#007Sunday: Quantum of Solace
Regardless of how many times I see this film, it never ceases to amaze me how bad it is. How is it that a film could have a standard set by its flawless predecessor and manage to fail on so many levels? After Casino Royale reinvigorated the series, it was assumed that the franchise was headed in the right direction. Gone were the extravaggent, over the top set designs and villains, replaced with a tone grounded in reality, blending traditional style with modern perspectives.
Unfortunately, it seems as if someone analyzed Casino Royale and determined that it wasn't "Bond" enough. It didn't have enough flamboyant action sequences, it didn't have enough filming locations, it didn't have the womanizing Bond that audiences had grown up on, so the filmmakers of the follow-up film wanted to throw all of those elements into the new movie.
Never before have I seen a film that was so devoid of story. It is a series of action sequences, one after another, without any semblance of cohesiveness or linear narrative. It's one of those very rare movies that is actually painful to sit through. The series of events depicted offer the viewer nothing, not an iota of substance, to connect to. It is textbook mindlessness, without the enjoyability that typically goes along with films such as this.
Without question, Quantum of Solace has the weakest villain and weakest Bond girl in the franchise. Every time either of the characters were on screen, I was bored to death. I found myself yearning for Casino Royale the entire runtime of the movie; this film was devoid of every element which made Casino so spectacular.
I've often wondered if this film has some issues in terms of its production; it feels as if it's unfinished. Nothing seems thought out or planned, but rather just pieced together, without any hope that the movie would turn out well.
What are your Top 3 worst Bond films? What are your thoughts on Quantum of Solace, both as a Bond film and as a stand alone action movie?
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