Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in this thrilling, action-packed adventure which starts shortly after Casino Royale ends. Betrayed by the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious “Quantum” organization. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralize “Quantum” before it’s too late!
Read my review of the two-disc DVD after the jump.
Quantum of Solace
Official Site Link: http://www.007.com/
Release Date: Available Now
The general consensus seems to be that Quantum of Solace is a respectable, albeit inferior, sequel to Casino Royale. That’s basically where I side, although I don’t come down on it as hard as many others. Basically, it comes down to this for me: It’s not as as strong a film as Casino Royale but it’s still good fun.
If there’s one thing I’m sure we all can agree on it’s that Daniel Craig is a perfect Bond. Craig plays the role terrifically and despite the film’s flaws, I never for a minute doubt that he’s right for the role. It’s great to see that he fits just as well in Quantum of Solace as he did in Casino Royale.
In regards to the secondary characters, they’re all strong but I most enjoyed Olga Kurylenko (Camille), particularly the chemistry between her and James. It’s important to note that the two never sleep together, but at the same time, I think that helps the overall relationship/emotional interaction. She’s one of my favorite Bond girls in recent memory.
Moving briefly to issues I had with the film, the biggest involves its plot. In addition to being slightly difficult to follow, is quite bland for a Bond film. You’re just not as drawn in as you’d hope to be. I’d also like to see a return to the gadgets. While Casino Royale limited that aspect as well (and based on the over-use of a lot of that in the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films, that was appreciated), but it’s nearly non-existant in Quantum of Solace.
Music Video: “Another Way to Die” (5 minutes)
Nearly five minutes in length, the music video for the film’s title track, “Another Way to Die”, is included on the first disc. I actually don’t mind the song all that much, but like many recent Bond tracks, it just didn’t gain much traction and mostly went forgotten.
Trailers: Teaser and theatrical trailers (2 and 3 minutes)
Both the original teaser and theatrical trailers are included on the first disc.
Featurette: “Bond on Location” (25 minutes)
A solid making-of featurette featuring interviews, among other crew, director Marc Forster, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, stars Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric and Gemma Arterton.
Remaining Featurettes: (14 minutes)
There are five additional — short — featurettes: “Start of Shooting” (3 minutes), “On Location” (3 minutes), “Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase” (2 minutes), “Director Marc Forster” (3 minutes), “The Music” (3 minutes). All serve their stated goal well, but they’re relatively weak on substance.
“Crew Files” (46 minutes)
The supplemental package is rounded out with “Crew Files” (46 minutes) which are basically interviews — 34 in total — with the cast and crew of the film, with some occasional behind-the-scenes shots.
In the end, I’m mostly satisfied with Quantum of Solace, and I think it does a fair job tying up the story arc that began with Casino Royale. I hope, however, that in the future they don’t do these direct sequels because I feel that it really limits where you can go.
And finally, while I don’t’ necessarily dislike the hard-edged approach that Craig has brought to Bond, I do hope that future installments move a bit away from that aspect.
Overall, it’s a solid film, with a so-so special features package. I give this DVD a grade of 4/5.