• Nov 13, 2008
After Daniel Craig's triumphant return as James Bond in Casino Royale, my family and I were really looking forward to seeing his sophomore effort in Quantum of Solace. We were among the guests at a Ford preview screening of the new Bond flick last night, and after we walked past the gorgeous Aston Martin DBS placed in the lobby (talk about product placement), the movie got off to a promising start. The opening chase sequence with Bond's DBS being pursued by a crew of Alfa Romeo 159s was classic 007. In fact, the first third of the movie was actually quite promising. Unfortunately, my wife, who is a film buff, noticed something during the opening credits that is usually a bad omen: three different screenwriters. That's typically a sign that other writers had to be brought in to fix the original script.

In this case there were a number of plot elements that seemed to pop up and then be forgotten, while others seemed to appear with no explanation. It's almost as though the three writers were each assigned one act to write and not allowed to read the work of the other two. Given that Ford hosted this screening, it should come as no surprise that Ford vehicles figured prominently. Fortunately, having multiple brands in the family allows for some extra variety in the movie vehicle fleet. While the Ford Edge dominated after the opening, Volvos, Range Rovers, and Jaguars also appeared. Now that Aston Martin, Land Rover and Jaguar have been divested, it seems unlikely that Ford will be a part of the next Bond Film. What about the stuff besides the cars? Read on after the jump.



Evidently the Ka and the multiple Edge CUVs were hydrogen-fueled, as evidenced by the hydrogen stickers on their hoods and the characteristic electric motor and fuel cell compressor whine that was dubbed in. Apparently, the antagonist, one Domenic Greene (green, get it?) was involved in some kind of alternative energy project. Unfortunately, the director/editor/writers never really explain any of this, leaving his history as one of those hanging threads.

One of the things my wife liked about Casino Royale was the decent character development and absence of the misogyny that has traditionally been a part of Bond movies. That change was short lived. Gratuitous violence against women figures all too prominently in this episode. At the same time, my wife was also disappointed in the lack of visible skin from Daniel Craig who showed off his assets to such good effect in the last film.

Overall though, the biggest sin committed by the creators of this film was that it was boring. A great cast featuring Craig, Judi Dench and Jeffrey Wright was simply wasted in this messy effort. Quantum of Solace proves once again that a great trailer is something completely different from a great movie. If you do insist on seeing Quantum of Solace, I won't ruin the ending for you by explaining what I think the title means.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't care much for movie reviews, especially when it comes to action/thrillers.
      Bad guys, hot ass girl, bad ass hero, car chase, machine gun fire, blow 'em up real good explosions, fight scenes, another hot ass girl. So what's the problem?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard the folks at themovieblog.com are planning to write an Aston Martin DBS review.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for your insight, but I usually tend to completely disregard other people's opinions on movies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ebert doesn't get it either ( http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081111/REVIEWS/811129989 ). Neither did today's National Post but I'll probably go anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Oh it is going to be the best bond movie ever produced. It got every thing need to be perfect. Daniel Craig is super actor and he has proven with this performance been the new bond. It was a revenge any one may not forget for long time. I saw at the first time on http://www.80millionmoviesfree.com hard any bad point to found in the movie
      • 6 Years Ago
      More importantly, did you see the Transformers 2: Return of the Fallen preview?!?!?!?!!?!?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't forget JJ's Star Trek!
        (Though I'm more interested in RoTF, myself.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw him on the shooting for this one and hes not all buff like the first movie showed him...hes kinda short too...the Magic of movies
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, actually most actors are very short. Tom Cruise, for example, is approximately four inches tall and is filmed on a special stage with a macro lens, then composited into each scene aside his larger co-stars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My comment (aside from agreeing with pretty much all the previous comments) is that your wife is a hypocrite!

      "One of the things my wife liked about Casino Royale was the absence of the misogyny... At the same time, my wife was also disappointed in the lack of visible skin from Daniel Craig"
        • 6 Years Ago
        So a car guy said the movie sucks, even though there was enough carnage that destroyed 7, yes folks 7 DBS'. And the wife said the movie sucks because Mr. Bond wasn't coming out of the water dripping wet. Am I missing something or does this "expert" review not make any sense whatsoever.

        on another note, why don't you post something along these lines

        In the Autoblog Garage: Aston Martin DBS

        Maybe that way we can get back to what this blog is really all about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Will:

        Buster, you owe me a new pair of pants. I just pissed myself laughing at "twig and giggleberries."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog: You are not Cinematical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't believe Bond didn't sleep with her... That is so not Bond-like.

      And is "destroy an Aston Martin" a part of the 007 film formula now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't typically trust most critics opinions. And by critics, I mean actual movie critics. Stick to cars folks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw the movie a few days ago. Not bad but I'm still kind of mixed on it. I've always been a big Bond fan so it's hard to hate the movies. Overall it had some great scenes and I still like the darker angle to the Bond Character. If you got nothing to do I would say go check it out.
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