Westside Steve Posted December 4, 2008 Report Share Posted December 4, 2008 Quantum Of Solace Sony PG 13 106 min James Bond is as enduring as an international icon as Elvis, Sinatra or the Beatles, though among them only Bond lives in reality and fiction. You may say, “Wait a minute! There was never a real James Bond” and I’d say sure there is. He’s Sean Connery and though many have played the role (and despite the fact Ian Fleming envisioned David Niven in the role) every one is compared to him. Even though the franchise has slowly drifted away from the suave Fleming character it didn’t seem synthesized until Roger Moore donned the tuxedo and sipped a vodka martini; shaken not stirred. The legend of Bond has grown in past years as the original stream of novels dried up and as the nearly magical spy gadgets became a bigger part of the show. Those have taken a back seat in the last couple films as Daniel Craig takes the helm as a tougher more somber Bond. Craig’s CASINO ROYALE is the foreword to QUANTUM OF SOLACE and if you’re into continuity you may want to go back and review that one. I found myself a little confused having forgotten some of the characters and motivations from a year ago. Here we find the usual international bad guys, super secret organizations and sinister world scale mischief. In ROYALE Bond’s paramour and possible betrayer winds up on the wrong side of the grass, as do so many of his ladies. With a chance for revenge at hand M (Judi Dench) wonders whether he’s the right man to investigate, well, whatever it is that needs investigated. This shadow organization includes the creepy Mr. Green, a greedy bastard with plans of controlling the world’s most precious resource. Yeah I know, not being eco friendly is a big crime in the PC world. The whole plot is unfortunately a little muddy and you may wonder just what all the spectacular chase scenes, impressive location shots, fights and gunfire are for. What we do know is that we don’t like Mr. Green or his nasty South American dictator buddy or the guys who are framing as a renegade. As long as a PG 13 rating is necessary in order to rake in the huge dollars it’s going to be very hard to make the bad guys personally evil enough to work up a properly vehement aversion. Global domination, eh? Like the song says, “Everybody wants to rule the world.” As usual what’s good is very good but the series may be reverting to its old habit of allowing the production to eclipse the story. C+ WSS firstname.lastname@example.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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