Monday, December 15, 2008

Here's my plug for Bond, James Bond in Quantum of Solace

On Saturday Andrew and I went on a "date." I've put date in quotation marks since we've been married for over four years and it's not as if the events of our "date" could have an affect on whether or not we'd be going home together at the end of the night. At any rate, we went out for dinner at the Elephant and Castle (located less than a minute away from the movie theatre) and then checked out the new Bond flick, Quantum of Solace.

Prior to the Daniel Craig reincarnation of 007 I've never been terribly interested in James Bond. I've seen a few of the Sean Connery movies and I think at least one with Pierce Brosnan, but neither were fascinating enough to make me want to watch them a second time. However, since seeing Casino Royale that's changed. Why? Well to be honest, part of it is Daniel Craig himself. The man is ripped and I'd have to be blind not to appreciate his physic (he also has beautiful blue eyes!). The most recent two Bond movies also have a lot of great hand-to-hand fighting sequences, especially the huge free-running section at the beginning of Casino Royale. The third reason I think I've enjoyed the last two Bonds so much is that the writers have set out to humanize James Bond. And I'm a huge sucker for the unlikely, slightly (or majorly) disgruntled, cynical hero angle (I'll post more about my new heroine Claire Lamont soon).

So, how was Quantum of Solace? I think I've already hinted that I enjoyed it. That's true. But, to be honest I walked out of the moving feeling like I learned nothing. Nothing about Mr. White (the man we see Bond shoot at the very end of Casino Royale) or the organization he worked for. Basically, it felt like this movie was an hour and forty-five minutes of set up for the next movie, which I believe is set to be released in 2010. However, the action was fun. I'd say the movie was 80 to 90 percent action and it was all fabulous. There was also a strong, kick-butt woman, which I always like to see. And I've read that she'll be back for the next movie too. So, all-in-all. An enjoyable movie, glad to have caught it on the big screen and I will probably pick up the DVD when it's released.

That's all for now. Heading home to Ontario on Wednesday.



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