Quantum of Solace

I’ve just seen the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace. It’s getting good reviews, if not quite as good as Casino Royale did. I can see why: it’s a fast-paced, no-holds-barred action film, feeling more like the Bourne films than the Bond we’re used to. It’s brutal, and full of fights and chases and stunts.

Daniel Craig’s Bond is still a street-tough bruiser, a cold (on the surface, anyway) no-nonsense machine. Some are saying this is more like Fleming’s written Bond. I’m quite happy with that: I think we’ve have more than enough skinny, non-threatening, too-charming Bonds in the past.

But it’s still got a villain with a dastardly global plan. It’s got many gorgeous international locations. It’s got sexy, dangerous women. It doesn’t rely on gadgets, which is good. The stunts are amazing. And we get reintroduced to Felix!

It was a good action film, and fun to watch. It didn’t overstay its welcome, and at 106 minutes is surely the shortest Bond film ever. If you buy the idea that this is still a relatively young and new Bond, and can see his motivation extending from Casino Royale, then you can buy how things play out in Quantum of Solace and enjoy the spectacular stunt sequences.


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