I wanted to review Casino Royale so badly it hurt, but then I never got around to it and then I forgot all the things I wanted to say. So, having seen it in the morning yesterday, here’s what sticks about Quantum of Solace.
For starters, JAISUS AITCH! How much hotness can one movie have! Daniel Craig as Bond is Daniel Craig as Bond, and I don’t think anymore needs to be said. Especially after they brought back that navy-blue t-shirt. I wish they’re brought back the linen pants too, but the skin-tight chinos were an excellent replacement. Then we come to the English rose, whose name I am told is Strawberry fields. Verra naice. But, the crowning, or should I say, head-explosion-invoking glory was, without doubt, Olga Watchamacallit. Google tells me she has nice white Russian skin and no Latin American blood, so I’m even more impressed by her accent the lovely tan the makeup people gave her. But my god, when she and Daniel Craig are in the same frame, it causes some serious short-circuiting of the brain cells.
OOF was confused, cos he hasn’t seen Casino Royale (I know I know!!!). Chap from School (CFS) was “underwhlemed”. But me, I was absolutely TRIPPING. More than anything, what amazes me about Craig’s Bond is how much he has returned to Fleming’s Bond. He’s no slick, savvy, gadget-loaded robotic man with no feelings and an endless sexdrive. He can have most women with a smile (Strawberry Fields) but he falls in love every time, with a woman who’s bad for him. She will break his heart; she will walk away; she will leave him for a boring man; she will do SOMETHING; but that love will always torment him. It’s a kinda warped romance novel. That’s part of the whole Bond novel structure anyway. And then he has to get over her in the next one.
Bond has emotions, and not just with women. He will use a friend if he must but he will mourn that friend. Bond is not infallible, he keeps fucking up. Bond doesn’t escape unscathed, he hurts. Physically, it costs him to perform the heroic antics he does. It costs him to keep up with the fugitives; he only catches them by sheer grit. All this comes through beautifully. Every action sequence is gritty (yuck what a word) and earthy. Every thud as he falls off something and onto something has a grunt of pain and a millisecond to catch his breath. Every grab at a ledge and every second hanging from one makes his fingers hurt and his arms cramp. You can tell. Whether it’s a measure of Craig’s acting or something else I do not know, but Bond makes your heart squeeze, because you want to help him. You feel his pain. He might be a double-o, but he’s a human being. He’s like you and me. (There’s a whole lot of cultural theory and dissection of the Bond figure that I can go into here, but I shall spare y’all :) His grief over Vesper is palpable almost until the end. His anger, from both sources, radiates out of him. He is human.
Go see it :)