Having successfully given the 007 franchise a much needed revival with the adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, The producers of the Bond series gave themselves a tough act to follow.
So has Quantum Of Solace lived up to the expectations of countless Bond fanatics?
I have to say I really enjoyed this movie. The plot continues on from the end of Casino Royale, With all the staple requirements needed to make an entertaining story: car chases; incredible stunts; exotic locations and the obligatory sexy Bond girls.
Daniel Craig shines as 007, and although the script doesn’t have wall to wall witty quips as in the days of Roger Moore there are still humorous moments. The trend set in the previous film of not relying as heavily on outrageous gadgets has continued, and it takes the jeopardy up a notch when Bond gets into life threatening situations.
Bond begins the story a short time after the events of the last film. After capturing Mr White, Bond and M interrogate him about the mysterious organisation responsible for blackmailing Vesper, and they soon begin to realise that they are up against a deadlier threat than they could ever have imagined. Whilst on a mission which takes him across Europe and South America Bond discovers a plot by unscrupulous businessman Dominic Greene to secretly gain control of one of the world’s most important natural resources.
The supporting cast are of a high calibre, Olga Kurylenko & Gemma Arterton are more than just mere eye candy. Mathieu Amalric’s turn as Dominic Greene is entertainingly repulsive, and although there isn’t a great deal for Judi Dench to do as M she still manages to light up every scene she’s in.
All in all this is fantastic entertainment and bodes well for the future of the series, let’s hope Daniel Craig doesn’t want to revoke his licence to kill anytime soon.