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Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) by Directed by Marc Forster
Review by Charles Mohapel
Date: 30 March 2009 List Price $34.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB - Quantum of Solace / Show Article /

In my opinion Daniel Craig has succeeded in carving his own niche as James Bond and Quantum of Solace follows up where his debut in Casino Royale left off. Although the amount of science and Science Fiction in each Bond movie varies from one to the next, no one can really dispute that a large part of their success is rooted in fantasy, as opposed to Fantasy. Most men want to be James Bond - or the arch-villain of that particular film if that is their wish. However I draw the line before I dare say that most women secretly desire to be a Bond girl, the female villain, or 'M' as played by Judi Dench.

From official release/information:
Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step since Casino Royale -- this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. And Quantum of Solace itself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from the Casino Royale storyline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of the Bourne pictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey -- nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills. -- Robert Horton

Product Description:
Studio: MGM
Release Date: 03/24/2009
Run time: 106 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only):
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Olga Kurylenko ... Camille
Mathieu Amalric ... Dominic Greene
Judi Dench ... M
Giancarlo Giannini ... René Mathis
Gemma Arterton ... Strawberry Fields
Jeffrey Wright ... Felix Leiter
David Harbour ... Gregg Beam
Jesper Christensen ... Mr. White
Anatole Taubman ... Elvis
Rory Kinnear ... Bill Tanner
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Foreign Secretary
Joaquín Cosio ... General Medrano
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Colonel of Police
Jesús Ochoa ... Lieutenant Orso

(Source: MGM)

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