Monday, May 21, 2012

"Skyfall" Teaser

My problem with the rebooted James Bond movies isn't that they purposefully yanked out the "signature" Bond stuff that defined the series for decades, but that they still haven't found a new signature to replace it with. That worked out alright for the origin story in "Casino Royale;" but "Quantum of Solace" was a thuddingly-generic actioner distinguished only by Craig calling himself "James Bond."

The new one, at least, makes the interesting move of putting things in the hands of Sam Mendes; which should at least make for a unique looking/feeling film. We'll see.


Fallen Angel said...

Agreed. Casino Royale was truly refreshing. But the formula only worked once. In my opinion, Quantum of Solace is one of the weakest entries in the Bond series. Not to say that it's bad, but just really, really average.

Ah, well. Anyway, with Sam Mendes at the helm, Skyfall gets the benefit of the doubt. Fingers crossed on this one.

Nicholas said...

Much that was wrong with the second bond can be attributed to the writers strike.

Craig stated in an interview after the fact that the script that they had was unfinished, and he had to write much of the script himself which was a problem since as he put it, if my memory serves, "A writer I am not."

Not only did those Hollywood execs refuse to pay their writers properly, but they forced the movie into production without a completed script due to a writing strike they helped to cause. Hollywood is awesome!

Blue Highwind said...

I've been waiting for this one in a really long time. Quantum of Solace wasn't great, but I'm not going to jump on the Negative Nancy bandwagon that the Internet so loves. One bad movie and already people are declaring the franchise dead.

Skyfall looks awesome.

J_Tracey said...

I know it's not the most original aesthetic, but I still really like the new bond movies. Casino Royale is certainly better (since we actually have a well-characterized James Bond), but I still like Quantum, even if it's not as good as the first.

I really hope Skyfall is more along the lines of Casino and delivers some good characters along with some solid action.

Kyle said...

So... is Skyfall a Chicken Little reference?

Anonymous said...

Not a fan at all of the "new Bond" movies. There is so little of what made a Bond movie distinct (in my opinion) that they end up feeling like generic contemporary action flicks... I'll see it, but if he doesn't have some awesome gadgets, make some sexy time with some ladies, and find a sense of humor again, this will be the last Bond movie I see until there is a new lead (not that any of this is his fault per se, but it would prove to me that his bond will continue to be nothing like his predecessors).

B.L.C. Agnew said...

Actually Bob, the newer Bond DOES feature the signature Bond elements. Exotic locales, manly action, sleuthing, sexy-but-capable ladies, martinis, cool cars, cool gadgets, nasty villains with convoluted schemes. . . Or were you talking about something else?

Even the "suggestive female names" get called out by way of the Tiffany Broadchest cover in Casino Royale and Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace.

My main problem with the newer Bonds - mostly QoS - is that it lost a bit of the sense of humor (and therefore felt less fun). It was still mostly there in Casino, but thanks to QoS being largely a revenge flick it got noticeably dulled, and I agree that the franchise suffered for it in that regard.

But I'd also argue that finally taking a deeper look at Bond's psyche and the effect of his job/experiences on him as a person is a pretty significant signature element that even the weaker Quantum used to good effect. And one that's long overdue for a such a universally-known franchise/character.

Honestly Bob, we will never go back to Bond circa the days of color-coded ninjas, volcano lairs, space lasers, and other nonsense. And all in all, that's GOOD. Considering that the best Conner Bond (From Russia With Love) and the best non-Connery Bond (Goldeneye) are more grounded affairs, I don't see that we've lost anything.

For the truly wacked-out ideas, there's always G.I. Joe (at least Retaliation looks better than the terrible first one) and - hopefully - the rumored Marvel S.H.E.I.L.D. movie.

The latter of which would be a much better place for those sort of concepts to play out anyway. Because anytime someone might think "Wait, isn't this a bit MUCH?" the obvious answer would be "Yeah, but it's a world with monsters, magic space vikings, super soldiers, and mech pilots."