Quantum Of Solace may have a posh title, but this is a rough and ready revenge thriller rather than your normal typical Bond outing.
For me the Bond movies are a sign of their times, Connery had the underbelly of the Red threat, Moore was campy 70's self knowing. The very underrated Dalton dealt with the cold war paranoia and Brosnon perfectly ballanced the mid 90's calmer times.
When Daniel Craig came on the scene this was post 9/11 and post Jason Bourne and the world was a much more dangerous place. So the re-boot after the terrible Brosnan swong song Die another Day the series needed a much more dangerous Bond, that Craig perfectly captured in the classy Casino Royale.
Solace is the only Bond movie to be a direct sequel, and is actually the shortest of all the Bond Movies. Picking up moments after Royale ended the story takes Bond on another globe trotting adventure on the hunt for the terrorist organisation Solace for the death of his lover Vespa.
This is a much more gritty Bond movie, and Craig is just a human killing machine as he leads a path of destruction on his revenge fuelled quest. As usual the location are brilliant, and the barron landscapes perfectly match the emotion of Craig (cold, hard and unforgiving) as usual he has a beautiful female partner in the "oh so fit" form of Olga Kurylenko (Hitman, Centurion) as she also has her own agenda of revenge. Kurylenko goes against type cast of the typical bond girl, as she gives a gutsy brainy performance and does not even fall for Bonds charms.
But the film does have a down side, as the plot is a bit thin and messy,and the lead Villian is weak, but what the plot lacks in class, it more than makes up for plenty of gun fire and near misses.
It's not as good as Casino Royale, but it's a differnt kind of film, and watched back to back with Casino Royale, Solace becomes a far more satisfying experience, that should leave most Craig fans waiting for the 2012 release of Bond 23!
The Blue Ray trnasfer is awesome in sight and sound, but the lack of extras is very disappointing. What Solace needs is a release of a Delux Edition.
See if you like.....
From Russia With Love.
For Your Eyes Only.
Licence To Kill.
The Bourne Trilogy.