Friday, November 14, 2008

Quantum of Solace

Bond is back! Unlike previous Bond movies, this takes place where "Casino Royale" left off.

The premise (according to Netflix): Picking up an hour after the events of 2006's Casino Royale, this James Bond adventure finds 007 (Daniel Craig) tracking a traitor who's infiltrated Britain's MI6. The trail leads to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), the charismatic head of a world environmental agency. Behind this seemingly legitimate facade, Greene runs Quantum, a powerful terrorist organization whose plot to overthrow a Bolivian dictator masks an even more sinister plan.

I loved "Casino Royale" and this was a great follow up. I actually liked this one a little better because the action sequences didn't go on forever like some did in Casino. I also liked how they brought in a classic element of the old Bond movies without making it seem campy.

The thing that I like best about both movies is the use of score. In Casino, every time he does something Bond-like they add a couple of notes of his theme until it builds to the full blown score over the end credits after he says "Bond, James Bond" for the first time. They continued this in Quantum with his theme being a bit haphazard as he continues through the movie.

I also must say I love both original songs and had to buy them both on iTunes. "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell and "Another Way To Die" by Jack White and Alicia Keyes (the first duet for a Bond movie). Title sequences may be a bit old school, but they totally set the mood for the movie.

Here is the music video for "You Know My Name" from Casino (Spoiler Scenes if you haven't seen it):

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