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Quantum of Solace vs. Casino Royale

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2008 at 4:44AM

When I talked to director Marc Forster on Monday morning, he admitted that trying to top Martin Campbell's Casino Royale was the thing that gave him the most pause. But he plowed ahead and delivered a Bond that is long on action and short on sex and dialogue.
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Quantum_of_solacebondxWhen I talked to director Marc Forster on Monday morning, he admitted that trying to top Martin Campbell's Casino Royale was the thing that gave him the most pause. But he plowed ahead and delivered a Bond that is long on action and short on sex and dialogue.

Variety's Derek Elley, reviewing from London, writes that this shorter, Bourne-influenced Bond film does not improve on the last one, and begs producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to return to form. (Daniel Craig worries that there won't be enough money around to make another one anytime soon.) I recognize that Forster's Bond takes chances by straying from the formula. But I think his is the most modern, stylish and elegant Bond in years. Here's my interview.

Here's the trailer:

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Sequel


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.