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Quantum of Solace

PUBLISHED: 11:57 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

Quantum of Solace (12A) www.007.com By Alex Wellman Film makers wondering how to grab the audience s attention from the get go should take their notebook and pen along to the latest bruising encounter w

Quantum of Solace (12A)

www.007.com

By Alex Wellman

Film makers wondering how to grab the audience's attention from the get go should take their notebook and pen along to the latest bruising encounter with James Bond.

From the very first second of Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond film, we are thrust into the middle of a frenetic and pulse-racing car chase like no other Bond film before it has had.

Seemingly set an hour or so after its predecessor, Casino Royale, finished, Quantum starts with James Bond (Daniel Craig) being chased in an Aston Martin along tight winding roads reminiscent of the Italian Job.

For a breathless five minutes or so 007 is racing along the tight winding roads narrowly avoiding huge trucks while being sideswiped by chasing bad guys firing pot shots into the increasingly battered car.

Having dispensed of these irritants in typically nonchalant fashion we see Bond pull up in what remains of his supercar, step out and remove a cowering and terrified badguy from the boot.

This new James Bond has certainly lost none of his style but what about the plot?

Still seething from the murder of his girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, Bond makes it personal as he seeks to take down the shadowy group behind her downfall.

Having been infiltrated by criminals MI6 traces the group to Haiti where 007 meets up with the gorgeous Camille (Olga Kurylenko) who is involved with eco warrior millionaire Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric).

Numerous exotic and not so exotic locations from around the world are thrust onto the screen as the spy goes renegade and sets about exacting revenge alone.

Perhaps hampered by the universally praised Casino Royale, Quantum simply does not match up and in truth struggles to hold your attention for its 106 minute running time.

Yes there are fantastic stunts.

Our hero races a motorbike across boats, crashes through windows and shoots badguys with consummate ease.

A scene shortly after the opening car chase which has 007 dangling by his leg from a rope scrambling for his gun is one of the best and most realistic fight sequences in the whole Bond cannon.

Yes there are gorgeous women.

Kurylenko is stunning and the equally tasty Gemma Arterton makes a neat enough appearance as a junior civil servant in Haiti who receives a typically 'Bondesque' payoff.

Sadly the storyline is muddled and often leaves you wondering what is going on, how characters got to where they are and...whisper it...a tad bored.

Despite this it is far better than the last throes of the Brosnan era but still trying too hard to be part of the Bourne franchise.

times.series@archant.co.uk


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