Craig says Quantum of Solace may not have been that good

Daniel Craig has acknowledged that Quantum of Solace, well, may not have been the best James Bond movie.

At least this how he described it in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph:

After a period of not doing it, Craig will soon be doing it again – a prospect he’s genuinely excited by: “The hiatus may prove to be a good thing, because I’m itching to have another crack at it, particularly after Quantum of Solace. We had to cobble that one together because it was made in the midst of the writers’ strike, and it had an effect on the finished product, no doubt.”

For readers of this blog, that’s not exactly shocking news. We wrote about how the 2008 James Bond movie doesn’t hold up well. Still, that hasn’t stopped fanboys from opining on 007 message boards that Quantum of Solace is a great triumph of the cinema and if people don’t like it, well, it’s their failing, not the film’s.

Will Craig’s comment cause fanboys to re-evaluate? Highly doubtful. Fanboys, once they’ve made up their minds, refuse to acknowledge the obvious.

In our opinion, Craig’s comments are pretty conservative. It’s easy to blame the writer’s strike of late 2007. That gives a pass to Quantum’s confusing editing and even more confusing logic. Quantum was supposed to take place shortly after 2006’s Casino Royale. But the 2008 sequel has multiple continuity gaffes.

And the gaffes aren’t little things. They’re big things such as Mathis was being interrogated at the end of Casino and Bond said MI6 needed to keep “sweating him.” Yet, in Quantum, we’re told MI6 has cleared Mathis and supposedly bought him a villa *mere minutes* after the end of Casino. Even if there had NEVER been a writer’s strike, Quanum was a big fat mess. Fanboys, though, refuse to accept that.

In any case, you can read the entire Telephgraph story BY CLICKING HERE.

UPDATE (AUG. 14) — Over on the MI6 James Bond fan Web site, there’s a THREAD ON THE DISCUSSIONS GROUP that reproduces a page of the Esquire story on Daniel Craig. This quote is part of that story:

Quantum of Solace, he says, was a difficult film to make. It was shot without a finished script because of a Hollywood writers’ strike, “which is never a good fucking thing, especially on a movie of that size.” The film “wasn’t as satisfying experience as I’d have liked it to have been.”