'Quantum of Solace' stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mathieu Ama...

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Chilly eyed, bullet-shaped Daniel Craig is the right man for the James Bond franchise, and his second outing confirms it.
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Perry

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Nov 15, 2008
 
Everyone certainly has an opinion on everything, and not all are going to agree.

QofS could have been a 4 star film but the chase and fight scenes were very difficult to watch. The old Bond series and the First Craig movie did a splendid job on filming these critical and necessary fight scenes. This director probably had way too many pints of Guinness during filming.

For those who have not yet watched the movie, please do grab a DVD of Casino Royale to understand the continuing story. This series is set to introduce the depth of the organization responsible for all this mayhem. Quantum (a re-worked SPECTRE) will ultimately be exposed and we will find out WHO is the single person pulling all the strings. Could we see Ernst Stavro Blofeld or someone else similar in that lead role? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, let's just all enjoy the new direction. This is truly a different world than what both Ian Fleming and his Bond character evolved into. This is a new Bond for our age.

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#22
Nov 15, 2008
 
Perry wrote:
Everyone certainly has an opinion on everything, and not all are going to agree.
QofS could have been a 4 star film but the chase and fight scenes were very difficult to watch. The old Bond series and the First Craig movie did a splendid job on filming these critical and necessary fight scenes. This director probably had way too many pints of Guinness during filming.
For those who have not yet watched the movie, please do grab a DVD of Casino Royale to understand the continuing story. This series is set to introduce the depth of the organization responsible for all this mayhem. Quantum (a re-worked SPECTRE) will ultimately be exposed and we will find out WHO is the single person pulling all the strings. Could we see Ernst Stavro Blofeld or someone else similar in that lead role? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, let's just all enjoy the new direction. This is truly a different world than what both Ian Fleming and his Bond character evolved into. This is a new Bond for our age.
Thank you! My thoughts precisely.

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#23
Nov 15, 2008
 
The Hedgehog wrote:
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Nobody but you is astute enough to discern anything that YOU remember!;>)
Okay you got me. You are too. Seriously though, I meant "astute Bond fans."
terry

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#24
Nov 15, 2008
 
Mr. Phillips;

To you falls the onerous, somewhat embarrassing (If your elitist friends find out) task of standing outside a suburban theater where this most excellent flick is playing and holding up a sign proclaiming


I Don't Get It

Social commentary? naaah

Politically correct popcorn? Naaaah - hot with plenty of butter and salt along with a sody-pop

And, Mr. P, if you stand there long enough you'll probably SEE a few of your elitist friends sneaking into that suburban theater (cuz they didn't want to be seen)

AWESOME flick. Just under 2 hours of ESCAPIST MEANINGLESS entertainment

WELL worth the money

And, to quote the immortal flakey foont -"What does it all mean?"

You graybeards out there know what the answer to that one is
terry

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#25
Nov 15, 2008
 
The opening was silly but necessary - WAAAY overdone.

The critique of the action sequences being almost incomprehensible is a good one. I thought it was just me - being old and all that - thanks.(I was worried for a minute there)

Judi Bench (sp?) was superb. The movie was superbly done because Bond as played by Roger Craig is a real person. All the others (especially Roger Moore) were cartoon characters, bad actors - George Lazenby, not very good but very good-looking actors (Pierce Brosnan) and the others I forgot because they were (and remain) forgettable.

Comparing Bond to Bourne is silly.
Disappointed

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#26
Nov 16, 2008
 
Casino Royale was an incredible movie. I don't understand how anyone could contest how great that movie was/is. Not only is Craig awesome as Bond, the story is stellar, and it's filmed beautifully. I have been waiting for this sequel for awhile, hoping it would the same caliber. I saw Quantum last night and it is a disappointment.
Jeri

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#27
Nov 16, 2008
 
Craig is second only to Sean Connery, the true Bond. I thought the movie had a bit too much chase and shoot em up action and became confusing. But I'd give it more than 2 and 1/2 stars. It was a great movie on its own, just not a Bond movie. No gadgets or tongue in cheek jokes, but great acting from Craig and Dench. I wish I'd seen Casino Royale more recently to follow this one.
The R

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Nov 16, 2008
 
Seadog Sam wrote:
The wife and I just saw this new James Bond film and I can now understand why Sir Roger Moore is so angry with the direction this series has gone.
Bond kills so many guys in this film, I actually lost count. Plus there are car crashes, plane crashes, boat crashes, bodies crashing through windows, buildings blowing up, violence up one way and down the next, and I still have no idea what the plot of this whole thing was.
And gone is the humor and wit of the old series, not to mention the classic James Bond charm. Instead, you now have a violent, brooding loose cannon James Bond who makes Matt Damon's Jason Bourne look like a model of self-restraint. The old Bond cracked jokes, while this one spends more time cracking skulls.
All I can say here is unless you wish to shell out $10 a ticket for what amounts to watching a violent video game exploding all over the place on the screen, I can't see myself recommending this film to anyone.
Really a major disappointment.
Ian Fleming's James Bond IS violent, and brooding. After Sean connery's depiction, the role fell into disrepair, with roger Moore's simpering, preening Bond doing the most damage. Timothy Dalton, prior to Craig, played it closest to Fleming's characterization. Pierce Brosnan, while I liked him, made Bond somewhat of a 90s guy. Craig does a great job, getting Bond back to his roguish, anti-hero roots.

That said, "Quantum of Solace" was a bit underwhelming. The plot was off, and Marc Forster spent way too much time, attempting to "humanize" Bond, instead of showing him, hellbent on revenge, all the while fulfilling the mission for queen and country.

Also, Dominic Green was somewhat effeminate, as the villain. Did anyone notice him, screaming like a b---h, toward the end, as he was fighting Bond, while the building was coming down, around them?
SAMANTHA RONSON

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#29
Nov 16, 2008
 
1960s casino royale was best casino royale...woody allen as jimmy bond, with plenty of girls with bouncing boobs.
I LOVE MY KIDS

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#30
Nov 16, 2008
 
It was better than Casino Royale. The poker game took so long in that movie, it reminded me of when I flip on ESPN, see poker is on, think to myself "have these guys ever gotten a girl's phone number despite winning millions for playing cards?", and read a book instead.

Bond dominates all in his path in this movie. What a great choice, especially compared to his predescessor, Mr. Doubtfire.
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#31
Nov 17, 2008
 
Wow, real generous to even give this a 1/2 star. The WORST movie I have seen in years. I am such a James Bond junkie, this made me gag. Does not have any Bond style in the filming, dialog or situations. Give us some better writers, a half-wit director and anyone can do better than this pile of dung.
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#32
Nov 17, 2008
 
Philips, I am glad you chose to give a negative review. I always take the opposite of what you say and enjoy the movie. Thanks
Bill from Hoffman

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#33
Nov 17, 2008
 
Ambient wrote:
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OMG...are you clueless. Casino Royale was quite possibly the best James Bond film ever made. Craig is the closest to the vision Ian Flemming had for the character. Nothing like a pedestrian Bond fan to tick off us hardcore fans.
You really believe that many good hands would be dealt for the big climax card game? Don't waste my time.
Burt

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#34
Nov 17, 2008
 
I love these reviewers that pine for the old James Bond movies, and don't like the new Bond. Oh, for the days when a 007 movie contained a 25 MPH moon buggy chase, voodoo priestesses, real x-ray specs, laser beam watches that cut through steel doors, magnets that could stop a bullet, and a single karate chop that reduced the bad guy to a lump of flesh.

All I can say is I’m just glad you aren’t running the franchise because people are far too savvy to buy this kind of stuff in a spy movie anymore. I think the Bond franchise has done a great job keeping Bond relevant and exciting, and to those that wish for the days of Jaws biting a 2 “ steel cable in half, or Sheriff JW Pepper uttering words of down home wisdom , you better watch the old movies because thankfully those days are gone!
Burt

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#35
Nov 17, 2008
 
Perry wrote:
Everyone certainly has an opinion on everything, and not all are going to agree.
QofS could have been a 4 star film but the chase and fight scenes were very difficult to watch. The old Bond series and the First Craig movie did a splendid job on filming these critical and necessary fight scenes. This director probably had way too many pints of Guinness during filming.
For those who have not yet watched the movie, please do grab a DVD of Casino Royale to understand the continuing story. This series is set to introduce the depth of the organization responsible for all this mayhem. Quantum (a re-worked SPECTRE)...
Not a reworked SPECTRE, Quantum is a reworked SMERSH, and you call yourself a fan.

“Let's set the record straight!”

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Nov 17, 2008
 
Droncz92 wrote:
Yeah, I read that it stunk...but it did crazy in London already already made around 200 million, I guess the English like crap.
You read that it stunk, so like a good little soldier, you fall in line and say it stinks too. Without seeing it for yourself....sounds like you have a great career ahead of you as another uninformed critic.

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