Sunday, November 09, 2008

Movie Review: Quantum of Solace (Bond's Back...whoopee...)

Daniel Craig’s second outing as Agent 007 shows him slowly morphing into the more familiar mould of Bond (yawn…). Where Sir Sean Connery has always embodied the “perfect” James Bond, despite being Irish and not British, everyone else found themselves a little niche in the Bond mythos by way of injecting their own little thing into the role. Roger Moore had that deadpan thing, Pierce Brosnan had wit, and Timothy Dalton was known for being the least entertaining of the lot… oh, right… there’s also George Lazy… something…

But despite the supposedly subtle differences of portrayal, Bond has always been suave, polished, and in most cases, even handsome. Now Craig broke that polished mould with Casino Royale by presenting the world with a more testosterone-y, angrier and definitely more physical Bond. With technology in its current pace, the only way to make gadgets truly interesting was to go steampunk on it. http://run-geek-run.blogspot.com/2008/10/its-supposed-to-look-not-quite-right.html So the current team on the James Bond movies wisely took the high-tech aspect of Bond and put it the background. And since Daniel Craig is still young and apparently more physically fit than Mr. Brosnan, they turn him into muscle-bound Bond, or “Muscle-Bond” for short… His very first scene as Bond in “Casino Royale” being the Parkour chase set the tone for what kind of Bond Craig was going to become. Truly, a new Bond, if not something new altogether (Jason Bourne, anyone?).

But this time around in “Quantum of Solace,” Craig is in a tuxedo once too often, if you ask me. But hey, it IS supposed to be a James Bond flick, right? But they ditched the shaken Martini in favor of something that had a very thin slice of lemon peel or something…

In “Quantum,” they continue the trend of slightly more realistic world-threatening plots. Hatched by assigned baddie Dominic Greene, played by Mathieu Amalric, the world-domination plot revolves around cornering a country’s water supply and so on… Greene is part of a conglomerate with a lot of shady deals known as the Quantum Organization. They do deals with various governments and blah blah blah… what’s new?

Jeffrey Wright as CIA spook Felix Leiter looked just a wee bit uncomfortable this time out. Probably because of the storyline, but he was definitely more enjoyable to watch in Casino Royal.

Of course they not only give the typical action flick junkie the obligatory car chase, they also present a boat chase, and a plane chase. Along with the usual helping of hot Bond girls. This particular Bond girl is to my liking. Olga Kurylenko is exotically gorgeous, and has given me someone new to obsess about for a while… or maybe it was the tan…

Since I’m trying to maintain some semblance of respectability on this blog, I can’t post the lovely photos of Miss Kurylenko here. Except maybe for my standard visual support photo… write me and perhaps I will be kind enough to share the fruits of my googling… or maybe I can just be absa-tively generous and share the link… http://www.egotastic.com/entertainment/celebrities/olga-kurylenko/olga-kurylenko-nude-pictures-003315
The above link is actually a treasure chest of man-goodies…

Over all, “Quantum” wasn’t bad at all. But it seems that although Daniel Craig started off as the Bond reboot, the character’s trajectory seems to be headed to familiar ground as Craig’s Bond becomes slightly less physical, and probably no longer as angry. The budding friendship between his Agent 007 and Dame Judi Dench’s M seems to indicate that the “loose cannon Bond” everyone’s been looking forward to seeing whenever Craig slips into the Bond tux, the Bond car, and the puts on the Bond watch will be gone by the next movie.

Still a must-see to familiarize yourself with Olga Kurylenko.

Sorry, folks... no pot shots at Gloria Macapagal Arroyo...
Catch you later...

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