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Movie Review: Quantum of Solace

Alternate Title: Revenge Times Two

Story: If you did not see Casino Royale you might be scratching your head trying to understand the good guys, the bad guy and the in between guys in this latest 007 James Bond installment directed by Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis.

We find ourselves right where Casino Royale left off with revenge being the heart and soul of this fast paced, light on dialogue, Bond installment. At the beginning of the movie it seemed as if they sandwiched dollops of plot in the midst of car chases, airplane chases, street chases and explosions. In a nutshell, Bond is seeking revenge against the people that killed his Casino Royale love, Vesper, and a new character, Camille, is seeking revenge against the murderous thug who killed her family when she was a little girl.

There is lots of action, beautiful locations, handsome men and gorgeous women as eye candy for one and all. My favorite sequence took place during a performance of Tosca. If you like the Bond franchise you cannot go wrong. If you are looking for a more high tech, fast paced shoot 'em up, perhaps you should look to the Bourne series instead. I like them both.

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Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4jY8WxcFMo

Acting: Daniel Craig as James Bond is a delightful incarnation of the character. He is strong, handsome and cranky and smart. Olga Kurylenko as the revengeful, Camille was adequate in her role. The ubiquitous Mathieu Amalric as the very bad Dominic Greene was good. Judi Dench as M, seems to enjoy this easy role. It was good to see Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis, back again. Gemma Arterton as Agent Strawberry Fields was underutilized. Jeffrey Wright returns as CIA operative, Felix Leiter.

Trivia: Daniel Craig is the first Bond actor to have been born after the Bond series began. He is committed to another two Bond films. Giancarlo Giannini is an inventor. He invented the moving, playing jacket Robin Williams was wearing in Toys

Predilection: I like Daniel Craig.

Sex Spectrum: There is always the hint of sex in a Bond film.

Blatant Product Placement: I was aware of Aston Martin as a product placement and my movie cohorts noticed others, including Ford.

Soundtrack: Not as exciting as I would have liked.

Opening Titles: An interesting graphic.

Theater Audience: Saw this movie while on vacation in ST Croix with four other Bondies.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: No time to drift. Too many fast paced scenes.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Big screens are always best for a Bond film. If you want to rent the rest of the Bond films, check out: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Casino Royale (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969),
Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979),
For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983),Never Say Never Again (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008),

Length: Under two hours.