Review: ‘Quantum of Solace’ on DVD

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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  1. Duffy Wilde says:

    Call me old– but my kids, 22 and 17 at the time, called it when this first came out. "Too much action, and where is James Bond?" I just saw it on DVD, and though it was certainly a well made piece of action, it appears to have abandoned every single element of the Bond franchise. Never really clever, sinking to overwrought action sequences at the drop of a line. Judi Dench is more of a whimpering old woman. I think she lost me in Casino Royale when she lowered herself to describing the stacks of the poker game, which coming from 'M' sounded as if she were giving an update to Dancing with the Stars. And then she gets flustered when she discovers there's been a spy in her midst. Maybe if her business was NOT national intelligence, but please, ",,did it scare you 'M'?" What is this relationship between Bond and 'M', is this James working through his Oedipal complex? And 007 eats his whiskey and dirtys himself like something out of a Guy Ritchie film, then amazingly cleans up, blood, bruises and all in a second. The story abandons any sense of progression for the sake of over-amped action, leaving James Bond completely out of this film. The producers are apparently overmatched in bringing 007 into the 21st century while maintain the key elements that make 007 great. One thing that was always good was you could sit on a scene with Bond and take in the character, the moment, the staging,, the scene. Bond pausing a second to figure it out, and true he may have been quick to end something with one karate chop, now entire city blocks get demolished just to fill some time.. And all of the ridiculous imaging on glass surfaces, from table top to wall, for no reason other than to make the film look better than Miami CSI. A Bond film would have used that more intelligently,, not just indulgently. For example, have these page displays come up as pages floating in the air that one can take and look at closely, then have it vanish as it loses it relevance, thus you get the beauty of physical control of the information while saving paper. Lastly,, a Bond film was clever, not only with his language and wit, but also in the story telling,, there was a little tongue in cheek, always a ready smirk. Daniel Craig has become this little pumped up gymnast sulking around the planet as if an early round loser from Fight Club trying to find revenge wherever he can… There isn't a gentleman within a continent of this Bond. I think the producers have chased the Bourne character down, making this franchise into one where the audience feels sorry for this sadly confused OO7 while he runs through 2 hours of chase scenes… Put this Bond out to pasture and bring him back as the real James Bond.