Ah, James Bond, I want to dislike you because you represent all that’s wrong with tentpole filmmaking. From failed reboots to general banality, Bond really lost his mojo once the Harry Potter franchise cashed in on the “Most profitable series of all time” moniker.
The problem with Bond? They can only make him one thing at a time. We’re still in the Daniel Craig “realism” Bond world, where GoldenEye, The Living Daylights, Live and Let Die, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Thunderball (or Diamonds Are Forever) didn’t happen. I blame ‘Batman Begins’ and so should you.
Quantum is still out there, I guess, and Sam Mendes is directing this one. The trailer manages to cash in on part of me that I didn’t know wanted another James Bond film. Maybe I’m addicted to them like I’m addicted to nicotine or could see myself hooked on heroin. If I’m in the theaters and I get a chill when the theme comes up, does that make this whole endeavor valid?
Like this newest video blog. It focues on “costume design” and since we’re still a ways away from knowing Skyfall’s plot, it’s limited to costume designer Jany Temime talking about partnering with Tom Ford to make Bond’s suits fit well.
Which is important, but not interesting. We’ve designed suits for Bond on film since 1962, I’m not going to be impressed by the notion that this time is somehow more “right” than other suits.
Overall, my personal feelings are still split: If Skyfall came out tomorrow, I’d see it, but I can’t say I’d be excited to see it, and I’m pretty sure that’s causing my inner MI6 super geek to cry out in malaise-centric pain.