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Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

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1 November 2008 | fig00003
5
| Quantum Of Solace
This is my first review in IMDb (my first port-of-call for movie opinions) and unfortunately it's simply a reaction to what has been, this morning, a disappointing experience.

Unlike Casino Royale, which was as direct as a bullet from a gun, QoS spends a sizeable chunk of it's running time meandering aimlessly.

Firstly though, the intro car chase is in the style of an agitated, edit-obsessed director which means the entire scene is viewed in short random bursts from a multitude of angles - Fine, if that's your bag.

What follows is a series of action set pieces which are at turns exciting, manic and messy, but after which the film becomes flat and a little direction-less. That's not to say that there is little in the way of bullets and babes but the simple facts are that the set pieces are really not very exciting, and worse still the characters are pretty bland, in comparison to those in Casino Royale.

You'll struggle to think of a main bond villain that is less interesting than Dominic Greene, and agent Fields is utterly pointless in every aspect other than brief eye-candy.

As is mentioned in other reviews it is Judy Dench and Daniel Craig that keep this movie from leaving the tracks entirely but it doesn't bode well for future outings if this is to be the new template.

In short Casino Royale rejuvenated the franchise but Quantum Of Solace has gone some way to spoiling it's success.

The theme song isn't too good either, and just like the film it gets a tad messy at times. Get Chris Cornell back for the next one.

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Trivia

Gemma Arterton won the part of of Agent Fields over fifteen hundred other applicants. The full name of her Miss Fields character is never revealed in the film and is only ever referred to as "Fields". Her full name is given in the film's closing credits and publicity documents as "Strawberry Fields," named after the 1967 song by The Beatles. She has red hair, like strawberries. Strawberry Fields can be considered a typical Ian Fleming-esque moniker. Arterton has reportedly based her character on a few 1960s Bond Girls, particularly Pussy Galore and Tracy di Vicenzo, on whose hairstyle Arterton based Fields' hair. She's the fifth major redheaded Bond Girl in the franchise, the first four being Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in Thunderball (1965); Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); Helga Brandt (Karin Dor) in You Only Live Twice (1967); and Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).


Quotes

Carabinieri on Radio: Station from Patrol 48 - grey Aston Martin followed by a black Alfa Romeo driving towards the quarries. Gunshot fire.


Goofs

During the opening car chase it is clear that this is filmed on the northern part of Lake Garda through the mountain passes and tunnels. After the quarry scene Bond is now suddenly driving into Sienna which happens to be around 150 miles from Verona, Lake Garda's main City location.


Crazy Credits

The iconic "James Bond gun barrel" sequence, not seen in its traditional format since Die Another Day, is incorporated into the closing credits.


Alternate Versions

Following an advisory screening of a rough cut the film was pre-cut on BBFC advice before official submission to the Board for a formal cinema classification, with edits made in two scenes in the finale. At this point it was officially passed "uncut" as a 12A. More detailed notes can be found on the BBFC's website. Worldwide versions are this same pre-cut version.


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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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