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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not nice to see you, Mr Bond...
From the moment I first heard Jack White and Alicia Keys' poor excuse for a song I knew there were serious problems with this film.

Major continuity errors from the previous film and serious flaws in the script too numerous to detail mean within the first 15 minutes the film has already taken the great work done with Casino Royale and flushed it down the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not nice to see you, Mr Bond..., 11 Sep 2014
From the moment I first heard Jack White and Alicia Keys' poor excuse for a song I knew there were serious problems with this film.

Major continuity errors from the previous film and serious flaws in the script too numerous to detail mean within the first 15 minutes the film has already taken the great work done with Casino Royale and flushed it down the toilet.

The words in the credits "Second Unit Director Dan Bradley" might explain what went wrong with the action scenes - in hiring the man who did the action sequences in the second and third Bourne movies the obviously forgot they were making a Bond movie - that kind of jerky, hand - held camera work does not fit in a Bond film. Clearly the producers lost their sense of direction.

And then there's the Bond girl you just want to slap ( spoiler alert but if I were Bond I would have given her back to the General), and the villain who is about as threatening as my gran (wanting to control Bolivia's water supply is hardly a dastardly plot - whatever happened to trying to start WWIII? ).

I'm just glad that Marc Forster turned down the chance to direct Skyfall, as another Bond like this clunking mess of a film would have surely killed the series when it should have been at it's zenith!
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2.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Poorest Bond Films To Date, 2 Oct 2013
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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 The second is easier than the first?, 17 May 2009
This review is from: Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008] (Blu-ray)
This movie starts directly where the other left off, with Bond making his getaway with Mr White trust up in the boot of his Aston Martin while trying to evade a trio of gun toting Alpha Romeos. So far so good. A brief 5 minutes talky bit is followed by another chase, this time across the rooftops of Siena. All good stuff, but you can't help thinking that this is remarkably similar to another J.B. we have seen recently. Indeed, later there is a fight scene so reminiscent of the short, sharp, fast and dirty fighting style beloved by the other J.B. Only problem is, who is the guy our J.B. is fighting? And more to the point, why?

And here in lies the rub, this film is little more than a series of action sequences. Spectacular and exciting as they are, they are no substitute for a plot.

And who is the bad guy? What is he doing that is so bad? Well, he is a French midget seeking to corner the water market in, wait for it, Bolivia!!?? No offence to Bolivia or indeed Bolivians, but its not exactly world threatening stuff, is it?

A nod is made towards real world grittiness in that the CIA are about to do business with Monsuire La Bad ( can't even remember his name, shows what a wet mattress of a villain he is) But this plot line is quickly dropped in favor of another lovely chase.

Top this all off with a ludicrously flammable villains hide away, a heroine who resembles a sulky 5 year old ( you just want to slap her legs! ) a dodgy theme song and M looking frankly embarrassed by the video wall contraption dominating her office (presumably Q talked her into it ). Oh, and the real baddy gets away.

This isn't a bad film, its just not very good. Which is a shame. It seems like the second isn't considerably easier than the first after all.
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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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This review is from: Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008] (Blu-ray)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Patch on "Casino Royale", 22 Mar 2009
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A. Mcalinden (Berkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008] (Blu-ray)
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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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars OO7...More OO?......, 30 Mar 2009
I've always loved the whole Bond world, films, books, the actors, the lot. I think Danny Craig is great and Casino Royale was great.But lately , starting , i think with the Bourne identity the action has been made more and more frenetic.The latest thing must be that 'frenetic ' means exciting. As the Bourne films went on, more and more frenetic. The Dark Knight, Batman film was 'Frenetic, even Spiderman 3,Was 'Frenetic. Which just makes it bloody difficult to figure out just what the hell is happening. Quantum of Solace brought This 'frenetic 'action to another high, or low depending how you looka at it. I could not follow any of it. It was like trying to watch a film with your finger firmly pressed on the fast foreward button. I cannot believe the director and editor, etc, watched the incomprehensible chaos on the screen and were happy with it. Theres a difference between action-packed and exciting than frenzied, frantic and frenetic.The Bond films have always been made with style and class, silly ,daft, sometimes, but the filmimg ,action, fights and stunts were/are always superbly done. As,are the ones in the 'Quantum',But so badly edited, flashing high speed images meant to convey excitment just confused me and severly dissappointed me. I always look foreward to the next Bond film, they screwed it up for no reason.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Bond - Shame about the story, 24 Mar 2009
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Despite being a huge Bond fan, I missed QOS when it was at the cinema so was eager to watch the DVD despite reading several mixed reviews. I understand why they are mixed: CD is an excellent Bond and hopefully has a long career as Bond ahead of him. However the story (especially compared to Casino Royale) is very light weight and difficult to follow (not because it's complex, it just doesn't grip). After the second fight, I felt I didn't really care if Bond won or not.

There are worse problems: Mathieu Amalric is a great actor and had the potential to be an amazing Bond villian. Instead, he doesn't even register. Half way through the film my wife had to ask "Why's that little guy keep bothering Bond?" Please don't get me started about the score: David Arnold has done some excellent previous work but the White/Keyes theme is instantly forgetable.

I hope in the next film they get back to good story lines - everything else from the gadgets, action to love interest is nothing without a decent plot. Could I suggest remaking Moonraker so it follows the book plot rather than "Roger Moore in Space" or even a screenplay of the Devil May Care?
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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. A 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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3.0 out of 5 stars "You Don't Have To Worry About Me..." - Quantum Of Solace on BLU RAY, 27 May 2009
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This review is from: Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008] (Blu-ray)
If I were to nail down what's wrong with "Quantum Of Solace" in a single word - it would be "cold". Bond used to be fun, Bond used to be entertaining, Bond used to grab you by the short and curlies and pleasure the engorged gonads off you for the allotted two hours it was given. And it never failed. Even the worst Roger Moore dreck of the late 1970's had something that encouraged repeat viewing. But on Bond 22 - you're bored half way through it and by the predicable end not much has changed.

I suppose after 22 films about the same thing, you're bound to have a case of diminishing returns, but there are times on "Quantum" where you have a shocking sense of pointlessness. Marc Forster directs chase sequences that feel contrived and have been done so much better before either in previous Bond films or others (principally Bourne). You feel like your watching Alien 3 - made by some inexperienced buck that made videos for a living. And don't get me started on the crap song and the woeful opening credits that were clearly a hurried last minute thing.

The opening car chase is the first offender. At the cinema, I along with others couldn't believe they'd do this - when you think of how Bourne simply nailed that - this Italian sequence is workmanlike at best. It should have opened with a reconfigured flashback sequence that included the car chase, the interrogation scene (how they got there) and then ended in the chase across the rooftops and the fabulous hand-to-hand fight sequence in the scaffolding afterwards (one of the films best moments) - all very Bond.

You have to feel sorry for Craig too - who seems to be putting in twice the effort for half the return. There is also a worrying ongoing lack of chemistry between him and Judy Dench who quite clearly pines for Brosnan to return - an actor who could convey both charm and edge in equal abundance and was comfortable as Bond and evolved as him.

It would of course be easy to blame Daniel Craig as the lead - I don't. It isn't that his Bond is charmless by choice, it's that he's being forced to be that way. Check out Craig's acting chops in "Flashbacks Of A Fool" or "The Mother" or "Defiance" - he's absolutely riveting and brilliant in all three - displaying all manner of emotion - shockingly good when given the material. But the under-worked script of "Solace" has straight-jacketed his version of 007 into a particularly nasty corner. It's far 'too' hard-edged and has left him with little or no room for acting manoeuvre. He isn't warm towards anyone - especially women - and his character needs to be.

The dispatching of Gemma Arterton's character Fields in black oil (aping the famous Goldfinger scene) is perhaps the crassest moment ever in a Bond film and a huge mistake. Her character could have died in a far more interesting and brave way - letting Craig and Kurylenko get away - but no - this is a man's movie made by men who have no interest in women.

After Mads Mikkelsen's fabulous and believable turn as the card-playing Le Chiffre in "Casino Royale", Mathieu Amalric is just hopeless as Dominic Greene - one of the most insipid bad guys ever - about as frightening as a teddy bear with a wonky eye. His expressions of anger and hate in the opera scene when Bond outs The Quantum group are just laughable. Bond's feisty companion Camille played by the truly gorgeous Olga Kurylenko is a smart choice as a leading lady, but she gets little to work with. Both the tremendously likeable Giancarlo Giannini and Jeffrey Wright as René Mathis (police chief ally in Casino Royale) and Felix Leiter (his CIA buddy) distinguish themselves, but again Rene is disposed off in a cold and crass way. And on it goes to the inevitable mega-explosive ending...

Then there's the Blu Ray itself - the picture quality is gorgeous as you would imagine, but the menu is irritating to navigate - the interviews use the same Daniel Craig footage almost three times where he looks tired and bored rigid and again utterly charmless. And you finish watching them very quickly indeed. Again you just know there's more - and sure enough - sometime in 2009 - the inevitable 2-Disc Ultimate Edition to fleece fans will appear.

It isn't that "Quantum" is really, really bad - it just that it isn't that good either. I can't see myself looking at it again and that's almost unforgivable after the out-and-out triumph of its predecessor. The makers need to go back to the drawing board and lighten up big time, because this is a very disappointing and dreary chapter in one of the most cherishable film franchises in history.

Bond tells M in one of their spiked conversations, "You don't have to worry about me..." but on the strength of this and hundreds of other 3-star (and less) reviews - we clearly do.

In the words of Gerry Rafferty boys, "Get It Right The Next Time"...
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