Rush Limborg wrote:
Look...films shouldn't do that--require a second viewing to like it.
I don't know - there are many films I find I liked more the second or third time around. I think that actually adds to the rewatchability. QoS also works better when watched back to back with Casino Royale. A great non-Bond example was Avatar, which I didn't like at all the first time I saw it (even discounting my dislike of the 3-D), but enjoyed quite a bit more when I saw it a second time on (2-D) Blu-ray.
I agree I'm not a huge fan of the shaky camera or the super-fast edits, but apparently that's what lots of young viewers want now. Blipverts are real and they're coming. One of the worst offenders was the trailer for The Avengers that ran at the end of Iron Man 2. I was completely unable to process most of it because of the fast cuts.
Bond films have always reflected the trends of the times. Watch Live and Let Die and then watch a Pam Grier movie of the same era - no diff. Spy Who Loved Me had a disco soundtrack. Moonraker was made as a direct response to Star Wars. A main selling point of The Living Daylights was the film was going to feature an (almost) monogamous Bond in response to the AIDS epidemic - not kidding, look it up. Die Another Day featured an action-hero Bond girl around the same time things like the Tomb Raider, Underworld and Resident Evil films were taking off (and that's a great example of tastes dictating the series because the Jinx spin-off was cancelled when Tomb Raider 2 underperformed at the box office). Casino Royale capitalized on the huge rise of popularity for Texas Hold'em poker in the first half of the 2000s. And Quantum was a response to the Bourne/24 style of filmmaking.
Now it's had that out of its system Skyfall will probably reflect new trends (not to mention the fact I assume the thing will be in 3-D, unfortunately).