Despite the nifty title – I love how it actually uses quantum in a way that actually uses the meaning of quantum – and the fact that it was an pretty good action film, I’m pretty convinced now that it’s a pretty dismal “Bond film”. I can understand wanting to leave your mark on the Bond franchise, but this film fits better as part of a different franchise – no real gadgets, no big villain, a bit of an ordinary story. Casino Royale, while injecting a new style, still had enough things that we could recognise it as Bond. Here, Bond is a kinda ordinary spy – Greene may be part of an international conspiracy organisation, but he seems no more than a bit player. It kept feeling like there was going to be more, but in the end Bond has another face-off against someone without weapons training. Sadly, the “gritty realistic” style seems to mean that there’s no satisfying climactic battles. Wee, you beat up a businessman. Good for you, superspy.
It’s not to say that QoS is bad action – it’s a pretty good action-wise – but it really felt more like the pilot episode of a TV series. Hints of bigger things, but nothing much really happens. Well, maybe Bond gets his bit of solace – but ultimately, nothing more than a side story.