The Cast and Crew
Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright;
Screenwriters: Paul Haggis,Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Executiveproducers: Callum McDougall, Anthony Waye
Director of photography: Roberto Schaefer;
Production designer: Dennis Gassner;
Music: David Arnold;
Costume designer: Louise Frogley;
Editors: Matt Chesse, Richard Pearson
Production companies: Danjaq, United Artists, Columbia Pictures.
Quantum of Solace has a quantum of high-speed action and breathless chases but no solace to the faithful James Bond fans. This Bond is like any other vengeance seeker minus the usually sauve I am Bond, James Bond that we know who drinks Martinies, shaken and not stirred. Even the signature tune of Bond films is missing.
Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a villain who may know who killed his girlfriend Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.
There is this mysterious Quantum organisation, headed by the ruthless Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) who has plans to take complete control of the world’s vital resources. Bond meets Camille (Olga Kurylenko) who also has an axe to grind against the Bolivian General.
Bond breaks all rules to avenge Vesper’s death in a journey which takes him from Italy to Austria, Britain, Haiti and Bolivia. Meanwhile, his boss M (Judi Dench) sends Agent Fields (Gemma Arterton) to bring the rogue 007 back home.
Daniel Craig gives a good performance as an action man with a mission. Mathieu Amalric as Greene is quite competent. Olga Kurylenko is convincing. Being a predominantly action oriented, the lead actors have only a grim obsessive expression.
This is technically well produced film. Director Marc Forster concentrated more on action than on drama or nicities. The cinematography is breathtaking and the editing is crisp. Second unit director Dan Bradley and stunt coordinator Gary Powell have given some racy adge-of-the-seat action sequences. Audiography and background music are good.
Quantum of Solace is for action lovers. Those who missed Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale may miss the Vesper Lynd connection. However, those who are in love with Ian Fleming’s Bond played by Sean Connery may be disappointed.
A single point mission of vengeance to avenge a personal loss is not what the audience expect from James Bond.
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar