Some people are complaining out there about how Bond is a lover and not a fighter and how much they miss the campiness of the previous Bond movies. I couldn’t disagree more with those people. I like this new Jason Bourne like Bond. While being a fighter, I believe this Bond is more of a lover in deeper sense than the superficial Bonds of the past. From the past two movies it is clear that Vesper was more than just a convenient roll in the sack and it is the need to avenge her and M that motivates this Bond to be a cold and efficient killer.
Onto the movie itself … this movie combines all the things I like in an action thriller:
- Car chases
- Boat chases
- Free running
- Angry CIA operatives
- A handsome leading man
- A beautiful leading lady
- Impossible, but plausible stunts
- A sniveling jerk of villain who Bond curb-stomps in the end (I love what Bond does to this jerk to avenge Strawberry Fields).
- Revenge fulfilled
The movie is fast paced and Bond operates in a murderous fashion against his enemies without mercy or remorse. He is true to his convictions and true to his allies. The inclusion of “Strawberry Fields” feels like the last minute addition of a convenient female for Bond to @#$%. Her character is totally unnecessary seeing as how Bond really connects with the other “Bond Girl,” Camille, with whom he adventures with and shares a similar desire for revenge within the confines for duty. I also like the further development and definition of the relationship between Bond and M. Bond is M’s loyal servant and his love for her is like love that one feels toward a Mother, a Queen Mother, and a could have been lover if M were 20 -30-yrs younger. It reminds me of the kind relationship between anime/manga partners like Alucard and Integra of “Hellsing” and Sebastion and Ciel of “Kuro Shitsuji” — faithful Demon servants who serve dogs of the British Monarchy ;).
I didn’t like the camera work in some of the scenes. At times it was too frenetic for my brain to actually process what was going on and I had to look away a couple of times to regain my frame of reference so I wouldn’t fall out of my chair.
All in all, I felt this was an excellent action adventure movie. If you enjoy the Bourne movies, then you will enjoy this Bond movie and the previous one. If you are looking for camp, meaningless sex, and poor attempts at “quipping,” then this is not the Bond movie for you. 4.5/5 for great action and great main characters.
A little more: Another star of this movie for me are user interfaces. The interactive display table M and co. use to visualize data at the fictional Mi6 office is the stuff of future-possible fantasy. It’s retro-modern slick look harkened back the motifs of the 60’s. The fantasy Sony-Ericsson phones also looks very cool. All together there are some nice product placements that are very in line with the movie.