Unusually, “Quantum of Solace” is a direct sequel to “Casino Royale”, picking up the storyline with Bond bringing Mr White to M for interrogation. White manages to escape and Bond tracks his organisation, Quantum, to Haiti and discovers Dominic Greene, a man behind an ecological organisation and his lover, Camille, who Dominic tries to have assassinated by General Medrano, a Bolivian who Greene is assisting in his bid to overthrow his government. Greene’s plan is to stop Bolivia’s supply of fresh water by damming up underground rivers, allowing Greene Planet to become their sole supplier. Camille eventually kills Medrano and Bond captures Greene, stranding him in the desert with only a can of oil to drink.
Directed by Marc Foster, Craig’s second appearance was very much in the vein of his first with the actor continuing his interpretation of Bond s being a largely dehumanised cold killer. The action scenes are incredible, setting the standard higher than ever before and Craig handles the physicality of the role well, famously doing a lot of his own stunts for the movie and loosing a fingertip in the process. A highlight has to be the magnificent chase scene in the first ten minutes of the film as Bond brings White to justice.
Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko played Camille, a bitter character who harbours many of the same grudges and emotions as Bond himself while Frenchman Mathieu Amalric played Dominic Greene. Jeffrey Wright who had played Felix Lieter in “Casino Royale” returned again, the first time the same actor had played the role in two consecutive films, Judi Dench again took on the mantle of M and Gemma Arterton is engaging as Strawberry Fields, an MI6 operative who Bond seduces, of course, and who meets a particularly sticky end being drowned in oil.
Quantum of Solace entered production in 2008, with location filming taking place in Italy, Spain, Mexico and London amongst many others, then made another trip to Pinewood, home of the Bond movies since the early days. David Arnold again handled the soundtrack with the theme song being supplied by Alicia Keys and Jack White. Upon its release, views were very mixed with many critics declaring it a disappointment after it’s predecessor.
Indeed it has a somewhat confused storyline, drowned in the action visuals which while impressive, swamp the characters and is possibly the most humourless and dry Bond film to date. There is a definite feeling that the franchise is beginning to take itself a little too seriously which although seen as a good move at the time of “Casino Royale”, had already begun to feel stale. “Quantum of Solace” is a very po faced movie, lacking the spark and invention that characterised most of the Bond franchise and worse is dramatically unsatisfying as Bond, who has been out for revenge after the death of Vesper, shows no emotion when he finally comes to the end of his quest. After 22 successful films, the franchise becoming the second most successful series of films in cinema history, as of now it remains in limbo and it is currently uncertain as to when “James Bond Will Return”….