I like the score - right up there as Arnold's best contributions to the series. The car chase remains one of the better Bond action sequences. The title sequence is average, and the song is dreadful. The rooftop chase is average and cut too much. I love the Haiti hotel fight, and the whole sequence with Camille in the car. And stealing the motorbike. The boat chase is okay. Then for me the film picks up.
The Austria section is excellent. Stealing the tux, spying on Quantum members and the kitchen/rooftop sequences. Love how Talamone looks on film, especially Craig on the speedboat. I liked Mathis returning, and the plane scene with the drunk Bond is fantastic. The film onwards from here with Fields, the party and Mathis getting shot I enjoy. The plane sequence is quite good I think, even if the freefall isn't really my thing.
I happen to like Fields being drowned in oil - I think it's a fine update on the original. The ending in the desert has the moment with Bond and Camille, holding each other close. A nice little scene, I think. The Yusef confrontation is one of the better Craig moments, akin to his first scene in CR and Dalton's interrogation of Pushkin in TLD. There's more here that I like than dislike, and I respect QoS's overall ambitions.
There's so much more to like in Quantum of Solace than there is to dislike. Yes, the song is terrible. That's not really debatable, but if the title song if my biggest gripe for a film, then that's pretty good.
The action-heavy first third or so of the film is probably its weakest part, but even then I'll take that stretch over the action-heavy first half of Casino Royale. The car chase is terrific, the boat chase less so, but not as bad as it is made out to be.
Once things get to the opera, however, that's when things really pick up and from there Quantum of Solace ranks right up there with the very best in the franchise. The sequence at the opera is terrific as are the scenes with Fields and Mathis in Bolivia. Even the film's dual endings, the Perla de las Dunas (which is a rather underrated villain lair) and the confrontation with Yusef, are top-notch moments in the franchise.
I agree with all the above. The oil scene is great, and the ending with Yusef and then M is one of the most emotionally satisfying closes to a Bond film ever. I would love too see what Forster (& Schaeffer) could do with another Bond film that has greater pre production time.
I would like to see that as well. I'd welcome both Forster and Schaeffer back to the franchise with open arms.