Bond. James Bond

DKC and I took the time last night to watch Quantum of Solace, the twenty-second James Bond movie in the canon, believe it or not. So what did I think of it? I’m not sure. It had a lot of explosions and action scenes, which was nice, and it looked good on my system (though only 5.1 audio on the Blu-ray? What’s up with that?) At the same time, it really relied on you being familiar with the events of Casino Royale. Which is fine, I suppose, but a few hints now and then would have been nice. I don’t often get lost in a movie, but there are still some questions I have about the flick. Perhaps some of them will be answered in the sequel, but I’d like to know that they’re going to be answered–not be left wondering if I should be wondering. Does that make sense?

The movie also made me start to question what makes a Bond movie a Bond movie. Is it that the main character’s is a spy named James Bond, and that he reports to a person named M? Because that’s where this seems to be heading. I used to love Bond movies for the gadgets and the quips. Of course, then the films started being caricatures of Bond movies–with too many ridiculous gadgets and silly quips. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. A few really cool gadgets and some seriously good quips would be appreciated.

This is not to say that I didn’t like the film. I liked it. But it seems to be leading the series in a direction I’m not wholly comfortable with. I’ll be interested to see where they go from here. Casino Royale was a solidly great movie. This one . . . I’m not sure. What do you all think? Any fellow Bond aficionados out there?

10 Comments

  • By Anonymous, April 3, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

    Will and I felt the same way – CR was, for me, the best Bond movie ever. QoS was a disappointment in comparison, but still a good movie. Isn’t it also the first Bond movie where he doesn’t sleep with the main girl? Can it really be called a Bond movie at all, in that case? Hahaha. 🙂
    -Gretel

  • By bgchristensen, April 3, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    Quantum of Solace is only a twenty-second movie? Wow, that’s short.

  • By brycemoore, April 3, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    Time flies when you’re having fun. Shall I say 22nd next time? 🙂

  • By bgchristensen, April 3, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    If you said that I might think you meant something else entirely.

  • By ericjamesstone, April 3, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    I haven’t seen QoS yet, and I only watched CR once. For me, the fun of Bond movies was leached out in the attempt to turn them into just regular action thrillers. Frankly, I prefer the caricatures.

  • By brycemoore, April 3, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    I’d say real bond>action bond>caricatures. Personally.

  • By Anonymous, April 3, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    They lost me with the title. I have seen every bond movie over the course of my life, thanks to my mom being a huge fan. Then I introduced Bill too them, after not seeing one for years, and wish I hadn’t I created a monster. But, Quantum of SOLACE??? Lots of Peace and Tranquility???? Um, no.
    And take a chisel to that guys chin. That may not make the movie, but it sure does make the bond. Sean Connery, and Pierce Brosnan? GREAT. Roger Moore and the Do Do Bird? No.

  • By brycemoore, April 3, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    It’s a good movie, Marie. Just not as good as Casino Royale. If you’re a big fan, you ought to see it. Just pretend it’s called “Lasers of Laserness.” 🙂

  • By Anonymous, April 4, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Bond aficionados
    Well, I’m not a Bond aficionados, but all this form a twenty-second James Bond movie in the canon? Twenty-seconds?

  • By brycemoore, April 4, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    Re: Bond aficionados
    It is to laugh. That joke just never gets old. 🙂

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