Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in this thrilling, action-packed adventure which starts shortly after Casino Royale ends. Betrayed by the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious “Quantum” organization. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralize “Quantum” before it’s too late!
Never before in the Bond franchise have two films been linked so tightly together. Watching Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace back to back is more enjoyable than the three Bourne movies as a whole. If you don’t watch the prior film before this one however, you will be somewhat lost. There are character names mentioned and events referenced that took place in Casino Royale that might leave you a tad confused if you’re new to the Bond scene.
The thing I enjoyed most about the new chapter was that it wasn’t your typical spy movie. Instead of a gadget wielding secret agent, Bond is on a hunt for vengeance this time around. I’ve already made a note to not make a guy like Daniel Craig mad, because when you get him going, there’s just no stopping him. He’s a complete machine when it comes to the stunts he will pull.
The only thing I really didn’t care for in the movie was Dominic Greene. He was played by Mathieu Amalric, and he had to be one of the top three worst Bond villains ever. It wasn’t that he began the film as an environmentalist; he just didn’t convince me that he would be capable of beating up Jerry Seinfeld. Having Paul Haggis return as the screenwriter once again was a great choice well. Haggis is most famous for writing the Best Picture movie Crash.
Blu-ray special features are plentiful including: “Another Way To Die” music video, behind-the-scenes clips, and numerous featurettes which give you insightful views into the making of the film.
If you’re a Bond fan, you have to check it out. If you’re new the Bond world, then pick up Casino Royale and then check out this one.
Review by Charlie Giltenboth