After taking some time to vent about Prometheus and X-Men: The Last Stand, it’s time to focus NOOOOvember’s lens on an iconic British character. His name is Bond. James Bond. And his 2008 adventure kept this would-be Bond girl disappointed until 2012’s Skyfall happily gave much more than a quantum of solace. But Quantum is still a frustrating misstep.
Having seen all three of Daniel Craig’s Bond films, I think of Quantum of Solace as the spam in an otherwise superb sandwich. You’ve got two nice, fresh pieces of bread with some delicious cheese and your favorite sauce, and then your teeth sink into the middle…and it’s spam. You’re thinking, how did this get into my sandwich? But you just don’t know, and you never will. Casino Royale and Skyfall are among my favorite action films, each with great stories, lethal villains, and a nice blend of character development, action, and sharp dialogue. In comparison, Quantum is kind of lifeless. But the nice thing about that is it makes it easy to forget. Wait, what were we talking about again…? Oh, yeah.
***WARNING: SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW***
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Synopsis: “James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.” –www.imdb.com
- Daniel Craig is reprising his role as James Bond?! I think I just swooned! Everyone doubted the blond-haired, blue-eyed Brit in the role, but he knocked my socks off in Casino Royale. Can’t wait to see those piercing baby blues again…Sorry, did you say something? I was fantasizing preoccupied.
- Oooh who’s this new villain? Dominic Greene? He has an indistinct European accent and is a brunette—two qualities he shares with Casino Royale’s villainous Le Chiffre. Surely that means he’ll be an equally intriguing bad guy, right?
- Jeffrey Wright is returning as the CIA’s Agent Felix Leiter? Awesome! He and Bond have a great rapport. It’ll be nice to see them together—maybe for a longer amount of time?
- Gasp! The mysterious Mr. White is captured! Gasp! Bond’s toting a big ol’ gun! Gasp! He’s riding a motorcycle onto a boat! Gasp! Explosions! Gasp! Gunfire! SO MUCH ACTION! It’s going to be awesome!
- Oh there’s action. So much freaking action that you can hardly figure out what’s going on. There are four—count ‘em—four huge fight scenes crammed into the first 30 minutes. Um, can we slow down and take a breather here? Because you know how much character development we’re getting? Nada.
- The villain is lame. For God’s sake, we had Le Chiffre playing a mean game of cards, poisoning people, crying blood, and enacting the absolute worst torture method a male could possibly imagine. What does Greene do? Almost pushes someone off a balcony, buys some land, and clumsily swings around an axe. He has an evil agenda, and he does have a chick drowned in oil, which is creepy, but he’s just not the caliber of Bond villain you’d expect.
- Felix Leiter returns, but he does next to nothing. You could say the same for the return of Bond’s reluctant friend, Mathis, though he has a slightly more significant role to play. If these characters are going to be there, they need more of a purpose.
- I’m sorry—Camille is no Vesper. Eva Green can act circles around Olga Kurylenko.
- This film leans so heavily on Casino Royale that it almost feels like a “part two” or something. I’m no Bond expert, but isn’t each film usually kind of independent?
- Bond’s team turns against him?! Seriously?! That is so ridiculously counterproductive and silly that I have no idea where to begin…so maybe it’s best to end here.
How to Recover: You know what iconic action hero doesn’t have a disappointing sequel? Freaking Batman. The Dark Knight is easily one of the best sequels ever made. So go watch that, my friends, and remember that action sequels don’t always have to leave you feeling blue.
Hope you’ve been enjoying NOOOOvember 2013 so far! Plenty more to vent about, so check back soon for some new posts! 🙂