A solid Bond film. Marred, not helped, by woeful ending..
I saw the 60th anniversary (now 61st, for the movies, 70th for the books) celebrations for James Bond continue on Facebook, the other day. They released a post praising Daniel Craig’s acting in ‘that’ death scene. Oh dear. They just don’t get it, do they?
- Nowt wrong with killing 007. Especially in the Craig iteration as that was all about consequence and subversion. Can always reboot. Again.
- But Bond, in any guise? Would not die like THAT. He does NOT stare into space and wait for bombs to fall as though he’s Dr Who in regeneration.
- No. In this context? Bond is on the phone to Q, telling him to evacuate the area and get him off the island.
- 007 could have escaped and been quarantined until a cure could be found to the nano-bots. Meantime, he’s the ultimate weapon for covert assassination.
- Yes, he cannot see his sorta wife/daughter. But so what? Tragedy and loss empower the character. He can track them down, once cured.
- This, or indeed, any Bond? Dies in a blaze of glory. Fighting to the last man. Or, with bathos (sniper shot? heart attack?).
- This was a mawkish, manipulative, self indulgent and entirely avoidable ‘twist’ which ruined an otherwise fun, clever and engaging action film.
Here endeth the rant. ‘I know. I know’. 😉