Betrayed Bond embarks on bloody quest for truth

Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:17pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - A grim-faced 007 is on the warpath in the latest James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace," the sequel to box office hit "Casino Royale" starring Daniel Craig as the world's most famous fictional spy.

Bond shows no mercy as he crosses Europe and South America to discover why the woman he loved betrayed him before she died.

He also battles evil eco-terrorist Dominic Greene who wants to install an exiled general in what is supposed to be Bolivia in exchange for land containing huge natural resources.

In a complex web of diplomacy and deceit, the secret agent falls foul both of his enemy and British and U.S. intelligence.

While early reviews generally preferred the previous movie, most agreed that 40-year-old Craig, in his second outing as Bond, has cemented his place in the coveted role which brings instant fame and fortune to the actor who plays it.

German-Swiss director Marc Forster admitted to feeling the pressure with his biggest movie to date.

"The challenge (is) there's a huge amount of expectations, and to rise up to that and have this pressure on hand and being watched by the media and the fans constantly," he told Reuters in Los Angeles.

"I thought it was interesting that Orson Welles responded to what his biggest regret in life was: never making a mainstream movie," Forster added.   Continued...

<p>Actor Daniel Craig is pictured in this undated publicity photo from a scene of the new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" released to Reuters October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Susie Allnutt/Sony Pictures Entertainment/Handout</p>