Quantum Of Solace (12A)



Action (2008)
106mins UK/US

Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Stana Katic, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen
Director: Marc Forster
Writer(s): Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Consumed with rage, Bond joins M to interrogate Mr White, who sheds light on a secret organization responsible for blackmailing Vesper Lynd. The trail of evidence leads to Haiti, where Bond meets the alluring Camille, a woman pursing a secret vendetta. She, in turn, introduces Bond to ruthless businessman Dominic Greene, a member of the organization, who is planning to help exiled General Medrano regain power in exchange for a piece of land. As Bond edges closer to discovering those responsible for Vesper's death, he takes justice into his own bloody hands.

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Quantum Of Solace

Agent 007 returns, all guns blazing, in the action-packed follow-up to Casino Royale, set in the immediate aftermath of the blockbusting 2006 film...

James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) and Agent Fields (GEMMA ARTERTON) infiltrate Greene's fundraising party in Bolivia. Location: Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama. Quantum Of Solace Copyright 2008 Danjaq, United Artists, CPII. 007 TM and related. James Bond Trademarks, TM Danjaq. Sony Pictures ReleasingQuantum Of Solace opens with a spectacular car chase through the historic streets of Siena, Italy, culminating in a pursuit over the rooftops, which recalls the breathtaking Morocco sequence from The Bourne Ultimatum. It's no surprise that many of the behind the scenes crew have close ties to the Bourne franchise, including co-editor Richard Pearson, second unit director Dan Bradley and stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell. At times, the similarities become more of an imitation and unfortunately for Bond, his American counterpart does it far better.

Director Marc Forster ensures the pace doesn't slacken for the opening hour, including a fistfight on a series of ropes and pulleys, a high-speed boat chase and an aerial dogfight. Once audiences finally catch their breath, the ramshackle plot unfurls with no sense of urgency and all of the adrenaline pumping through the film's veins dissipates, building to a deeply disappointing final showdown in Chile. Perhaps for the first time ever, Bond's arch-nemesis dies off screen. Quantum Of Solace is also the first film where the principal lovely doesn't disrobe and succumb to James' charms. Amusingly, there is more sexual tension between M and her headstrong protege. Bond is evidently losing his touch.

M (JUDI DENCH) at the Mi6 Head Quarters in London. Location: Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, UK. Quantum Of Solace Copyright 2008 Danjaq, United Artists, CPII. 007 TM and related. James Bond Trademarks, TM Danjaq. Sony Pictures ReleasingFollowing the death of Vesper Lynd, Bond (Craig) joins M (Judi Dench) to interrogate Mr White (Jesper Christensen), part of a secret organization responsible for his beloved's demise. "The first thing you should know is that we have people everywhere," smirks Mr White, who has good reason to feel cocky. The trail of evidence leads to beautiful Haiti, where Bond meets the enigmatic yet alluring Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman pursing a secret vendetta against ruthless businessman Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) and his associate, exiled General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). Greene and his allies plan to sweep Medrano back into power, overthrowing an entire Latin American regime, in exchange for a seemingly worthless piece of desert. As the vengeful British agent edges closer to discovering the identities of the men responsible for Vesper's death, he takes justice into his own bloody hands, clashing with old friends Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and field agent Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini).

Quantum Of Solace pales next to its predecessor, lacking a compelling lead villain or coherent storyline. Craig's lead performance, which was unconvincing in Casino Royale, is even more cold and aloof here, and virtually starved of emotion. In one solitary scene, with Bond cradling a dying friend in his arms, there is a flicker of grief but we soon realise the tear rolling down his cheek is actually sweat, which quickly evaporates. Kurylenko is a largely ineffectual sidekick and Gemma Arterton is superfluous to requirements as Agent Fields, whose ultimate fate is an obvious nod to Goldfinger. Thankfully, Dench dominates her scenes, constantly berating her operative for his reckless actions. "If you could avoid killing every possible lead it would be deeply appreciated," she quips. Fans of the series will thrill to the action scenes but the 21st century 007 is in danger of severing all ties to his glorious past, losing the gadgets, double entendres and the charm - indeed everything that made us fall in love with Bond back in 1962.

- Sam Cannon


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