Quantum of Solace is a sequel to 2006’s Bond flick Casino Royale, which was based
on Ian Fleming`s novel. The
film is directed by German-Swiss film maker, Marc Forster. It also
stars Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Dame Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright and Giancarlo
`QUANTUM OF SOLACE` continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in
Casino Royale.`Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission
personal.Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate
Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than
anyone had imagined. Forensic intelligence links an MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of
mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga
Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta.Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a
ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers
that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most
important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (Joaquín
Cosio). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful
contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow
the existing regime in Bolivia, giving the General control of the country in
exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old
friends in a battle to uncover the truth.As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007
must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel
Greene’s sinister plan and stop ‘Quantum’.
The Bond films had it all and captured the spirit of the decade like no other
films - exotic locations, glamorous girls, exciting car chases, larger than life
villains and clever gadgets. And of course, in the middle of all of this, James
Bond himself, drinking a dry martini and usually immaculately dressed in a
tuxedo, with a beautiful woman on his arm. Quantum of Solace has been termed as
perfect Bond Movie covering every aspect of it.
`Quantum Of Solace` doesn`t break new ground, but entertains (IANS Film
If Casino Royale was set up
as a template for the new Bond actor Daniel Craig, Quantum Of Solace
merely re-establishes this new order. All the major ingredients that go into
making the Bond movies special are featured here. Quantum Of Solace`
doesn`t thrill or break new ground, but it is still a very good Bond movie.
Director Marc Forster is an odd choice to helm a Bond movie since his previous
hits - Finding Neverland and Monster`s Ball - were not
action movies. While Craig returns to give a solid performance and the gritty
style with raw action maintained from the previous movie, this movie does lack a
coherent plot that at times undermines the whole viewing experience.
The movie continues with Bond seeking to find his lover`s killers.
This Bond is very angry and leaves too many people dead in his trail. Bond soon
finds himself in the midst of a nefarious plan of villain Dominic Greene
(Mathieu Amalric) who is posing as a crusader for the environment but secretly
has a more sinister plan.
Hunting the bad guys requires Bond to travel quite a bit and this gives the
filmmakers a good excuse to stage some action sequences. There is a chase on
foot through the streets, a chase on speed boats and even a battle in the sky
with planes. Through it all, Bond maintains his cool but never cracks a smile.
At times the movie takes itself too seriously. This Bond movie may be the least
fun of them all. His desire to seek revenge casts a dark shadow of a mood
through out the movie and some well timed humour might have been refreshing.
Gone also are the gadgets, along with Q. The one liner innuendos are also
missing and for the first time, Bond`s signature The name`s Bond, James
Bond has been dropped.
The action sequences are disappointing. This was the most expensive Bond movie
made and the action does take place in some exciting locales. But the director
makes a minor mistake. He choreographed the action from up close. We are placed
right in the middle of the action, but we are not clear on what`s happening
exactly. Sadly, at times we don`t want to seem to care.
The actors do a commendable job. Craig clearly suffers from a script that could
have exploited his range in talent more. His character comes of very one
The Bond girls Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arerton are stunning but end up as
props. They are not allowed to be fleshed out. There is a bit of a back story
for Camille (Kurylenko) but even she is disposed off much like former Bond
Craig is set to return for more Bond movies. He had a good start with
Casino Royale. With Quantum Of Solace he cements the new
more gritty Bond, but at the expense of fun.
Here`s hoping the Bond of the future will lighten up, have some fun, and not
take himself too seriously. Not everything from the old Bond movies needs to be