James Bond reviews

Posted on: 02/12/2008

Quantum of Solace

Three authors, Ben Moncrieffe, Rosie Wilson and Jack Dunford review the latest James Bond film

Ben Moncrieffe’s opinion:

A few years ago Daniel Craig burst on to our screens as the first blond James Bond in Casino Royale. He was often reminiscent of the iconic Scotsman Sean Connery, “Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.” Quantum of Solace, for me, didn’t have this.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the limitless action and Bond’s lust for vengeance driving the plot. But where was the careless sleeping around fuelled by his faultless charm? And the gadgets that James is famous for?

Well for starters his beautiful Aston Martin featured for all but a few minutes before being benched for a various array for Fords. How disappointing. Then he does fraternise with two different women actually, but is still feeling for the loss of his dear Vesper.

It is a good film and defiantly worth seeing but perhaps after the absolute stunner that was Casino Royale, perhaps Quantum has tried too hard with its confusing plot line.

Rosie Wilson’s opinion:

Unfortunately, the best part of Quantum of Solace came and went in the opening five minutes.

Its theme song, Another Way to Die, is excellent and pairs together the unlikely duo of Jack White and Alicia Quays to great success. However, good as their soaring vocals were, I began to expect the worst as I watched the strange accompanying images.

The sight of Daniel Craig strutting across a barren landscape did not bode well for the rest of the film. My suspicions proved correct – the film had one of the most confusing and overly intricate plots I’ve ever come across.

The special effects were impressive but the director had obviously become completely over-excited, bombarding the audience with a bewildering array of different vehicle chases. If only the song had been longer.  

Jack Dunford’s opinion:

Unlike the last film, which was made only to sell Sony equipment, the new Bond film has no purpose at all. 

The plot seems to be the result of two previous Bond films (Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day) meeting in a bar, getting a bit tipsy, and having rumpy pumpy in the local Travelodge. The storyline is scraped together from these two movies DNA, and yet leaving any trace of original material out of it. 

One thing which isn’t in the film, which was in the previous two, is gadgets. The closest Bond gets is a simple camera which, due to the fictional use of technology, allows him to see the pictures instantly after being taken. 

Bond spends the entire length of the film searching for this bloke who somehow has a connection with his (now dead) girlfriend. His intentions are simple, kick the crap out of this fiend. However, once he does meet him, Bond doesn’t perform, and ends up leaving him to Interpol. A let down, and a waste of two good hours of which could have been spent producing critical garbage such as this. 

This film is a bore. It will probably take the place of Moonraker to broadcasting companies as an easy thing to put on at Christmas day to fill up airtime.

What did you think of the film? Do you agree with our reviewers? Add your comments below.


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