After last week’s mega uber excitement over the teaser trailer for the teaser trailer, today the world was finally shown the actual teaser trailer for Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond, directed by Marc Forster.
This is, quite frankly, a very good trailer. It combines rapid bursts of the action shots (that’s a nifty thing he does with the ropes) with possibly-iconic money shots (Bond’s approaching silhouette across the horizon), and a nice working of the famous theme tune. This bodes well for Quantum of Solace (is it just me, or is the name actually growing on anyone else?) to be a fine successor to Casino Royale.
Craig seems even more comfortable in the role. It probably helps that he’s got all that anger to work with (he’s not at old-school Bond suaveness yet) and a personal revenge mission story that’s reminiscent of Timothy Dalton’s Licence ot Kill. He may be full of “inconsolable rage”, as Judi Dench’s M puts it, but he’s still making time to bed Gemma Atherton – Bond will be Bond! There are only brief shots of Mathieu Amalric’s Greene and Olga Kurylenko’s Camille, which is to be expected at this stage. They have pretty big important parts, so it’s good to see the film makers keeping them under wraps for now.
There are easy (and lazy) comparisons to the Bourne series which can be made, but that is to be unfair to the newer Bonds. Bourne may have broken the mould of the spy genre, but dammit if Bond didn’t make it what it was to be broken in the first place. But old hand Martin Campbell managed to make a distinct Bond stamp with Casino Royale, and it’s now looking like Marc Forster (whose appointment seemed like a gamble at the start) will do likewise.
(You can see a much better high-def version of the trailer here)