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The common consensus surrounding Quantum of Solace, especially in the wake of the vastly better-received Skyfall, is that it was the sort of unmitigated misfire that necessitated a full-on reboot. (Nevermind that the delay between films was more or less entirely to do with MGM’s financial woes.) After the success of Casino Royale, the series’ producers had a unique opportuniy to rebuild the franchise with their gritty, efficient new Bond, Daniel Craig, but circumstances conspired against them.

Quantum of Solace is a movie of intruiging parts and a strangely unsatisfying whole. For a $200 million tentpole movie, it takes an awful lot of chances that didn’t really need to be taken. For starters, Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction) was enlisted to direct, which seemed like a stretch at the time and feels even moreso in hindsight. An admitted non-fan of the franchise as a whole, Forster »

- Simon Howell

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