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4.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale: Act Two
Let's be honest, everyone has an opinion on what a Bond film should be like. In terms of 'I would have done it this way' or 'they shouldn't have done it like that' a Bond film ranks up there with how the country should be run or the management of the national football team where everyone is an expert. Too much sex, not enough glamour, ridiculous gadgets, not enough...
Published on 17 Feb. 2009 by T. Scott

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bond Gets Personal
This is a review of the two-disc special edition.

Considering that the subsequent `Skyfall' is arguably the best Bond film to date (2013), `Quantum of Solace' is one of the worst. This film, in which Bond gets personal, still has features worthy of praise - and I'll come on to these later - but the overall result left this reviewer disappointed...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bond Gets Personal, 17 Oct. 2013
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This is a review of the two-disc special edition.

Considering that the subsequent `Skyfall' is arguably the best Bond film to date (2013), `Quantum of Solace' is one of the worst. This film, in which Bond gets personal, still has features worthy of praise - and I'll come on to these later - but the overall result left this reviewer disappointed.

We'll leave the issue of a million bullets fired at Bond but not one makes its mark aside, as that is a complaint that can be made against most, if not all Bond movies. Instead, part of the problem specific to `Quantum of Solace' is the frantic editing, often too frantic to allow the viewer to fully realise what is going on. That might make the action sequences more true to life, but you should never leave your audience not possessing at least some control over the understanding of the situation. Besides, it also means the audience cannot appreciate all the effort that has been put into the action sequence.

Apart from the action sequences, the editing also causes some problems with the plot. In short, there are too many jumps that leave holes unfilled. For example, Bond comes across Greene at the airport when on the previous shot he's come ashore who knows where. If you look in detail, there are many other plot problems, but overall it just about hangs together, taking the long view.

So, what did I like about the film? Well, I enjoyed the nice contrast between the shenanigans at the opera house with the performance of `Tosca' on stage. Credit should go to the writers for highlighting the issues of the privatisation of water in Bolivia, and I appreciate as well the continuing restraint made on Bond's smug witticisms, a welcome feature with Daniel Craig, but a feature I know others miss. And despite the awful theme song, David Arnold's score is possibly his best. I am not a fan of Arnold, but his music for `Quantum of Solace' is the most Barry-esque for a long while.

There is no commentary on my DVD set from the director, Marc Forster, or by anyone else for that matter. But Forster does pop up in the `Bond on Location' twenty-five-minute documentary. Apparently, more time was spent on location on this Bond movie than any other (so far). There are also five very short featurettes focussing on particular aspects of the film. Finally, there are the crew files. Although these filmed files covering thirty-two personnel last in total only forty-six minutes (you do the maths), there are nevertheless some interesting angles to the filming of the movie to be had from watching them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Craig's Weakest Bond Movie, 2 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Quantum Of Solace (2 Disc Dvd Edition).

DVD Info.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 12

Positive.
Daniel Craig & Judi Dench & thats your lot really without these to magnificent actor's this would be a one star Bond movie.

Negative.
Gunbarrel at end of movie not begining, "WHY"?
102 minutes for a James Bond Film is a joke.
Awful Villian in Mr Greene come back Blofield!!!.
Awful choppy fast cutting action scenes that are not welcome in a Bond film.

Whats The Story.
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop athe mysterious Quantum organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love Vesper Lynd.

Timelord Thoughts.
Well First off why is The iconic Gunbarrel not at the begining of this movie???,James Bond has always started with this now iconic opening here it's pushed to the end of the movie, Why???, Casino Royale although not quite at the begining at least was forgivable as it's Mark's the start of the Bond movies & shows why the Gunbarrel sequence became integral to the Bond movies, Here's it's used as a after thought.

Now to the movie Bond captured Mr White at the end of Royale now only for him to let him escape once again?, This movie really should have tied up it's loose ends better than this & brought closure to this arc that started in Casino Royale.

Quantum is the organization that Mr White works for as does his associate Mr Green a very dull villian poorly played by Mathieu Amalric.

The escape of Mr White due to a insider in the british secret service gives chase to Bond & the rogue agent, This action scene the only standout sequence in the movie after this it's downhill all the way.

007 gets a lead kills the lead, 007 gets another lead so again kills that person.
Theres no tension to the story or it's supposed pay off if only Martin Campbell had directed this movie it would've been so much better than this awful fast cutting direction of this inexperienced action director.

The action scenes from the opera to the kitchen to the resturant is so stupidly fast cut to view what is going on, With it's overdubbed opera music that hinders the scene that makes this one of Bonds worst action scenes in a 007 movie.

Bond Girls have little to do & Gemma Arterton Agent Field's is very underused as is Olga kurylenkos character Camille a woman who wants revenge on a tryant that killed her parents long ago causing a fire that she now has physical & emotional scars from, Is targeted to be killed by Mr Greene.

The final climatic shootout is poorly staged & rushed bringing no tension to the movies finale, It's all Wham, Bam, Thank you Mam.

Daniel Craig gives good Bond without his superb performance this wouldn't have got two stars the other star goes to Judi Denchs performance as "M" who does great work from such a poor script.

Maybe if the running time had been over the usual two hour mark the extra running time may have improved the movie somewhat by fleshing out the scenes but at 102 minutes long that really is a shocking running time for a Bond Movie.

Thank God for Sam Mendes who directed Skyfall bringing back a Bond movie nearly on par with Casino Royale as this film is a poor conclusion to Casino Royale.

Timelord Rating
4/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of: Casino Royale (part 2), 23 Feb. 2013
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Albatross "Never argue with idiots" (Suburbia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Yeah, well, Quantum of Solace is the first (and possibly last) Bond movie which is actually a direct sequel to the one that went before.

Casino Royale redefined Bond for the modern age, making it grittier and darker (and dare I say more realistic?). It had a very different narrative structure, delighting some and enraging others who still pined for more gadgets and tongue-in-cheek action.

Well, Quantum picks up where Casino leaves off... literally. Less than an hour has passed between films and QoS is effectively the continuation of the story. It tries its best to be `self-contained' and you certainly can watch it without watching Casino Royale first (but I would recommend that you don't).

And it's all good stuff. If follows the style of Casino Royale closely and most should be satisfied. However, whereas Casino Royale was met with pretty much universal praise, Quantum was labelled with phrases like `Taking its foot off the pedal.' Casino Royale had an epic feel to it, whereas Quantum holds the - debateable - title of `shortest ever James Bond film.' Therefore it feels less like a film in its own right and more like an afterthought for Casino Royale.

It's a good spy thriller and, if you're a fan of the `new style' James Bond that Daniel Craig is taking the franchise, then you'll probably like it too. However, Casino Royale was a tough act to follow and QoS doesn't really live up to it.

Luckily, reviewing this after seeing its successor - Skyfall - it's only a temporary set-back. Skyfall even eclipses Casino Royale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment after Casino Royale, 23 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The unique brand that is James Bond was pretty much re-invented two years ago with the release of Casino Royale, and although there was a lot of scepticism at the time - such as a too short, blonde Bond - there can be little doubt that the new formula worked. That film has gone on to comfortably become the most successful Bond film to date, bringing in more than US$600 million at the worldwide box office, and won a number of awards including a BAFTA for Best Film. The challenge now is whether that new look will work second time around, because although this is the 22nd of the film franchise, it will be seen by many as the second of the re-invigorated, re-styled and re-booted takes on Ian Fleming's famous creation. It therefore suffers from exceptionally high expectations and the spectre (sorry) of sequel-itis, the financial plague affecting so many follow-ups to blockbuster movies.

And it is plainly a sequel, because it starts just one hour after the conclusion of Casino Royale. In that story, Bond - with the help of treasury officer Vesper Lynd (played by Eva Green) - was trying to foil the efforts of Le Chiffre, an unscrupulous financier who was bankrolling international terrorism. For once Bond actually fell in love - with Lynd, not Le Chiffre - but she betrayed him by allowing herself to be manipulated by a sinister organisation which had a greater hold over her than James Bond. That betrayal ultimately led to her death in Venice, and at the beginning of QoS Bond is trying to come to terms with that but at the same time trying to convince M (Judi Dench) that he is not seeking revenge - he is seeking his quantum of solace, his peace of mind. He needs to know who he can trust, who his friends are. In an exciting opening sequence, several members of that aforementioned organisation have caught up with Bond and so begins a fast and furious pursuit/escape in the Aston.

Broadly speaking the whole film is one of a hunter seeking those responsible for his new-found state of mind, brought about by the death of Vesper Lynd. So Bond has vengeance in mind, which manifests itself in the evil shape of Dominic Green (played by Swiss actor Mathieu Amalric), who is also sought by the inevitable Bond Girl: Camille, played by Olga Kurylenko, a woman quite capable of acting independently and like Bond has personal reasons for wanting Dominic Green dead.

QoS doesn't have the same stunning impact that Casino Royale did, but that's simply because we know what to expect this time; that film raised the bar several notches above what can now be regarded as the rather feeble Brosnan years. So the very least it has to do is to give us more of the same, without coming across as a clone, and in those respects yes, it almost succeeds. It has one of the most relentless and gripping pre-title sequences in Bond history, less of a surprise perhaps but definitely providing an even stronger adrenaline rush. As far as thrills are concerned it grabs hold and just never lets go, my only criticism being that there is probably too much emphasis on thrills and action at the expense of the humour and understated threat of Bond films of old. Many observers think that it shows too much 'Bourne influence', which would be an irony because the three Bourne films were often described as being influenced by Bond only with more action. I wonder if the thinking with QoS was to out-Bourne Bourne? It has to be said though that this is more of an action movie than one in the best Bond traditions, but let's remember that only the geriatric among us will really remember the Bond of old with any emotional attachment and the franchise must constantly strive to draw in younger and less sentimental audiences. Die-hard Bond fans may regret its dilution of identity and (relative to the original Connery films of old) rather weak character development, but the compensation is there for younger audiences in the shape of superb action sequences in a film that probably needs to recognise what made very different films such as The Dark Knight such a huge success. At the end of the day, sadly, it's all about money, and when the producers sat round a table and talked about how to raise another $600 million they clearly opted for the all-action route rather than stay faithful to the James Bond brand. For this reason it will probably be a financial success, but 007 purists might worry that some of the original identity is lacking and that as a family of much-loved films it has taken a slightly worrisome direction.

It's okay, then, but an experience that might not linger in the memory as long as classics such as From Russia With Love, Goldfinger et al. Daniel Craig, as brutal, terse and macho as in Casino Royale, carries the film with ease and with the occasional dash of laconic humour but at times I wondered if he was actually too good for the film; a strange reflection given the worries we all had before we had seen him in the previous film. He's absolutely right for the part physically, but some of his genuine acting talents are wasted. Mention should be made too of Olga Kurylenko as the ubiquitous Bond Girl, because instead of being just a pretty face she comes over as a truly original variation on the theme - mysterious, driven, highly capable yet vulnerable too. Likewise the villain, on the face of it a respectable billionaire but when provoked able to show a latent menace often missing from the (let's face it) rather camped-up characters in Bond films past. These two are excellent supporting characters and I feel the film as a whole would have benefited by being five or ten minutes longer (but with a different and less predictable ending!) so as to look a little more into their backgrounds and personalities. At 106 minutes I believe the time was there to be added without undermining the other objectives of action and excitement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AN...EXPANSION - IN SEARCH OF CLOSURE, 24 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
James Bond was conceived by Ian Fleming as both rough and suave, British and cosmopolitan, a brutal connoisseur with a license to kill. I think his perfect embodiment lies somewhere between Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. I am afraid that Daniel Craig does look like a...parking valet moonlighting as a gigolo.
Nevertheless, Casino Royale was an excellent film and I remember enjoying it greatly. QUANTUM OF SOLACE, on the other hand, is simply its...expansion.

After the (unimaginative) opening sequence of traditional naked dancing shadows and the (admittedly awful!) title song, the story picks up exactly where CASINO ROYAL left us: the Aston Martin rocketing up and down narrow mountain Tuscany roads and into a quarry, pursued by Bond's enemies. Who, mind you, can be found everywhere...

The film feels short and more like the staccato series of action sequences (and moments of closure over Vesper) than a flowing story.
This is Bond-by-Numbers: chases and gadgets (OK, product plugs), girls and villains, stylish lines and surviving impossible explosions. When the end credits roll you may not be able to put your finger on what was missing but you will not be able to shake that feeling either.

If a fan of Daniel Graig, get Casino Royale instead.
For classic Bond though, my advice is to watch From Russia With Love once more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale: Act Two, 17 Feb. 2009
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T. Scott (Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Let's be honest, everyone has an opinion on what a Bond film should be like. In terms of 'I would have done it this way' or 'they shouldn't have done it like that' a Bond film ranks up there with how the country should be run or the management of the national football team where everyone is an expert. Too much sex, not enough glamour, ridiculous gadgets, not enough gadgets, the stunts are too far fetched, it's too realistic....and so on; whatever combination the producers put in their films they'd be criticised for any of the above.

Quantum of Solace is no different, whilst still hugely successful Marc Forster's film has split audiences and critics alike. The storyline sees Bond pursuing the organisation he holds responsible for the death of his love Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. It turns out that this organisation, Quantum, is unknown to MI6 yet is highly powerful and internationally connected and Bond stumbles on its plot to control Bolivia's water supply. Like M, we are never quite sure if Bond is on the mission or pursuing his personal agenda, as he gives little away whilst displaying his resourcefulness in following various leads around the world.

Quantum of Solace starts half an hour after Casino Royale and immediately you are into the film. An exhilarating car chase by Lake Garda is followed by an innovative title sequence and then we have a bit of exposition from M before another chase ensues, this time by foot and before you notice twenty minutes have passed and you haven't breathed. The plot proceeds more like a sequence of events as opposed to a structured build-up as Bond, hopping countries, goes from one chase (land, sea and air) or fight to the next, with just enough dialogue in between to balance the tempo. Following the predictably explosive third act the film's final scene lets the audience take stock and breathe out.

The reoccurring criticism levied at Quantum of Solace is its lack of build-up and depth, with Bond too solemn throughout. For me this misses the point, as producers were at pains to point out that this is a direct sequel to Casino Royale. I would go a step further and add that it's actually Act Two of one big film; where Casino Royale is the prelude and Quantum of Solace the finale where Bond, angry, lets loose. Viewing it this way will give you a different perspective.

There are a few downsides. The premise of a secret organisation whose evil aim is to up the price of water is, if not far fetched for today's audience, hardly blood-curdling stuff. And insisting on an explosive denouement is one thing, but to achieve it by having the enemies clash in a hotel powered by ultra flammable pressurised gas is, to say the least, a bit contrived.

The upsides though are many. The action is superb (if a little Bourne-juddery at times) as are the several fight sequences. You actually believe Bond is a highly trained killer and your expectancy doesn't let you blink when he gets into a clash (do you remember watching the Roger Moore fights slightly embarrassed?). The cinematography may not fully capture the pseudo glamour of the Bond countries of old, but you really feel you are in these places with Bond, sharing his claustrophobic world. And I loved the odd retro touch the film endows such as where Bond, all stealth and dressed like Steve McQueen, sneaks around a seedy Bolivian town in the dead of night and actually uses a public telephone.

The characters are mostly all well played too. The highlights being Gemma Arterton's breath of fresh air as Miss Fields and Jeffrey Wright's brooding Felix Leiter. But the plaudits have to go to Judy Dench and Daniel Craig who are both class acts. Whilst deadly serious, Craig delivers his witticisms with perfect timing and reassuring arrogance with a healthy disregard for authority. And the chemistry he shares with Dench's maternal, eternally reproachful M can't be faked.

All said and done Quantum of Solace is a hugely enjoyable film. It might not have the suave assuredness of the Connery films, nor the glamour of the some of the Moore's but what it has is Daniel Craig who, and this is coming from a lifelong Connery fan, is hands-down the best Bond of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UK Blu-Ray version Includes Multiples Languages (i.e. Spanish), 28 Mar. 2013
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This commentary is about the UK version with outter paper and conventional plastic sleeve.
Thought it doesn't show it in the outter sleeve or the back of the Blu-Ray box, it contains the following soundtracks and subtitles:
* English DTS-HD MasterHD 5.1
* Español 5.1 DTS
* Italiano 5.1 DTS
* Deutsch 5.1 DTS
* English Descriptive Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital

SUB: English for the deaf and hard of hearing; Deutsch; Castellano; Italiano; Dansk; SOumi; Norsk; Svenska

Top visual and sound quality throughout the movie. Awesome.

For opiniones about the movie, IMDB. In my humble opinion, a truly credible Bond. Lots of action as always, but the heart of the movie are deep psychological and social portraits. Great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great action but needed a few quanta more of plot, 3 May 2009
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Annabel Gaskell "gaskella2" (Nr Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Brilliant action sequences including a breathtaking chase over the rooftops of Siena do a lot to make up for the otherwise mediocre plot in Bond's revenge movie. Craig is solemn and as chiselled as an Easter Island statue in his quest to avenge Vesper's murder; a waspish M has fabulous hair; Gemma Arterton is fun but under-used; and Felix is the quiet American - all good things.

What's not so good is the other story-line of the corrupt businessman monopolising Bolivia's water supplies. You win some, you lose some with Bond - the expectations are always so high, but if you're a Bond fan, you'll never miss a film, even the average ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Patch on "Casino Royale", 22 Mar. 2009
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Reading through the existing reviews, they appear to fall into two camps. Negative ones complain about the lack of Q, Moneypenny, and the saucy quips of Roger and Pierce. Positive ones invoke Ian Fleming, and reckon he'd love "Quantum of Solace".

Actually - no he wouldn't - because QoS the film is a total mess. I'm aware that it's a direct sequel to "Casino Royale", which makes the comparison all the more stark. CR is the definitive Bond film because it is a supremely classy piece of cinema that stood comparison with the best grown-up films released in 2006. It has at its heart that superb performance from Daniel Craig as 007. There is action in abundance, beautifully shot with a minimum of CGI and with a clarity and flow of editing that makes following the plot a breezy pleasure.

QoS. Is chopped. Up into tiny. Snippets. As the inexperienced. Director. More famiiar with. Emotional material such as. "The Kite Runner". Hasn't. The Foggiest Notion how. Action Scenes should be. Shot. And. More. Importantly Edited.

Craig can't take the blame, there's nothing wrong with his steely, driven, performance. And he's ably supported - Dench is wonderful as ever and Bond Girl Kurylenko equips herself well in scenes where the pacing slows down. The stunt work is able, a shame we couldn't take more time to enjoy it.

A massive opportunity squandered after the genius of CR, then, but three stars because it's still James Bond.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thanks God that this is not a James Bond movie - because if it was, it would be the worse EVER!, 18 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I didn't like this film at all and I was barely able to finish watching it - in fact I had to fast forward some parts of it, even if at 106 minutes it is not all that long (one of its few redeeming characteristics).

This is a follow up of "Casino Royale", which I didn't like either but which was at least watchable. Well, in this film a guy named Bond looks for people responsible for the death of a woman he fell in love with in the previous film, a little bit like in "Diamonds are forever"... However for me Daniel Craig is simply NOT credible as James Bond (I liked even George Lazenby more!) and therefore I simply refuse to consider him as real Bond - and that makes this film just another one of hundreds of spy/action films.

Bond films were never concerned with credible plots and indeed here the story is also non-sensical - which in itself doesn't bother me in the least... But Bond films were always about larger-than-life villains, their impossibly extravagant henchmen, unaffordable life-style, paranoid plans for world domination, luxury, decadence, gadgets, unbelievable fights, stunts and escapes and chicks, chicks, chicks... Here all of this is missing in action, ALMOST completely!

The only reason why I give to this boring, lame film two stars is because there are indeed two hot girls in it, unlike in the previous one (I totally hate Eva Green in every film she ever made). Olga Kurylenko and especially Gemma Arterton make parts of this film watchable - but most of it isn't...

I rented this film instead of buying and it was still a waste of time and money. Avoid this cr@p! If however you decide to watch it anyway, well, immediately after I recommend to see "You only live twice", "Live and let die" and "The world is not enough" to cope with anaphylactic shock...
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