Gemma Arterton

Shaky, not Stirring

Few things tickle me more than hearing a great French actor ask in French-accented English, "Do yooo theenk I am stooopid?" After hearing Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) spit out that line like tainted meat, I wasn't sure Quantum of Solace could get back its gravitas. It does, thanks to Daniel Craig, the most Byronic of 007s, who, with scarcely any help from the filmmakers, manages the astonishing task of rooting an outlandish yet sober-sided movie in reality and bringing it an air of wicked amusement, too.

Craig's Bond is emotionally wounded and psychologically all shook up, but he knows exactly what his strengths are. They include his ruthless cunning...