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November 19, 2008 > Movie Review: Bond is back in Quantum of Solace

Movie Review: Bond is back in Quantum of Solace

By Mona Shah

The new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, begins where Casino Royale left off. Daniel Craig is back in action, driving his Aston Martin down a wild Italian mountain road and being chased by men in an Alfa Romeo, all of them shooting at each other and dodging oncoming traffic before heading through a construction site and - as often happens to the baddies who try to get the best of 007 - over the side of the mountain.

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links a MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious organization. On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important natural resources, is forging a deal with exiled General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio).

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene's sinister plan and stop his organization.

The latest Bond returns to its original Bond roots. It has everything a Bond film must have: Cars, cocktails, airplanes, boats, cocktails, smart hot girls, evil baddies, slimy baddie sidekicks, cocktails, and gadgets. As dictated by decades of custom, Solace is set in some of the world's most interesting places, fueled with furious adventure on land and sea. The opening titles, and the Jack White theme song, keep with classy tradition.

Daniel Craig as Agent 007 exudes such a dangerous charisma, that even though the movie doesn't really let him do much acting - his Bond has become a grim action hero of the hit-first-think-later school - Craig makes it watchable. Well, you've got your solace, now time for a martini, Mr. Bond.

Rating: PG 13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content
Runtime: 106 mins

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