The Borgified Corpse wrote:
As for the Daniel Craig films:
I like Casino Royale
but I think it's way overrated. It's excellent whenever it's doing its own thing but grinds to a halt every time it goes back to the poker table. Still, every director in the business needs to watch the opening chase sequence to see how to do a chase sequence that's exciting AND completely comprehensible. (I'm looking at YOU, Paul Greengrass & Peter Berg!
But I hate Quantum of Solace.
To me, Daniel Craig isn't James Bond. He's a dour, joyless thug and I have no desire to watch him. I'm sure it's not his fault. I think he's being intentionally directed that way. Still... ugh! Plus, Quantum
is filled with all of these contemporary references to the shitty current world situation. It can't go more than 5 minutes without reminding us that we're running out of oil or that our governments are in league with unsavory dictators or that global warming will destroy everything! I prefer my Bond movies, even at their grittiest, to be escapism, not An Inconvenient Truth.
Yes but it isn't like Bond hasn't reflected the world situation at the time, just off the top of my head:
the man with the golden gun talks a lot about the energy crisis, relating to the OPEC stuff going on at the time.
A View to a Kill with the whole silicon chip nonsense!
The Living Daylights featuring the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan/the opium trade.
I am pretty much the only person in the world who likes QoS though
While contemporary world crises may have provided a thin backdrop for earlier 007 movies, they didn't talk about them a lot and they never bogged things down. But it seems like Quantum of Solace
just can't ease up enough to make it fun. A lot of that comes from the Bourne
influence I think. The Bourne
films have this ponderous, liberal-guilt emphasis on constantly pointing out how shitty things are.
Mr Light wrote:
I'm sure no-one will agree with me, but "Goldeneye", "World Is Not Enough", and "Die Another Day". Great expansive big budget action movies.
While that's not exactly my list, it's a list I can get behind. I can't say enough good things about Goldeneye
& The World Is Not Enough.
And I even think the 1st half of Die Another Day
had the makings of one of the greatest Bond films ever (until it overloaded things with invisible cars, rocket cars, killer space lasers, & that weird cyborg suit that the bad guy was wearing