Quantum of Holy Fuck!

15 Nov


Little did Winston Churchill know, but when he said

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air… whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender

he could well have been talking about the exploits of a fictional British secret agent called James Bond. Quantum of Solace might be a celebrated 106 minutes long, but not only does our favorite martini-swiller find the time to do all of the above, but he manages to sex up a naive plot point, attend the opera, blow things up in Italy, Bolivia and Russia in addition to France and get his buddy at the CIA a promotion. That he does all of this while sharing with a grateful audience the recipe for his favorite drink and taking out the man ultimately responsible for doing him wrong, is just a measure of his cool.

Don’t worry, I haven’t spoiled the movie for you. You could read the script with Daniel Craig’s little notations in the margins and it still wouldn’t ruin this movie. Reason? Because it’s awesome.

‘Awesome’ as in it blew my mind. Not because the whole damn thing is a rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not because I’m so shocked that they managed to keep that arthouse chic of Casino Royale ticking in its sequel.

‘Awesome’ because it remains true to its genre while subtly probing the mind of the cold bastard at the center of the movie. As Bond deals with the fallout of his love affair with Vesper Lynd in the previous installment, you get the feeling that you’re no longer watching a movie about “Bond: The Early Years”, you’re watching “Bond: The Making Of”. If you haven’t watched Casino Royale then perhaps this might not make much sense – and you arguably wouldn’t be missing much subtext. But if you have, then this movie is the epilogue of that conversation between Vesper and Bond on the beach in the first film.

I, for one, am thrilled that I got to watch Bond learn the lesson he learns in Quantum of Solace. It makes me feel much better about the crush I’ve had on him – if “sonofabitch” is a personality trait, then Bond clearly arrived at it honestly.

PS – if they wanted to bring back Olga Kurylenko down the road, I wouldn’t mind it at all. Now that Bond’s her father figure. *koff*



Posted by on November 15, 2008 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Review


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11 responses to “Quantum of Holy Fuck!

  1. memsaab

    November 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I haven’t watched a Bond movie in years…but Mr. Craig almost makes me want to. Guess I will need to see Casino Royale first though, yes?

  2. temple oak

    November 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    But still miss the cool witty laid back Bond of the Roger Moore era. New Bond is just the old scowling Rambo in a tuxedo. Too self indulgent.

  3. Amrita

    November 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Memsaab – you don’t NEED to see it first but yes, it might make more sense and help you establish an emotional connection to what the hell is going on. Because this is not a movie that pauses to let you catch up. But don’t worry, Casino Royale is just as amazing! Win-win!

    Temple – Roger Moore was the Bond of my childhood so I have a soft corner for him but I have to say Craig plays Bond as a much more interesting character. It would be really cool if they showed Craig getting more and more entrenched in his ways as Bond as the franchise moves on and his stint ends with the cool wit and devil may care glint we’re used to.

  4. aMmAr

    November 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I am a HUGE Bond fan and like Sir Sean Connery my fav. Bond is Craig, Daniel Craig. Its 2008 people the jumping, fighting, beating a shit out of villains Bond is here to stay.

    Though the sequel wasnt as good as Casino Royale. But Craig didn’t disappointed Bond film lovers like myself.

  5. asuph

    November 16, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Hmmm. Wondering if you left the comment on my QOS review. That was Amrita too. And she loved the movie too. And it looks like quite a coincidence: two Amrita’s loving this 3 hour movie cut into two – with the editor too chicken to touch any action scene, so cutting everything else. I’m telling you they stole a Van Damme script.


  6. apu

    November 17, 2008 at 12:52 am

    father figure is about right! while I totally liked the movie, I was wondering when (if ever) was he going to get around to sleeping with olga!

  7. M

    November 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    See *this* is my gripe about the new Bond – I *don’t* want a Bond-who-thinks…I *like* the sonofabitch Bond! 🙂 (yes, shallowness helps, sometimes)
    Connery and Brosnan are my favourite Bonds, and I rather disliked Casino Royale….sigh.

    I think Dostana may be what I need right now.


  8. Amrita

    November 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Ammar – It didn’t disappoint me either! I watched Casino Royale again after I came back home and now I want to see QoS again.

    Asuph – why, yes! That was me! I had to share the love! Talking of Van Damme, maybe you should check out JCVD.

    Apu – Thats why god and greedy producers invented sequels.

    M – but this is a Bond who also feels! Awwww! But yes, I too miss the days of banter and devil may care. And then I look at DC and don’t care anymore 😀

  9. asuph

    November 18, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I’m – how can I put it – too chicken (unless there are PETA activists/sympathizers here who’ll take an offense at that) to try eponymous Van Damme film! I think I’ll go back and pick up some Woody Allen and forget it all ever happened. Try and get over the trauma, you see.


    Okay, I like that spreading love part. Jesus! That was the last thing I would have expected to find in that wreck.

    Anyways, like I said, it must be my age. It has passed.


  10. RajaSen

    November 23, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Half-agree, Amrita.

    Awesome chick, terrible terrible plot.

    Also, why isn’t Camille named something fun? Camille Shaft, even?

    When a Bond film becomes as generic as one of those Ethan Hunt missions — and cribs its girl-is-dead arc from a young man who share’s Bond’s initials and currently features in better-crafted movies — then you know Goldfinger’s sitting in a volcano somewhere and chuckling with Blofeld.

    Oh, and speaking of Auric.. that oil scene. no no no no no. aargh.

  11. Amrita

    November 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Asuph – haven’t you heard? Young as you feel? 😛

    Raja – what do you mean, terrible plot? There isn’t any! 😀 I too thought it was interesting Camille didn’t get a Bond girl name and thought maybe it has to do with her NOT being a Bond girl per se. He has a bond (pardon the pun) with her that I don’t think I’ve ever seen him share with another woman. Which is why I’d love to see her come back.

    Oh, and I agree: Gemma Atherton arc = the suck.

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