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The QUANTUM OF SOLACE love train continues. Capone is quite fond of it!!!

Published at: Nov. 14, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Is it November already? Then it must be time to kick some ass. I wish I could show you the film titles I'm seeing in the month of November. Since the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards deadline is very early in December, any studio wanting their film to be considered has to show us their goods in the next three weeks. And in my estimation there are a couple of films that are released this week that might just land in my Best of 2008 rundown, and how could I not consider the sequel to possibly the finest James Bond film ever made. In case you've been living in the wilderness for the last year, the latest 007 adventure is actually a worthy continuation of the CASINO ROYALE plot, picking up about 10 minutes after Bond (still Daniel Craig, still the finest actor to ever play the role) has disabled Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) at a villa in Italy. Bond is still hurting something fierce after the death of his love Vesper, and while he won't admit it, he's looking for payback, which may not be as easy as this still relatively green spy realizes. In this newly rebooting Bond world, this is the first film in which Mi6 begins to realize just how insecure its own organization has become and how all-encompassing a new-to-them global criminal organization truly is. A couple things you're going to notice about QUANTUM OF SOLACE (look up the many definitions of the world "quantum" to see that this title is actually quite appropriate) upon your first of many viewings. It's a lot shorter than all other Bond films--with credits, it runs about 105 minutes. The only reason I mention this is to say that watching the film, I would not have minded if it had run longer in an effort to explore the more emotional side to Bond. Not that QUANUM doesn't touch on this; it does for sure. I'm just greedy. What we do get are a half-dozen or so of the finest action sequences committed to film in a very long time, everything from hand-to-hand combat, foot chases, car chases, speedboat chases, airplane hijinks, you name it. The movie is practically wall to wall action, with just enough time in between to meet a host of new good and bad characters and reunite with a few old friends. Although not quite as nasty as Le Chiffre in CASINO ROYALE, Dominic Greene (played by French superstar Mathieu Amalric, best known for playing the lead in last year's THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY and a memorable supporting part in Spielberg's Munich) is still pretty great as a mover and shaker who seems to be buying up large quantities of worthless land, particularly in South America. Bond and M (Judi Dench, who is blessedly featured a great deal more in this film) believe Greene is looking for oil. The also know for a fact that that he's a major player in the mysterious evil organization. Also new to this film is Camille (Olga Kurylenko, recently featured in Max Payne), a vengeance-filled beauty who had ulterior motives for allowing Greene to sleep with her. As for old friends, I was particularly delighted to see Jeffrey Wright back as CIA agent Felix Leiter, who is forced by the agency to get closer to Greene than he feels comfortable doing. Director Marc Forster (FINDING NEVERLAND, MONSTER'S BALL, STRANGER THAN FICTION, THE KITE RUNNER) and returning primary screenwriter Paul Haggis have crafted a pretzel-tine scheme that is actually timely and scarily possible (to a certain degree). But Forster is a man of emotion, and he never misses an opportunity to let Bond's rage show through. It seems he's incapable in his current state of mind of simply disabling an attacker, and he ends up killing a whole lot of people in this movie. He's also is so focused on his mission that he breaks free of the confines of Mi6 when he needs to, giving M no choice but to cut off his resources. Ha! The process of discovering Greene's master plan is loads of fun, as is watching Bond still find time to seduce women, help a damsel who might be more emotionally crippled than he is, and continue the search for Vesper's killer (not as easy as one might think). I love that there are almost no scenes in QUANTUM OF SOLACE in which Bond isn't bruised and/or bleeding from somewhere on his body (quite often his face). Craig refuses to play his version of Bond as a flawless pretty boy who no bad guy can touch. He's a punching bag at times; he's still all-too-capable of making mistakes in both judgment and how execution, and both Craig and Forster relish in Bond's faults. I was also a real fan of Kurylenko's Camille, who is a great beauty who Bond recognizes as a fellow wounded warrior and avoids attempting to seduce her. So what's missing from QUANTUM? Not much, although I kind of wish there was a card game-like central battle of wits between Bond and Greene. But this isn't that kind of film. This is a movie about action, about phenomenal stunts, fights, chases, and explosions. And it manages all of these elements without sacrificing plot. With the stakes ratcheted up considerably from CASINO ROYALE, this latest film raises its own stakes along with it. One of the best pieces of news in recent months is that Daniel Craig is doing at least two more Bond films. If QUANTUM OF SOLACE proves anything, it's that the possibilities are endless for this new brand of James Bond. How often can you say that about a 40-year-old franchise? -- Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com



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  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    My second and final point on the QoS mess..

    by wowsah156

    the them tune was rubbish. In actual fact the tune used on the QoS game by Kerli is miles better!!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I've already seen this movie... what about Star Trek!?

    by cameron1975willi

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    In English

    by Playhouse

    What's going on with the article title?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    In quite fond it it!

    by Zarles

    If you say it over and over again, it almost starts to make sense. In quite fond it it!In quite fond it it!In quite fond it it!In quite fond it it!In quite fond it it!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    A couple errrrrors, Capone

    by Thrillho77

    1. It's spelled "Leiter" <p> 2. Olga Kurylenko was in "Hitman" - NOT "Max Payne" - although the difference is really inconsequential.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    "the QoS mess"

    by My Mom Is A Whore

    I'd be interested to see your first point and find out what the fuck you're talking about.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    QoS is a bit of a mess....

    by wintercom

    It feels soulless, and pointless. I felt no empathy with any of the characters... it seemed to meander from one half-baked set-up to the next... the product placement is grating... and the big final scene is, frankly, dull. Its just an extremely underwhelming movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    QoS = pt 2 of trilogy

    by maximumbob

    I know QoS is almost all action, but that is usually the case with 2nd acts in action films, isn't it? it will make more sense when the final part arrives (working title: A Quark Of Comfort). just imagine watching all 3 back-to-back, it will be massive.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    In quite fond it it!

    by Spamgelus

    12 years and these guys still don't bother proofreading their stuff before they post it.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    wintercom

    by yomomma

    Hello? Bond Movie. Still sounds better than the 20 or so empathy-free bond movies that came before CR. Maybe you should just avoid this and watch Sex in the City on DVD with the other girls?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    this is a joke...

    by mynemaborat

    aicn really is on the take for this one. they don't even try to hide it a little anymore lol

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This site doesn't want negative reviews of this film

    by DannyOcean01

    You send them your view a week ago, and does it go up on the site as a counterpoint to most of the positive stuff we've seen on here? Does it fuck. But wait, is that an ad for the film on the site? Oh, but yes, of course it is.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    AICN taken over by internet con artists from Nigeria.

    by tonagan

    That's the only explanation for the bizarre grammar and spelling.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    ((** spoilers **)) Wow ... I am stunned ((** spoilers **))

    by Darth Valinorean

    I saw it last night at the midnight showing and I was pretty disappointed with the movie. I thought the plot had some serious weakness to it. Greene was NOT menacing at all after the setup of this uber-mensch organization. It almost felt easy, the way Bond took them out. The whole sequence with the plane in the canyons - that reminded me of Brosnan-Bond (which was okay then, but not after Casino Royale). The relationship with M needed to be fleshed out a lot more - clearly there is a lot more going on there. And Leiter seemed entirely constipated and the "buffoon CIA" agent with Leiter was beyond stupid. Also, I felt a bit of Tom Cruise Minority Report action in the MI-6 computer sequences. Overall, very patchy work and the building-jumping and fight scenes were a bad copy of the Bourne series. Now I realize that is 'realistic' but you have to be more creative. And the worst is these issues that I have are from a huge Bond fan and an avid supporter of Daniel Craig. Casino Royale gave Bond depth of character. This made him a cardboard sketch out on revenge and anger. Then show more of it beyond him on a killing spree with words, actions, nuances. The sequence with Mathis was good. Very good, but that was it. Heck, when M meets the Minister to give him an update, and he says "The fact that we don't even know this organization exists means it is not important" (I am paraphrasing) is beyond Grade-A Dunce!! Seriously.. but then, he IS a politician. So maybe I am wrong there. Olga Kurleyenko is smoking hot. But seemed 'attached' to the movie to get a girl in there. Seriously, watch this movie carefully and we'll realize that after Casino Royale, this is a royal disappointment. Definitely a Quantum of Disappointment here. I am stunned for AICN to like this movie so much.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Wintercom says it right ...

    by Darth Valinorean

    One more serious annoyance: The opening credits and song - HORRENDOUS. What the heck was that? Just plain horrendous.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    ((** spoilers **)) First Chase Sequence ((** spoilers **))

    by Darth Valinorean

    In Casino Royale, the first sequence where he chases the bad guy into the Embassy was brilliant. When that chap was using his brains and skills (and heck, they were indeed God given skills), Bond used his brute strength and broke down walls, shot through armies and just pushed on and on and on inspite of being on verge of exhaustion and the losing end and then finally blowing up the frikking embassy and popping a cork in the chap's head, we were part of that chase! Part of that kill! Part of that action. And we were stunned at the resolution of that situation. Here, the closest thing to that chase was the Mitchell Chase within the first 10 mts of the movie (after a car chase that was bland and cut too fast and unrealistic). Not even close to the earlier excitement of Casino Royale. Heck, Casino Royale was so much better.. I've moved onto thinking about the Airport Sequence in Miami and realizing that there was nothing like that in this movie. That script was definitely more "intelligent" and well thought out. Sorry friends, my disappointment is true and I wanted another Casino Royale.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I seen it

    by elBox

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    and it wasn't all that great

    by elBox

    I completely agree with Darth_Valinorean. The opening visual credits are BORING. Bond shoots sand in slow motion for the whole song... I'm not kidding. However, the song that Jack White came up with on short notice is great. I'm still singing it in my head two days after watching the movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Much like the film....

    by spyro

    ...the title to this article makes no sense; 'The QUANTUM OF SOLACE love car chase continues. Capone in quite fond it it!!!' You know for a site that has approximately 3 million page views a day, is it really so hard to proof read and spell check your articles before you post them ?

  • i mean seriously you could watch the film and if they called him John Smith nothing would change....there is nothing of Bond here its generic action move hero...

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Thrillho77

    by Donnacha

    Olga Kurylenko was in both "HItman" and "Max Payne". Since "Max Payne" is her most recent of the films, Capone's assertion is correct.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    All your Bond are belong to us?

    by Kankennon

    It's refreshing to see that AICN is hiring those ex-sweat shop kids from Bangladesh.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    whats up with that heading, son?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    That sounds like Trig Palin wrote that shit up.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    You seem to like all the shit bits.

    by Reelheed

    "This is a movie about action, about phenomenal stunts, fights, chases, and explosions." Capone<p> Everything else was good IMO but all that stuff felt like it was just bolted on stupidity for people who have A.D.D. <p> Oh look! He's in a CAR! Varoom! Bang! Bang! Whip pan! Crash zoOom! Shakey cam! Bond is looking angry! Cut! Bang! Bang! Cut! Car crash! Even faster cut! Bond still really angry! He shoots his gun! He wins! Yay! Gritty Realism!<p> And now a little bit of story ...<p> Now he's in a PLANE! Zwhoar! Why is he in a plane? Noone cares! NNNNNnnnnnnrrrrow! Oh noes! Baddies! Dakka dakka! Boom! Badly edited sequence! Bond does one thing! He wins! Yay! Gritty Realism!!!<p> All that stuff. Was. Shit.<p> The car chase. The rooftop chase. The boat chase. The Opera fight. The plane chase (especially the plane chase - GOD!) and the fight in the exploding Oasis. Just stupid.<p> However the rest of the film (i.e. most of the film) was pretty good.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Thrillho77 -- wrong asshole

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Olga Kurylenko was in both Hitman AND Max Payne. Next time you try and come off all intelligent and correct someone, make sure you got your shit straight. <p>Cunt.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I liked the film alot!

    by Zardoz

    I thought it was a great action film, even if the action was hard to follow at times. I liked the plot and characters, and felt that it was definitely a great middle film for a trilogy. (fingers crossed!) I especially liked the ending, where after travelling the world and killing everyone in sight, Bond finds Vesper's true "murderer" with relative ease. It was a very dark and appropriately bittersweet ending. What I didn't like: the end battle. Too much of a throwback to the old "blow up the evil genius' master lair" from the old films, which is really a cliche in itself. (plus the SFX models looked like crap!) All in all, I thought it was kick-ass and a worthy follow-up to Casino Royale. I can't wait for part three!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I saw it last night. Awesomeness abounds.

    by Royston Lodge

    I was fortunate enough to get a free ticket to Quantum of Solace last night. I cannot agree enough with all the glowing reviews so far. It's like the producers had actually read every online complaint I've ever made about Bond and said to themselves, "what the hell, let's give the guy what he asks for." Something that the reviews haven't mentioned, that I really loved about the film, was that for the first time there are CONSEQUENCES to Bond's decisions. Gunfire in a public square gets messy. The bad guys can actually aim! Bond makes errors of judgement, and people suffer as a result. I also loved how they borrowed dialogue and thematic elements from the books, without ripping off any one particular book's story (I'm thinking of Bond's advice to Camille about one's first kill. It was very similar to a scene from the For Your Eyes Only short story.) The references to the books and past films were subtle and worked very well (unlike Q's museum in Die Another Day, which beat the viewer over the head). My one and only complaint: The producers' relationship with Ford was out in front once again. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm guessing you wouldn't REALLY see that many shiny new Ford vehicles in Haiti or Bolivia, especially vehicles with hydrogen engines.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Almost 50-year-old film franchise.

    by Lenny Nero

    40? Pbttthhh!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    QUANTUM OF SOLACE sucks

    by Second Try

    Quantum of Bourne Ultimatum

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    And while I'm at it...

    by Royston Lodge

    1) I take back what I've written previously about the theme song. In the context of the opening credits it worked really well. 2) I loved the action scenes and the car chase. 3) I loved how they solved the problem of incorporating spy gadgets in an age where anybody can buy an iPhone. Instead of escalating the tech to the point of science fiction (a la Die Another Day) they tried to incorporate realistic tech in creative ways. 4) I do not understand the people who've complained that it's too much like the Bourne series. I don't think they're very similar at all. With Bourne, the villians are Bourne's own superiors. With Bond, at least we know Bond can still trust M. Plus, Daniel Craig's Bond can still walk into a fancy party with an impeccably tailored tuxedo. Jason Bourne would look incredibly out of place in that sort of situation. 5) The martini scene was awesome.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    The thing is, they are true "Bond" action sequences.

    by Royston Lodge

    The best fist fights in the Bond franchise have always been a bit "different" than fist fights in other actions movies. The way I see it, the fights in QoS take the style of choreography from the bedroom fight in From Russia With Love and the minimalism of the fights from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but also updates that style of fighting for the 21st century. I love the QoS fights BECAUSE they're a little bit "different" from any other action movie. Where one person may see a "badly edited" fight, I saw a fight done in a new way, and I liked it.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I have a serious question

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    This film has almost been universally dumped on by critics. Capone, I remember story last week about testing those Aston Martin's on the track and that whole elaborate and pointless marketing ploy to suck the dick of online critics. My question is this....have any of those critics involved in that trip given the film a negative review? I would be interested to find out which sites were invited to that.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Craig is the Bush era Bond

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    And we need a new start. Enough of this Bourne-Bond. Matthew MacFadyen, John Hamm, Adam Baldwin to name 3 who would be a lot better and 2 of them aren't even British.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hah

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    It's not a good film. Hell, it isn't even a good Bond film. Remember how in Casino Royale they showed Bond's human side and the action sequences were coherent? They decided to go the opposite way. Craig is let down by a bad, bad film.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    no sitting on his ass in the shower, weeping

    by kabong

    Yeah!!!!!!! <P> Bond is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I never thought much of ...

    by kingoflight

    Casino Royale. Then QoS reminded me of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon after the fall though the glass roof with the top down view. Then after that i was wishing i was watching that instead. That movie is almost 9 years old now... I doubt i'll pay money to see another Bond movie the new format just does not work for me.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    kabong

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Funniest thing I've read in all of these QoS posts, bar none. I'm checking the film out tonight to see if I walk away with the sort of "I think I liked that, but I'm not sure" feeling I had leaving Casino.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    I love this 'he feels pain' angle people are throwing out there. It's a ridiculous and bloodless affair.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Mr.Zeddemore

    by kingoflight

    He may feel pain but he delivers his lines like a robot :)

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    I don't mind Craig, even if I think it's pathetic that Brosnan was thrown aside. Brosnan is an underrated actor, and deserved better material than he got. Give him a Casino Royale, and he'll give you a better than Craig performance.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Bond is dead...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...and to be honest there is no such thing as James Bond any more. The character created by Ian Fleming died many years ago and the character played by Daniel Criag is his performance through the lens of Marc Foster.<p>I defy anyone, ANYONE to say with their hand on their heart that this current inception bears any resemblance to the character creatd by Ian Fleming. And that's the point. There is no such thing as James Bond because each actor and director cuts and pastes various pop art references into each subsequent film.<p>This is not your father's Bond, nor is it mine. It will bear no resemblance to my son's Bond.<p>It does look distinctly like a money-making exercise for the executives involved, though.<p>Bond was heartless. Craig's Bond is mindless. Dalton's Bond was emotionless. Brosnan's Bond was effortless. Moore's Bond was all abou the safari suits and raising his eyebrow off his forehead. Connery's Bond was first. Lazenby was promising but fucked by circumstance (maybe that could be the name of some female uber-villain). James Bond was fucked by a combination of his own success, James Coburn and Mike Myers. His corpse was then cremated by Doug Liman, Tom Cruise and James Cameron'n'Arnie.<p>Very fucking underwhelming film. And that is the worst thing you could ever write about a Bond film.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Mr.Z

    by kingoflight

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Mr.Zeddemore

    by kingoflight

    I agree with you. Bronsan is what i think of when i hear James Bond.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    WavingFlagsInSpace

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Interesting review. I can't argue with it - Myers is too broad, Bourne too real, and Bond is stuck somewhere in the middle.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    you mean the bad guy WASN'T played by Steve Buscemi??

    by Maniaq

    I kept waiting for him to break out of his French accent and say "his name's Lebowski? That's your name, Dude!" - or at least when Bond finally despatched him to say "shut the fuck up Greene - you're out of your element"

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Any more BONDs to MUNICH?

    by Drath

    So Daniel Craig (finest actor to play the role--herasy!) was in Munich, and so was Mathieu Amalri (a spot on Bond villain casting choice), but so was Michael Lonsdale (Drax from Moonraker). Based on this pattern, I think we can hope for Geoffrey Rush as Q and Ciaran Hinds as Blofeld.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Seen it

    by somethingcool

    Loved it. The final fight in particular was amazing.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Re: "battle of wits"

    by pierrelabite1

    I disagree with you Capone. There was a battle of wits between Bond and Green...That was the whole movie. No, it wasn't a card game, but it did follow Bond's poker philosophy from CR (You don't play your hand, you play the person across from you). I'm not going to get into it here, but next time you watch QOS, pay close attention to the scenes where Bond catches Green off guard (the opera house and the party are two prime examples) and then tell me there's no battle of wits in this movie. Aside from that, great review.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Title sequence

    by Ironthorman

    I felt the exact opposite. I didint care for the diddey played over the scene. But I did think it was amazingly beautiful.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by Thrillho77

    Wow. He calls me a "cunt." Nice. I admit, I was wrong. I'm man enough to admit that, but I wasn't trying to sound smart. I just REALLY didn't think Olga was in Max Payne. <p> I guess I'm glad I didn't know that. Cunt.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    the finest action sequences committed to film ?!?!?!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Are you fucking kidding me? Why on earth did none of you reviewers mention that those sequences are horribly, HORRIBLY filmed and edited? No take longer than a second, aided by fucking shaky cam! What the fuck happened to SteadyCam operators? Did they all got fired? I'm sick and fucking tired of action scenes where I can't see what's happening on screen. Which is all the more annoying when the action itself is staged as well as in the new Bond movie.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    What's with all the QOS TB threads?

    by Stalkeye

    Jeebsus, I'll see it already allright?!?

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    bond review...

    by redkamel

    saw bond last night. heres a list of what I liked and didnt. ***SPOILERS AHEAD*** Plusses's: the first driving scene is awesome. Its nice to finally see a bad guy with a cool angle and not "I want to sell newspapers in China" or 1970's style lair+impossible scheme. 007 is mean, dark, and totally badass. His character of "act now, figure it out later" is show VERY well and is TOTALLY awesome. I loved the hotel, opera and dumpster/cop scene. There was no attempt to replace Q, which would have failed. The one line jokes were at the perfect level. He doesnt say Bond, James Bond, which is kind of lame. Its like Indy never saying "I hate snakes!". -'s: way too many action scenes. Plot was hard to catch; many of my friends were confused. I got numb to the action after a while. Rarely are we shown Bond's wits; lots of "oh the call is from (exotic country). I am going there now". Dominic Greene isn't a real criminal mastermind...he's just a rich guy with no ethics. Bond crosses the line from "risk taker" to "is he an idiot?" a few times...like when he barely blinks or hurries when M says theres a kill or capture on his head. Not enough driving/slow scenes. He runs no Bond "game"; he magically just sleeps with a woman when he asks. At some times I felt I was watching Bourne identity in a suit. The hotel that runs on explosive fuel cells was really dumb and just last minute. Bond does nothing when he finds Vespers BF; should have shown him walking away from M and throwing some fingers in the dumpster. Or the BF castrated with the Knot necklace. Also, Quantum is a silly name for an evil group, should have done something more similiar to SPECTRE. And the theme song SUCKS. Also, they need to feature the Bond theme more. All in all, it was a pretty good addition and a great new direction. Stick to Casino Royale and throw in some of QoS and the next will be a winner. Also, for the nitpickers...the women killed in oil shows it was someone else, not Greene, that did it..since Greene was killed the same way. It had nothing to do with the water. Although I admit it was kind of weird and looked cooler than anything else.

  • Nov. 16, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    License to kill stays on top

    by quintana007

    of bondish revenge movies. It movie brought with its violence nearly the whole franchise down. Today we have an americanized Jack Bauer Bourne with the number 007 an nobody complains. FUCK THAT STUPID PSEUDOREALISM ALREADY, i want a MOVIE not a Secret Service Dokumentation.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    BOND

    by BranMakMorn

    wished they would have gone all out and made it closer to reality if they are going to try and pass it off that Bond can actually get hurt and remove all the cool guy gadgets. This kind of film-making is better suited for a super-hero movie like DAREDEVIL. Imagine all the DD rooftop fighting expressed that way.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Yo mamma

    by wintercom

    Sigh.... okay, let me put it in plainer words so you can understand... by "empathy", what I meant was that in watching the film, I didnt care what any of the characters did. Every character felt underplayed and lifeless. Im a massive Bond fan - and I put this one up alongside Moonraker as one of the weakest ever. Its a meandering, unfocussed, soulless mess.