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Bond flick splits film fans

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2 stars out of 4

Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by the latest Bond movie. The intricate action scenes must have taken such effort to choreograph, but they are ruined by the choppy editing, which results in a dizzying effect. The story is somewhat bland, and combined with Bond's lack of personality and not a gadget in sight, where is the fun we expect from these films? Gone are the gadgets and gizmos that previous Bonds have relied on to survive; now Bond relies on his apparent bullet-proof body, cars, boats and motor bikes. Judi Dench as M is well-suited for the part and the supporting characters do fine jobs, but that is not enough for true Bond fans. The gadgets and Bond's charm, class and suaveness are what make the Bond movies stand apart from other action/adventure film series.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

3 1/2 stars out of 4

Few movies in the past years have provided such a level of entertainment that when the movie was over I felt only 5-10 minutes had passed. The Bond formula has been updated to reflect a plausible future of running out of potable water with new eco-villains. "Quantum of Solace" is an excellent Bond movie - full of action, beautiful girls, interesting cars, a somewhat believable villain and pure escapism. Somehow this formula still works after 22 movies. One of the best beginning action sequences ever. Recommended at the movieplex and would also buy the DVD when it comes out.

- Alfred Richner, Duluth

3 stars out of 4

This is an action-packed movie that begins with an intense car chase. It is a great action movie, but the movie hero bears more resemblance to Jason Bourne than James Bond.

Daniel Craig is not the Bond of old. He is, however, the first actor that made me think he could actually be Bond instead of someone trying to take Sean Connery's place. Craig's portrayal of Bond is completely new.

Devoted Bond fans will probably be disappointed. There are only slight correlations to previous Bond movies, such as a sticky reference to "Goldfinger." He does not use the gadgets that have become a Bond trademark. Worst of all for devout fans, he never once uses the famous "Bond, James Bond" line.

- Tami L. Barratt, Lawrenceville