Friday, April 10, 2009

Quantum of Solace

We have been slowly working our way through the Bond Films in order, but I was interested in seeing the most recent one so we skipped ahead. Released in 2008, this is the 22nd spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The title was chosen from a 1960 short story in Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only, though the film does not contain any elements of the original story.

Quantum of Solace is a sequel to Casino Royale. The story picks up minutes after the end of the previous film. In the movie, Bond battles Dominic Greene, a member of the Quantum organization. Posing as an environmentalist, Greene intends to stage a coup d'├ętat in Bolivia to take control of its water supply. Bond seeks revenge for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd, and is assisted by Camille Montes, a Bolivian Secret Service Agent, who is also seeking revenge for the death of her family.

In addition to Daniel Craig as James Bond, the cast includes Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes, Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, Judi Dench as M, Gemma Arterton as MI6 Agent Strawberry Fields and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. This marked the first time the same actor played Leiter twice in a row.

Two random comments about the movie... First, it is almost non-stop stunts and special effects. It has less plot and more action than probably any of the other Bond films. Second, Sharon and I visited Siena in 1996. We were reminded by the scenes shot there early in the movie that we wished we had spent more time there.

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