Quantum of Solace
2008
***
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini

Daniel Craig’s second appearance as 007 continues straight from the end of Casino Royale with the same down to earth style: there are no gadgets, no campy jokes, and no “My name is Bond, James Bond”. However, now that the surprise factor is gone, the film doesn’t quite have the same impact. The end result is entertaining but a bit mechanical. Bond investigates an emerging omnipotent global crime syndicate Quantum, which is sponsoring a coup in Bolivia. The plot is a bit confusing at times, but the hyperrealistic action scenes follow one another at a relentless pace. The shortest release in the series doesn’t outstay its welcome.