Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
Release Date: 31st October 2008 (UK)
In my household, this one was known by anyone listening to me as Quan of Sore Arse. The bar was raised high by Bond’s return in Casino Royale so its sequel would naturally have a lot to live up to and the producers were obviously looking to continue in the different path that meant Casino Royal succeeded where Die Another Day did not. So a more experimental, breaking the rules approach was tempting. Except that thanks to bloody Mr. Forster and his friends who suddenly took over from the Bond family in this one’s production, its not exactly a brilliant idea to do this for Bond.
The story is about as strong as your average corpse. With the last film, it had the longest running time of any Bond film and therefore it gave time for the story to breath, but here it is so unnecessarily fast paced, once you are fully conversant with what happens in one scene, the film is practically on the one after it! It does somewhat make the call for repeat viewings, but not for the right reason, because you will want to make sure what happened and will probably be as indifferent to the story on repeat viewings as I was the first time I saw it.
There was something of a changing of the guard in who was on the other side of the camera on this one. This has a lot to do with new director Marc Forster and his ‘we do this because I can’ style of directing movies. Small things like henchmen Elvis finding humour in Tosca are never explained, neither is his wig or why we are supposed to care about him. Or why the villain Dominic Green’s only major trademark is having a hotel miles and miles away from the rest of humanity. If things like this were just simply explained instead of quickly glossed over, it would have paid high dividends. As it stands, they aren’t and just like MK 12’s self indulgent opening title sequence, it feels like just a failed attempt at style over substance and nothing more.
Quantum of Solace is an interesting diversion for sure, but little else. Something I don’t think can be said for the next in the series, 2012’s Skyfall.