After a bit of a break with James Bond, I have returned to get the second of the Daniel Craig Bonds with Quantum of Solace.
When I first saw this, I was very disappointed. After the stunning success that was Casino Royale, I had high expectations for this film and, honestly, it fell flat for me.
James Bond becomes involved in a case to try and stop a shadowy and mysterious international organization from doing general bad guy stuff (it is not clear). The story leads Bond to a environmentalist named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who was involved in an assassination attempt on M. There is a storyline involving a South American despot too, but it is fairly convoluted.
I still enjoyed the performance of Daniel Craig, and I also enjoyed the relationship that they were building between Bond and M (Judi Dench), but the rest of this action film was just blah. The villain was forgettable. The story was lacking. They did not give me much specifics to care about anything that was happening here.
They tried to recreate the stunning foot chase scene from Casino Royale, but this one was a pale imitation.
There are some good action set pieces, including a thrilling scene with airplanes, but action without reason or connection is Transformers movies. Especially after the rousing masterpiece of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was all the more lacking.
Daniel Craig holds no level of disappointment though as he continues to be outstanding as a grittier, more hard nosed Bond than we have seen before. There is a feeling that this guy would rip your throat out if he felt like it. This Bond is a killer first whereas the other Bonds are more of a lover first. Craig did have some solid emotional moments too though, specifically in a scene with Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini).
Sadly, this movie feels like a placeholder between Casino Royale and Skyfall, which will be up next. I have just two more Bond films (three if I choose to go back for the 1967 Casino Royale) and Skyfall has been one of my favorites since it came out. We’ll see if it holds up.