If I were to cut Quantum of SoIace some slack for having the impossible task of following up Casino Royale it would still be a disappointment.
The film brings the Bond series back to a villain with a diabolical scheme for… power? Money? I don’t no what Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) end game was. Under the guise of some sort of business man, he strong arms a new leader into Bolivia so he can steal their water. This will leave the poor people of Bolivia to die of thirst if they don’t pay for his markup water. At least, that is what I think is happening. We see poor people standing by a dripping pipe, so I can only suppose that is their only source of water.
It is also unclear how controlling Boliva’s water to sell at an inflated price will work. Who are they selling to? The poor people? They don’t have money. It is why they are poor. Good luck with getting blood from that stone.
According to Daniel Craig, his 2nd round as 007 had only a “bare bones script” at the start of shooting, then a writer’s strike prevented them from hiring anyone to finish it. As per union rules, Craig and director Marc Forster became the only two people who were allow to write scenes as they shot the film. Other actor’s had to “improvise” missing dialogue. When the strike ended before shooting wrapped up, a spec writer was hired to reshape some scenes for the last half of the film. This partly explains why the plot is a bit of a mess and is perhaps a reason why Dame Judi Dench in her role as “M” has more dialogue than Bond does.
Besides the disappointing plot, the action is a frantic mess of quick cuts, close ups, and shaky cameras that would make Michael Bay dizzy. The parachute drop scene, specifically, stands out. It begins with Bond pointing a dying plane straight up to (I’m guessing) gain enough altitude to safely parachute to the ground, only to wait until the very last second to open it for what should have been a bone shattering landing.
Now for the continuing competition with my wife, Sarah to guess how long it would take Bond to first get laid during each of these films. It was her turn to roll the dice and she got a *five* and a *one* which meant I had to choose if Bond would get laid before or after 51 minutes. I went with under.
Can you believe Craig took 55 minutes! I got mathematically eliminated over a lousy four minutes! Congrats to Sarah… I guess… Man, these grapes are sour.
Sarah – 11
Mars – 7
It must be bewildering for Martin Campbell to see what he built for two Bond reboots, GoldenEye and Casino Royale, only to be dismantled by subsequent films. The teardown during Pierce Brosnan films was a gradual decline, but not for Craig. Quantum of Solace makes an abrupt about-face back to the tropes and trappings that the series was previously willing to break away from.
Get more Bond in you!
From Russia With Love
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Man With the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
For Your Eyes Only
A View To A Kill
The Living Daylights
Licence To Kill
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Die Another Day
Quantum of Solace
Never Say Never Again