Starting exactly from where “Casino Royale” left off, Quantum of Solace takes the viewer bang in the middle of a car chase. This is the first Bond Movie which is a sequel, rather than a stand alone movie like its predecessors. But that’s not the only thing different in the new Bond movie (the 22nd in the series). Despite the action, the focus is on the story too, co-written by Paul Haggis, writer & director of the Academy Award winning “Crash”.
Bond is seeking revenge for the death of former lover Vesper Lynd from the very organization she worked for and even betrayed him for it, although he may himself deny it. This leads him to an organization named “Quantum” which wants to control the world resources under the cover of protecting them headed by Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric). Along the way he meets Camille, who is on a mission of her own and puts up with Greene solely for that purpose. Bond needs to uncover the truth all the while being hunted from both sides – the corporation and his own agency which believes he’s gone rogue.
While some may argue that “Casino” was more entertaining, here Bond focuses more on getting the job done as opposed to getting into “fisticuffs”, especially in the second half. That’s not to say that the action scenes are not up to mark. It’s just that it feels a more structured movie than “Casino”.
However, true blue Bond aficionados may be disappointed by Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond. He is good, no doubt, but gone is the charm of the previous Bonds. He is calm on the surface but raging within, seeking answers for her death, while being confronted with more questions about loyalty and choosing sides. Daniel Craig’s Bond is quite different from “Casino” where the weight of pulling of a Bond movie was on those shoulders which played second lead to Angelina Jolie in “Tomb Raider”. Craig is more confident here and delivers in all departments.
The supporting cast also does its bit. Judi Dench is solid as ever as “M”. Mathieu Amalric as “Dominic Greene” may not be one of the best Bond villains but is one of the most realistic. Olga Kurylenko does her bit but don’t expect any skin show as there is none of it. And no, she does not sleep with Bond- another departure from the traditional Bond movies.
And they have even done away with the magic line – “The name’s Bond. James Bond”. This is indeed a different Bond in a different world.
All in all, a worthy addition to the Bond franchise.