Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shaken - or Just Stirred? for His Eyes Only: Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace, Which Opens on 31 October

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shaken - or Just Stirred? for His Eyes Only: Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace, Which Opens on 31 October

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Byline: JASMINE GARDNER, RICHARD GOODWIN

HE SAYS Bond is a brute in a suit - it's Sex and the City for men - and the explosions are cool HE SAYS

THERE'S an episode of I'm Alan Partridge where that paragon of chat plans to watch all of the James Bond films back-to-back. His Russian mail-order bride, eager to please, keeps making dumb comments, mistaking Connery for Lazenby, etc.

"Stop getting Bond wrong!" implores Partridge.

There is, as so often with Partridge, something recognisable in this. Bond brings out the pedant in all men, both the cad and the geek.

But as perfectly intelligent women are fond of saying when I question their idiotic worship of the vacuous Sex and the City what's wrong with indulging your worst side for a bit of entertainment? Quantum of Solace is in many ways a departure. Unlike the subdued Casino Royale, the action does not relent.

Daniel Craig's Bond chases and is chased on foot, in boats, cars and aeroplanes. No sooner has he slipped on a Tom Ford shirt, than he bloodies it.

There's precious little quippage, none of the camp of the Pierce Brosnan era. There's not even much by way of seduction, just enough to prove he can if he so wants (there's a delightful, almost doleful ease in the way he beds Gemma Arterton's character).

This is all fine. Craig excels at taking punishment. The endless, brilliant action sequences look and sound as if they properly hurt yet he always walks away with dignity.

He is a brute in a suit.

I don't think Partridge would like it, to be honest he is a Moore man. Women will strongly dislike it.

But it's not for them. In its superior depiction of the male condition get smacked, pretend it doesn't hurt it is among the few intelligent movies aimed at men. There is something numbly moving in its relentlessness.

Oh and explosions are cool.

RICHARD GODWIN

SHE SAYS No wit, no charm - he's all but lost interest in bedding beauties. …

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