Quantum of Solace
The Bond Ultimatum
This newest James Bond movie has a sharper story, but has some serious pacing problems toward the end of the film. Quantum of Solace has a collection of faster action scenes than Casino Royale, but retains the darker and grittier elements from the earlier movie. We finally see Bond becoming a better agent throughout this second story.
Quantum of Solace begins nearly an hour after the last scene from Casino Royale. The movie begins with an impressive shaky-cam car chase. The actual stunts, like the rest of the movie, are impressive, but the crazy shaky-cams and frantic editing hamper those stunts.
One of the stronger elements from this movie is the tight continuity between the two films. You have to watch both movies to see the larger picture. And, the larger picture involves a new organization called Quantum; very much like the old villain group SPECTRE from the early Bond films. Learning about the Quantum group is what keeps the movie interesting, and will keep you interested into watching the next Bond film.
Daniel Craig again will impress you with his version of James Bond. Let’s just say he’s even more of a badass here, and he ruthlessly kills Quantum agents left and right without a pause. Craig plays a better brooding Bond than Timothy Dalton did back in the late 80s.
Olga Kurylenko is the newest Bond girl, and she really handles herself fairly well. It’s good to see a stronger Bond girl in these films. Olga is very restrained in her role, which is a nice change of pace. Judi Dench has a slightly bigger role in the second reboot film, but she just playing “I’m the boss and I’m pissed off at you, James,” role again. Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene (the bad guy) is a bit of a letdown, but the writers are going for more restrained villains in these newer films. It’s forgivable.
Overall, Quantum of Solace is an entertaining film, but not as enjoyable as Casino Royale. It is certainly light-years ahead of most action films that Hollywood releases today. If you’re going to watch it, watch it for its interconnecting storyline with the first Craig Bond film and the acting.