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Movie Review: Quantum of Solace


Rating/ Verdict : 3.5 Stars out of 5

Star Cast:
Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Director: Marc Foster, Genre: Action/ Thriller

“The name’s Bond... James Bond” which has been the ‘trademark’ introductory note of Ian Fleming’s sexy British secret agent 007 (that has had women across the globe go weak in the knees) has been surprisingly evaded in Quantum of Solace. Let alone the exclusion of this popular dialogue, Quantum of Solace doesn’t even begin with the "James Bond signature Theme" played in the background as the opening credits start rolling. Add to this Bond’s (Daniel Craig reprises his role of Bond) disinterest in seducing gorgeous women with his charm and then bedding them.

German-Swiss filmmaker Marc Foster makes it very clear right from the beginning of Quantum of Solace that this Bond flick will break away from all the Bond clich├ęs, the very ones which have given Bond its unique identity.

The sexual tension that Bond so impressively manages to create with his women and the flirtatious banter he has with them takes a backseat and the film rides high on him seeking the revenge of the death of his beloved Vesper (Eva Green in Casino Royale) though he tries hard to show his mission as strictly ‘professional’ and not ‘personal’. His heartbreak and agony makes him ruthless thus forcing him to largely exercise his license to kill.

Foster plays a big gamble by taking humour and sex out of Bond’s life but fairly succeeds in keeping his character interesting and intriguing as ever.

Coming to the story of the film, Quantum of Solace picks up where Casino Royale left off. The film begins with a heart-thumping car chase where Bond in his Ashton Martin is being chased by a troop of gunned villains leaving you breathless. This is only one of the many dangerous chases Bond gets involved in. From one breathtaking stunt to another, Quantum manages to keep you on the edge of your seats, all thanks to its brilliant technical stunt team. The second chase shot in Sienna, Italy is the highlight of the film, where Bond jumps and runs across rooftops, race course, church tower and finally the church bell at a terrific speed to catch hold of a traitor who secretly works for an organization ‘Quantum’ involved in various devious activities. Quantum is headed by Dominic Green (Mathieu Amalric, effective) who in the pretext of being a philanthropist is actually conspiring to take total control of the world’s most important natural resources. He is also the man involved in Vesper’s death.

As he chases Green, he bumps into a feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko) who has her own score to settle with Green’s partner in crime General Medrano. Together the two set on a mission to kill their culprits without sleeping with each other (very unlike Bond). Bond defies all orders given by M (Judy Dench, impressive) as he is hellbent on tracking down Green.

Quantum highly scores as far as the impeccably shot high octane stunt scenes and effective performances are concerned. However the villain Green comes across as terribly underpowered when compared to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in Casino Royale and that’s where Bond’s character looks unreal as every time Bond is shown single handedly getting rid of his opponents, irrespective of their presence on land, water or air, that too with his sheer physical prowess minus much help from his hi-tech gadgets. His banter with M is also highly missed in the film. The Bond girls Olga and Gemma both somehow fail to match up to Eva’s screen presence and sex appeal.

Daniel Craig as Bond is simply impeccable. From being heartless, humourless, and ruthless to being sensitive, caring and vulnerable...he displays all facets of Bond’s personality with ease and we would want to see him playing James for many Bond installments to come. Daniel is in great shape and looks terrific too.

Quantum is definitely worth a watch, not only because it is a Bond film but because it has Daniel Craig playing the Bond.

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