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Review by Darcon
The new Q played by Ben Whishaw is part of the new order of things, the old sly grandfatherly Q played by Desmond Llewlyn with exploding pens and gadgets has been replaced with hi-tech software.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
BOND: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
Q: Well, I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
BOND: Oh, so why do you need me?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
BOND: Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which in your pajamas.
Director Sam Mendes who directed American Beauty, an introspective tale may have added sensitivity to this old spy, but where does one take Bond from here?
A nursing home?
Or give him testosterone shots to regain his youthful virility?
Craig is only 44. Perhaps the aging bit should have been saved for a future film.
Much of the world is politically correct now.
Forget about the bodies piled high from machine guns and bombs, the movie’s rating actually warns that the film contains smoking..
The machismo and ruthlessness of the rakish Bond perhaps scared those entrusted with the franchise. Maybe they worried about his “acceptance” in modern day society.
The humor and fun are at a minimum here.
Smart dialog has been watered down.
Whose to blame? The writers?
No great lines are to be found like Bond saying “Shocking” after electrocuting an assassin in Goldfinger.
For the most part, the exotic locales are dark, cloudy, and ominous. Daylight offers no solace as buildings are blown up in downtown London.
As for the evil computer mastermind, Silva, played over the top by a bleached blonde Javier Bardem, he seems to have the most fun.
This villain is the most comfortable in his skin.
His open access to supposedly secure locations is a bit unbelievable. Breaking into a Parliament building is harder to believe than an evil genious having his own island or ship.
Guys love to live vicariously through the romantic encounters of Bond.
Sex has been put on the backburner.
The closest Bond comes to a romantic encounter is with the agent Eve who almost blows his head off with a sniper rifle in the opening scenes.
Naomie Harris plays Eve. Berenice Marlohe as Severine is gorgeous but distant and dispatched by the bad guys before male moviegoers can fall in love with her.
Bond of the 1960’s and 70’s would’ve had more than an occasional dalliance.
Lots of chase scenes and dead bodies are a must today for video game players who are only happy when there is a terrific body count.
It is so much more of a politically correct, albeit dangerous, world now than fifty years ago.
Ursula Andress as Honey Rider isn’t coming out of the ocean on a silver platter anymore.
In an attempt to update Bond, producers should be aware, they are dangerously close to going over the edge of how much change, Bond audiences will accept. Sure the action is terrific, with a reasonable “save-the-world” screenplay, but don’t forget the lethal savoir faire and aplomb that brought in billions of dollars.
Update Bond, but be careful about what you get rid of or add.
Best leave Superman his powers and go easy on trolling the depths of his character, the kryptonite of political correctness could destroy your money maker.
Anyone with any sense knows Bond wouldn’t drink a product placed Heineken beer….
He went to Eton, for God’s sake.
Not to scare anyone of a certain age, but Sean Connery is 82 years old this year.
If you want to reminisce, here’s the recipe for Bond’s drink in Ian Fleming’s book Casino Royale .
(The drink cannot be made exactly the same because Kina Lillet is no longer produced.)
Or you could have a beer while listening to Skyfall’s theme song by Adele.
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