Quantum of Solace (2008) Movie Review | James Bond | 007

This is Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond, and takes up the story following Vespa’s death at the end of ‘Casino Royale’.

Compared to the classic James Bond formula, this is a far wider ranging film, that looks in more depth at the main character and his relationship with Judi Dench’s M. ‘Quantum of Solace’ not only continues the storyline from ‘Casino Royale’, but also continues its style and is very removed from the classic goody / baddy / cheesy Bond formula. I would say that this is a film designed to appeal to a modern cinema-going and dvd-buying audience, as well as those die-hard 007 fans who look fondly back to the golden days of Sean Connery.

I really enjoyed this film and would definitely recommend it as one to watch in the cinema. The visual effects and style of the film looked fantastic on the big screen, and these stylistic elements really moved the story forward.

The ‘baddy’ in this film, Dominic Greene (played by Mathieu Amalric), was also a step away from the traditionally maniacal Bond baddies. He is quietly controlling, and although clearly insane, really works the other characters and controls how he is perceived by others. It is very clear throughout the movie, though, that Greene is not only operating on his own. He is very definitely part of wider movement – Quantum, which seems to be the modern version of ‘SPECTRE’ – that has influence over all kinds of global politics, environmental, and law enforcement issues.

The main female foil to Bond in this film is Camille, played by Olga Kurylenko, who is looking to exact revenge on the former Bolivian premier, General Medrano, for his role in the death of her family. I think that Gemma Arterton’s Strawberry Fields is a woefully underdeveloped character, and as well as the cool name, she seemed to be set up as another strong female character.

I really enjoyed ‘Qunatum of Solace’. Bond is portrayed as a much more three-dimensional character, trying to come to terms with his own demons whilst he carries out the bidding of M and the Government. I thought the plot of the film was pretty clever for an action film, as it wove together the different plot lines skilfully while keeping the action-y fast pace and impressive effects.

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