Usually I am quite wary of movie reimaginings/reworkings/do-overs, etc., since it seems like the "reimaginer" is unable to come up with a unique enough take on the material for it to be getting remade in the first place (Exhibits A & B: Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN). So needless to say I was pleasantly surprised by the gritty, realistic revamping of the Bond series a few years back with CASINO ROYALE.
Now comes the first sequel QUANTUM OF SOLACE (A title I'm not nearly as averse to as most moviegoers), once again starring an asskicking Daniel Craig. Here is a brief synopsis to the film:QUANTUM OF SOLACE continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in CASINO ROYALE. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (JUDI DENCH) interrogate Mr White (JESPER CHRISTENSEN) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Forensic intelligence links an MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (OLGA KURYLENKO), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (MATHIEU AMALRIC), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (JOAQUIN COSIO). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organisation.
Despite being completely amped about the movie I find myself once again headed for the cinema with some apprehension. It seems like ever since its inception began there have been rumors circulating on QUANTUM being in trouble. A rushed production, an uncompleted script (again being written by CASINO writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis) and directorial problems (Martin Campbell being replaced by Marc Forster [FINDING NEVERLAND, STRANGER THAN FICTION, MONSTER'S BALL]). Still it seems like come hell or highwater Bond will be back on November 14th, 2008.
Check out the full-length theatrical trailer which does indeed succeed in raising my hopes. So go HERE
BTW -- French actor Mathieu Amalric plays villain "Dominic Greene". I've never seen any of his work but does an exceptional job in the trailer alone of bringing across his character's smug prickery ("You are both -- How do you say? -- Damaged goods"), making him an ideal Bond nemesis.
"No, the topic is not up for discussion. Duran Duran WILL BE doing the
theme song to QUANTUM OF SOLACE . . . Any questions?"