The twenty second James Bond film, and the second for Daniel Craig as the infamous secret agent, Quantum of Solace (2008) is probably best known for its overtly flowery title which a lot of people didn’t really understand. The story is as follows:
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (source)
Every time I watch this film I have so many thoughts, but no energy to actually sit down and form a well-constructed critique. With that in mind, here are some thoughts I always have about Quantum of Solace after pretty much every viewing of it.
- I really like the fact that, for an entirely made up (i.e. not originally written by Ian Fleming) Bond story, they attempted to bring back a super-Bondian secret organisation plot in the vein of SPECTRE.
- I love the whole opera scene where Bond finds out who the members of Quantum are. The direction and music are perfect.
- I also really love the way that M finds out that Dominic Greene is known to the CIA. Very clever indeed.
- I suppose I also really love Daniel Craig in general.
- The opening title sequence is also pretty great. I love the visual concept with the women made out of sand and the star charts. Really beautiful visuals.
- However I’m really not a fan of the song. Actually, to be more specific, I like the general tune of the song but I’m not sure I like the vocal combination of Alicia Keys and Jack White and their non-harmonising singing/yelling. I really like Jack White by himself though.
- The homage to Goldfinger (1964) with Agent Fields (played by the adorable Gemma Arterton) being covered in black oil on the bed was a nice throwback and also exceedingly creepy.
- The resolution to the Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) story from Casino Royale (2006) was done in a sufficiently emotional yet cold manner by Daniel Craig. A good way to provide some closure after the ending of Casino Royale, which may have been a shock for anyone who hadn’t read the book before seeing the film.
- There’s a brief appearance by Oona Chaplin (AKA Talisa Maegyr AKA King In The North Robb Stark’s wife) where she serves algunas cervezas to the evil general in his desert resort. I didn’t realise this until very recently.
- The cinematography is pretty awesome in this, particularly during the aforementioned opera scene and also during any scene in the desert.
- I don’t think this is necessarily a bad film but it always shows up around the middle of my Bond ranking list.
- I guess what always sticks with me is something that my partner said about this film that I’m not able to forget. He once said that the entire plot of this film sounds like something Ernst Stavro Blofeld would sum up in one sentence in a better Bond film. E.g. SPECTRE goons sitting around a big table, and Blofeld is asking them updates on the little sub-projects that the organisation is involved with, and then they would move on to something bigger and better than controlling the water of one country.
- And there are too many plotholes.
- And some of the dialogue is so cheesy that I can’t handle it.
- Good times!
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