I’ve spent my whole life watching Bond films, so I’ve decided to go through them all one-by-one and review them. Because that would be a huge post to do in one go, I’m splitting them by actor. I’ve previously done The Connery (And Lazenby) Years, The Moore Years, The Dalton Years and The Brosnan Years, so there’s only one left…
Much like at the end of The Moore Years, there was a sense that Bond needed to go in a different direction when it was decided that Brosnan wasn’t returning. So in came Daniel Craig and a real change for the franchise, starting with a ‘reboot’ and taking 007 back to the start with Ian Fleming‘s first book as the inspiration. Ditching the gadgets, the smirks, and the special effects, Casino Royale is a back to basics Bond and all the better for it. Craig works well as a brooding, intense 007 and there’s enough action, glamour and excitement to set this as one of the classics.
Quantum Of Solace – 2008
However, second time around, the formula was already wearing thin. The real problem with Quantum Of Solace (other than the name) is that you get the feeling that it really doesn’t want to be a Bond film. Sure, it throws the odd bone to fans (the homage to the famous Goldfinger ‘paint’ death scene, etc), but 007 in this film has more in common with other JBs (Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer) than his predecessors and it relies too heavily on the audience caring about relationships he built in the previous film. And with a dull villain, a Bond Girl who feels like she’s arrived from a Roger Moore film (Gemma Arterton) and action scenes that either repeat past glories (the boat chase from any number of films, the plane scene from Living Daylights) or are edited out of all recognition of what’s happening, you’re left with a bit of a dull mess. Next time, bring the ‘fun’.
- 50 Years of Bond , James Bond (mevidur.wordpress.com)
- All 22 Bond Films In 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Boxset (thepeoplesmovies.com)
- 007: Who was the best Bond? (therfkworldofawesome.wordpress.com)
- James Bond At 50 (scifitalk.com)