“Quantum of Solace” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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Call me sentimental, but I guess I just like my Bond shaken, not stirred.

In this action packed follow up to the far more fun Casino Royale, hunky Daniel Craig is back as the fabled 007 and, to borrow a phrase, this time it’s personal. Even the somewhat maternal M (Dame Judi Dench) knows James is out for revenge for his lost lady love; the guy just can’t help himself if he offs a few bad guys along the way.

It’s not that I mind a story tucked into my slam bang string of action sequences; I prefer that, actually. But a pissed off Bond simply isn’t as engaging as the old fashioned charming one, the guy with a twinkle in his eye, who would temporarily disarm captors, rather than leaving them in soggy bloody heaps. And whatever happened to all those nifty gadgets? Have we, as a society, out technoed Her Majesty’s Secret Service? The stuff that’s in here is nothing we didn’t see on CNN election night.

All that being said, director Marc Forster shows a fine eye for the glorious scenery here (including, of course, a few lovely lasses) and there’s top flight editing to keep the incessant action snappy. Craig’s cool; Mathieu Amalric is an appropriately creepy sleeze ball. I do wish we could have seen more of talents like Jeffrey Wright and Giancarlo Giannini, but it’s nice to at least see them working.

Perhaps my favorite part of this, the 22nd in the series, was, as I was walking home after the screening, listening to my fellow travelers, who had also just left the theater, wonder, “I still don’t get it: what does the title, Quantum of Silence, actually mean? I mean, do you get it?” No, sorry, I don’t.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).