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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

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I’ve loved Bond movies just about as long as I can remember – it is one of the few franchises (both in the mediums of film and book) that has consistently embraced the concept of crafting an experience of genuine adventure. And while the series may have lost its way in a few of the films leading up to GOLDENEYE and the two after TOMORROW NEVER DIES, fundamentally it has ever been about a man, albeit a very capable and self-assured man, getting swept up in an adventure much bigger than himself and having to find his way. Yes he possesses training in all sorts of skills ranging from close quarters combat to parachuting to driving a manual car at high speeds, but at the end of the day the most engaging Bond stories have always focused on what happens to a human being when they are tested in the way Bond is constantly tested.

Bond as a superhero is utterly uninteresting – Bond as a trained human being having to constantly make difficult decisions and live with the consequences of those decisions is utterly fascinating. And QUANTUM OF SOLACE has the cojones to make an entire movie that is a thinly veiled metaphor for Bond’s own internal struggles with the track his life has taken, a movie that completely embodies the revelation that Bond shares to Vesper towards the end of CASINO ROYALE. “I have no armor left. You’ve stripped it from me.” Which is exactly what QUANTUM OF SOLACE does to Bond, and as an audience member I am extremely thankful for it.

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"It'd be a pretty cold bastard who didn't want revenge for the death of someone he loved."

QUANTUM OF SOLACE was caught right in the middle of the 2007/2008 Writer’s Strike, and it so star Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster were therefore the only people who could really do anything to fix up the half-finished script. As Daniel Craig stated about the situation, “a writer I am not.” Which makes me wonder and long for what could have been had the full breadth of preparation and resources been available to Forster and Craig, though I still believe they did a fantastic job anyway. But it isn’t fair to say I really enjoyed this movie because of what it could have been – that isn’t a fair rubric of judgment. So it’s just as well that I still find there to be a whole host of reasons as to why QUANTUM OF SOLACE was not only an important, but indeed essential, step forward for the Bond franchise.

While I believe Marc Forster to be a very talented director in possession of a strong visual sense, I won’t spend a great deal of time in deconstructing his technical skill as it would just take too long to go through each shot of the movie. But suffice it to say, from the forward momentum of the striking opening moments which draws in the audience to the chaos of the gunfight and chase after the opera, Forster’s framing and camera movement speaks volumes as to the direction in which the story and characters are being propelled.  Not to mention working also to make what is just a very pretty movie indeed.

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"When someone says "We've got people everywhere", you expect it to be hyperbole! Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression. It doesn't mean that they've got somebody working for them inside the bloody room!"

And speaking of the opening chase, while I must eat my words a bit by saying that the car chase itself is shot rather messily, I am still convinced that the action and events themselves hold enormous revelatory power about Bond as a character and the state of his psyche at this time. As a direct sequel to Martin Campbell’s CASINO ROYALE (albeit unintended), QUANTUM OF SOLACE immediately faced the difficult question of how to remind us where we last left Bond in terms of his emotional scarring and the cold fury which drives him. And while some of the best dialogue in the film surrounds the exposition drop necessary to really bring the audience up to speed (i.e. the first two exchanges between Bond and M), Forster elects to use the choices Bond makes in the opening two action sequences to tell us exactly who Bond is and what he’s going through.

The reckless and brutal nature of the way in which he deals with the men he is pursuing – both in the car chase and the following foot chase/gun fight – gives an absolutely clear indication of who Bond is, what he is capable of, how much he wants what he is after, and how blunt he is willing to be to achieve those much-desired objectives.  And even if Bond does turn into a bit of a superhero with regards to how much abuse he takes physically, the fact he takes so much abuse and yet carries on clearly shows us that Bond is willing to go through anything and everything to accomplish his personal mission.  This is of course echoed later in the film with Camille’s line “there is something horribly efficient about you.” By the time these opening scenes are done, we know everything we need to know about who this Bond is. It is a prologue that actually serves a clear and necessary purpose beyond of merely being cool or setting up the story’s Maguffin. Which are also two things that the opening of QUANTUM OF SOLACE, not to be outdone by the mediocrity of something like DIE ANOTHER DAY, does with ease.

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"My friends call me Dominic."
"I'm sure they do."

QUANTUM OF SOLACE is, to its credit, actually a very funny film. Sure the humor is altogether in the vein of dry British wit/irony, and it often comes at a quick pace and so is easily passed by, but it is most definitely there all throughout the film. Every instance I’ve seen QUANTUM OF SOLACE I’ve laughed out loud multiple times, which is something I cannot claim for most of the other Bond movies that I have seen (even the ones I love). Not that I only think a movie is good if I laugh out loud – I just believe that bringing the humor, sarcastic and ironic though it may be, back into the Bond franchise was an extremely important step in restoring Bond to the state of a complete human being.

Also to QUANTUM OF SOLACE’s credit is (what I imagine to be) its honesty about the world Bond lives in. When his fellow spy Mathis dies, he dies awfully, brutally, and just as sorrowfully alone as a man in his position might. Witnessing a friend and fellow spy die be murdered in order to get to Bond, and then having to hide the body in a dumpster, allows Bond to take the first true steps on his journey towards self-awareness. Which is what I firmly believe this whole film to be about, even if the film as a whole suffers from feeling a bit more like a side-quest than a full product.

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"I think you're so blinded by inconsolable rage that you don't care who you hurt. When you can't tell your friends from your enemies, it's time to go."

Now admittedly, the road to self awareness is not without hiccups. The plot’s momentum quickly ramps up as the film progresses, allowing for a succession of overly convenient developments to facilitate said momentum. Randomly finding a plane/runway in the middle of the desert, then being in just the right place to discover Greene’s plan, etc… Things happen too easily in the last act of QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and while that may merely be due to the Writer’s Strike that doesn’t change the fact that the film in its current state takes several small but annoying leaps of faith in order to advance an already fast-moving plot.  In this regard QUANTUM OF SOLACE almost manages to find itself on the exact opposite end of the spectrum from CASINO ROYALE, which took so much time drawing out every explanation and step in Bond's process that it lags a fair amount upon repeated viewings.  And yes, I'll say it - Mathieu Amalric's "hyahs" during the final fight sound absurd.  I don't know where that decision came from or why it was allowed.

But for every leap of faith the plot takes there is a truly beautiful and exciting moment/sequence to match, with none more so than the silent shoot-out during the opera.  Not only is this moment gripping, unique amongst the other action scenes in the movie, and beautifully shot/constructed, but it also manages to draw plain and important parallels with Bond himself and the story he is driving.  This sequence highlights the almost operatic scope of Bond's character and mission, painting in broad strokes all of Bond's hopes, fears, and sorrows.  And so even upon a first viewing it immediately became one of my favorite sequences in the entire history of the Bond franchise, not just because of the fantastic work it does on a technical level but in terms of how it is so intricately tied in to the greater mood and methods of this particular story's telling.

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"Bond, I need you back."
"I never left."

Now if you'll bear with me for a moment, I'm going to make an observation about something that may have been wholly unintended by the writers/Craig/Forster but still very much exists.  In QUANTUM OF SOLACE, Greene's plan is to create a drought and thereby control the water supply of Bolivia.  He is, whether the people know it or not, attempting to control them through that same primal place of fear that will inspire any of us to do most anything in exchange for self-preservation.  Likewise with Bond - the beginning of QUANTUM OF SOLACE finds Bond with a drought in his soul, and his journey though this film then becomes all about discovering a way to release, let go, and find a way to live again as even a halfway functioning human being.  All Bond wants to desperately do as the story goes on is find a way to preserve himself in the wake of his recent revelations about who he has become and what mistakes he has made.  And so QUANTUM OF SOLACE is actually an exceedingly personal tale, one that isn't afraid to be all about a damaged man traversing the terrifying map of who he has become in the hopes of discovering a way back to sanity and humanity.  And nobody can help Bond but Bond, try though M might. 

So the end of the film finds Bond having encountered a strong woman and helped her to achieve her own semblance of peace (who he doesn't sleep with, which I actually think is a great character choice), brought himself back from the brink of self-destruction, and saved a whole country's worth of people from a literal version of the same fate he was on the metaphorical path of succumbing to.  He drops Vesper's necklace into the snow and we know, that even if but for a moment, Bond has achieved a quantum of solace.  Which means in turn that the stage is now set perfectly for SKYFALL, a film which by all indication will be a tale told on a grand scale in a way that only the classic Bond style can deliver.

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Extra Tidbit: I hear a lot of people complain about it, but "Another Way to Die" is a brilliant Bond song. Besides just being a great piece of music that possesses lyrics which relate on more than just a superficial level, it also relates on a more subtle level as the fragmented style of Jack White perfectly compliments the journey Bond goes through in this film.
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10:03AM on 05/02/2012
Whether you agree or disagree about the movie, one thing's for sure is this is a superbly written article. This is the sort of this the Unpopular Opinion should be each time. Kudos to you.
Whether you agree or disagree about the movie, one thing's for sure is this is a superbly written article. This is the sort of this the Unpopular Opinion should be each time. Kudos to you.
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6:03AM on 05/02/2012
I'm at a loss for words. QoS was a film I gave up defending a long time ago - be it because people got tired of listening to me or I simply did not have the proper words to explain it - but my friend, it's like you crawled inside my (and I'm sure tons of others) brain and eloquently explained why this is not only a great film, but it does not deserve the bad reputation it has.

Thanks.

Cheers.
I'm at a loss for words. QoS was a film I gave up defending a long time ago - be it because people got tired of listening to me or I simply did not have the proper words to explain it - but my friend, it's like you crawled inside my (and I'm sure tons of others) brain and eloquently explained why this is not only a great film, but it does not deserve the bad reputation it has.

Thanks.

Cheers.
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10:32AM on 05/02/2012
There's nothing terribly wrong with Quantum as a movie. Its just not really a Bond film. It lacks the scale, the story, a fleshed out villain. The plot is unmemorable (something about water?) and mainly serves to just tie off plotlines from Casino Royale.

Its better if you watch it IMMEDIATELY after watching Casino Royale. Because thats what it really is, an epilogue, not a sequel, to the previous film.
There's nothing terribly wrong with Quantum as a movie. Its just not really a Bond film. It lacks the scale, the story, a fleshed out villain. The plot is unmemorable (something about water?) and mainly serves to just tie off plotlines from Casino Royale.

Its better if you watch it IMMEDIATELY after watching Casino Royale. Because thats what it really is, an epilogue, not a sequel, to the previous film.
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1:42AM on 05/02/2012

Far from the best, farther from the worst.

It is no Goldfinger,Spy who loved me, From Russia with love, Dr. No, etc. However, I agree with much of what you said. Good write up.
It is no Goldfinger,Spy who loved me, From Russia with love, Dr. No, etc. However, I agree with much of what you said. Good write up.
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9:25AM on 05/02/2012
Good Read. Ive always like QoS, while Casino Royal was much better, I thought it fit well for a sequel and a good action movie. I really never understood the amount of hate it got. Cant wait for Skyfall.
Good Read. Ive always like QoS, while Casino Royal was much better, I thought it fit well for a sequel and a good action movie. I really never understood the amount of hate it got. Cant wait for Skyfall.
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7:08AM on 05/02/2012
Great write-up. I enjoyed Quantum of Solace - Casino Royale was a tough act to follow, and Quantum had a bit of a hard time with it, but it was still good. I really liked the opening car chase for example, and the whole sequence at the opera. I even liked the skydiving bit. I just wanted it to be a touch more glamourous - not superhero, but maybe a little slicker. Then again, Craig's Bond is very rough and tumble. I think Marc Forster struggled a little bit with the scope of things, but did a
Great write-up. I enjoyed Quantum of Solace - Casino Royale was a tough act to follow, and Quantum had a bit of a hard time with it, but it was still good. I really liked the opening car chase for example, and the whole sequence at the opera. I even liked the skydiving bit. I just wanted it to be a touch more glamourous - not superhero, but maybe a little slicker. Then again, Craig's Bond is very rough and tumble. I think Marc Forster struggled a little bit with the scope of things, but did a good job all things considered.
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9:51AM on 05/02/2012
I agree on most points. (By the way, this is what this column should be, not just trolling for reactions by offering obviously unhinged takes on recognizably good films). However, I have to disagree on the tidbit. That song was awful, especially when compared to Chris Cornell's excellent Bond song. The QoS one was just terrible, both as a song, and especially as a Bond song. But while CR was a much better film, I really liked QoS, specifically for how it works as the second half of the new Bond
I agree on most points. (By the way, this is what this column should be, not just trolling for reactions by offering obviously unhinged takes on recognizably good films). However, I have to disagree on the tidbit. That song was awful, especially when compared to Chris Cornell's excellent Bond song. The QoS one was just terrible, both as a song, and especially as a Bond song. But while CR was a much better film, I really liked QoS, specifically for how it works as the second half of the new Bond story.
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1:57AM on 05/02/2012
While Casino Royale still remains unbeaten, I still felt that Quantum of Solace got too much flak. People complained that Bond was too "brutish" and "boring" in this one, but what the fuck was he supposed to do??? He just endured physical and psychological trauma from Casino Royale, you think he'll be spouting off cheesy puns and innuendo after that??? Quantum of Solace did a great job of establishing continuity and further developing Bond as a character, something that was pretty much unheard
While Casino Royale still remains unbeaten, I still felt that Quantum of Solace got too much flak. People complained that Bond was too "brutish" and "boring" in this one, but what the fuck was he supposed to do??? He just endured physical and psychological trauma from Casino Royale, you think he'll be spouting off cheesy puns and innuendo after that??? Quantum of Solace did a great job of establishing continuity and further developing Bond as a character, something that was pretty much unheard of in pre-Craig history. For once, we get to see how he ticks and how he becomes the legend he is. And yeah, the entire Tosca scene stands of one of the standout moments in Bond history ("Can I offer an opinion? I think you should find a better place to meet." = Pure class).

And the song was OK, just a matter of too many cooks in the kitchen. Alicia Keys clashed too much with the overall vibe of it.
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5:57AM on 05/02/2012
Such a phenomenally written and well thought out article. I can't say much except that I completely agree with you. Bring on Skyfall!
Such a phenomenally written and well thought out article. I can't say much except that I completely agree with you. Bring on Skyfall!
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2:00AM on 05/02/2012

I Liked Quantum

Not as much as Casino, obviously, but back to back viewing makes it a much better experience. It grows on me each time I watch it.
Not as much as Casino, obviously, but back to back viewing makes it a much better experience. It grows on me each time I watch it.
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1:34AM on 05/02/2012
While QoS is not my favorite Bond movie (Casino Royale takes that medal), I can say that I agree with most of your points. It wasn't a perfect movie, but I'll take that any day over some of the crappy ones like Die Another Day. It is a much different movie than people have perhaps come to expect from Bond, but I think that can only be a good thing at this point in a series that had frequently suffered from many extremely cheesy plots and villains.

Oh, and I love "Another Way to Die"...I
While QoS is not my favorite Bond movie (Casino Royale takes that medal), I can say that I agree with most of your points. It wasn't a perfect movie, but I'll take that any day over some of the crappy ones like Die Another Day. It is a much different movie than people have perhaps come to expect from Bond, but I think that can only be a good thing at this point in a series that had frequently suffered from many extremely cheesy plots and villains.

Oh, and I love "Another Way to Die"...I actually think it was my favorite part about the movie, and I have NO idea why so many dislike it.
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2:26PM on 05/02/2012
The movie wasnt bad. But the action scenes were a mess of horrible editing/cutting and the way some characters were used was just stupid (what was Gemma Arterton doing in this besides scoring in Bonds "Hitlist" and why did the writers brought Rene Mathis back from "Casino Royale" just to kill him off 10 minutes later in the movie?).
The movie wasnt bad. But the action scenes were a mess of horrible editing/cutting and the way some characters were used was just stupid (what was Gemma Arterton doing in this besides scoring in Bonds "Hitlist" and why did the writers brought Rene Mathis back from "Casino Royale" just to kill him off 10 minutes later in the movie?).
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8:22AM on 05/02/2012

I really liked QoS

Aside for an incomprehensible opening action sequence and a very weak villain, the nononsense vengeful attitude and the dark grittyness of the overall tone is exactly what I was expecting after the end of Casino Royale...I mean his girlfriend just got killed, he SHOULD BE as pissed off as he was here. Only problem was to follow the greatest Bond film ever, not to mention getting victimise of the writers' strike. It was bound to never meet with the collossal expectations, but still, can anyone
Aside for an incomprehensible opening action sequence and a very weak villain, the nononsense vengeful attitude and the dark grittyness of the overall tone is exactly what I was expecting after the end of Casino Royale...I mean his girlfriend just got killed, he SHOULD BE as pissed off as he was here. Only problem was to follow the greatest Bond film ever, not to mention getting victimise of the writers' strike. It was bound to never meet with the collossal expectations, but still, can anyone really say with a straightface that QoS is not better than the last three Brosnan era Bond films (Tomorrow Never Dies, World is Not enough, Die Another Day)??

Craig's Bond is what Dalton's Bond was back then (my personal favorite): tough, vulnerable, humane, emotional. Audience weren't ready for it that time, thank God they're now. Great read as always!
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8:04AM on 05/02/2012
Great article. I'm a fan of Quantum of Solace, and while I don't think it was as good as Casino Royale, I thought it was a great followup to it. Really looking forward to Skyfall.
Great article. I'm a fan of Quantum of Solace, and while I don't think it was as good as Casino Royale, I thought it was a great followup to it. Really looking forward to Skyfall.
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2:07AM on 05/02/2012
I like Quantum of Solace a lot. Sure it's nowhere near Casino Royale but it's still fun to watch. Great action scenes especially when Bond chases the MI6 mole on rooftop. Athough Mathieu Amalric's villain is very pathetic, his performance as villain who is full of ego is convincing. Quantum of Solace's Blu Ray also rocks the house. It's not the best Bond but a very enjoyable one. Extra tidbit: I do like the song too. I hope we'll hear another Bond theme by Alicia Keys (but solo this time) soon.
I like Quantum of Solace a lot. Sure it's nowhere near Casino Royale but it's still fun to watch. Great action scenes especially when Bond chases the MI6 mole on rooftop. Athough Mathieu Amalric's villain is very pathetic, his performance as villain who is full of ego is convincing. Quantum of Solace's Blu Ray also rocks the house. It's not the best Bond but a very enjoyable one. Extra tidbit: I do like the song too. I hope we'll hear another Bond theme by Alicia Keys (but solo this time) soon.
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9:55PM on 05/02/2012
I really like this film! It's a great sequel, and the ending is fantastic! Sidenote- I love "Another Way To Die" quite a bit!
I really like this film! It's a great sequel, and the ending is fantastic! Sidenote- I love "Another Way To Die" quite a bit!
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12:50PM on 05/02/2012

Amen

I been saying for five years now that Quantum doesn't deserve the hate it gets. Is it as good as Casino Royale? No, but few things are.

Craig continues to own, it works as a great bookend to CR, and at the very end, we finally get Craig's gunbarrel sequence.

That's a win, in my book.
I been saying for five years now that Quantum doesn't deserve the hate it gets. Is it as good as Casino Royale? No, but few things are.

Craig continues to own, it works as a great bookend to CR, and at the very end, we finally get Craig's gunbarrel sequence.

That's a win, in my book.
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12:21PM on 05/02/2012
The correct word is "cojones" that means balls in iberic spanish, cajones means something like drawers if you translate it to spanish. Hostia!
The correct word is "cojones" that means balls in iberic spanish, cajones means something like drawers if you translate it to spanish. Hostia!
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1:42PM on 05/02/2012
Whoops, thank you! Apologies for my phonetic American-influenced spelling.
Whoops, thank you! Apologies for my phonetic American-influenced spelling.
6:01PM on 05/02/2012
No problem!! Anyway this column is one of the best things of this site.
No problem!! Anyway this column is one of the best things of this site.
9:49AM on 05/02/2012
I admire the depth you've been able to mine from this movie, but I can't help feeling all of this should have meant a movie I could even remember after I left it.
I'm also amazed at how pleased you seem to be with the direction in this movie. The action scenes were ... profound in how unintelligable they managed to be (I'd heard this and didn't want to believe it). On top of a story I wasn't compelled by, were action pay offs that made Bourne 3's direction look tranquil. It ruined
I admire the depth you've been able to mine from this movie, but I can't help feeling all of this should have meant a movie I could even remember after I left it.
I'm also amazed at how pleased you seem to be with the direction in this movie. The action scenes were ... profound in how unintelligable they managed to be (I'd heard this and didn't want to believe it). On top of a story I wasn't compelled by, were action pay offs that made Bourne 3's direction look tranquil. It ruined whatever I might have otherwise followed better.
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9:24AM on 05/02/2012
When I first saw QoS, I was a bit- unhappy with it. But after a second viewing, up until now- I have to say, I really enjoy the film. It's a shame it isn't as well liked as Casino.
When I first saw QoS, I was a bit- unhappy with it. But after a second viewing, up until now- I have to say, I really enjoy the film. It's a shame it isn't as well liked as Casino.
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8:54AM on 05/02/2012
I thought it was great and it is better served to see it as a direct sequel to Royale especially in regards to its light length. I think Skyfall is going to be great
I thought it was great and it is better served to see it as a direct sequel to Royale especially in regards to its light length. I think Skyfall is going to be great
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5:45AM on 05/02/2012
Casino Royale was better (9/10), but Quantum of Solace was equally entertaining (8/10). I loved how it immediately continued the story from previous movie. I also think the title itself if the best of any Bond movie. It fits that moment Bond is living like a glove. The only thing I kinda disliked is that they barely used the extremely hot Gemma Arterton. She could have been the main Bond girl in this new movie, for example.
Casino Royale was better (9/10), but Quantum of Solace was equally entertaining (8/10). I loved how it immediately continued the story from previous movie. I also think the title itself if the best of any Bond movie. It fits that moment Bond is living like a glove. The only thing I kinda disliked is that they barely used the extremely hot Gemma Arterton. She could have been the main Bond girl in this new movie, for example.
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1:44AM on 05/02/2012
I dont think it's the worst Bond at all, and I loved the idea of it continuing from Casino Royale but when I saw it the first time the action grew tiresome from me and the whole plane falling and him jumping off really stuck with me as in what the hell was that. idk I only saw it once so maybe I should revisit it sometime again, but my last memory with this movie wasn't so great
I dont think it's the worst Bond at all, and I loved the idea of it continuing from Casino Royale but when I saw it the first time the action grew tiresome from me and the whole plane falling and him jumping off really stuck with me as in what the hell was that. idk I only saw it once so maybe I should revisit it sometime again, but my last memory with this movie wasn't so great
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1:41PM on 05/02/2012
I also don't think its by any means a bad Bond film and its very enjoyable. It has great action (that is just victim of poor editing, that opening car chase was butchered) and a great cast of characters. I think Craig's emotional Bond was a different and welcome turn on the chracter and think Camille made a sexy and strong Bond girl. I also found the movie hilarious as Dominic Green has a hilarious whiny scream and his sidekick looked like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. Can't wait for Skyfall!
I also don't think its by any means a bad Bond film and its very enjoyable. It has great action (that is just victim of poor editing, that opening car chase was butchered) and a great cast of characters. I think Craig's emotional Bond was a different and welcome turn on the chracter and think Camille made a sexy and strong Bond girl. I also found the movie hilarious as Dominic Green has a hilarious whiny scream and his sidekick looked like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. Can't wait for Skyfall!
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3:06AM on 05/02/2012
Re: the theme song -- as a Jack White fan, I guess I like it more than most... and, unlike Duran Duran's and A-Ha's, it actually SOUNDS 'Bondian.' But, yeah, Madonna's theme is still the all-time worst; not only is it not a very good song, but it also doesn't sound 'Bondian.'

This is hardly the first Bond movie with a pathetic villain (see "Live and Let Die" and "The Living Daylights").

It's interesting how people think Marc Forster wasn't the right choice for director, yet, for
Re: the theme song -- as a Jack White fan, I guess I like it more than most... and, unlike Duran Duran's and A-Ha's, it actually SOUNDS 'Bondian.' But, yeah, Madonna's theme is still the all-time worst; not only is it not a very good song, but it also doesn't sound 'Bondian.'

This is hardly the first Bond movie with a pathetic villain (see "Live and Let Die" and "The Living Daylights").

It's interesting how people think Marc Forster wasn't the right choice for director, yet, for "Skyfall," we have Sam Mendes, who is cut from almost the same cloth. : ?
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12:04PM on 11/21/2012
What kills this movie for me is the exploding hotel at the end and the bad guy that yelled like amonkey. I wasn't better than Casino Royale but it was an ok movie
What kills this movie for me is the exploding hotel at the end and the bad guy that yelled like amonkey. I wasn't better than Casino Royale but it was an ok movie
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10:56AM on 05/02/2012
Quantum had a couple things going for it, but where it failed was in its execution. I loved the idea of a secret organization--similar to SPECTRE in the previous Bond' films--and I did like emotional Bond. But there wasn't really a love interest, which I guess makes sense because Vesper died in the previous one, but he still hooks up with the other secret service agent... Overall, I think Skyfall will make up for what Quantum of Solace lacked.
Quantum had a couple things going for it, but where it failed was in its execution. I loved the idea of a secret organization--similar to SPECTRE in the previous Bond' films--and I did like emotional Bond. But there wasn't really a love interest, which I guess makes sense because Vesper died in the previous one, but he still hooks up with the other secret service agent... Overall, I think Skyfall will make up for what Quantum of Solace lacked.
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11:24PM on 05/02/2012
Didn't much care for QoS in the theater, gave it another shot and found it simply BORING. Weird for a movie so filled with aciton. Most of the action sequences are generic and have no stakes. I appreciate the continuation of Bond's revenge mission from Casino, but I felt zero emotional involvement. It also felt incredibly long for such a short film. I absolutely did not care what was going on, at all. But hey, well written argument and article, enjoyed it.
Didn't much care for QoS in the theater, gave it another shot and found it simply BORING. Weird for a movie so filled with aciton. Most of the action sequences are generic and have no stakes. I appreciate the continuation of Bond's revenge mission from Casino, but I felt zero emotional involvement. It also felt incredibly long for such a short film. I absolutely did not care what was going on, at all. But hey, well written argument and article, enjoyed it.
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11:38AM on 05/02/2012

Worst car chase I ever saw

I don't remember a lot about that film. I remember that I was excited when Mathieu Almaric was announced but was disappointed in his villain in the end. I remember thinking that Gemma Arterton was hotter than the main Bond girl, although I realize it's just a question of taste. But my most vivid memory was that absolutely awful car chase, a scene so incompetently filmed that it's the first thing that pops into my mind when somebody complain about the shaky-cam technique. That is not a good
I don't remember a lot about that film. I remember that I was excited when Mathieu Almaric was announced but was disappointed in his villain in the end. I remember thinking that Gemma Arterton was hotter than the main Bond girl, although I realize it's just a question of taste. But my most vivid memory was that absolutely awful car chase, a scene so incompetently filmed that it's the first thing that pops into my mind when somebody complain about the shaky-cam technique. That is not a good thing to be remembered for.
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7:18AM on 05/02/2012

Right, but wrong

I'm a huge Bond fan, and I agree with a lot of what you said- all the more reason to be bummed that the movie was ruined by the awful, awful shaky cam photography. Any narrative points were lost for me by making the film virtually unwatchable. It's the only Bond film I'll never watch more than once- and that includes the sub-par Moonraker! Sorry, once they tried to make it look like the Bourne-Bond, I was out.
I'm a huge Bond fan, and I agree with a lot of what you said- all the more reason to be bummed that the movie was ruined by the awful, awful shaky cam photography. Any narrative points were lost for me by making the film virtually unwatchable. It's the only Bond film I'll never watch more than once- and that includes the sub-par Moonraker! Sorry, once they tried to make it look like the Bourne-Bond, I was out.
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5:15AM on 05/02/2012

The real Unpopular Opinion here...

... is that the series lost its way in the run-up to GoldenEye. Roger Moore's last four films, sure, but Living Daylights and Licence to Kill? Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond ever. Period.
... is that the series lost its way in the run-up to GoldenEye. Roger Moore's last four films, sure, but Living Daylights and Licence to Kill? Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond ever. Period.
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12:20PM on 05/02/2012
I agree with that completely. Timothy Dalton doesnt get much of a look, but he is very gritty and cold and just...a friggin awesome agent.
I agree with that completely. Timothy Dalton doesnt get much of a look, but he is very gritty and cold and just...a friggin awesome agent.
1:52AM on 05/02/2012
What drugs do you take? Seriously.

It is a horrible film. It wasn't a Bond film to me. It was trying to be a Bourne film. Some of us don't like the Bourne films. We wanted a Bond film!

As for your tidbit, the theme song sucked. Chris Cornell's was better. Although, Jack White's will always be better than Madonna's.
What drugs do you take? Seriously.

It is a horrible film. It wasn't a Bond film to me. It was trying to be a Bourne film. Some of us don't like the Bourne films. We wanted a Bond film!

As for your tidbit, the theme song sucked. Chris Cornell's was better. Although, Jack White's will always be better than Madonna's.
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2:20AM on 05/02/2012
He takes the drugs that make him not be an unmannered ass.
He takes the drugs that make him not be an unmannered ass.
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