The transition that Daniel Craig has made into the iconic character of James Bond has been as smooth as a baby's bottom. He has inhabited the character and made it his own. I think very soon, if he's not already, he will be thought of as the ultimate Bond.
The film picks up just where the last one ended. James Bond (Daniel Craig – The Golden Compass, Munich) has just lost the woman he loves and is now seeking revenge for her death. The pursuit of Le Chifre leads on the trail of corrupt environmentalist Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Marie Antoinette).
Due to his reckless behaviour 007 is forced to go rogue after killing a few people he should not have, including a Secret Service agent. M (Judi Dench – Casino Royale, Shakespeare in Love) is forced to have him taken into custody and it becomes Strawberry Fields' (Gemma Arterton – RocknRolla) job to make sure he is returned to London. Of course he and his old pal Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini – Man on Fire, Hannibal) manage to escape from her.
They are back on the trail of Greene in Bolivia, where he is trying to secure the rights to sixty percent of the water in exchange for putting exiled dictator General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio) back in power. Bond hooks up with Camille (Olga Kurylenko – Max Payne, Hitman), who is working with Greene in order to exact her revenge on General Medrano for killing her family.
This film is all business. Right from the very first scenes, which are of a car chase, this film establishes itself as being about nothing but action. There are plenty of boat chases, car chases, plane chases, on foot chases, shootouts, and fights to make even the most strident of action film fans happy.
Director Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction) at first glance seems like a strange choice for a Bond film. He has done only quirky, serious films to this point and has never done an action film. Well, he acquits himself quite well thank you very much. As mentioned before the action never stops and he doesn't get to intellectual or 'wordy' with the film. He does allow Bond to go on a voyage towards…if you can believe it…forgiveness. But it never gets to be overwhelming.
My one big disappointment was the song. I had heard so much about the Jack White and Alicia Keys pairing that maybe I was bound to feel this way, but nevertheless the song is weak in my opinion.
While this is probably not as good a film as "Casino Royale" it is still an entertaining watch.
-"Another Way to Die" Music Video