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Mastidon Reports From The QUANTUM OF SOLACE Premiere!!

Merrick here...
Mastidon wrote in with thoughts & pictures after attending the QUANTUM OF SOLACE premiere in London. I saw this film myself, and enjoyed it quite a bit. "I'm not sure it made any sense..." I told a friend afterwards, "But it's bad ass." You should know that this is very much an action film. It's around 40 minutes shorter than CASINO ROYALE & is radically different stylistically. Very fast editing (not quite Michael Bay fast, but getting there) & a great deal of cross cutting/intercutting zoom matters along briskly. The fight sequences are often wrenching, savage, and uncompromising. QUANTUM pauses for brief moments of characterization and (only the most essential) exposition, but it is purely, simply, and unapologetically about propulsion & visceral "oomph". Think: a BOURNE movie in the BONDverse, without shakeycam.
Anyways, here's Mastidon with his report - which we very much appreciate.


Hey guys, Mastidon here. Greetings from London. I just got back to my hotel room from the world premier of the new James Bond film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE. It seems surreal that I was even able to attend such an event compared to what I was doing yesterday of debugging customer IT problems. As always, major thanks go out to Harry for taking my boring world and turning it up on its head. All photos below were taken by Merritcat as she is a far better photographer than I ever could be. Now on to the report.... Anybody who really knows me knows I am beyond a massive Bond geek. I own every DVD and have seen every film dozens of times. I have even watched all of the extras and listened to the commentaries so that should give you an idea as to how much of a fan I am. Roger Moore is the Bond I grew up with but lost faith in with the films of the '80s. As I grew up and started to really watch all of Bond, I quickly realized that Sean Connery is Bond, George Lazenby was a nice diversion taking the character to a darker level, Pierce Brosnan had the potential to be a good Bond until the gadgets overshadowed the story, and Timothy Dalton was just plain awful. Daniel Craig to me is Bond in his purest form. He is clearly one guy you never want to get angry as you know he would take you out before you could blink, just for looking at him funny. His performance combined with a good script for CASINO ROYALE, erased the past 25 years of mediocre films that had potential but just did not live up to the past greatness that is Bond, James Bond. Quantum of what? I still keep thinking back to the unofficial theme song HERE. What kind of title is that? Are we headed back into bad Bond territory? Well as you probably already know, Ian Fleming wrote a short story by the same name. That story has absolutely nothing to do with the film. I'm not going to tell you what the title means - at least not in any spoiler free section. Needless to say, when you find out what it does mean, it makes sense and is a great title. The best way to describe this film is he second half of CASINO ROYALE. It starts 1 hour after the end of Casino, making it the first real Bond sequel. Is it as good as Casino? ABSOLUTELY. Although, there is one nasty little point that AICN Talkbackers might have a problem with - one of the writers happens to be everybody's favorite guy Paul Haggis. Paul was one of the co-writers on Casino so it makes perfect sense to have him back to continue the story. Bond films never disappoint in the opening. Same rules apply here. Just as jaw dropping as ever, which then leads to the credits which are simply stunning. Better than Casino on every level but one - the bloody theme song. I just don't like it, especially when you compare it to YOU KNOW MY NAME. The premier tonight was promoted as the largest movie premier in UK history. Even Prince William and Harry attended as well as several thousand of their closest friends on Lecster Square. The weather was bitter cold for an October night, hovering around just above freezing. It was comical watching all of the on air people take their coats off for broadcast then quickly get dressed again. I was in the press pen talking to everybody who would stop by for a minute or two. Merritcat was hanging out with the other photographers, who as usual tried to kill each other for that perfect photo. We hope you enjoy the collection here. Lots more details to follow tomorrow on the film and the premier including my short interviews with the entire cast. Just wanted to get something up for you guys to tonight. Enjoy. Mastidon will return.

Mathieu Analric, who plays Dominic Greene - head of a mysterious organization called Green Planet.

Olga Kurylenko, who appears as Camille - Bond's cohort who has a mission of her own.

Needs no introduction.

Gemma Arterton plays "Fields", a British operative tasked with wrangling Bond.

Jeffrey Wright returns as Felix, an American operative/contact for Bond.

No introduction needed here, either. She's in this movie much more than previous installments.

QUANTUM director Marc Forster


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  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Solum of Qualace

    by bunkyboo

    that is all.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Jeffrey Wright was AWESOME in W.

    by Jugdish

    Hopefully he won't sign on to be in the Last Dragon

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    So basically, they've turned Bond into Bourne

    by Garbageman33

    Good chicks, though.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Quantum Of Leapage...

    by LordPorkington

    "And now Mr Bond, you will die!" --- "Oh boy..."

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    James Bond has a Man Purse?!!!!

    by Jugdish

    Wait a minute- "It's European!"!!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Olga is freaking HOT!

    by HoboCode

    Damn.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig wants Bond boys, too

    by bunkyboo

    I can tell he really understands his audience.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I just farted...

    by LordPorkington

    And it fucking stinks. Had to get that off my chest. Sorry.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton was GREAT! And Shakeycam

    by bluelou_boyle

    Dalton was a great Bond. Daylights is fantastic, more like Craig's films than Moore's or Brosnan's. And Merrick - quit the shakeycam bitching. Bourne Ultimatum was perfect. The action was amazing!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Dalton? He was GOOD, man.

    by Mr Gorilla

    All that resigning from the service; seeking revenge; getting bloody and beaten up - DALTON did it first and he did it very well.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    by DarthCorleone

    1) TIMOTHY DALTON RULES.<br><br> 2) The name of the song is "You Know My Name," not "Do You Know My Name."<br><br>That said - encouraging review and great photos.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    timothy dalton

    by captain_kirk

    Here's the thing: Dalton was great; his movies sucked warty cock. We may all remember that Dalton's films were an attempt, again, to reinvent Bond. Something that has only with Craig been met with success. Parts of Brosnan's reinvention were ok, but still a shock. And Die Another Day? Sigh, at least the keys invisible car has been misplaced. Dalton's films had a stranger introduction, and I remember in, if I'm correct, Living Daylights, the intro involved a model handling a camera. The camera was an Olympus. Perhaps the most blatant product placement since Pierce Brosnan shaved his beard off with a Norelco. anyhoo, i agree Craig is the best bond ever. I think that there's still work to do on the franchise (a Bond movie less than 2 hours? UNHEARD OF! 1:46? It's nuts! Even Tomorrow Never Dies was 1:59). Anyhow, I'm looking forward to lots more with Craig.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Wait, where's the review?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    You are gonna post one, right?<p> </p>And I've done my fair bit of bitching about how overpaid actors often are, but I was locked out of my house the same night of this premier, so I know how fucking bitterly cold it was. Whatever those two Bond babes got paid wasn't enough!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Gemma was born polydactyl.

    by DarthCorleone

    Cool bit of trivia.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Bland. James Bland.

    by vadakinX

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    gemma had 6 fingers?

    by captain_kirk

    where did u hear that?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Gemma was a flying dinosaur?!

    by LordPorkington

    That's fucking bullshit!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan for Bond 23

    by DC Films

    Te needs a break from Batman before doing the daunting second sequel - can't think of a better Director for Bond! Also i read that he loves Bond movies!!! And how about Christian Bale as an enemy agent - Craig vs. Bale would be shattering.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Marc Forster, not "Foster"

    by Zardoz

    I'm so looking forward to this movie!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    DarthCorleone & seppukudkurosawa

    by Mastidon

    I realized I had DO in the title by mistake when I was listening to it on my iPod on my flight back home today. Its been the ringtone on my phone for 2 years now. But hey, no sleep = mistakes. Which brings me to my next point, I don't want to put out my full review until tomorrow as I am way too tired and I already see a few other typos in my fast one.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Jugdish

    by Mastidon

    It is not a man purse, it is an arm sling as he broke his shoulder.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    christopher Nolan

    by captain_kirk

    Shut up DC FILMS Nolan SUCKS at ACTION. We'll be lucky if Forster didn't flub it, but Nolan's action directing is confusing. Dark Knight's finale SUCKED

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    whats that lapel thing everyone is wearing?

    by ArcadianDS

    looks like a tomato slice wrapped to a sprig of aparagus with a rubber band. Anyone know what that is?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    No probs, mastidon!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    You know what they say, a picture of a freezing, half-naked Gemma Arterton says more than a thousand words!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    ArcadianDS

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Are you serious? A couple million World War 1 victims just rolled in their graves... (It's a poppy, by the way).

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    captain_kirk

    by DC Films

    I have to agree with you, since The Dark Knight was such a critical and commercial failure. Your opinion certainly does seem to represents the majority here...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa - thank you!

    by LordPorkington

    I was too embarrassed to answer that question. The sheer ignorance of some people is astounding, it really is.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    DC, great suggestion!

    by thedeadnextdoor

    I absolutely agree with the suggestion of Nolan directing a Bond film. "The Dark Knight" has to be this year´s best action film, but I´m off to see "Quantum..." tomorrow, so I´ll see how it compares to it.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Fuck the majority!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Have you looked at a list of movies that have gotten to No.1 in the US Box Office this year? The majority of people have mild down's syndrome. But I'd say the majority of GEEKS would agree with Kirk that Nolan does have a bit of a problem shooting action, even if they loved the movie.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa

    by DC Films

    I said 'critical' as well as commercial success. Please, find me one bad review for The Dark Knight (apart from complaints that it's too violent - should never have been a 12A). Regarding his action direction - it's improved beyond the ability of your usual Bond director - problem with the Bat finale wasn't the direction but the over-complex concept of the 'cellphone-goggles' trying to potray multi-levels at a fast pace. BTW, cheers thedeadnextdoor ;)

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    ArcadianDS MUST have been joking

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Nobody is surely THAT stupid.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    speaking of the dark knight..

    by captain_kirk

    what i never understood about the finale was this. If the Joker was such an evil bad ass, and if both ships were truly wired, why wouldn't he have just blown them up on his own? I mean on a timer. He's that smart. The script wasn't. Dark Knight was a major let down. I was pissed when it ended. That being said, whether Nolan's failed action sequences were a result of him or his overly complex script remains to be seen, but I wouldn't let him have a chance at the franchise. I would just keep letting Martin Campbell have a crack at it until he finally kicks off. Cause he's consistent and excellent (except in The Legend of Zorro's craptacular CG ending).

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    When the idiot mumbles something about the best Bond being "awfu

    by JackPumpkinhead

    That's the point when one stops reading and closes the tab.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    how about making a BOND movie.....

    by j2talk

    is that too much to ask????? oh,enough with the shaky camera, the first time it was new and interesting - now its for HACKS...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    both dalton and brosnan were shite

    by earlfist

    well maybe I'm a bit harsh but watch dalton in anything.... The guy has no range. John glen was a hack and despite" licence" actually having a plot, it still sucked. Brosnan was a little better as he has low key charm but little charisma. Looking forward to QoS as I thought casino a bit overatted, especially the final act, but craig is terrific as bond. If QoS is action packed fine by me.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    captain_kirk - the Joker's motivation

    by DC Films

    The Joker certainly could've blown up the ships himself. We can infer that by not blowing up the ships, but instead giving them such a Riddler-esque choice, he wanted to prove a point - the question at the film's heart: when it comes down to it are we all just animals out for ourselves (Mad Dogs, as the Joker termed it). Hence he was gutted when the ships didn't blow - proved instead that we're not all mad dogs at heart.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Craig looks about seventy years old in those photos

    by peter skellen

    Suprise, suprise. All the Bonds are shit except for Connery and Dan Kregg, QOS, despite being widely panned, is actually brilliant etc, etc, yawn...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I'm staying spoiler free, but I just had a great conspiracy theo

    by herr_howard

    What if the mystery guy that Bond hauls in at the beginning of the movie (after shooting him at the end of the last movie) becomes...wait for it...Q? I was watching the trailer again this morning and it suddenly dawned on me, "This guy is WAY too mysterious...and he seems to be channeling Desmond Llewelyn pretty well...wait a second...if he's got all these ties to stuff that's going on 'everywhere', maybe he has access to weapons technology, too..." I may be way off, but 4 years ago I predicted Barack Obama would be the Democratic presidential candidate...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Isn't this the movie after the Trek trailer?

    by Heckles

    Double feature fo sho.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Mastidon's piece cannot be taken seriously

    by kwisatzhaderach

    when he says Timothy Dalton was awful. Dalton's portrayal of Bond has only ever been bettered by Connery in Dr No and From Russia With Love. So much for being a big Bond fan.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    "Timothy Dalton was just plain awful."

    by Smerph

    Congratulations; you're an idiot. Your opinion now means nothing.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I don't want to go off subject again, but regarding TDK

    by Darth_Kaos

    I agree with many, TDK even though a good film (not great, but good) had all kinds of flaws (counting the shitty fight scenes). The only good action scene was the street scene with the batPod. Hopefully when the fanboys take a moment and slip there lips from the ass crack of all things TDK, they'll watch it on DVD and finally see that it's not a perfect film and not the greatest superhero film either.<br><br> Back on subject: I look forward to watching the new Bond movie.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Dalton

    by Mastidon

    You don't like my opinion, so be it. I grew up with Moore. He was the Bond I knew and loved until the movies became a joke. Dalton never clicked with me. Different strokes. Such is life.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    timothy dalton love/hate

    by Bouncy X

    look at that, this guys shares his opinion and because it differs with many of the posters, now they all think he's stupid. how dare he not share your opinion on something...the nerve i say.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I liked Timothy Dalton best when...

    by Garbageman33

    He had a miniature building sticking out through his mouth. That's good comedy right there.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this. However,

    by Roketopunch

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Who was the seahag that Daniel Craig

    by Roketopunch

    was with. She's real fucking ugly.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Timothy Dalton was bad...

    by tvspace

    ... but it had as much to do with the era of the 80s' than it did him. And they dropped in in a Bond universe that was owned by Connery and Moore. And as good as Connery was in Dr. No, he was horrific in Diamonds are Forever. And we won't even touch Never Say Never Again.

  • You stopped loving the Bond movies when they "became a joke"...and you prefer Moore? That makes no sense. The Bond movies became a joke with Diamonds are Forever. Moore occasionally treated it seriously and delivered the occasional good instalment, but Dalton treated it sensibly (just like Craig).

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Mastidon

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I grew up with the Moore movies too. But Dalton acted Moore off the screen.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    tvspace

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Connery was terrible in Diamonds Are Forever. The rot set in around Thunderball, his performances in Dr No, Russia and Goldfinger are all seminal, but the lazyness crept in after that.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I knew they should have gone with...

    by PirateEmery

    ...Something of Boris.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by Smerph

    If Mastidon is willing to dismiss Dalton's contribution to the Bond franchise with such a comment, I'll treat him with the same respect. Craig is not doing anything overly different to what Dalton did 20 years.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Smerph

    by JMZ

    you are a prick

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    JMZ

    by Smerph

    But a prick with informed opinions. Now fuck off back to school.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Marc Forster IS...

    by sherlock_junior

    'Hitman' they should've cast him. But on topic. The movie sounds great! I don't want another Casino Royale, that one was one of a kind excellence, to make this movie shorter and more action packed sounds like the right thing to do. Change of pace is the way. And if the action is Bourne-like without the shakeycam, well... I'm there if it opens in the Netherlands!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Is Bond wearing a messenger bag?

    by scudd

    Bond's a hipster now?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    QOS has such a goofy fuckin poster

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    Makes me snicker every time I see it.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    does Bond get missions anymore?

    by Prossor

    when's hte last time he went into the office got his mission and went lickety split? Now every bond has him disobeying, going renegade, reconciling i just get SO FUCKING SICK OF THIS!!!!!!!!!! it's like they cannot think up of a unique creative mission plot so they have to add in all thise personal/emotion bullshit to make up for it. and oh yeh craig's head looks block-shaped.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Dalton good??

    by j2talk

    the mans acting was CARDBOARD....

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    "I'm there if it opens in the Netherlands!"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    If? Do you guys only get one movie a year over there or something? Or are Bond movies banned?<p>Explain.<p>I NEED TO KNOW!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    UHHHH...

    by The InSneider

    "Is it as good as Casino? ABSOLUTELY."... NOT. This dude is flat-out wrong.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    "does Bond get missions anymore?"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Um, yes. Try watching every Bond movie with the exception of License To Kill.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I listened to a review by

    by emeraldboy

    Tara brady from Hot Press the irish magazine. She has seen all the bond movies. and put this one in the bottom three of the worst bonds. Ever made. Here however is the really interesting thing. She saw the film at the Press Launch and after the press launch, the film was taking back to editing booth and all the good parts were taking out of the movie and for no apparent reason. I havent seen this film. I cant wait to see it.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    yeah no shit...

    by Prossor

    but do they have to add all the other drama-for-drama's sake stuff before he gets it ? no.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    By common consent...

    by emeraldboy

    The villains are getting really dull. The main thread of the reviews that I have read say that Everything they got right in Casino Royale, they got wrong here.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig looks like a Robert Crumb drawing

    by Baron Karza

    or a 1970s irish caricature on a beer stein.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Quantum's short running time intrigues me...

    by TylerDurden3395

    I felt that Casino would've been perfect if they had cut out 20 minutes.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    ONLY 2 PIX OF OLGA?

    by alice 13

    dude wtf.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    License to Kill

    by captain_kirk

    I keep getting mixed up with a Sidney Poitier / Tom Berenger movie from the 80's. Anyhoo, the problem with License to Drive was that Joe Don Baker must have been the only villain to ever not die in the end, but rather get carted off by the police. Yes, Blofeld was around for several films, but he was never arrested. That was weird. A statue fell on him and Bond busted him. Lame ending. Great Bond, lame ending.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Captain Kirk

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Wasn't that "The Living Daylights"?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    yes, it was the living daylights

    by captain_kirk

    just not paying attention.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Marc Forster is Hitman: post 2

    by sherlock_junior

    @ IAmMrMonkey! Ow yeah what I was supposed to have typed was 'when' it opens in the Netherlands. Hehe we're a small country but we love movies. Sometimes we got these strange sneak previews where an American film is shown like months before it opens in America... (like with Dogma and Dumb and Dumber) And sometimes we have to wait for half a year to get to see it!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Craig's date

    by Thrillho77

    Why did Mathieu Almaric put on women's clothing to walk down the carpet with Craig?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Gemma was born a pterodactyl?

    by berserkrl

    I did not know dat.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Tell Craig he can let the seatbelt off when not riding the car.

    by ricarleite

    As I read more and more news and reviews about QOS, I feel the DEATH of the REAL James Bond more and more. Casino Royale was NOT Bond, but it was excusable as long the next movies were. As I see it, those are NOT, going away from the classic Bond and torwards demented reboot-crazy Hollywood. FUCK. THIS. SHIT. Bond DIED AT THE END OF WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, as far as I'm concerned.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    berserkrl...

    by LordPorkington

    I already did that one earlier in the Talkback, and it wasn't even funny when I did it the first time around. Try reading the Talkback before you post next time.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Soulless

    by Acquanetta

    I'll say this for the Bond producers, at least they're consistent with their inconsistency. Just about everything that fans praised about Casino Royale has been thrown out in Quantum of Solace. Bond is back to being invulnerable, and the script once again favors stunts over story. 007 Magazine has been unconditionally supporting and hyping this film all year long, yet they found it to be a crushing disappointment. http://www.007magazine.co.uk/bond22/bond_22_review.htm

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I can't help getting excited about this.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I know most reviews are saying it's nowhere near as good as "Casino Royale" (my candidate for the best non-Conery Bond, and besting even most of those), but I'm still excited. My only issue is the run time. Bond movies should be over 2 hours long. This series doesn't need more action packed into a smaller space, it just needs for the action scenes it does have to hit us with the impact of those in "Casino Royale." Everyone who has played the role has made a bad Bond film, except, oddly, Lazenby. "Her Majesty's Secret Service" might be at the top of everyone's list if Connery were in it. Connery made "Diamonds Are Forever." Moore made "A View to a Kill" (maybe the worst ever). Dalton made "License to Kill" (I actually like "The Living Daylights" quite a bit). Brosnan made "The World is Not Enough" and the second half of "Die Another Day." Craig is the first actor ever given the opportunity to play the character before he was truely James Bond. I can't wait for this one!

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Smerph

    by JMZ

    your opinions are no more informed than anything else I have read here

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    It's Putin vs. Hobbit!

    by jackofhearts29

    Seriously, Craig looks like Putin. And Putin looks like Dobby the House Elf.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    captain_kirk

    by codymr

    I think you have it a bit mixed up. Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) was killed by Bond at the end of TLDL. Bond used his key chain with plastic explosive to kill him by blowing up the statue of Caesar. <P> However, General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) was another villain that was arrested by the KGB shortly after Whitaker's death. <P> I just popped in the DVD to check... Regardless of the details, I see your point.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The Reluctant Austinite

    by codymr

    I agree with you 100%. I have nothing to add really, just seconding your comment. <P> I actually made EXACTLY the same comment to a couple of friends while shooting the shit about the new Bond film a couple of days ago.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Smerph

    by codymr

    I'd have to agree with you... the series went haywire during DAF - parts of that bond film were jaw droppingly bad (Mr Kidd & Mr Wint... YIKES). A shame it was Connery's farewell to the Eon series. <P> Moore's tenure in the role was hit and miss with slightly more misses than hits. <P> Craig does a great job with the material. Funny how there was so much blowback from fans about his casting before CR was released. In hindsight, he's up there with Connery.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I don't want a Bourne Bond

    by Dr Gregory House

    Casino Royale was such a pleasant surprise and a great movie all the way around. I'll wait until I see Quantum until I pass judgement, but it sounds like the producers and director may have fucked up in their 'vision' of Bond for this movie.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    wait, a lack of depth in characterization from Haggis?

    by BadMrWonka

    tell me another one!<p>fucking scientologist douchebag...the man has never written a single believable character, just one boring archetype after another. oh, except for walker texas ranger. fucking piece of shit. I hope someone steals the Oscar back that he stole with Xenu money...

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton was FUCKING AWESOME.

    by Gungan Slayer

    Period. Also, sucks Craig had to attend the premiere with his arm in a sling.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    "making it the first real Bond sequel..."

    by -guyinthebackrow

    What? You never saw DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER? The one after ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE that ended with Bond's wife dying. DIAMONDS starts up with Bond going after the guy that killed his wife. In short... you're an idiot.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Is Craig wearing...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    ... the Jack Sack in those photos?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Where are the Zack & MIri reviews?

    by Rupee88

    One has to think that the AICN guys don't like it...Kev is a friend of the site and maybe they don't want to honestly pan his film before it is released. I'm not against this necessarily, but it is interesting.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton was my favorite Bond

    by Rupee88

    I don't know why they didn't use him again. I guess he didn't have enough "star" power, but he was perfect in the role. Craig is very good too, but just needs a better script than the last one.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton WAS Bond!

    by Lord Haw Haw

    He actually looked like he could kick your ass in a dark alley, unlike Moore and Brosnan's Teflon Bonds. Dalton's still the best Bond in my book, although I thought Craig was outstanding in Casino Royale.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    How can you hate Dalton and yet like Craig

    by DannyOcean01

    Craig's Bond is clearly influenced by Dalton. Dalton like Brosnan never got a decent go of Bond, and could have become two of the best. This guy's a nut.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    In fact, this guy ain't a huge Bond fan

    by DannyOcean01

    He's a fucking bandwagon leaper. Only e-whores are so happy to lap at Craig's balls like that. He's good certainly, but to eviscerate Dalton like that is really, really, ridiculous

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton= Total Bondage.

    by colinjbooth

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    DALTON IS A FAG, CRAIG ROXORZ UR SOXORZ, DEAL FATTIES.

    by dr sauch

    TRUTH.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    BOND 2008 vs RAMBO 2008?

    by ABking

    Which is more bad ass?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Bond vs. Rambo

    by Acquanetta

    I'm not sure Bond should ever be compared to Rambo. It wasn't that long ago that the idea of James Bond wielding a machine gun was ridiculed, and considered too over the top. In fact, that was pretty much a recurring theme in the wake of Casino Royale. The reboot was supposed to be a departure from the Bond films that were little more than a loose collection of stunt sequences. Instead, that's exactly what the producers have returned to after just one film. I'm beginning to think they should take a longer hiatus in between films, because that seems to be the only way they can get off of autopilot. But anyway, to answer your question, I'd have to go with Rambo. (For that matter, I'd probably have to pick Stallone over Craig as well. Even at 60.)

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The Living Daylights & License To Kill

    by Kirbymanly

    were the best Bond movies since the 60's and the best leading up to Casino. Dalton was fucking GREAT as Bond.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Re: RAMBO 2008 vs. BOND 2008 = RAMBO!

    by ABking

    Stallone pulled out all the stops with Rambo on a 50 million budget. It makes you wonder where he is going with the 5th (which he recently just said he is taking his time with cause he wants a worthy story). JAMES BOND seems to have gone back to the over-the-top-ness of past but in more of a BAD ASS way. I say Craig is the best BOND ever besides Connery. His BOND films puts PIERCE BROSNON's to shame sans GOLDENEYE.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    That theme song

    by hallmitchell

    Is a disgrace. Shows two great artists together doesn't mean great music.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    The QOS songs sounds like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat is singing it

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "An' den-a, a den-a deiba, den-anna-DA, it jes'...Mettie Dabie AYE!"

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    So my question is...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...is the Gunbarrel opening in this fucker?

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Cadillac Jones

    by odo19

    From what I have heard it is at the end instead of the beginning.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Shoelace

    by captain_kirk

    Kirby seriously. The Living Daylights and License to Kill were hardly Bond's best moments. Joe Don Baker, new-slut Moneypenny, Bond in khakis going for a stroll and a sleigh ride with Olivia D'abo, and the weight of an unclear vision for "reinvention" almost destroyed the franchise. I will say that The Living Daylights had some of my favorite and awesomest Bond moments, but fell apart in the finale. I'm sorry, but if a statue is going to fall on a bad guy, it (a) must be a f*cking huge statue; and (b) must crush the mother f*cker to death. As for License to Kill, there was no reason why Felix Leiter survived, delimbed and all, and the topless psychic bit it. Very good opening sequence. Very shitty rest of the movie. And, as if I ever needed more proof, let me remind you of how bad License to Kill was with two magic words: Wayne Newton.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Dalton Rules!

    by Redmantle

    That is all.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I Ilke the notion of taking QOS as the second half of CR.

    by ludmir88

    and not taking it like and entire new story, just "the second half of the first one". nice. now I mentally healthy.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Screw Bond ...

    by DeadPanWalking

    ... when are we going to get a decent Flashman movie?!?

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I think I know quite a bit about WWI and i somehow missed the po

    by Westonian

    I don't think I'm an idiot. Sometimes certain things slip by.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    poppy lapel

    by Westonian

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    and if its THAT obvious this article wouldn't be required

    by Westonian

    http://www.slate.com/id/2109771/ <p> <p> plus those lapels look nothing like poppys.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    The bourne movies

    by Murkish

    were pretty fucking great if you ask me. not many series are that consistently good. as far as bond goes, i loved casino royale and quantum of solace looks just as good. im glad they got the series out of pierce brosnan's dainty grasp

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Dalton = Bond

    by PaulKersey

    Sean, George and Timoty were the true Bonds! Moore was fun, but he became to cartoonish. Pierce was good, but he only did one decent Bond movie(Goldeneye). I'm not sure if I want to see Bond in a 100% action film. Whats wrong with going back to doing realy spy-missions? So the gun barrel isn't shown in the beginning? That sucks big time! It's a trademark, everytime I see that gunbarrel I know it's bond... but now they have to change it every goddamn movie.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Gunbarrel

    by Mastidon

    I have neither confirmed nor denied its existence in the opening as that falls into spoiler category.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    "She's in this movie much more than previous installments"

    by PacmanFever

    Oh Joy

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Sausage

    by Zino

    That is all

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton a bad actor??

    by MrMajestic

    WTF? Timothy Dalton was maybe the most skilled actor out of all the Bonds. Any of you shortbuses ragging on him ever seen "The lion in winter"? He could've been the best Bond save for the fact that his movies were unevenly written and directed. His performance and attitude however were top notch.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Anyone else think Goldeneye is overrated?

    by BillEmic

    Yeah, when it came out it was exactly the return that Bond needed but the film hasn't exactly held up against repeated viewings for me. It has the slick look and feel of a great 90's action movie, and Brosnan is convincing in the role, but too much of the movie and story feel silly and overblown. I know a lot of fanboys love Xenia but she strains credibility, and though Alan Cummings is a great actor, his Boris character is incredibly grating. Perhaps Goldeneye is best remembered as a fun Nintendo 64 game. Then again, I prefer my Bond to be lean, mean, and gadget-less: see Dr. No and Casino Royale.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I am with you BillEmic

    by Mr_P

    Goldeneye lost me with the whole chase a plane off a cliff on a motorbike and then just step in and fly away trick. The bit on the Dam was top though. And the N64 game is my alltime favourite. Is the new one any good anyone?

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Westonian

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    The reason a few people were upset with ArcadianDS's comment (and I still think he was joking) was that it suggested a complete disregard for Remembrance Day.<p>It's a bit like if, on the Independence Day TBs a few years ago, someone had said "Independance Day? What the fuck is that? Is it important?"

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    VIDEO INTERVIEWS FROM PREMIERE

    by mr blandings

    check out http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/news/showbiz/quantum_of_solace.html

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    He's wearing a sling

    by BenBraddock

    Not your bog-standard white linen one like you and I might wear, this is a cool, black. hi-tech 007 sling. Apparently he aggravated an old rugger injury, hence the sling.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    VIDEO INTERVIEWS FROM PREMIERE - real address

    by mr blandings

    http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/news/showbiz/quantum_of_solace.html

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    ok for God's sake - just go here and click on the link

    by mr blandings

    http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Some Trivia:

    by Aquatarkusman

    The first Felix Leiter was... Jack Lord (Dr. No, 1962), more famous as Steve McGarrett in 271 episodes of Hawaii Five-0. // Also, the villain should be interesting, as the only other thing I've seen him in (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly) had him completely immobile about 90% of the time.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    BillEmic

    by codymr

    It's funny you say that, I'd have to agree with you... I was so looking froward to Goldeneye because it was marketed as "the return to the book Bond". but when it came out it was more of the same... silly names... silly gadgets... overblown action scenes for the sake of overblown action scenes... and the FX miniature work was, well horrible (ie: the water running backwards during the radio telescope scene). The worst was that they set up the BMW by having Q explain the whole thing and then they never even crack it up. Joe Don Baker was like "Thx Jimbo for the car" and he drives away. It didn't help that HEAT came out around the same time which had on of the best shoot outs in cinema history. <P> The irony is that the Goldeneye video game was one of the best for its day. I missed countless university classes using multiplayer mode with my roommates. That sniper rifle killed. <P> I personally thought there was improvement with Tomorrow Never Dies... but I'm sure there are plenty who would disagree.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    all the reviews panned it?

    by mossad77

    Who cares what a bunch of Yank reviews say about a Bond movie? I could care less! Empire magazine gave it four out of five stars, and that is good enough for me.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Judith Dench. I'd fuck her.

    by BendersShinyAss

    No i wouldn't. not again, that is. who am I kidding, I'd do her sideways repeatedly.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Judi Dench has a massive chest....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...and I don't really mean the tits specifically. Like her entire chest plate itself is fucking huge!!

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    yes I was joking

    by ArcadianDS

    Trying to bait others to say, "yeah what WAS that thing?" oh well. At least I have Flanders Fields memorized - have since I was 12: In Flander's Fields the poppies grow<p> Between the crosses, row by row.

  • Oct. 31, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    I am a fan of "Never Say Never Again"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Yes I am.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Re: codymr

    by BillEmic

    I honestly don't think I've seen Tomorrow Never Dies since it came out in the theater, but I do remember enjoying it more than Goldeneye. it had a great opening, and I was a big fan of Michelle Yeoh from her work with Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop. My problem never was with Brosnan, he was always a very capable Bond, it was just that he seemed to get saddled with the most underwhelming scripts and was yet somehow able to ride this surge of popularity to the point where everyone of my generation (i.e. people too young to have grown up with Roger Moore) recognize him as "the BEST Bond" when i would beg to differ...

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Never say never again was the first bond film

    by emeraldboy

    that I ever saw and I have seen them all the bond films since then.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    The bond movies havent really aged that well

    by emeraldboy

    and they havent stood the test of time. When the brosnan bonds came to an end, he really was a relic of the cold. He did say to M when M said the world has changed that he hadnt.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    What bond needs and think we all agree...

    by emeraldboy

    on this, is a radical shake up.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    They may look outdated today...

    by emeraldboy

    But Ken adam's studio design were legendary.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    From the moore era to brosnan

    by emeraldboy

    Bond got bigger and bigger and more bloated.

  • Nov. 1, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Arm sling (not a man-purse) and poppy lapels

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Craig recently had some shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum; that's a sling he's wearing on his right arm. And the poppy lapels are worn in the days leading up to Remembrance Day (Nov 11) in the UK and Canada. Oh yeah, did I mention I really want to see this movie?