QUANTUM OF SOLACE is best viewed as s econd part of a film.
It helps if you rewatch CASINO ROYALE. The beats in the action bring this out when you combine both films as one story. Daniel
Craig is back as James Bond. QUANTUM OF SOLACE begins a few minutes after the end of CASINO ROYALE. Bond is transporting Mr.
White to M while being chased by other cars with gunmen shooting from those cars. The opening sequence isn't bad, but it isn't
as thrilling as many other openings seen in James Bond films. However, the film does get better from there except for the
dreadful opening theme song which has good music exept the singing and lyrics are just downright awful.
Bond is out
for vengeance against a mysterious organization called Quantum who made Vesper betray Bond. Bond's trail leads to a so-called
eco company run by Domic Greene. Dominic and Quantum are helping a general gain control of Boliva again. Greene has the CIA
fooled that his company has found oil while his plan is something else dealing with causinga drought. Bond teams up with Camille
(Olga Kurylenko) who is out to kill the General who killed her family in front of her as a kid. Daniel Craig works as Bond.
His anger flows as he tries to learn to forgive and say he was wrong (like in the case when he needs help from Mathis). Olga
Kurylenko is excellent as Camille. QUANTUM OF SOLACE is closest to Bond films like FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS,
and LICENSE TO KILL. I wonder where the thing with QUANTUM will go since they are like a mysterious organization like SMERSH
or SPECTRE. The scene at the opera house is a highlight as Bond starts to figure who is involved. Mr. White (the guy who Bond
shot in the leg in CASINO ROYALE's end) is a very slippery character and I hope he returns for a future Bond film. Please
see CASINO ROYALE again before watching this new Bond film. It will increase your enjoyment of this one.
DISC ONE only has the two theatrical trailers and a music video for ANOTHER WAY TO DIE. The majorities of extras are on disc two. The amount
of extras point to a better special edition to be released right before the next Bond film.
BOND ON LOCATION- A 24 minute featurette that goes to all of the locations used in the film from Italy to Panama
to Chile. Features interviews with cast and crew
OF SHOOTING- one of five brief featurettes that cover some of the same material in the BOND ON LOCATION featurette
LOCATION- A shorter version of parts of BOND ON LOCATION
KURYLENKO AND THE BOAT CHASE- two minute featurette that goes behind-the-scene
of filming the boat chase and features stunt training with Olga
MARC FORSTER- it’s all about the director of QUANTUM OF SOLACE
MUSIC- look at the recording of the music score and the song for the title sequence
FILES- several crew video blogs that were originally on the film’s web site that take you behind-the-scenes of the new
film. The blogs are book ended by two bits by producer Michael G. Wilson
ANALYSIS- QUANTUM OF SOLACE is a good follow-up to CASINO ROYALE- like
a second part of a film where CASINO ROYALE is part one. Hopefully a better special
edition will be out sooner than later with more extras that extensively cover aspects of the production in more detail and
have an audio commentary.
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