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4.0 out of 5 stars Craig's 007 outings, 9 Nov 2012
This review is from: Casino Royale/ Quantum of Solace Double Pack [Blu-ray] [2006] (Blu-ray)
Following the bloated excess that was Die Another Day, Craig arrived on the scene a bringing to life a reinvented and much more human Bond in the process. Casino Royale sees Bond earning his stripes, a blunt instrument who becomes a crafted killer, the opening sequence depicting a violent and messy assignation of a security leak a far cry from the wise cracking refined agent we know.

Royale ditches the gadgets and the world domination plots planting Bond firmly in the 21st century taking on terrorist financiers and exploring what makes a man like him tick. Campbell, who gave bond a mini restart with Goldeneye several years previously returns balancing well shot action sequences with seamless character development. Craig's performance is suitably assured, developing Bond as the movie progresses, he imbues Bond with a human quality, we see him bleed, we se him hurt, a flawed and damaged man and by the end a colder one than when the movie started.

The transfer on Blu ray looks great sharp picture and sound however it lacks the special features of the 2-disc copy which is a shame but does contain the uncut 15 version of the film.

Quantum of Solace is the much criticised 2nd act to Casino Roayle, a much shorter but action heavy film, the action is unfortunately not very well done, director Marc Forrester, much more at home with emotional drama akin to his earlier works 'Finding Neverland' and 'Kite Runner' doesn't seem quite sure where to put the camera during the frenetic fights and chases add to this horrible over-editing rendering certain scenes hard to watch. A lacklustre Villain doesn't help proceedings either but there's some beautiful scenery to look at and a range of solid performances.

Craig again is very good in the role and the few scenes which highlight the effect of his loss are a welcome to distraction for him to flex his acting chops, the final scene where he confronts Vesper's boyfriend the most human we've seen him, the man behind the agent but it's nowhere near the level of depth that Royale instills in the character. It's also a pleasant change to see a Bond film flow into another the previous films all being standalone adventures not allowing the character to grow, it could have been handled better it's not the best Bond film but it's certainly not the worst either.

Again picture and sound hold up very well but the special features are a bit superfluous and lacks a proper 'making of'. Ali in all one great film and one decent one, a welcome refresher in time for Skyfall.
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