Just returned from seeing the new and 22nd official James Bond film – starring Wirral-born Daniel Craig. All-in-all, Quantum Of Solace is not bad.

Admittedly, this is not as good as Craig’s Bond debut in Casino Royale two years ago, but blame can be put more on the plot than the man himself.

Because, for me, he makes the role his own and has appeal across the board judging by the comments made as friends and I trudged out of the cinema.

Quantum Of Solace begins where we left Bond last time out. He’s out for revenge and, in particular, Vesper Lynd’s former boyfriend Yusef, who specializes in seducing higher ranked women in order to seize on government assets. A supporter of the dodgy organization Quantum I might add, too.

Vesper (played by Eva Green in Casino Royale) has somewhat of a spell over Bond, despite her betrayal of him which eventually led to her death.

Broken-hearted, Bond – like the plot – goes all over the place from Sienna, Italy, to Bolivia and from Austria to finally Russia, to seek his revenge.

On his journey he deals with a crook businessman of cosmic proportion – played brilliantly and believably by French actor Mathieu Amalric – Dominic Greene.

Quantum is headed by Greene, who wants to take control of South America’s water supply – which confuses the story a little. However, he is linked to perhaps the best part of this film: Olga Kurylenko. She plays Russian-Bolivian agent Camille Montes.

Kurylenko’s inclusion is different to the other women roles you’d expect in a Bond film. She ticks the boxes in looks undoubtedly, but matches Bond in other areas not usually associated to the female input. Basically, she’s tough and doesn’t sleep with Bond.

Quantum of Solace also hits the accelerate button with the action. Director Marc Forster drafted in Dan Bradley to co-ordinate the stunts and the man used for the Bourne trilogies doesn’t disappoint.

The opening scene is every boy racer’s dream as Bond sits behind the wheels of an Aston Martin for a spectacular car chase. The fight sequences are certainly not ones Roger Moore would ever get involved in, either.

Those critics who’ve written this latest addition lacked in trademark Bond humour, I have to disagree. Because elements of the film did bring out a chuckle or two from a few sitting near to me.

Overall, like I’ve said, not bad.

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