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Casino Royale's Martin Campbell says Quantum of Solace was a mess

Jun. 20, 2011by:

It's rare to see a director openly bash a film, but when it does happen, it's generally entertaining. Martin Campbell won over the skeptical with his great Bond reboot, CASINO ROYALE, but is now, three years later, unleashing some harsh words about the follow-up film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

"Oh, I thought it was lousy,” Campbell told CraveOnline. “And hopefully this next one will be terrific. Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”

“I just thought the story was pretty uninteresting. I didn’t think the action was related to the characters. I just thought overall it was a bit of a mess really.”

Honestly, most of these criticisms are probably justified, but did I mention this is the Martin Campbell who just directed the critically lambasted GREEN LANTERN? You know what they say about those who live in glass houses...

It's unclear if GREEN LANTERN will turn out to be as big of a box office disaster as it was a critical one, but early indications say that could be the case for the film with a $300M production and marketing budget. It's currently sitting at $70M worldwide, and with a new blockbuster out practically every few days this summer (CARS 2 premieres this week), it's going to see huge dropoffs.

In short, Campbell has bigger things to worry about than a three year old movie.

Extra Tidbit: Is SOLACE better than LANTERN at least?
Source: Crave

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12:40AM on 06/22/2011

My thoughts

Yes, Green Lantern wasn't great. But the man directed GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE. He's more than qualified to say Quantum of Solace was a mess, which visually anyways, it totally was. I'm just glad he's not saying Thor or X-Men First Class is a mess, because that's another story entirely.
Yes, Green Lantern wasn't great. But the man directed GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE. He's more than qualified to say Quantum of Solace was a mess, which visually anyways, it totally was. I'm just glad he's not saying Thor or X-Men First Class is a mess, because that's another story entirely.
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10:05PM on 06/21/2011
I liked CR & QoS. That is all
I liked CR & QoS. That is all
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1:26PM on 06/21/2011
Campbell come back when you haven't made one of the worst films of the year.

CR is better than QoS, but QoS still works, and is quite exciting, and it's a great way to end all the threads from CR and fully create the Bond we are use to.
Campbell come back when you haven't made one of the worst films of the year.

CR is better than QoS, but QoS still works, and is quite exciting, and it's a great way to end all the threads from CR and fully create the Bond we are use to.
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10:26AM on 06/21/2011

I don't care if Lantern is being panned

do you remember the action scenes from Solace? I've never seen a director make things more incomprehensible.
do you remember the action scenes from Solace? I've never seen a director make things more incomprehensible.
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1:33PM on 06/21/2011
I love that opening car chase, and then the foot chase later on is quite good as well.
I love that opening car chase, and then the foot chase later on is quite good as well.
10:04PM on 06/21/2011
"...never seen a director make things more incomprehensible. "

Michael Bay?
"...never seen a director make things more incomprehensible. "

Michael Bay?
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2:57AM on 06/21/2011

CR & QoS were just O.K.


I gotta say that without the gadgets, it just doesn't feel like a Bond film. It feels like a generic action movie.

I'm not saying they should have invisible cars.

But there is real life spy gadgetry that they could utilize in a Tom Clancy-esque fashion that would be in keeping with this new realistic take on Bond. I think this would help the films maintain that Bond flavor.

I gotta say that without the gadgets, it just doesn't feel like a Bond film. It feels like a generic action movie.

I'm not saying they should have invisible cars.

But there is real life spy gadgetry that they could utilize in a Tom Clancy-esque fashion that would be in keeping with this new realistic take on Bond. I think this would help the films maintain that Bond flavor.
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12:13AM on 06/21/2011
Casino Royale needs a better sequel.
Casino Royale needs a better sequel.
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11:41PM on 06/20/2011

I Liked It...

... even though it had a ton of flaws. I dug the action, as well as it being a direct sequel to the events of Casino Royale. Also, I like how they are handling the emergence of SPECTRE. That scene in the stadium was the tits. The building thing at the end was goofy as crap though.
... even though it had a ton of flaws. I dug the action, as well as it being a direct sequel to the events of Casino Royale. Also, I like how they are handling the emergence of SPECTRE. That scene in the stadium was the tits. The building thing at the end was goofy as crap though.
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11:23PM on 06/20/2011
Quantum of Solace is the ONLY James Bond film that I could not enjoy on any level whatsoever. And it's the only Bond film I can honestly say I hate.

Green Lantern was a very "meh" film, but I did enjoy some levels of it. So yes, Green Lantern is by far better than QoS.
Quantum of Solace is the ONLY James Bond film that I could not enjoy on any level whatsoever. And it's the only Bond film I can honestly say I hate.

Green Lantern was a very "meh" film, but I did enjoy some levels of it. So yes, Green Lantern is by far better than QoS.
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10:07PM on 06/20/2011
Sequels are always going to look bad in comparison after an amazing opener. I thought QoS was enjoyable, but Casino Royale set the bar super high. It woulda been a better movie if it had a better story. The only thing really connecting it to CR was the man who was posing as Vesper's boyfriend and Mr. White. The new villian and story were really lame. I really hope that the next is much much better.
Sequels are always going to look bad in comparison after an amazing opener. I thought QoS was enjoyable, but Casino Royale set the bar super high. It woulda been a better movie if it had a better story. The only thing really connecting it to CR was the man who was posing as Vesper's boyfriend and Mr. White. The new villian and story were really lame. I really hope that the next is much much better.
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10:01PM on 06/20/2011
Quantum of Solace was not the masterpiece Casino Royale was, but it was by no means a complete disaster. It was a direct sequel to a previous Bond movie, of course Bond wouldn't be spouting off cheesy one-liners and playing with silly gadgets by then given the events of Casino Royale. Some scenes like the opening car chase and the Tosca scene I would consider standout Bond moments, too.
Quantum of Solace was not the masterpiece Casino Royale was, but it was by no means a complete disaster. It was a direct sequel to a previous Bond movie, of course Bond wouldn't be spouting off cheesy one-liners and playing with silly gadgets by then given the events of Casino Royale. Some scenes like the opening car chase and the Tosca scene I would consider standout Bond moments, too.
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8:52PM on 06/20/2011
As a standalone movie, Quantum is a little on the weak side. However, I think if it is watched back-to-back with Royale as one whole movie, it works.
As a standalone movie, Quantum is a little on the weak side. However, I think if it is watched back-to-back with Royale as one whole movie, it works.
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8:28PM on 06/20/2011
You know, as a person who generally disliked "Green Lantern," I can see what he's talking about. Because one of the positives of "Green Lantern" was that it had well-filmed action. Sure, the action was hokey and unimaginative, but it was filmed well just like "Casino Royale." Now "Quantum of Solace" was a mess in the action department. So from an action scene perspective, I can see Campbell's criticism as valid.
You know, as a person who generally disliked "Green Lantern," I can see what he's talking about. Because one of the positives of "Green Lantern" was that it had well-filmed action. Sure, the action was hokey and unimaginative, but it was filmed well just like "Casino Royale." Now "Quantum of Solace" was a mess in the action department. So from an action scene perspective, I can see Campbell's criticism as valid.
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8:16PM on 06/20/2011

Ring ring...

"Yeah, hello, is this The Kettle? Uh, it's The Pot. You are really, really black."

And as a side note, ATTN JoBlo: PLEASE fix your ads already because this is the 2nd or 3rd day in the last ten that they pop up out of control no matter what we click. I've stopped buying everything you advertise because it's getting fuckin ridiculous.
"Yeah, hello, is this The Kettle? Uh, it's The Pot. You are really, really black."

And as a side note, ATTN JoBlo: PLEASE fix your ads already because this is the 2nd or 3rd day in the last ten that they pop up out of control no matter what we click. I've stopped buying everything you advertise because it's getting fuckin ridiculous.
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8:15PM on 06/20/2011
I agree with him. I can't really hate on him for voicing his opinion. He's made the only two Bond films I can actually watch over and over, as well as a handful of other films I've liked quite a bit. Yes, "Green Lantern" could've and should've been much better, but I won't condemn him because of one trip-up out of a string of films I've liked.
I agree with him. I can't really hate on him for voicing his opinion. He's made the only two Bond films I can actually watch over and over, as well as a handful of other films I've liked quite a bit. Yes, "Green Lantern" could've and should've been much better, but I won't condemn him because of one trip-up out of a string of films I've liked.
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7:17PM on 06/20/2011
Martin Campbell made the best Brosnan Bond film (which also happened to revive the franchise) and the best Craig Bond film, so I think he's more than a little qualified to talk about the quality of the last one, regardless of the quality of Green Lantern. Now, if he had bashed Thor or some other superhero film, I could see where you are coming from.
Martin Campbell made the best Brosnan Bond film (which also happened to revive the franchise) and the best Craig Bond film, so I think he's more than a little qualified to talk about the quality of the last one, regardless of the quality of Green Lantern. Now, if he had bashed Thor or some other superhero film, I could see where you are coming from.
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6:57PM on 06/20/2011
I preffered Qantam to Casino Royale
I preffered Qantam to Casino Royale
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7:30PM on 06/20/2011
So you prefer bad movies to good movies.
So you prefer bad movies to good movies.
8:49PM on 06/20/2011
@dillisasexyman

This coming from a guy with a screen shot of the movie DareDevil as an avatar.
@dillisasexyman

This coming from a guy with a screen shot of the movie DareDevil as an avatar.
5:39PM on 06/20/2011
Green Lantern was a mess.
Green Lantern was a mess.
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5:34PM on 06/20/2011
Quantum of Solace isn't a Bond film. Its story has no gravitas and mainly serves to tie up loose ends from Casino Royale. Its like a tie-in comic book made into a movie. It has its moments, but its an epilogue to Casino Royale, not its own film.
Quantum of Solace isn't a Bond film. Its story has no gravitas and mainly serves to tie up loose ends from Casino Royale. Its like a tie-in comic book made into a movie. It has its moments, but its an epilogue to Casino Royale, not its own film.
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5:30PM on 06/20/2011
Yes, Quantum of Solace is better than Green Lantern (but not by much).
I agree with many of you though. Watch Solace with Casino Royale, you'll appreciate it more that way.
Yes, Quantum of Solace is better than Green Lantern (but not by much).
I agree with many of you though. Watch Solace with Casino Royale, you'll appreciate it more that way.
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7:29PM on 06/20/2011
Yea, Quantum of Solace is better viewed with Casino Royale. It's more like a companion piece to Casino Royale than a sequel.
Yea, Quantum of Solace is better viewed with Casino Royale. It's more like a companion piece to Casino Royale than a sequel.
5:21PM on 06/20/2011
Solace is better when watched in tandem with Casino Royale. Its not bad on its own, just nothing special. Green Lantern is a little better in my book.
Solace is better when watched in tandem with Casino Royale. Its not bad on its own, just nothing special. Green Lantern is a little better in my book.
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5:06PM on 06/20/2011

Douchebag!

While it could of been a tad bit better, you gotta hand it to Marc Foster for working whit what he had! The film wasn't bad. Of course it won't hold a candle to the brilliance that was Casino Royal.....you don't have to be a dick about it, Campbell!

You don't see me giving Walter Hill shit for Wild Bill!
While it could of been a tad bit better, you gotta hand it to Marc Foster for working whit what he had! The film wasn't bad. Of course it won't hold a candle to the brilliance that was Casino Royal.....you don't have to be a dick about it, Campbell!

You don't see me giving Walter Hill shit for Wild Bill!
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5:00PM on 06/20/2011
I enjoyed QoS quite a bit. It wasn't perfect but I love that it was a direct sequel to Casino Royale and that Bond was a stone cold bad ass in it. The bit at the end with the villain's body being found with motor oil in his stomache was awesome. However QoS didn't rock my face off like Casino did. Holy shit is that a great movie. So yeah Campbell is somewhat justified in saying this, but Green Lantern throws his credibility out a bit.

That said I can't facking wait till the third one comes
I enjoyed QoS quite a bit. It wasn't perfect but I love that it was a direct sequel to Casino Royale and that Bond was a stone cold bad ass in it. The bit at the end with the villain's body being found with motor oil in his stomache was awesome. However QoS didn't rock my face off like Casino did. Holy shit is that a great movie. So yeah Campbell is somewhat justified in saying this, but Green Lantern throws his credibility out a bit.

That said I can't facking wait till the third one comes out. Sam Mendes is terrific director and this could end up being the best of the already fantastic Craig series. They definitely need to finally reveal the secret organization that has been behind everything so far.
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4:46PM on 06/20/2011
Ironic coming from the man who made that mess of a film "Green Lantern"
Ironic coming from the man who made that mess of a film "Green Lantern"
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4:45PM on 06/20/2011
"Casino Royale" was brilliant. "Solace" was good but not great. That's more than can be said for the pile of shit that is Campbell's "Green Lantern". That movie, well its almost as dumb and forgettable as "Green Hornett". The two worst movies I've seen this year, in my opinion. The again I haven't seen "Big Momma 3". "Battle: LA" sucked pretty hard too.
"Casino Royale" was brilliant. "Solace" was good but not great. That's more than can be said for the pile of shit that is Campbell's "Green Lantern". That movie, well its almost as dumb and forgettable as "Green Hornett". The two worst movies I've seen this year, in my opinion. The again I haven't seen "Big Momma 3". "Battle: LA" sucked pretty hard too.
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4:16PM on 06/20/2011
Solace > Lantern
Solace > Lantern
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4:16PM on 06/20/2011
It just so happens that Martin Campbell's Bond movies are my two favorite, Goldeneye followed closely by Casino Royale. However, I have to disagree with Martin about QOS.
It just so happens that Martin Campbell's Bond movies are my two favorite, Goldeneye followed closely by Casino Royale. However, I have to disagree with Martin about QOS.
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4:12PM on 06/20/2011

I Like QoS

It's not great, but its good. Better than TWINE and DAD, easily.

And yeah, Campbell does have some balls considering the shitty reviews GL is getting. I haven't it yet myself, but still....
It's not great, but its good. Better than TWINE and DAD, easily.

And yeah, Campbell does have some balls considering the shitty reviews GL is getting. I haven't it yet myself, but still....
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4:12PM on 06/20/2011
I usually only tend to enjoy these things when its Uwe Boll going on a rant. This just sounds like a guy angry someone else got the position.
I usually only tend to enjoy these things when its Uwe Boll going on a rant. This just sounds like a guy angry someone else got the position.
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3:52PM on 06/20/2011

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"Green Lantern" > "Quantum of Solace".

Campbell is a great director.
"Green Lantern" > "Quantum of Solace".

Campbell is a great director.
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3:49PM on 06/20/2011
i thought they were both kinda boring...and i know more of you guys feel that way, too.
i thought they were both kinda boring...and i know more of you guys feel that way, too.
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3:24PM on 06/20/2011

Not as good as Casino Royale.

But what I do love about QoS is that it starts off with a car chase, and in it's entire running time contains a foot chase (across rooftops), a boat chase and a plane chase/fight.

That's foot, car, sea and air chases, all in one movie. It's like QoS realised Casino was building a newer, story driven Bond, and thought "Nah screw that" and crammed all of the actions scenes from the entire series into one movie.

Still I enjoy it, for what it is.
But what I do love about QoS is that it starts off with a car chase, and in it's entire running time contains a foot chase (across rooftops), a boat chase and a plane chase/fight.

That's foot, car, sea and air chases, all in one movie. It's like QoS realised Casino was building a newer, story driven Bond, and thought "Nah screw that" and crammed all of the actions scenes from the entire series into one movie.

Still I enjoy it, for what it is.
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3:16PM on 06/20/2011
"Quantum of Solace", I though was a good Bond movie. But it could have been better. But I still enjoyed it for what it was.

The movie would have been better off with Campbell coming back and directing it, since he did such a great job with "Casino Royale".
"Quantum of Solace", I though was a good Bond movie. But it could have been better. But I still enjoyed it for what it was.

The movie would have been better off with Campbell coming back and directing it, since he did such a great job with "Casino Royale".
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3:14PM on 06/20/2011
I liked Solace
I liked Solace
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3:08PM on 06/20/2011
I am so damn happy to hear him say this. Casino Royale was one of the greatest achievements in action filmmaking and blockbuster entertainment we've gotten in the past 10 - 12 years. Such a beautifully crafted film. Solace was absolutely awful in just about every category and one of the biggest letdowns.
I am so damn happy to hear him say this. Casino Royale was one of the greatest achievements in action filmmaking and blockbuster entertainment we've gotten in the past 10 - 12 years. Such a beautifully crafted film. Solace was absolutely awful in just about every category and one of the biggest letdowns.
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3:05PM on 06/20/2011

I agree

The film was no where near as good as Casino Royale, but it did have it's moments. Like he says though overall it was a mess, and I really wanted to like it and even convinced myself that I did at one point, but upon going back I've realized it's just not that good.

and also way to make an article about Campbell's thoughts on a Bond movie about Green Lantern Tassi. Wow... really? Why?
Next time we get an update on Star Trek 2 will the article also be about the box office reaction of Super 8?
The film was no where near as good as Casino Royale, but it did have it's moments. Like he says though overall it was a mess, and I really wanted to like it and even convinced myself that I did at one point, but upon going back I've realized it's just not that good.

and also way to make an article about Campbell's thoughts on a Bond movie about Green Lantern Tassi. Wow... really? Why?
Next time we get an update on Star Trek 2 will the article also be about the box office reaction of Super 8?
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3:13PM on 06/20/2011
I agree with you 100% WP-DFA. The "Green Lantern" reference is just stupid and immature and childish.
I agree with you 100% WP-DFA. The "Green Lantern" reference is just stupid and immature and childish.
3:19PM on 06/20/2011
The article was as much about Campbell as it was about Solace. I think when a director has the nerves to blast a movie he didn't direct, he should be ready to criticism about his own work.
The article was as much about Campbell as it was about Solace. I think when a director has the nerves to blast a movie he didn't direct, he should be ready to criticism about his own work.
3:54PM on 06/20/2011
If the article hadnt mentioned the failure of Green Lantern, people would have asked for it or talked about it in the strike back section. Green Lantern HAD to be mentioned. Stop crying fanboys.
If the article hadnt mentioned the failure of Green Lantern, people would have asked for it or talked about it in the strike back section. Green Lantern HAD to be mentioned. Stop crying fanboys.
4:53PM on 06/20/2011
@JimmyArrow - that's true, I mean I'm so glad that Tassi mentioned it, otherwise I don't think anyone would've criticized the movie. Oh, wait...

@Skellington - it HAD to be mentioned? Uh, no, no it didn't. I haven't seen the movie but am looking forward to it (though I don't know much about it) but regardless it didn't need to be mentioned at all and all it did was take away from the Bond discussion and throw some 'Green Lantern sucks and everyone thinks so so screw this guy cause he
@JimmyArrow - that's true, I mean I'm so glad that Tassi mentioned it, otherwise I don't think anyone would've criticized the movie. Oh, wait...

@Skellington - it HAD to be mentioned? Uh, no, no it didn't. I haven't seen the movie but am looking forward to it (though I don't know much about it) but regardless it didn't need to be mentioned at all and all it did was take away from the Bond discussion and throw some 'Green Lantern sucks and everyone thinks so so screw this guy cause he directed it amiright!' in there for everyone to rinse and repeat.
6:52PM on 06/20/2011
I don't understand your point. People are criticizing GL so Tassi can't talk about it? Again, the article was about Campbell shitting on someone else's work. It makes a lot more sense to criticize a bad movie that's still in theater than a bad movie that was released three years ago.

I don't understand your point. People are criticizing GL so Tassi can't talk about it? Again, the article was about Campbell shitting on someone else's work. It makes a lot more sense to criticize a bad movie that's still in theater than a bad movie that was released three years ago.

7:20PM on 06/20/2011
I never said he can't talk about it, I said what the hell is the point of talking about it in an article about Bond (especially when there's an article specifically on Green Lantern a couple of posts down). It's just unneeded bias that is basically bait for the strikeback section that in turns prevent discussion on the actual topic at hand (Casino Royale vs. Quantum of Solace). It's not like Campbell just randomly criticized it, in case you didn't read it he was asked the question and gave an
I never said he can't talk about it, I said what the hell is the point of talking about it in an article about Bond (especially when there's an article specifically on Green Lantern a couple of posts down). It's just unneeded bias that is basically bait for the strikeback section that in turns prevent discussion on the actual topic at hand (Casino Royale vs. Quantum of Solace). It's not like Campbell just randomly criticized it, in case you didn't read it he was asked the question and gave an honest answer to the interviewer.

Like I said, what's next? Talking about the disappointing box office reception of Super 8 when we get our next dose of Star Trek 2 news? Just sayin.
1:32PM on 06/21/2011
This article is not about Bond! It's about what Campbell said about a Bond film, there's a big fucking difference!

On top of that, when anyone, a director, actor, producer speaks out against a movie, it's entirely fair to critique that person's work as well, to see if they know what they are talking about.

Yes, Campbell made two of the best Bond movies (he also did "Goldeneye"), and relaunched Zorro to great success, but he also did "Legend Of Zorro", one of the worst sequels I have ever
This article is not about Bond! It's about what Campbell said about a Bond film, there's a big fucking difference!

On top of that, when anyone, a director, actor, producer speaks out against a movie, it's entirely fair to critique that person's work as well, to see if they know what they are talking about.

Yes, Campbell made two of the best Bond movies (he also did "Goldeneye"), and relaunched Zorro to great success, but he also did "Legend Of Zorro", one of the worst sequels I have ever seen, and the incredibly lame and boring "Vertical Limit", so it's not like he has a perfect track record until GL came along.

Your complainant holds no water, and I just wanted to tell you how dumb I personally find your argument here (this no way denotes how dumb/ smart I feel about you outside of this situation though).

Again, if someone is talking smack, why can't we throw their own crap back at them? Also, how is this a Bind article? He's talking about his opinion of the film, not about a new. As stated, huge fucking difference.
3:03PM on 06/20/2011
QOS really did throw away what was set up beautifully in CR. That being said, it's not the worst Bond film. CR has become one of my favorite in the series. Right next to Goldfinger.
QOS really did throw away what was set up beautifully in CR. That being said, it's not the worst Bond film. CR has become one of my favorite in the series. Right next to Goldfinger.
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3:01PM on 06/20/2011

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The balls on this guy... give me my money back for sitting through your shitty movie. The tallest midget is SOLACE and its by several feet.
The balls on this guy... give me my money back for sitting through your shitty movie. The tallest midget is SOLACE and its by several feet.
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