Countdown to ‘Skyfall’: Day 0022 – ‘Quantum of Solace’

And so this is it: the final film on the eve of the US release of ‘Skyfall’.

What a fun past few weeks it has been, and I am more than ready to catch the newest Bond film in IMAX tomorrow!

But before we move on to bigger and better things, we have to take one more look back at the most recent film in the franchise to hit theaters: 2008′s ‘Quantum of Solace’.

‘QoS’ is notable for being the first Bond film that is a direct sequel of the previous film, picking up right where ‘Casino Royale’ left off. The plot of ‘QoS’ has 007 investigating the organization behind Le Chiffre, as well as getting revenge for the death of his beloved Vesper.

‘QoS’ moves at a breakneck pace, and most action scenes were shot with the dreaded “shaky cam” that was popularized by the ‘Bourne’ film franchise. This gives viewers very little time to catch their breath and even less time for plot exposition.

What remains is a befuddled mess of a story, punctuated by indecipherable fight scenes and shootouts. And, more than likely, a slight headache from all the confusion.

This is due, in part, to a Hollywood writers’ strike that hit the industry in 2007. In fact, screenwriter Paul Haggis claims to have completed the script just two hours before the strike went into effect. So it can be understood as to why ‘QoS’ seems like it was hurried along.

Still, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are top-notch in the film. Both Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) and Felix Leiter (Jeffery Wright) return from ‘CR’ and give solid efforts as well. There are some redeeming qualities in this movie. It’s just too bad they all get lost in the chaos.

In the end, Bond gets what he needs as far as revenge goes and realizes the bigger picture is more important than personal feelings. While some loose ends are left untied, ‘QoS’ completes the two-film story arc in a reasonable fashion.

However, financial troubles at MGM put future production of Bond films in limbo. It wouldn’t be until 2010 before MGM would emerge from bankruptcy and production on ‘Skyfall’ would begin.

Four years later, we are now just a day away from the release of the newest James Bond film. Check back for my review of ‘Skyfall’ in the next day or two!

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