I heard and read a lot of negative comments about this film when it opened, but hey, we’ve seen all the other James Bond movies. Had to watch this one, too. And while it’s far from my favorite in the series, I didn’t hate it.
But I do hate the – all together now – quick cutting in the action scenes. Do the filmmakers sit down and say to themselves, “How can we possibly make these scenes impossible to follow and annoy the hell out of the viewers?”
Whenever the movie would slow down and take a breath, though, I thought it was pretty good. I don’t mind Daniel Craig as James Bond, even though – all together now – Clive Owen would be better. Craig’s done a good job of giving us a more hardboiled Bond. It took a while, but I’ve gotten used to Judi Dench as M. Great photography throughout, and the opening credits were okay, with a theme song that’s not as bad as I’d heard.
But it did bother me that they used the classic James Bond theme only over part of the closing credits, and I don’t care how hokey it is, it wouldn’t have killed ‘em to have the line “Bond. James Bond.” in there somewhere. I liked the little visual nod to GOLDFINGER, though. (Ah, GOLDFINGER . . . still the all-time best Bond movie.) The final fate of the villain bothered me a little, too. Just didn’t seem like the way Bond would have handled it.
So what does all my quibbling and damning-with-faint-praise add up to? I liked QUANTUM OF SOLACE and will certainly continue to watch the James Bond movies, but I sure think they could do better.