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Losing His Way,
This review is from: Quantum of Solace (DVD)
Sadly, in an attempt to make James Bond more gritty and down to earth, the producers have made him more common. It was a good move in Casino Royale to try to anchor Bond more firmly in reality; to take him out of the cartoon realm into which Roger Moore had taken the character years ago. But this movie reduces him by transforming him into a rather brutish character regardless of the fact that he is a motivated by revenge over the death of his lover.
Bond as played by Daniel Craig is taciturn, almost Neanderthal-like, in his killing of people throughout. This is not to pick a point with Craig's performance, which is excellent. He has proven a very worthy successor to Connery, who I think was the model Bond. To take Bond down to this level can certainly be used to justify the heightened level of brutality in this picture. You have to question, though, the direction in which the character is going in subsequent adventures.
Reduced to grunting and sweating and a flat sound-byte monotone as he prepares to kill off his next target may be gritty but its not the suave, cool-headed James Bond that made this franchise so delightful over the years. The producers have succeeded in making him more realistic. They have removed a great amount of the cartoonishness, but at the expense of making him seem oafish. This characterization ultimately diminishes Bond's stature as the dashing, sophisticated super-spy. It's not a good direction for Bond to be headed, nor consistent with Ian Fleming's portrayal.