Running time: 106 mins (approx)
Watched on DVD Thursday 18th June 2009.
Soundtrack: DTS 5.1
I did watch Casino Royale some time ago and found it a really great way to reboot the Bond franchise. I have read, and heard, a lot about ‘The Quantum of Solace’, not all of it good, but having just watched it I found it exciting, enthralling and a damn good watch. Admittedly they say you do have to have seen ‘Casino Royale’ to understand why Bond is behaving the way he is, but I don’t think it’s essential, there are enough references for you to figure it out.
We begin with a car chase, a great way to start many an action thriller. Guns blazing, the bad guys eventually get their comeuppance; I don’t think I’m giving anything away there! Bond drives to Sienna where M is waiting to question the prisoner he has in his boot (trunk in the US). There’s a double cross and this is where the action starts… I won’t go into too much detail about the plot, partly because it’s quite complicated and partly because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But very briefly, good guys, Bond, M…etc. against mysterious bad guys who we don’t even find out the name of until almost the end. Don’t worry, I won’t say it… Oh, and there’s a girl with revenge on her mind involved, and I reckon that’s about all I can tell you.
Great performance from Daniel Craig as Bond and Olga Kurylenko as Camille. Judi Dench was brilliant, as ever, as M and I thought Mathieu Amalric was adequate as Dominic Greene, the chief bad guy. Honourable mentions to Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.
Production wise, I couldn’t fault it, shot very well both on location and at Pinewood with, as usual, an excellent soundtrack. On the down side, the fight sequences did remind me of the ‘Jason Bourne’ films a bit too much, I expected something a little more original. Over all, just what we've come to expect from a modern Bond movie, it just lacked a little humour to lighten it up a bit, apart from that, most enjoyable.
My score: 8/10