Our weekly Bond rewatch series enters its final stages now as we look back on 2008's wildly divisive Quantum of Solace.
A rarest of Bond films that serves as a virtually direct sequel to its predecessor, the brilliant Casino Royale, Quantum is nevertheless a rough-hewn, patchy effort that continues to prove controversial with fans.
Shot amid the infamous Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-2008, Quantum began production with only a shell of a script, and due to WGA restrictions, only Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster were able to flesh things out.
The result is the shortest, most fast-paced Bond film ever, and certainly the least traditionally "Bond-like" of all 24 movies to date. It has its defenders, and there are certainly strong elements, though it's also clear the movie never quite came together as everyone intended.
A somewhat unwieldy attempt to follow Royale's lead, it was an undeniably underwhelming follow-up to arguably Bond's best-ever outing. However, it still benefits enormously from Craig's steely presence and a refreshingly brutal, unsentimental tone...
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