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?