Like I've been doing with many of the other Bond movies recently, I just re-watched Quantum Of Solace this afternoon.
And you know what? I really like this movie.
For sure the flaws that I've always complained about still drive me absolutely NUTS (the overuse of close-ups during action sequences, overuse of shaky cam, hyperkinetic, almost seizure inducing quick cut editing, and a lack of strong character development - you can only imagine just how great this movie could have been with another rewrite and a different director/editor/cinematographer), but watching it for the first time in a couple of years gave me a fresh look at the movie.
I actually like the story. I think it's a bit of a change of pace for a Bond movie in that the bad guys aren't out for world domination or revenge or anything like that. They're out for huge profits at the expense of everyone else. Oh, they'll kill anyone who gets even close to figuring out that they exist or could pose a potential problem for them, but they aren't out to run the show - just manipulate those who do run the show so they can make their money. While I'm not big on the anti-American sentiment in the movie, that doesn't get overly heavy handed and is kept somewhat in check. Overall, this is a very good story at the heart of the movie.
But the best thing about Quantum of Solace? Daniel Craig. Rewatching this movie I really got a sense of Timothy Dalton's Bond in Licence To Kill as well as Connery's Bond from the first four 007 movies. Craig really did a great job here even though he had less to work with in the script. This wasn't a great character driven movie, but somehow I think he managed to give his best performance to date as Bond. He took what was on the page and made it MORE. He made it better. If you haven't watched this one lately watch it again. Craig IS Bond, and he's great as Bond. It really is a fantastic performance given the limitations of the script (hell, it's a great Bond performance regardless of script)
Given what I saw here, and given the ending of Skyfall, I cannot wait for the next Bond movie in 2014!