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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Daniel Craig
Judi Dench
Giancarlo Giannini
Gemma Arterton
Mathieu Amalric
Olga Kurylenko
Paul Haggis
Directors
Marc Forster
Screenwriters
Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Running Time
105 minutes

Quantum of Solace
It’s The Dark Knight of James Bond movies.


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Quantum of Solace

Plot
Still angered by the death of Vesper Lynd, James Bond (Craig) goes after the shadowy international organisation he holds responsible, even when M (Dench) orders him to stand down. Bond clashes with Dominic Greene (Amalric), who is cornering Bolivia’s water supply, and teams with Camille (Kurylenko), who has her own mission of vengeance.


Verdict
A pacy, visually imaginative follow-up to the series relaunch. If it doesn’t even try to be bigger and better than Casino Royale, that’s perhaps a smart move in that there’s still a sense at the finish that Bond’s mission has barely begun and he’ll need a few more movies to work his way up to demolishing the apparently undefeatable Quantum organisation. As with The Dark Knight, the only real caveat is that while it’s exciting and imaginative, it’s not exactly anyone’s idea of fun. To keep in the game, perhaps the next movie – The Hildebrand Rarity? Riscio? The Property of a Lady? – could let the hero enjoy himself a bit more.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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