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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace...I think the most of you know what I mean, it's the newest James Bond film.

Don't be afraid, you can read to the bottom of this entry, I won't tell you the finish :D

What I liked:
It begins like a real bond film, with a lot of potential to become a great film.

What I didn't like:
Plain characters, there are some people in the film which play a more or less important role but you simply don't know who they are.
Too much Bourne, more Bond would have been nice :D
Sequel in a sequel? James Bond is already a sequel, why begin a new intern sequel? Sequel means: open end, thats not what belongs into a bond film.

Overall:
Its quite a good action thriller, but if you want to see a real bond film, go and watch James Bond Goldfinger :D (Bond: "Do you want me to talk?" Goldfinger: "No, I just want you to die!" - epic dialogue!)

Hopefully they learn something and begin to think about what a James Bond film should definitely have (something happens, bond gets called to M, he gets a job, he goes to Q to get some fancy new stuff, bond meets a nice girl, he gets caught by the bad guy, somehow he manages to escape and fight against the bad guy, bond wins the last battle, even if one of his girls is dead he finds a new one, last scene: bond with his girl somewhere nobody else is ;) )

In casino royale this sequence of scenes gets interrupted when the film continues after bond and his girl are on the boat in Venice! If the film would have finished there, it would have been quite a good bond film (with some escapades).

In my opinion, for those of you who have seen casino royale and quantum of solace: They should have finished casino royale on the boat in Venice and started quantum of solace in Venice when bond finds out that his girl plays against him, then she gets killed and the story goes on.

4 comments:

Jon Pritchard said...

I agree with a lot of what you've said about Quantum. The characters are very thin, no _real_ villain. The film work's too hard to try and have a current and sexy plot about water and oil and stuffs up on the key bond themes: good villian, Aston Martins and good action sequences.

A few scenes in the film are very reminiscent of Bourne Ultimatum but I think this is another case of Sony ruining a movie.

iain said...

"something happens, bond gets called to M, he gets a job, he goes to Q to get some fancy new stuff, bond meets a nice girl, he gets caught by the bad guy, somehow he manages to escape and fight against the bad guy, bond wins the last battle, even if one of his girls is dead he finds a new one, last scene: bond with his girl somewhere nobody else is"

So, in this list, the only thing missing from Quantum of Solace is going to Q and the sex scene at the end.

What I liked about QoS (which I thought was one of the most enjoyable bonds since at least Brosnan started), was that there was a simple concept (no fancy ice castles or DNA transplant bollocks), they didn't try to sex it up (no girls in bathing suits gratuitiously climbing out of the water), the baddie was realistic not a supervillian, just a pawn in a larger organisation and the action was well paced and didn't feel like it was being dragged out to fill time.

Yes, you needed to know about Casino Royale to understand who some of the characters were, but complaining about a sequel because it follows on from the previous film is like complaining about Return Of the Jedi, cos it doesn't explain who Darth Vader is.

Flex said...

Thats not what I wanted to say when I've written about thin characters and sequel! It's not a problem that some characters have been introduced in the previous film, this has happened in other bond films too (like Blofeld). What I don't like in casino royale and QoS is the open end! I mean, what is quantum? You hear the word (from the titel of the film!!!!) only once! You have no idea what quantum is, who's behind it, what they are up to!

Q and his fancy stuff (which I think is quite important for a bond film!) and the final sex scene are not the only things missing. James Bond is more like a invincible superhero. He gets caught by the baddie? I don't think so, if there are some guys who want to get him he always is on top of the things and kills them. Does he go down even once? Compare it to Casino Royale, he gets caught, tortured and liberated.

These are my main complaints. Now we could start to talk about the other things missing like the phrase "My name is Bond, James Bond." or Moneypenny or the vodka martini, shaken not stirred.

I hope we will get to see some real bond films in the future.

James said...

Yes, if they'd moved the end of CR to QoS, they'd have had more time for poker in CR - for a movie about poker CR had very little.

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