Quantum of Solace (2008) – 7/10 Bond movie review

Cast / crew
Daniel Craig: James Bond 007
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Ian Fleming
Olga Kurylenko: Camille
Mathieu Amalric: Dominic Greene
Giancarlo Giannini: Mathis
Jeffrey Wright: Felix Leiter
Judi Dench: M
Writer: Paul Haggis
Writer: Neal Purvis
Writer: Robert Wade
Producer: Michael G. Wilson
Producer: Barbara Broccoli
Director: Marc Forster

Quantum of Solace (2008)

After capturing Mr White, Bond and M are introduced to a shadowy organisation whose existence they knew nothing about. As Bond chases down leads with his now-customary deadly efficiency, he finds himself being pushed outside the protection of the intelligence community by the unseen forces he is trying to learn more about and both the CIA and MI6 would consider it expedient if he were eliminated.

7/10

While this is certainly a good action adventure with an interesting story involving the illusion and abuse of international power-sharing and an action hero learning not to kill, what it’s not, really, is a Bond movie. There’s no sense of fun, style, joie de vive, if you will. Director Marc Forster also allows his editors to remove all sense of shape and elegance from the stunts and action (the coolest moment is Bond hopping over a hotel balcony; it’s not even in an action scene) making them largely indecipherable and indistinguishable from any other contemporary actioner. Perhaps now that Bond has got his re-education out of the way, next time franchise keepers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will allow him and us to enjoy ourselves a bit more and instruct the editors to just calm down a bit.

This movie contains mild swear words and strong melee violence, gun violence and mild nudity, mild sensuality, brief sexual violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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