First-ever Bond sequel pays homage to its predecessors

His name is Bond. James Bond. As the sixth actor to fill the shoes of agent 007, Daniel Craig returns in his second outing as Bond in “Quantum of Solace”.
As the first movie in the Bond franchise to become a direct sequel to accommodate its predecessor, “Quantum of Solace” picks up where “Casino Royale” left off.
The film opens with Bond being chased by a couple of thugs in a car chase that seems reminiscent of the car chases from the “Bourne” franchise.
After quickly dispatching them, it is revealed that he has Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), the man responsible for the death of Bond’s love, in the trunk of his car.
As Bond tries to uncover the organization that backs Mr. White, he teams up with a beautiful Bolivian women (Olga Kurylenko) with a vendetta to stop an environmentalist (Mathieu Amalric) from controlling the world’s water supply.
Daniel Craig is the best actor to play James Bond in the franchise, no offense to fans of the 007 franchise who would prefer Sean Connery or Roger Moore.
I think what really makes his performance significant in this movie is that he plays Bond not just as a rugged man who gets his hands dirty, but as a man who lost the love of his life due to tragic circumstances.
There are certain events throughout the movie that make every relationship Bond has a metaphorical virus, everything he touches dies. Bond’s vulnerability becomes his main weakness.
During a confrontation with Bond’s boss, M (Judi Dench), she says to Bond, “I think you’re so blinded by inconsolable rage that you don’t care who it hurts.”
He does balance himself between the fine line of duty and revenge, sometimes being pushed to the latter.
The action scenes from “Quantum of Solace” can be easily compared to those from the Jason Bourne movies. There is a rooftop chase sequence that seems like it was ripped off from the other rooftop chase sequence that took place in “The Bourne Ultimatum”.
I respect this movie because it becomes a throwback to the previous Bond movies, such as “Goldfinger”. The opening title sequence to “Quantum of Solace” pays tribute to earlier Bond films by featuring silhouettes of nude women.
The organization that Bond is seeking information about in this film is known as QUANTUM. This becomes a throwback to SPECTRE, the organization that became responsible for villains like Dr. No, Rosa Klebb, Red Grant and Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Last, but not least, the dead body of a beautiful woman is found in Bond’s hotel covered in oil, a reference to a similar discovery in “Goldfinger,” in which both bodies were found in similar locations and positions.
“Quantum of Solace” has everything a fan of Bond can want in a Bond film: great action, an amazing performance from Daniel Craig and many direct homages to the earlier Bond films.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE: 4 Stars out of 5


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