Nov 16 2008
Quantum of Solace
4 stars out of 5
I was wowed by Casino Royale, a story that gave us a bonus act to finish fleshing out the genesis and arrival of a new secret agent who was refreshingly old school. My dad had the Ian Fleming novels on his bookshelf, and this Bond reminded me very much of the Bond I grew up with my imagination. This Bond isn’t afflicted by quip-itis, doesn’t have the gadgets written in just for the finale, or the preposterous encyclopedic memory. Instead, he is good at precisely one thing, getting his hands dirty in the service of his country.
However, as I read the reviews for Quantum of Solace, the second film in the rebooted James Bond franchise, it quickly became clear to me that people by and large didn’t know what to do with this film. After all, it has a weird title and action sequences by the people that did the Bourne movies, so it must be dreck, right?