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Quantum of Solace: a Review

by on July 7, 2013

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Did I fire five shots, or six?  ….no, wait, that’s not actually what I know you’re thinking. What you’re thinking is, “Michael. Quantum of Solace has been around for five years. Why are you reviewing it now?”

A very good question! The answer is a bit complicated, so I will explain. I never went to see Quantum of Solace in 2008, primarily because I was too busy watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and most especially The Dark Knight.  A secondary reason is that I was always a fan of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond; I loved Goldeneye, and fairly enjoyed Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough. (Let us not speak of Die Another Day). Daniel Craig as Bond didn’t really do it for me; I never got around to watching his first one, and so I wasn’t planning on the second one either.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I finally decided that I ought to give Craig a chance, and so I watched Casino Royale. I liked it. I didn’t like it quite as much as Goldeneye, maybe; I missed Q and a few other classic Bond things, but still, I liked it. So yesterday I decided to go on with the series, and began Quantum of Solace.

Oy.

The movie actually skipped halfway through (I hate it when DVDs do that), Netflix didn’t have it on streaming, and honestly I didn’t care enough to finish. It was, in a word, incomprehensible. Half the time I had no idea who Bond was chasing after, let alone why Bond was doing it. It got to where you couldn’t tell the players without a program. He just sort of ran around, chasing people and shooting them. And I grant you that’s a fair summary of most Bond movies, (e.g., Goldeneye’s famous scene where Bond drives a tank right through St. Petersburg), but at least the other Bond movies I’ve seen had a semblance of something resembling a coherent plot. Anyway.

So I really can’t provide a thorough review of the movie as I didn’t finish it, and went off to watch episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent instead.  As long as I have your attention, though, I’d like to make a small announcement. Earlier this year, in response to a Trifecta writing prompt, I wrote a short story involving Rain, a unfortunate girl sentenced to be thrown to a volcano by the Committee on Volcano Sacrifice Selection. I had such fun with that story that I continued it, and it went to some surprising places, not to mention people. (Winifred the Incarnation of Death, and so on).  Well, the complete story, Volcano Rain is now available on Amazon as an e-book. I did a spot of editing, made sure the different parts flowed together, but for the most part it’s there in all its volcanic death-incarnation glory. I hope you enjoy it immensely. And while you’re there, you can check out my author page, with links to other stuff I’ve done. There’s marmosets, and space hamsters, and a link back to this blog, and so the circle is complete. 😀  Also, for anyone who’s in Britain, here’s a link to the British Amazon page. I’m given to understand that there’s also Amazon pages for Canada, and Japan, and India, and Germany, and Brazil. Hooray globalization!

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