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Bond, James Bond, On the Run

Nov. 3 2008, Published 1:19 p.m. ET

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The latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace opened in London and Paris last week, two weeks ahead of its U.S. opening on November 14 -- and there was a reason.

"It stinks," said one industry insider. "Early reviews in the U.S. have been very unfavorable and MGM didn't want the bad notices to scare European audiences away."

The film opened to huge box office, but disappointment is sure to spread quickly.

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"There's no wit, no character development, and hardly any plot," said a Bond historian who did not want to be named. "This is so very disappointing."

That's an understatement, given the reported $230 million dollars the film cost.

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