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November 16, 2008

Quantum of Solace review

Filed under: Film — duncan @ 1:07 pm
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Went to see the latest Bond film, Quantum of Solace, yesterday. This is a direct sequel to Casino Royale, and if you haven’t seen that one, you might find some of the plot points confusing. Even if you have seen it, you’ll still find the plot confusing I think!

The film starts with a frenetic car chase in Italy, ending up in a marble quarry, which briefly reminded me of the majestic photography of Edward Burtynsky. But only briefly… Cut to opening credits, with a pleasant enough but totally forgettable song by Jack White and Alisha Keys. They’d have been better using the proposed theme song by Joe Cornish of Adam and Joe fame:

There then follows many action sequences. It seems this film has done away with the Bond signature style of huge iconic stunts. No Union Jack themed parachutes or giant bungee jumps. The previous film had two amazing stunt sequences; the crane jumping parkour at the start, and the Aston Martin crash. This one has many great sequences, including another bit of parkour, but nothing really similar.

The action scenes are all edited together with very short cuts, many around the 1 second mark. This can make it hard to follow all the action sometimes.

Without giving too much away, one of the two Bond girls is very strong and sassy, and gets lots of screen time. There’s talk of her reappearing in a future Bond film. The other has a much shorter time on screen and we don’t find out much about her. She even has a stupid name in the best Bond girl tradition – Strawberry Fields, although she’s only ever referred to as Fields in the film.

The villain isn’t particularly scary; you couldn’t really imagine him torturing Bond like Le Chiffre did, for instance. He vaguely resembles the young Roman Polanski; coincidentally the plot has a nod towards Polanksi’s classic Chinatown.

Product placement isn’t perhaps quite as blatant in this as in Casino Royale, except for a clumsy moment near the start when a police officer states “a grey Aston Martin being chased by a black Alfa Romeo”. Just in case you hadn’t recognised what cars they were.

I think being a sequel was a good idea; I’d like to see the next Bond film continue the story. There’s certainly scope for that based on the plot that’s revealed in Quantum.

007 out of 010.



  1. 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

    Comment by patrick — November 16, 2008 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  2. Not the usual Bond from the past – but good acting, good action, good entertainment

    Comment by Stop Smoking — November 17, 2008 @ 2:01 am | Reply

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