ATLANTA— The Quantum of Solace is definitely worth seeing in the theatres- it was all action from the very beginning. For $10, it was worth the price of admission. However, it was not even close to being among my favorite James Bond movies. Daniel Craig is not only the ugliest James Bond ever, he may also be one of the worst in my mind. Through his first two Bond films, I have made this judgment about Daniel Craig’s James Bond: his version of the character is that of a humorless, remorseless killer. For that reason, I find his James Bond to be unlikable. I have to admit, at various points in each of the first two Daniel Craig movies I found myself rooting against him.
The story-line of Quantum of Solace did not help. The entire premise of Quantum is that James Bond is seeking revenge for the killing of his girlfriend. He gladly chucks his position in MI-6 to pursue his personal ambitions. Those ambitions lead him to uncover a secret organization which is trying to usurp control over the global oil market. Ultimately, James Bond destroys the organization and kills its leaders.
But all of the “good” that he does here is really tangential to his actual pursuit, which is raw revenge. I found the plot-line of “revenge at all costs” to be banal and shallow. Perhaps the lowest point of the movie to me was when he discovers that a friend has been shot and wounded by members of the secret organization. Bond had used the friend to gain access to the organization. Upon finding him, he holds his friend in his arms as the he dies. But once he is dead, James Bond throws his body in a dumpster and drives away. The woman he was with protested his actions, but Bond replied coldly, “He wouldn’t have cared.” That introduced a very dark side to the James Bond character that I thought was too raw and indifferent. It basically put me off on him for most of the rest of the movie.
While this was an exciting and entertaining movie that I would not discourage anyone from watching, I am not impressed with Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond. I am already ready for the next lead man to step into the role.