Thursday, July 11, 2013

Looks like more of the realistic James Bond

Yahoo is reporting that Sam Mendes who directed the last James Bond movie, Skyfall, will be back to direct the next one. The script will again be handled by John Logan. (Gladiator, Star Trek: Nemesis) If you recall, Skyfall is a more realistic Bond, more like the Bourne movies. That's made clear by the mini-documentary "Q" on the Skyfall Blu-Ray where Mendes announces his dislike for Q's past gadgets. But if you look at the last three Bond movies, Bond has really gotten pretty serious. Gone are the bad guy's volcano lairs.

But is this Bond more fun than the ones in the past? The old Bond franchise movies had a history of garish and large gestures by the villains. Blofeld's volcano lair. (You Only Live Twice) Goldfinger's plan to nuke the gold in Fort Knox. (Goldfinger) Stromberg's plan to start World War 3 and build a giant city under the sea. (The Spy Who Loved Me) And those movies which may seem campy by today's standards were very successful. They were also a lot of fun. Daniel Craig is a great Bond but he needs to loosen up. Just remember Quantum of Solace.

Exciting ski chase opening from The Spy Who Loved Me. (1977)

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