As a stand-alone James Bond film, Quantum of Solace falls short of its superior predecessor, Casino Royale. Looked upon as an addition to Casino Royale, the next chapter directly after it, Quantum of Solace succeeds.
Many viewers of Quantum of Solace will sum up the film thusly: it’s not as good as Casino Royale, period. This is an unfair comparison. Casino Royale was the rebirth of James Bond, the creation of a realistic Bond the world hadn’t seen before, a Bond more closely related to Ian Fleming’s original creation. In Casino Royale, audiences were introduced to Bond’s background, the woman that first captured his heart, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), and who crushed it with her betrayal. Some viewers’ expectations for Quantum of Solace were too high, thanks in part to the film’s first excellent trailer depicting Quantum of Solace as another character study of Bond as well as a revenge film fueled by Bond’s indomitable rage over Vesper’s death.
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