Quantum of Solace

Just finally saw it last night. Given all the stuff about the CIA getting in bed with people who destabilize South American countries to get their hands on their natural resources, it seems like it almost could have almost been written by the author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Somewhat more John Le Carré than Ian Fleming, I’d say, which might turn some people off–but personally, I liked it.

Anyway, ever since I finally saw the movie, I’ve been trying to form an opinion on what Beutler says: Namely, after a couple movies of James Bond having an actual character arc, there’s nowhere else for that arc to go. I’m not so sure about that.

For one thing, I don’t think it’s ever been satisfactorily explained what drives Bond to do what he does, beyond the revenge plot of the second movie. A guy in his line of work either has to have extremely strong convictions or basically be a sociopath. So which is it? Does he believe in the British government? Democracy? Human dignity? Nice sports cars, beautiful women and lots of adrenaline?

I think the only way to find out is to present Bond with a moral conflict and see what he chooses. Let’s see what happens when the Home Secretary hands down orders that no decent human being could carry out in good conscience. Since as they said in the second movie, the Quantum organization is everywhere–even the British government–that shouldn’t be too hard to set up.

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One Response

  1. I hated the movie. It was Bourne Identity but Bond. Simply not a Bond movie; they could have slapped any other name on it.

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