Saw the new Bond movie…my opinions.
It’s gotten a ho-hum reception from most of the people I’ve talked to personally…but I’m going to say that I really enjoyed it.
The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that its devoid of gadgets. This is true, I can’t recall the use of a single “gadget” in the entire film. Casino Royale was much the same though. It had a couple, but they were very few and far between. In a way, the move away from the gadgetry has sort of brought Bond full circle. Watch Dr. No, the first film, and you may be surprised to see none there as well. In fact it wasn’t until the fourth film Goldfinger that Q’s handywork was really in the spotlight. So I guess as a bigger Bond nerd than most, I’m actually able to appreciate the lack of gimmicky props as “getting back to the roots of Bond”.
I think that these last two films have really done a great job of defining James Bond as a character for the duration of Daniel Craig’s run. Casino Royale set the stage last time for a deep look into Bond’s character in Quantum of Solace. Not since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service have we seen so much of the emotional side of 007. So many of the other films portray him as a cold, calm, and confident man who won’t hesitate to do what it takes to accomplish the mission. Now we finally get to see past that exterior and see a man that also feels pain, compassion, and loss. Bond is certianly a more complex character this time around and in my opinion, that makes him more interesting.
This is no sappy story though. There’s lots of action to be had. Probably 80% of the movie is almost non stop, only slowing down once in a while to let you catch your breath, and then it throws you back on the run. There’s some great scenes as Felix Leiter is somewhat reintroduced as something other than Bond’s concierge. But for all of the great improvements in character identity, I felt as if ‘M’ took a step backwards. Spending most of the time looking like a confused puppy dog. That and her nickname kept driving me crazy throughout the entire film.
All in all, a great film. One of the better ones. While it’s quite different than most of the films of the past 30 years, I think its heart and soul are truly Bond and continues a chapter that is a refreshing and takes the series in a much needed direction. I can’t wait for the next one!