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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Moviegoers have been remarkably loyal to James Bond, slogging thru staggering levels of mediocrity. But as a rare asset at moribund United Artists (M-G-M/Columbia Pictures now share rights and FOX put out the DVD), there are too many interested parties to let the old nag die. Hence, the collective sigh of relief when the latest Bond (Daniel Craig, rough & compact) re-energized the franchise in CASINO ROYAL/’06; and hence, the collective groan over the follow-up. Truth be told, CASINO wasn’t all that great, while QUANTUM boasts that rarest of Bond attributes, a good underlying story. But you can hardly follow it. Not only the narrative, but also in the action sequences which have been Mix-Master’d to death (the 2nd unit director is just off THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM/’07), ignoring the fun of seeing cause & effect play out. (A big set piece @ an opera house must have read well, but it’s muffed with logistics that don’t hang together and supporting players we’ve barely met.) With so many of the familiar Bond routines expunged as old-fashioned & corny, Bond becomes just another over-produced action pic. (NOTE: Didn't anyone notice where the oo7 logo-gun was pointing in this poster?)

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