Bond is Back with the Solace!
Quantum of Solace, released in 2008, is the second James Bond film to feature Daniel Craig in the lead role and continues the story arc of the previous James Bond film, Casino Royale. The first film’s premise was set up by a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’Em poker (an updated change from the traditional Bond casino favourite of Baccarat), and A Quantum of Solace deals with the continuing fallout in an action-packed romp across the globe.
Casino Royale ended with that film’s love interest, Vesper Lynd, uncharacteristically still alive and seemingly devoted to Bond, but that could never last, and in A Quantum of Solace her blackmail-induced suicide leads Bond onto a personal mission to find and punish those responsible, whatever his official briefing may have been.
This second Craig film is much more action-heavy than Casino Royale, and is probably the most violent episode in the entire Bond franchise, but many of the set-piece action sequences and special effects attracted praise, even if the plot was often a little on the thin side. It is generally now accepted that both Casino Royale and A Quantum of Solace should be seen as a single film in two parts rather than two separate pieces, with the poker-based plot-heavy scenes of the first setting up what is in effect the (extremely) prolonged final action sequence in the second.
Although the film initially received mixed reviews, Craig’s gritty performance as Bond was widely praised, and to date it remains the third highest grossing film in the Bond series, with worldwide earnings of close to $600m.