was weak and the action sequences were no where near as good as Casino. I left feeling flat and kind of cheated. Not much depth to any of the characters or the story. Bond is basically just chasing the same guy all over the map. Could have been Should have been Way better.
zeerocool on Nov 14, 2008
Its time dat sum of us die hard fans accept that Daniel Craig is but himself and after watching the movie he has all but given us a new Bond. Its really lovely to watch him go against all odds JUST TO CATCH THE REAL CULPRIT. Gadgets and Q we may miss, yet 100 mins were no less entertaining and maybe its true we wanted more but that is wen Bond says........"Next time,mate"...........& really quite an improvement over CASINO dis one is very recommendable for those who are very new to the superspy.....(Just a CAUTION WATCH Casino Royale first or you may be wondering who's VESPER LYND.......and of course watch dem back to back....you may not dislike Casino R...... after all).
Darknature on Nov 14, 2008
Critical opinion looks pretty split on this; I'm a bit surprised that Rotten Tomatoes has declared it certified fresh with a 66% Tomatometer. I'm not really a Bond fan (only saw GoldenEye and Casino Royale), but when I go to action movies, I know that I'm not expecting much in the way of plot or nuanced character development. I'm expecting stuff go boom. I rather pity Marc Forster; Casino Royale is a really tough act to follow. But it doesn't surprise me that he's so different from the Connery and Moore Bonds--in fact, I'm glad he is, and hope to see him in transition from the gritty Bond of the first movie to the smooth, wisecracking Bond of later stories. Some of the negative reviews have lowered my expectations a bit, but I'm still looking forward to a good time.
Lady Aerin on Nov 15, 2008
I thought it was a good film but was expecting more . I give it a 6.5 out of ten. I wonder how much different the next Bond film will be . They changed to much Bond atmosphere and character if you ask me .
italkfilm on Nov 15, 2008
Quantum of Solace was entertaining for sure, but sometimes i got the feeling that the movie was making fun of itself... everywhere pane of glass Bond crosses was broken, he can't get a gallon of milk from the store without it turning into a chase scene, and every time he punches someone in the face, they die
Patrick on Nov 16, 2008
There were alot of great moments (e.g. Agent Mitchell shooting at Bond and M, Bond interrupting the conversation of The Organization at the opera, etc) but these didn't make up for the lack of attention to the narrative. The short running time, in comparison to Casino Royale, leads me to believe that a great portion of the story was left on the editing room floor, although the reason remains unclear. Given Casino Royale's incredible success, you would think the studio would try to emulate it in every way possible. The reason why Casino Royale was so great, and subsequently did so well, is because it was a great drama, first and foremost. Every scene relied upon conflict and suspense as its driving force. The story, although simple (to beat Le Chiffe in a poker game and bring him in for questioning), had many sub-plots and was executed brilliantly. The acting was fantastic, the scenes between Daniel Craig and Eva Green were terrific. And if you can recall, the action scenes were far between (albeit they were all incredible). Quantum of Solace, on the other hand, relied upon action scenes to be the driving force of the film. They were all good, but not fantastic. The cinematography of the car chase that opens the film, which was too close and fast moving, combined with the lightning fast editing did it a major disservice. These same techniques (a la Jason Bourne) were used throughout the entire film, unfortunately. The plot of the film was not bad, it a lot of promise, but because it was given so little consideration (in the final cut) it suffered. Given all of my criticism of the film one would think I disliked it, but in fact I enjoyed the film. It should be noted that I am not a newcomer to the Bond series; I am not one of those people whom Alex mentioned that jumped aboard the series with Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace is head and shoulders above all of the Pierce Brosnan films (save Golden Eye) but it is not nearly on the same level as Casino Royale.
Keith on Nov 16, 2008
imo, not a 9/10. but a 7-8/10 would be sufficient enough. I really like the new bond, although in the beginning i was against Daniel Craig. I've really liked the way he's added much more deeper turmoil and emotions into the character. Sure, Pierce Brosnan is the pretty boy, but Daniel Craig can get with the nitty-gritty.
kLuk on Nov 16, 2008
That's right, everyone disagrees with your review because they are a Bond fan like you are. Come on. I feel like I'm a Bond fan like you are, and I'm sure there are a lot of other people who have been die hard Bond fans like you and I are since the film series started. Hence it being so popular. That's one thing that really disturbs me about your writings on this site, you make everything so freaking personal and you get pissy when people rip you for it. Maybe take a more editorial position, a more objective point of view, and people will take you more seriously. So the next time a franchise installment of any series you hold close to your heart comes out, you don't have to make it seem like you're a self-righteous tool whose opinion should be the absolute truth on whether the film is good or not. You have to realize, you are a film goer just like most of your readers, the same kind of film goer who just happens to have a website and get insider info(most of which can be read through HW reporter or variety) with your speciality being that you go to a lot of Film Festivals, which is great. Take your ego out of the equation, or else your feelings are going to continue to be hurt, like with the whole "Thor" and "Reader" debacle. This all being said, I love reading your stuff, your insider info is the most thorough and aligned with my own tastes on the web!
Lincoln on Nov 17, 2008
9/10 is just fucking crazy, this movie was god awful. It doesn't deserve anything higher than a 5.5/10
Steven on Nov 17, 2008
I thought this movie was great. Though it did have its drawbacks. I thought the director skimped on character development a little, but not too much. I noticed a lot of the development was very subtle and maybe that's what all the detractors are yelling about. Some people need it to be shoved in their faces. The lack of humor was understandable, like someone earlier pointed out, he just lost the love of his life and is struggling to cope with the emotional detachment that his job requires. In the next movie I am sure the traditional bond aspects that we have come to love from Connery, Moore, and Dalton will start to emerge. I think a moneypenny character entering MI6 is down the road as well as the development of the Q branch. But seriously, with all these so called Bond fans on this message board how did not a single person mention the best part of this movie, the background story of SPECTRE! they never mentioned it outright which I think makes it even better, but what else can this powerful society that is everywhere and nowhere be but my beloved SPECTRE. I have grown up with Bond. My dad was a huge bond fan and I have seen every movie. I can't wait to see how the next few Craig films inch toward him becoming the Bond we know and love. Also on a side note, I recently read the book Devil May Care, with Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming and it was great! I literally couldn't put the book down and read it all over the short span of a vacation. It takes place at the extreme opposite of the Daniel Craig movies, after all the other movies with Bond toward the twilight of his career so they probably won't get around to making it while Craig is still bond, but I sincerely hope it gets made. Probably one of the best bond stories I have ever read.
Zimm on Nov 17, 2008
I thought it was great. There's so much more of the story to tell there better be a third movie with Craig. Everything about the guy is badass! Everyone did a great job working on this film.
Marius on Nov 18, 2008
It's not just a terrible Bond movie, it's a terrible movie. Marc Forster was great in "Neverland" or playing with "Kites".... but I guess that as a German man, Bond is not his "cup of tea"!! lol
Sylvain (from Paris) on Nov 19, 2008
Close to my heart? Franchise that I love?? Please. Critics of this Bond movie are perfectly correct in their negative views. The plot was shallow and could have done with some of this reviewer's excessive emotion.
M on Nov 21, 2008
This movie is really really bad. The actions sequences are impossible to follow The plot is dreadful The producers have no shame. It's very very weak.
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Alex, completly agreed. This is my favourite Bond. Shawn, this Bond has indeed charisma. All I have hated Bond´s stories of the past years, is the role of women, didn´t see at all why they went to bed with mr. Bond. In this story, I 100% understand it. I would have done the same. And a fan of the books I am, this film and the Casino Royale seem to me the most respectful ones with the original story.
Ana on Nov 27, 2008
9/10 is a the score I would give it, had I just walked out of the theatre. It had so much action, emotional moments, and an unbelievable HOT Bond girl that I thought it was the best movie I had ever seen. Now that I take a closer look, I would have to rate it an 8. While all of the above were in it and comprised most of the movie, These things kept my score down: -Dominic Greene is one of the best villians in years, but he never had time to prove himself. He had a decent amount of screen time, but I wanted to learn more about him and what he does. -What is Quantum? Mr. White said they have people everywhere and he wasn't kidding (there was even someone in the room!). Also, how many high-end people are in this (crime?) organization? Le Chiffre, Mr. White, Dominic Greene, the Prime Minister's assistant advisor, some owner of a mining facility in Russia, Vesper's boyfriend, and even M's bodyguard. They better explain this in the third installment. -Was not long enough. the 109 minute run-time flys by at a brsk pace. Though it may seem long the story was not developed enough and (Strawberry?) Field's role was too limited. She appeared, then died within a short time-span. Overall, I thought this is one of the three MUST SEE movies of 2008, next to TDK and Tropic Thunder. Better action than a Bourne movie, and has the most heart of any Bond movie to date. Craig is the best Bond in franchise history, and he has the box office and critics to prove it. He injured Mr. White, killed Mr. Greene. Bond 23: steals Mr.Blue's soul
brad on Nov 29, 2008
I haven't read all the reviews prior to mine, but it seems that most think it was worth a 9 out of 10. Unfortunately I have to disagree. The plot was weak, the script was horrible, and the camera work during the action scenes looked like it was filmed during an earthquake. I couldn't tell what was going on or who was being punched, kicked, thrown, shot, etc.... There was no spy work, no espionage, no mystery, and no sex appeal. Bottom line, it wasn't Bond enough for me. I hope they get getter from here......
chad on Nov 30, 2008
James Bond is all like "pew pew pew" in this movie. 10/10
Awesomesauce on Dec 4, 2008
Wow. Just wow. I think I hate you. No. I know it.
JimBob on Dec 5, 2008
OK. Perhaps my last comments were really a review of Casino not having seen QoS. Now I have seen it and there are so many problems with it I do not know where to begin. All the chases are herkey, jerky, shaky stuccato film clips. You can never really see what is going on. This is contrary to the taditional Bond flick replete with detail. And if Craig is gritty, moody, mean & vindictive one can still see a path by which he becomes a cooler if not cold uber-professional agent with a dry, sardonic sense of humor. Even the opening chase, usually one of the best, is almost visually incomprehensible. Certainly they were purloined from the Bourne genre but somehow Bourne's were more believable. The opening graphics were not as bad as I feared, but were definitely not 007 quality. Far too much of Craig shooting his Walther PPK .380; (don't make me go into why that is a problem). We have grown accustomed to the sultry, sexual/sensual and awesome graphical intro to the Bond films. This one was not of the same caliber. Ditto on the theme song. I was fearing worse and it was actually passable relating somewhat to the general theme of the film. The barrel scene was placed at the end of the film. I prefer the beginning but in either case it should be presented with high quality graphics and punctuated with 007 theme song riffs. It was not. Lots of chases. Most are barely watchable. I actually liked the reference to the traditional 13th century Italian Palio horse race in which the riders can use their longer wooden canes to encourage their steeds or discourage their oponents; and the actual event was supposed to be occuring outside of the chase area. The knife fight was lame. How did the baddie die anyhow? Please tell me not with the little pair of cuticle scissors Bond had. And if the death blow was to the only wounded area shown, the left jugular, where did all the blood go as Bond let him 'bleed out'. Not worry the details because we are soon introduced to THE BOND GIRL. Well, a little anti-climatic because she is not quite as attractive as we are used to although she has very pretty lips. The rest of her seems strangely disporportionate for some reason. It's also strange that she would return to the baddie who just tried to have her whacked. That has little probability for success for someone who we later learn is "Bolivian Secret Service". Oh well, not to worry, we are off on another chase, this time with boats. It is perhaps the best done but for the last scene in which the grappling hook is somehow thrown onto the rubber speed boat and flips it from the front of Bond's boat over the top to the rear...... can't quite figure the physics out on that one. Not to worry, we've docked and Bond mysteriously hands the unconscious maiden who he has just rescued over to a dock attendent...what? Well were off to track this baddie and somehow reconnected with the GIRL in Bolvia where we eventually learn that the baddie, Mr. Greene of the evil Greene corporation in conjunction with the even eviler Quantum Criminal Consortiuum LLC has concocted a plot wreaking with the venom of true corporate greed, evil captialism and nefarious financier-ship; to wit, steal all the fresh water in where? Why Bolivia of course and sell it back to them Bolivans at double the price! MUAHHAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh). We learn at a big party that times are tough in Bolvia because it is costing a weeks wages for an average Bolvian to buy a gallon of clean water! As I remember, the average Bolvian earns about $0.25 per day making the water cost about $1.75 a gallon; pretty much on par with market values in Cleveland. Perhaps this is not the best country for our get richer quicker scheme. No matter, we are off to the evil opera where the evil baddies are meeting to plan, well, evil. This is where we reference a modernistic version of the Tosca operatic bloodshed whilst Bond dabbles in the real thing dispatching the body guards of the evil biggies who, now discovered, are making a hasty retreat for the exits faster than attendees at an Al Gore speech. No matter, while in Bolivia we are matroned by the closest thing to a real Bond girl, agent Fields. Unfortunately we never really figure out what is beneath that trenchcoat although it appears that Bond does. Also unfortunately for Fields and us, she is quickly eliminated by the baddies in what can only be termed as a 'crude' theft of the Goldfinger movie. I would have expected more of a mess but why waste camera time on the slickened Fields when you can spend it on bathroom scenes with....who else....M. Perhaps the most difficult what seemed like 15 minutes of the film was watching M in her bathrobe apply & remove cold creme. The threat itself would have sent Mr. Greene into pro bono philanthropy. Not finished with us yet, M draws her bath and the tension in the theater built noticably as we all began to fear that we would be greeted with an au natural scene of her slipping out of the robe into the tub. Fortunately we were spared that experience (wait for the unedited version coming to DVD soon!). However, it just calls into question what fob with a mommy complex of some sort is calling the shots in these films. M continues to demostrate why she should not be "M" vacillating from suspecting Bond to needing him back in 00 some 4-5 times during the movie. We did get a glimpse into the possible personality of M's hubby when he meekly announced, "the calls for you dear on your private line". Whatever. M may welcome Bond back with open arms or have him captured or killed, no matter, the BOND GIRL is rescuing Bond in her getaway car, a 1964 VW Beetle. I guess the Bolivian Secret Service does not get to roll like the 00's in MI6. At least it was a 40HP! No matter. We are now off to a hotel in the middle of a high plains Bolvian desert. Time to charter a plain...no, not the little Beachcraft Bonanza. Choose the DC-3 with a load of cargo on board. Watch out though, you'll get shot down by the Bolvian Air Force in a single engine Cessna. I guess the BAF doesn't get to roll like the 00's at MI6 either. No matter because we are both jumping out of this crate with the only parachute. Somehow everything turns out ok because the chute opens about 20 feet off of our LZ, a nice big soft slab of granite. Its off the the hotel to find the baddies. The hotel, located in the high plains desert of Bolvia, is called the Plaza del Sol. It is completely self-sufficient and powered by...solar....no you idiot, hydrogen fuel cells. In fact, each room appears to have its own hydrogen fuel cell and its accompanying hydrogen supply tank. The maids must make your bed and refill your hydrogen tank when they replace the shampoo in the bath, I guess. Naturally the hotel, located in the high plains Bolvian desert is made substantially of steel & stone. Unfortunately, the steel & stone in Bolvia is not quite as durable as the steel & stone you and I have grown to love as we discover when Bond causes a baddie car to crash through a wall igniting a hydrogen tank. The rest of the hydrogen tanks ignite sequentially. Darn it, I hate when that happens, you just can't get good hydrogen tanks anymore. Again, unfortunately, the Bolvian steel & stone burns more like paper mache. Bond battles the Greene baddie but aborts to rescue the BOND GIRL who is caught up in her own subplot vendetta too trite to be explained here. You would be better off waiting for this to hit DVD. At least then you can slo-mo or replay the chase scenes making sense of them, spend more time with the slick Agent Fields and most importantly, FFW or skip over M's bathroom escapades. You have been warned.
s on Dec 8, 2008
now i am a big fan of Bond but i feel they have made too many films they should have stopped before casino royal it was just boring
chuck on Dec 8, 2008
Without a doubt, Connery & Brosnan were the gold standard of Bond & my darkest days where during Moore’s farcical portrayal of our favorite 00. So I am pre-disposed not to accept Craig as a bone fide replacement. But even in both movies, Craig is not the problem, the producers & directors are. OK. Perhaps my last comments were really a review of Casino not having seen QoS. Now I have seen it and there are so many problems with it I do not know where to begin. All the chases are herky, jerky, shaky staccato film clips. You can never really see what is going on. This is contrary to the traditional Bond flick replete with detail. And if Craig is gritty, moody, mean & vindictive one can still see a path by which he becomes a cooler if not a cold, uber-professional agent with a dry, sardonic sense of humor. This Bond clearly appeals to a feminine perspective that escapes me. I understood him not becoming 'involved' with the other women in the 2 flicks as having high standards and was at least relieved to see his response to Fields as, what we would term a normal orientation! (The women seem to love that Bond does NOT 'hook up' with the main girl in either film and broods ceaselessly like a forlorn Hamlet for his unrequited lover from Casino). Even the opening chase, usually one of the best, is almost visually incomprehensible. Car chase, rooftop chase, sewer chase, apartment knife fight chase, boat chase, plane chase, Chase-Morgan, certainly they all were purloined from the Bourne genre but somehow Bourne's were more believable. The opening graphics were not as bad as I feared, but were definitely not 007 quality. Far too much of Craig shooting his Walther PPK .380; (don't make me go into why that is a problem). We have grown accustomed to the sultry, sexual/sensual and awesome graphical intro to the Bond films. This one was not of the same caliber. Ditto on the theme song. It was not a good as past songs but I was fearing worse and it was actually passable relating somewhat to the general theme of the film. The barrel scene was placed at the end of the film. I prefer the beginning but in either case it should be presented with high quality graphics and punctuated with 007 theme song riffs. It was not. Lots of chases. Most are barely watchable. I actually liked the reference to the traditional 13th century Italian Palio horse race in which the riders can use their longer wooden canes to encourage their steeds or discourage their opponents; and the actual event was supposed to be occurring outside of the chase area. The knife fight was lame. How did the baddie die anyhow? Please tell me not with the little pair of cuticle scissors Bond had. And if the death blow was to the only wounded area shown, the left jugular, where did all the blood go as Bond let him 'bleed out'. Not to worry the details because we are soon introduced to THE BOND GIRL. Well, a little anti-climatic because she is not quite as attractive as we are used to although she has very pretty lips. The rest of her seems strangely disproportionate for some reason. It's also strange that she would return to the baddie who just tried to have her whacked. That has little probability for success for someone who we later learn is "Bolivian Secret Service". Oh well, not to worry, we are off on another chase, this time with boats. It is perhaps the best done but for the last scene in which the grappling hook is somehow thrown onto the rubber speed boat and flips it from the front of Bond's boat over the top to the rear...... can't quite figure the physics out on that one. Not to worry, we've docked and Bond mysteriously hands the unconscious maiden who he has just rescued over to a dock attendant...what? Well were off to track this baddie and somehow reconnected with the GIRL in Bolivia where we eventually learn that the baddie, Mr. Greene of the evil Greene corporation in conjunction with the even eviler Quantum Criminal Consortium LLC has concocted a plot wreaking with the venom of true corporate greed, evil capitalism and nefarious financier-ship; to wit, steal all the fresh water in where? Why Bolivia of course and sell it back to them Bolivians at double the price! MUAHHAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh). We learn at a big party that times are tough in Bolivia because it is costing a weeks wages for an average Bolivian to buy a gallon of clean water! As I remember, the average Bolivian earns about $0.25 per day making the water cost about $1.75 a gallon; pretty much on par with market values in Cleveland. Perhaps this is not the best country for our get richer quicker scheme. No matter, we are off to the evil opera where the evil baddies are meeting to plan, well, evil. This is where we juxtapose a modernistic version of the Tosca operatic bloodshed whilst Bond dabbles in the real thing dispatching the body guards of the evil biggies who, now discovered & uncovered, are making a hasty retreat for the exits faster than attendees at an Al Gore speech. No matter, while in Bolivia we are matroned by the closest thing to a real Bond girl, agent Fields. Unfortunately we never really figure out what is beneath that trenchcoat although it appears that Bond does. Also unfortunately for Fields and us, she is quickly eliminated by the baddies in what can only be termed as a 'crude' theft of the Goldfinger modus operandi. I would have expected more of a mess but why waste camera time on the slickened Fields when you can spend it on bathroom scenes with....who else....M of course. Perhaps the most difficult what seemed to be15 minutes of the film (as if minutes were hours Mr. Spock) was watching M in her bathrobe apply & remove cold creme. The threat itself would have sent Mr. Greene permanently into pro bono philanthropy. Not finished with us yet, M draws her bath and the tension in the theater built noticeably as we all began to fear that we would be greeted with an au natural scene of her slipping out of the robe into the tub. Fortunately we were spared that experience (wait for the unedited version coming to DVD soon!). However, it just calls into question what fob with a mommy complex of some sort is calling the shots in these films. M continues to demonstrate why she should not be "M" vacillating from suspecting Bond to needing him back in 00 some 4-5 times during the movie. We did get a glimpse into the possible personality of M's hubby when he meekly announced, "the calls for you dear on your private line". Whatever. M may welcome Bond back with open arms or have him captured or killed, no matter, the BOND GIRL is rescuing Bond in her getaway car, a 1964 VW Beetle. I guess the Bolivian Secret Service does not get to roll like the 00's in MI6. At least it was a 40HP! No matter. We are now off to a hotel in the middle of a high plains Bolivian desert. Time to charter a plane...no, not the little Beachcraft Bonanza that would actually be faster and more maneuverable. Choose the DC-3 with a load of cargo on board. Watch out though, you'll get shot down by the Bolvian Air Force in a single engine Marchetti SIA1 (which I have been corrected on and is a fast little number) I guess the BAF doesn't get to roll like the 00's at MI6 either. No matter because they are both jumping out of that crate with the only parachute. Somehow everything turns out ok after wrestling for 10,000 feet with the BOND GIRL & parachute falling at 120 MPH because the chute opens 20 feet off of our LZ, a nice big soft slab of granite. BTW, the BOND GIRL walks for miles on granite stones in her bare feat…she’s a hearty lass. It’s off the hotel to find the baddies. The hotel, located in the high plains desert of Bolivia, is called the Plaza del Sol. It is completely self-sufficient and powered by...solar....no you idiot, hydrogen fuel cells. In fact, each room appears to have its own hydrogen fuel cell and its accompanying hydrogen supply tank. The maids must make your bed and refill your hydrogen tank when they replace the shampoo in the bath, I guess. Naturally the hotel, located in the high plains Bolivian desert is made substantially of steel & stone. Unfortunately, the steel & stone in Bolivia is not quite as durable as the steel & stone you and I have grown to love as we discover when Bond causes a baddie car to crash through a wall igniting a hydrogen tank. The rest of the hydrogen tanks ignite sequentially. Darn it, I hate when that happens, you just can't get good hydrogen tanks anymore. Again, unfortunately, the Bolivian steel & stone burns more like paper mache. Bond battles the Greene baddie but aborts to rescue the BOND GIRL who is caught up in her own subplot vendetta too trite to be explained here. Mr. Greene escapes into the desert only to meet a cryptic fate induced by other unknown baddies and Bond’s 10W-40 payback for the treatment of luscious Agent Fields. You would be better off waiting for this to hit DVD. At least then you can slo-mo or replay the chase scenes making sense of them, spend more time with the slick Agent Fields and most importantly, FFW or skip over M's bathroom escapades. You have been warned.
s on Jan 2, 2009
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