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I am – Hercules!! Holy socks! The great Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” “Jarhead,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Away We Go”) is negotiating to direct the sequel to “Quantum of Solace”! I, for one, am ecstatic they're pursuing another guy known more for character drama than action sequences! Screenwriters on the project include Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) and franchise vets Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("The World is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace"). Find all of the Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Could be interesting ...

    by ColonelFatheart

    Hopefully he doesn't work in suburban alienation themes.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Love Love Love This....

    by MrInsidious

    Mendes handled the action in Perdition beautifully and made you feel the impact of it. I hope he does the same thing with Bond. I liked Quantum, not nearly as much as Casino Royale, but was left a little worried that they were running of the tracks and reverting back to a more comical representation with transparent cars and bullshit gadgets. Great hire, a little surprised Mendes went with it. Happy New Year.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Sweet, but will it work?

    by LoneGun

    I just wonder if Sam Mendes will make it entertaining enough after the ultra-serious QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    James Cameron?

    by Peter Franks

    Um,, thanks. Mendes is an inspired and AMAZING choice and shows the trend in character development, and not just action set pieces, looks set to continue. Color me VERY excited by this pick. With Daniel Craig back in the tuxedo for another go 'round, we may actually see a Bond film that can compete with (or even top) Casino Royale and OHMSS. Property Of A Lady, perhaps?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by Toilet_Terror

    Goddamn. <p>Drama directors just never seem to get Bond.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Magnum of Opus!

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Yes! This will be the GREAT SAM MENDES's most glorious of works! Hail Mendes!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This is so odd of an idea, it could work.

    by Jamie McBain

    Not unlike peanut butter and swiss cheese, it's strange, but interesting.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    I who have just watched Olivier's Hamlet!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I broke this new earlier, glad to see AICN pick it up

    by JettL93

    I don't know if i was the first to leak it, but i definetly got excited when i heard about this, don't yu all agree that this is exciting?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Love His Work

    by Broseph

    Sam Mendes Is Amazing.American Beauty Is My Favorite Movie

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Of course once they hired the director of "Stop! Or My Mom Will

    by Toilet_Terror

    so things could be worse.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Now we know the next Bond Girl will be...

    by Magnus Greel

    Kate Winslet.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Queens of the Stone age

    by Harold-Sherbort

    For the song!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Seriously Jett......

    by lostfish

    I know you're a troll of the highest order...but for god's sake SHUT THE FUCK UP! You must have serious abandonment issues or something to keep posting this pathetic drivel. Shut up and Fuck you! Mendes however is a great choice for Bond. Slow the action down and allow for more drama and we'll get a phenomenal Bond pic.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Whoops. Meant to say more.

    by LoneGun

    (Girlfriend's computer acting up.) Let me clarify. I actually did enjoy QOS and don't have a problem with a serious 007 flick. But Mendes isn't exactly known for directing crowd-pleasing fare. However serious a Bond film is, it should still be fun. Still, I am a big fan of Mendes' ROAD TO PERDITION. He definitely can handle violence well.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    James Cameron ??? hahahahaha

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Yeah thanks. Story, characters and dialogue makes a good movies. Not 3D that doesn't poke you in the face or 4 years and 300 million dollars worth of CGI robots and thudersmurfs crying because a tree was cut down.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Good - because Quantum of Solace sucked ass

    by Kraaken

    They need to go in a total 180 direction from the piece of shit that Solace was. It was the most unwatchable jumble of quick-cut, dizzy cam bullshit I have ever seen. It's time for Hollywood to wake up and get away from that unwatchable style of pseudo-filmmaking.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Now we just need Michael Shannon as JAWS!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    This clearly ushers in the return of JAWS, as played by Mendes' Revolutionary Road actor Michael Shannon.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    What happened with Preacher?

    by Han Cholo

    I thought Mendes was gonna direct that too?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    road to perdition

    by Kammich

    one of my top-5 films of the past decade, but seemingly goes unnoticed by most people. really, really love that movie. i'll watch anything Mendes does, even though most of his work wallows in deeply depressing material... i like dour, bleak movies as much (or more) than the next guy, but Mendes tends to take his stuff to another level of despair.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    This is OK as long as he doesn't try to

    by Quin the Eskimo

    make a bag blowing in the wind trigger some kind of mental fucking breakdown, or be some shitty metaphor. <p> BECAUSE AMERICAN BEAUTY IS SHIT

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by -guyinthebackrow

    Now we'll get another Suantum of Qolace. When will those idiot producers learn?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The Bond Producers...

    by Magnus Greel

    have figured out that you need the second unit director to make things go boom real nice, and that you need someone to coax out solid performances from the actors.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Adore the direction the franchise has taken...

    by Peter Franks

    since bringing Daniel Craig into the fold, the producers have really seemed to understand that having an actor of his caliber on board, the 007 films can, and should be, be so much more.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Great Director, but Bond?

    by shutupfanboy

    Hopefully, you will end this Bourne stylized film making and actually take more then ten seconds for a shot. Yet, I don't know if his style is good for a Bond film, but I do trust him. I just hope we get a resolution for the Quantum organization like Connery as the main villain, doubtful I know.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Who cares if he's a drama guy? Don't they get the second unit dude to direct all the action anyway?<p> Fucker better put the gunbarrel the start, let David Arnold do his thing without imposing some bullshit artist to sing the theme, and bring Daniel Kleinman back to do the title's visuals. That's all I know.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Road to Perdition does bode well...

    by HarryCalder

    Go for it, Sam. And Hell Yeah! to Kate W. for the Bond Girl!!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    this is great news

    by Brundlefly

    Mendes will do a brilliant job - I loved what he did with 'Road to Perdition' - this could be one of the best bonds ever.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    What about PREACHER?

    by slone13

    <p>What happened with that?</p> <p></p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I've liked all his films, so, cool!

    by Jaka

    Also, I thought the Quantum went a bit to Borne in style and tone, so I'm really down for something different with this franchise. Craig is coming back, though, right?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Quantum haters...

    by Peter Franks

    need to stick with the lighter side of 007. Just re-watch Moonraker and Die Another Day again and again, and leave the best of Bond (Casino Royale, OHMSS, From Russia With Love, and Quantum) to those of us who love the character and not the big booms and gadget nonsense.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    last i heard it was back at hbo. that being from a friend who works in development there. I would love to see that project back on track even if mendes was not involved.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    And why exactly should we be excited about this?

    by slone13

    Why does anyone think Mendes can pull off an action movie?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Fantastic News!

    by JeffreyKatzenkunt

    After the recent reports of the production being halted due to the upcoming sale of M.G.M. I was quite concerned Bond fans were going to have a case of history repeating (i.e. Tim Dalton, 2 films, long delay). I'm so happy. I still can't quite believe someone of Mendes' calibre is actually going to direct it. I would have been over the moon with Chris Nolan, but this is great all the same. God, I need to get out more. P.S. Kathryn Bigelow for Bourne 4...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    oh GOD no

    by Squilookle

    I loved American Beauty, but Sam Mendes can't do action, he sucks at it. Road to Perdition and Jarhead in particular were about 97% brooding characters and 3% action. Just get off your high horse Bond, and deliver us the interesting, different action pieces you used to deliver. I miss Pierce.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    It's called a second unit director, slone13.

    by Peter Franks

    Let him (or her) handle the action scenes. Not a problem.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    I thought Quantum was alright - a bit of a lateral slide from Casino but not quite a misstep.<p>I think handing the franchise over to drama-focused (and Academy nodded) directors is a nice approach - certainly better than the unrepentant Brie of the last few Pierce Bonds.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Michael Sheen is rumoured to be playing the villan

    by JettL93

    I was at a producers meeting and mendes was very interested ti seeing sheen's screen test from an earlier bond film (i belive he auditioned for Die another day. Now i'm not sure if this villan is the blofeld role or someone else, but i promise i will look into uit

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Never loved OHMSS

    by lochkray

    I cant get past Lazenby. Just didn't take to him. Good Bond fick, but still my least favorite Bond. Even less than Dalton.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I like this!

    by twisted_lullaby

    Quantum of Solace gave me a headache. Still can't make heads nor tails of that opening car chase. What a mess!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Continued lack of Eva Green = lack of interest...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...couldn't she have faked her own death or something?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Jonny Cakes!

    by robertdee

    Can't WAIT to see JB wanking in the shower while M does the vacuuming and Felix films the next door neighbor's tits through her window.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The real question is...

    by Magnus Greel

    will he crib the Kevin Spacey-masterbating-in-shower scene from American Beauty for Bond 23.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Dear Peter Franks (and others): Get Fucked

    by Toilet_Terror

    "Let him (or her) handle the action scenes. Not a problem." <p>The problem is I've seen that film before. Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace were that film. Again and again.<p>And again, apparently. Fuck.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Never loved OHMSS by lochkray

    by JeffreyKatzenkunt

    My feelings exactly...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Really, lochkray?

    by Peter Franks

    I always wished Lazenby's ego hadn't gotten the better of him and he'd stuck around for a few more. Perhaps we could have avoided the humor of the Moore least for awhile. And as far as Dalton goes, it's love or hate. He played the literary Bond and I loved him for it. But I've always been in the "True to Fleming's creation, and not so much of the space and CGI giant wave nonsense" camp.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    the fact that there were two posts about male shower masturbation posted at the SAME EXACT SECOND has thoroughly creeped me out. i'm stepping away from this TB now.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Slone watch Road to Perdition....

    by odo19

    the action in that was great. But like others have said a second unit director does the action in all the Bond films anyway so it doesn't really matter who gets picked.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by juice willis


  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    You'd rather more drama than action, Herc?

    by JKrow21

    This is a Bond movie. All the drama bullshit is what made the last movie so shitty.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Peter Franks

    by Jaka

    That's silly. My DISLIKE, not hate, for Quantum has nothing to do with it being "light" or "heavy". It was just too much quick edit, shakey close-up Borne nonsense. I'd much rather see the action with the camera pulled back doing a long take. That's all. From that perspective, I'm quite pleased with this choice of director. Also, as somebody else mentioned, second unit director. Or how about stunt coordinator? Even the set designers (gadgets) will have something to do with how the finished product looks. Mendes is more than capable of making a real Bond film while still moving the series forward in an interesting way.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    But seriously,

    by robertdee

    The problem with QOA was the fact that the drama was directed by the director and the action sequences by a second unit. Second units are good for coverage but can't put together a proper logical action sequence. QOA was irritating as hell because you couldn't see anything that was going on in the action sequences - it was like watching two shit films rolled into one.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Sequel to QOS?

    by Righteous Brother

    HI don't think so. Hopefully, it'll be a stand alone film.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Tell us how you really feel, Toilet_Terror

    by Peter Franks

    Fucking wanker.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    told you guys

    by schadenfreudian

    JettL93 = getting the danish from craft services.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    I freakin' hate Sam Mendes, the director of the funniest comedy of 2008. I bet they'll play tepid, teasing piano music while 007 suffers. <BR><BR>"Can't I even have a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, in the F*CKING WOODS?!!?"

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Kammich I'm with you...

    by odo19

    what the fuck was that about? That has to be an omen of some kind. I'm outta here.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Your argument is pointless, Squilookle

    by GhostKiller

    Pointing out that ROAD TO PERDITION and JARHEAD didn't have any action doesn't mean Mendes sucks at making action films. Those weren't action films. They were dramas.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Why can't Mendes do action?

    by blackwood

    Just because he hasn't? There's a first time for everything. Maybe Mendes is secretly Danny Boyle in that he can do absolutely everything really well, just hasn't got around to it yet.<p>In fact, I want Danny Boyle to do the next next Bond.<p>Anyway. Revolutionary Road had explosive action... of the heart and soul and mind. So there.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Kate Winslet will be introduced as Moneypenny to

    by UGG

    according to JettL93's turds

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6 p.m. CST


    by Magnus Greel

    I'm as scared as you are...and I was one half of that posting.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Will Blofield be in this?

    by JacksBloatedPayroll

    For some reason I'm thinking a shaved-down Michael Sheen.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    JettL93 MUST be Supershadow

    by smackfu

    Because there can't be 2 people that pathetically delusional in the world.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Danny Boyles next movie

    by UGG

    is the true story about that rock climbing guy who was trapped between 2 boulders for a week and had to cut his own arm off with a penknife, its called 366 hours or something, The whole movies set in this gorge/canyon I think it sounds pretty good.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    could work

    by ndally

    Speilberg handed off the best action scenes of raiders to the second unit OR perhaps he can direct an action scene but hasn't had the material for it yet since he's only done drama. Jarhead made a point of telling you it's not an action film and Road to Perdition only had a few gun shots maybe Mendes is looking to diversify his portfolio with something that's not Oscar bait.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    My problem isn't that Mendes CAN'T do action.

    by Toilet_Terror

    It's that he's directing a Bond film to prove it. Hopefully he can, but the track record for drama directors in the Bond franchise so far is pretty dire. <p>Not the end of the world, but it mutes any lingering hope I had for the next film to make reparations for Quantum of Solace.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    (according to JettL93 of course)

    by UGG

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Peter Franks: I fucking hate you.

    by Toilet_Terror


  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    The Tarantino Bond with Brosnan...

    by JediRob of the greatest movies that never was. Pierce was my hands down favorite Bond, he just unfortunately got stuck with some of the worst movies.<br><br> I'm glad to see this somewhat becoming a Directors franchise. That's exactly what Bond needs to be. Hopefully the Bond Producer's are finally loosening up a little bit.<br><br> The last one was very pretty but completely lacked on plot and character. I hope they do better.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    My Top Ten Bond Movies

    by toadkillerdog

    Re-posted form the Beaks TB<p> But it is all subjective 1) From Russia with Love - Sean at his most lethal and charming best. With the best script and most believably menacing villain - Robert Shaw. <p> 2) Dr. No - One of the best first movies of a series ever, and has the most iconic Bond image of them all: Ursala. Walking out of the ocean<p> 3) Goldfinger - The one and only time that Bond is out quipped by a bad guy, and (believably) almost loses his balls. Best car in the series. <p> 4) On her Majesty's Secret Service - The most epic Bond of them all. You could actually see Lazenby grow into the role and get more comfortable, so that by the end of the movie, he was well on his way to being a great Bond. <p> 5) Thunderball - Beautiful, action packed, Connery shows his singular ability to be able to be charming and menacing at the same time. To be able to kill a woman without losing any credibility. And it had the most gorgeous Bond women ever assembled. Luciana Palauzzi, and Claudine Auger. <p> 6) You only Live Twice - a toss up with the #7 on my list, but it gets the nod because of the big fight in the crater. It has the most beautiful score of all of the Bond flicks. Bond trying to pass for Japanese, was truly silly though. <p> 7) Casino Royale (The Daniel Craig version)- Just an amazing first effort, that beautifully reimagined and reset the franchise. Craig was perfect as the lethal, yet still unpolished Bond. He had all the menace of Connery, but only the nascent charm - as it should be in the beginning. I loved the card game. It showed the producers were serious about returning Bond to his roots and not just aping Bourne. At least until that POS QoS. <p> 8) The Spy who Loved me - Moore's very best effort at Bond. Kept the silliness to a bare minimum, and had a terrific script and locations, and Barbara Bach was stunning. Jaws was iconic. <p> 9) License to Kill - Showcased what Dalton could have been if he and producers had chosen to continue. He had the acting chops and he had the menace to be a truly great Bond. But he lacked the charm or the ability to throw off the one liners with the effortless ease of Connery, or even the comic ease of Moore. <p> 10) The World is Not Enough - Brosnan nails the role in his penultimate appearance. He finally showed the menace that is required (he always had the charm) - the ability to kill anyone. male or female, without a moments hesitation or remorse - and to make it believable. <p> 1) Connery <p> 2) Craig <p> 3) Lazenby <p> 4) Brosnan <p> 5) Dalton <p> 6) Moore

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    People also need to realize

    by smackfu

    That most Directors don't actually direct the action scenes in their movies. They usually have multiple unit directors assigned to different aspects of it. Sure, there are some that micromanage the whole shebang, but for most of the awesome action movies you've seen, underpaid, underappreciated unit directors were responsible for most of the mayhem.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Brosnan over Connery or Craig, Jedi?

    by Peter Franks

    Really? I thoroughly enjoyed Goldeneye, but it went downhill (quickly) from there. He's your favorite Bond? Wow.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    0 for 1 does not equal "pretty dire". Your hope is welcome to be muted as you see fit, but why not have an open mind about it? Maybe there will even be a scene where a freshly-masturbated Bond fights off a stream of bad guys while bags fly around them like lost souls and Bond weeps for all he's never done - this could be the film that finally makes cryfighting the new shakey-cam.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Perdition = great, Jarhead = unwatchable

    by Sith Angel

    He's hit or miss.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I'm just glad to be getting another Daniel Craig 007 film!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I absolutely love "Casino Royale." "Quantum of Solace"--not so much. I wanted to give it some time and multiple viewings before I cemented an opinion, but my first instincts have been proven correct. While "Casino Royale" was both dense with character and geniune excitement, "Quantum of Solace" was an un-needed fourth act that lacked almost everything that made "Casino Royale" great. It's completely forgetable, but Craig was still great even though the film was basically the "Bourne" clone that some accused "Casino Royale" of being. The AICN reviews were great, calling it "more Bond badassery," but I think those reviews were writen in the moment of excitement generated by seeing Daniel Craig back as 007 because he certainly hit the ball out of the park. I just hope Mendes works with an editor and stunt co-ordinator that can give the action its urgent thrust.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Its very simple

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Kill Bond

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    great director. terrible choice for bond.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes

    by enderandrew

    If you can't put Sam Mendes' name in a headline on a movie geek site, then I don't know what to say. That being said, I'm very bitter about Road to Perdition, which is a decent movie on its own, but it a TERRIBLE adaptation of the Japanese "Lone Wolf and Cub" which I really love.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Mendes will do fine andI prefer...

    by andrew coleman

    Him over Danny Boyle for Bond anyway. Sorry but if you didn't like QOS you shouldn't want Boyle. He would quick cut the action. Don't get me wrong I love his work. Sunshine is hands down a great movie. But his Bond would probably be all over the place to make it seem more "real". I'd rather Mendes get a shot at it.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    robertdee is 100% correct RE: "action direction"

    by slone13

    When you leave the action scenes solely to a separate unit, you get something like Quantum of Solace. i.e. An action movie with bad action scenes.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    This is promising.

    by BLEST

    Weighing in: Loved Casino Royale and liked QOS. It's not as good as Casino and the shaky stuff sucks, but I liked that it continued where Royale left off (something rare in Bond, except to maybe have a gag at the beginning)and also moved things along in having a SPECTRE like organization for Bond to deal with, but in the "real world" setting that Casino Royale established. So, while not perfect and with some issues, I look at QOS as a solid entry that advanced the overall story arc that I think they are going for.<p>Mendes can pull this out methinks, and Craig is the best since Connery. <p>I'm there.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Until Sale...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    This news makes no difference. Depending who buys and when, Mendes may not want to wait that long.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Oh, so they want a boring, Oscar-nominated Bond film...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    full of talking and crying...and that's from James Bond, mind you!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    But what about the sale of MGM?

    by ZodNotGod

    I guess they changed their stance that Bond must be directed by Brits. Mendes is not impressive, but then again, some of the previous Bond directors's only good movie was the Bond movie they directed so who knows?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I thought Mendes was a Brit...

    by odo19

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Drew Barrymore's not going to Direct it?

    by JeanGrey_X23_lesboSex

    This is bullshit. Whip It was this generations Easy Rider.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    All this Quantum bashing fails to consider...

    by Peter Franks

    the film against the rest of the catalogue. Certainly, it's not in the same league as Casino Royale...but few films in the genre are. When you stack QoS up against the rest of the 007 series, it plays VERY favorably next to the likes of Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, Tomorrow Never Dies, A View To A Kill, and more than a few others. Honestly, did ANYONE prefer Die Another Day over Quantum? Give me a fucking break.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes is British

    by JettL93

    Mendes was born in Reading, Berkshire, England to Jameson Peter Mendes, a university professor, and Valerie Helene Barnett, an author of children's books.[3] His father is from Trinidad's ethnic Portuguese community, and his mother an English Jew.[4] His grandfather is the Trinidad writer Alfred Mendes. He attended Magdalen College School in Oxford and graduated from Peterhouse, the oldest college of the University of Cambridge, with a B.A. in 1987. Mendes first attracted attention for his production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the West End which starred Judi Dench before he was twenty-five years old. Soon he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company where his productions, many of them featuring Simon Russell Beale, included Troilus and Cressida, Richard III and The Tempest. He has also worked at the Royal National Theatre, directing Edward Bond's The Sea, Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, and Othello with Simon Russell Beale as Iago.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    The trailer looked great. I was really excited for it. And I was just underwhelmed. I think the thing for me is that I expected it to be a revenge film of sorts. I wanted to see Craig display some emotion for Vesper's death. Instead, he was ice cold the entire time. Maybe that is what they want for Bond, but it makes for a boring movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Good thing for Mendes though

    by CountryBoy

    He always seems to be palpably straining for IMPORTANCE and RESPECT, so it might do him good to chill out and blow stuff up. I feel the same way about Joe Wright. Relax! You're one of the luckiest guys in the world, kick back and enjoy it!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    gotta be better than QUANTUM

    by Stifler's Mom

    which tried WAY too hard to be a Bourne movie, and Marc Forster cant direct action for shit.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    003-D: No Stereo No Love

    by Johnno

    3-D'll make the opening credits sequence trippy! I want those women to reach out from the screen and touch me!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Mendes had sick cinematograohy in Perdition but...

    by Onin Solstice

    His action resume is pretty weak. Perdition has some snippets of action, but it was more tension and setup then action. This is a risky move. Mendes is good, no doubt. But this is a whole new genre to him. This is could really work or epically fail. MGM must be feeling pretty ballsy about now.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    So Bond will be trapped by the evil American suburbanites

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Mendes is a one trick shithead

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    QOS--step forward, and step back

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>Casino Royale did a good job of rebooting 007's character, and QOS did a great job of updating the globe-trotting, exotic nature of the series, in an extremely edgy, avant-garde way which I loved, but they left out the actual CHARACTER of 007. </p> <p>Bond is not a guy who just grunts and gets a bloody nose. I hope this new film gets back to the sophistication and dry humor of the previous films... I guess the idea was that those elements were getting too campy and the series was turning into a comic book. I can understand putting them aside for a time, but after two films, I think it's safe to star reintroducing those elements again. Let's get Q back in too.</p> <p>As an aside, I am really pissed at the way they are releasing the DVD's. I eagerly bought Casino Royale on DVD, with it's meager features, only to see a super-nice version come out much later, which apparently has a great documentary on how Daniel Craig got the part, and all the hoopla that surrounded it. I bought QOS too, again, meager features, and I assume in a year's time the legitimate special features will be put out in the double-dip DVD.</p> <p>Not to mention that they released the classic 007 films as "sets" that were out of order chronologically, making you purchase films you may not want just to get the films you do want. THEN they released them, individually.</p> <p>Sorry about the rant. Bottom line, I'm looking forward to the new 007 film, and hoping they bring some of the fun back. The two film story arc was interesting, but let's get back to the standalone adventures.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "Quantum of Solace" is fine. If fine is okay with you.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    "Quantum of Solace" defenders do have one point: it's much better than the worst Bond films like "A View to a Kill," "Diamonds Are Forever" and "License to Kill." It sits comfortably almost in the dead center of all Bond films, but it seems more disappointing following "Casino Royale." Just after the producers re-invented the wheel and taught a class in "how to" reboot a franchise, the very next film only put in the minimum effort to follow it up.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by SachMan

    FACT 1 Casino Royal aside there has not been a Great bond since Goldeneye. FACT 2 Its does not matter who directs a sodding bond film as when it comes down to bond those films are as good as there scripts. FACT 3 Royal was based on a Ian Fleming Novel to the letter more or less cept for the stuff about it being his 1st assignment that was added, and the fact that it was a good film came from the fact that the source material was SOLID and Martin Cambel knows his shit when it comes to the world off 007. FACT 4 Neil Purvis and the other guy that have wrote the bond films since Tomorrow Never Dies Just need to go period Quantum of Solace was just as shit as the later brosnan entrys mainly coz these 2 dicks cant write a plot stoy of character period. The real Fact is they should get new writers period or at least try and adated the novels as to how they were written like Royal, just dont name theme the same as the existing films as they would not really be remakes, cos lets face it after Gold Finger the films becase notheing like the novels and stuck to a formular that lasted 4 or 5 decades, not that I disaprove with the typical bnd fomula because it works when done right. Lets hope the frost nixon guy adds some much needed oooph to this franchise cos Haggis did not look like he did much in Solace.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Bring Back SPECTRE

    by vadakinX

    This series has been rebooted. So why not? Why call them Quantum? Ugh. Quantum is Spectre in all but name. So change the name and bring on Blofeld. <p> The problem with Blofeld in previous films was that not only did they change actors constantly, half the time they completely ignored what the previous film had done with the character (and with Bond). Now we have a chance to establish some continuity and really delve into Bond's struggle against Blofeld and his organisation. <p> And Quantum is one of the worst Bond films ever made. It's boring and headache-inducing and ultimately pointless.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    great news!

    by james_cameron_raped_my_childhood

    Wow, really looking forward to Bond 23 after the letdown of QOS! I'm sure Mendes will apply his level of craftsmanship to the franchise. But was a reason for taking it on was that he's got projects struggling for a greenlight? His type of film would be tough to finance in a post-Avatar world.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Wow, that's awesome

    by MattmanReturns

    Really looking forward to this now. Didn't care for Quantum, but loved Casino Royale.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I want a cohesive movie, not a just third act

    by Tall_Boy66

    I liked Quantum okay on it's own, but it's basically "Casino Royale: The Ending". Which is odd considering how Casino Royale already had a somewhat satisfying ending. Here's hoping for something a bit more self-contained. Nifty choice for a director, though.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    "Quantum" wasn't terrible

    by PhantomCloneInX

    While disappointing after the amazing Casino Royale, it was a decent follow-up...especially compared to some of the more horrendous Bond films, like A View To A Kill or The Man With The Golden Gun. Honestly, I found Quantum to be better than all of Roger Moore's Bond films, with the exception of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only. As far as Sam Mendes being a director, I'm not sold on or against it yet. I'd much prefer the return of Martin Campbell, but I'll wait and see what happens. With a script co-written by Peter Morgan and Daniel Craig back in the tux, I have my hopes up.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Clive Owen

    by Sgubs

    Now they just need to get rid of serious face idiot Daniel Craig and get a real bond. I say pay Clive Owen some decent money. He would be awesome!!! Mendes could be cool as long as he is not too serious. Needs a bit of humour. Solace was a joke!! Terrible bond movie that left me empty... Empty!!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Can we get a game like Goldeneye?

    by SoylentMean

    That's all I'm asking.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>It's so funny how these films are subjective. View to a Kill is very entertaining, and the Timothy Dalton ones are some of my faves. Diamonds Are Forever, though, is probably my least favorite.</p> <p>I'm partial to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, since it was such a standalone.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by MR. MURDOCH

    Though it may be predictable, seeing Kate Winslet as a Bond girl is just too surprising, original, and amazingly tantalizing of a thought to ignore. She is not only amazingly talented, she is sexy, can play drama, comedy, and action, and offers the requisite "foreign interest", to boot! I would love to see how Craig would work with her on-screen! Also, I must humbly admit that I thoroughly despise you, Mr. Mendez, for marrying the lovely Ms. Winslet, who has been my first, last, and perhaps only great love and object of admiration, since she starred in Heavenly Creatures.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Proof that I'm delirious...

    by MR. MURDOCH

    I can't even spell MENDES...sheesh.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    So Daniel Craig is "serious face idiot"...

    by MaxCalifornia.

    But Clive Owen by comparison is Mr. Expressive and happy go lucky? His dour, phoned-in performance in The International makes Craig look like Will Ferrell. Give it up, Owen fans (all five of you). He's 45, and box office poison. That door has closed.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by Unknown Canadian

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Good! They can always hire an AD to shoot the action sequences.

    by planetran_fan

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Uhhh, OK.

    by TheBLIGHT

    KEVIN SPACEY as the HEAVY then... No falling Roses on NAKED Girls or Plastic BAGS Floating, please...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    The very first comment: ColonelFatheart

    by MR. MURDOCH

    I still like the best. Congrats.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Watch La7er Cake to see why Craig became 007

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>When I saw that I was thinking "this guy should be bond" and in the DVD commentary (obviously before Casino Royale) the filmmakers were talking about Bond.</p> <p>I think Clive Owen would make a great 007 though. Don't forget, Pierce Brosnan was up for 007 way the hell back, but Remington Steele meant he couldn't do it (if I have my timetable right).</p> <p>I think Clive Owen is just a bit too big physically, and he doesn't quite have the matinee good looks. But no doubt he would nail the part. Still, people thought Craig was too small and runty to be the charming agent too.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Goldeneye (the game)

    by slone13

    One of the best multiplayer video games in the history of video games.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I didn't..

    by Kontarsky

    Like any of those films, lol.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Unknown Canadian always, sir, you are a douche of the highest order! I was really unimpressed w/ Quantum of Solace. The names attached to this next one have me excited. I agree that Queens of the Stone Age would do a great Bond theme.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    CASINO and QUANTUM were one movie

    by Robstar

    Spread out over two. Bond falls in love, and then gets pissed when that does not work out. Minimal, but people seem to like it. I really hope that the next one can keep the same feel tonally, but also introduce the big stuff from classic bond. (No invisible cars, please, thanks.) They already did the evil villain's lair at the end of Quantum. The weird hotel in the middle of the desert was GREAT. Next thing they need to do is up the bad guy factor and do Blofeld or something.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    (500) DAYS OF VESPER

    by BringingSexyBack

    Bond: "So ... you're married ..." <P> Vesper: "Yeah. Crazy, huh?" <P> Bond: *Shoots Vesper, straightens jacket and walks away*

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Peter Franks I definitely know...

    by JediRob

    ...that those movies stunk. Which is what I felt was unfortunate. I just thought he was the perfect guy for the character.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by yabory

    i love good news like this. i think he will be able to balance the character to action ratio quiet nicely....unlike porn movies.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Holy fuck!

    by meta4

    Not since the end of Avatar have I been assured greatness abounds.Crazy bat shit wild insane statement? Fuck no.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    First one was great. QoS was no better than...

    by Pixelsmack

    ...the cheesy crap Roger Moore put out.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Chakraborty

    I'm bringin' the "Gotta Eat"s back. Oh yes, they will be back.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    How long until the next Bond?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I've heard the title will likely be "Propety of a Lady"

    by JettL93

    Producers have been wanting to use that title since the 80's but it never fit in with any of the film (die another day came close, but just before filming was finished the line "so you live to die another day" was added and the title was changed) this film involves Bond on the trail of a weathy aristocrats stolen braclet, so Property of a lady fits the film and it will be used

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Can they make it a sequel to Casino Royale?

    by jaysin420

    cause I watched QOS twice and I still have no clue what it was about or what happened.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Real hard.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    It did indeed BSB

    by toadkillerdog

    I only hope they got that shite out of their system

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Hey Trannyformers Fuckhead

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Still bitter that the mighty James Still upset, nee suicidal, that Cameron reamed your asshole good and proper with Avatar - an amazing film and one of the biggest box office hits of all time? Cameron would undoubtedly deliver the greatest Bond movie ever, with great character, story, epic scope, and unparalleled action sequences. You arrogant little cunt, can you please post yourself committing suicide on you tube so the world can watch? Time for you to accept reality, you little bitch. And - in all truthfulness - you are the biggest joke of a poster on this site. You sound - quite literally- like a borderline retard. <p>Now, Sam Mendes - this would seem to be an inspired choice. Not too big a fan of this guy's work - always seems to take himself a bit too seriously and the next Kubrick (as some have said) he certainly ain't. He's a theater director, and that's why he's good with actors. But so was Marc Foster, who directed QoS. He also was known for dramas like Finding Neverland and The Kite Runner, and look how that turned out. I like Quantum, but it didn't exactly make the best use of his talents (and had hideously directed action scenes to boot), probably thanks to the meddling duo of Brocolli and Wilson. So color me cautious at this point, unless Mendes has the authority to really impose his vision on the projetc, instead of being a glorified second unit director for the producers.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Revolutionary Road was one of the most depressing, tedious films I've ever had the displeasure of watching. I really do hope he does a great job on Bond ... but then very few have, nobody seems to have cracked open the books in years, except for Campbell.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Quantum's big climax was a hotel in the desert

    by MattmanReturns

    and it explodes for some reason. Apparently they built it out of C4.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Drama Directors

    by Koji_Kabuto

    Why do they keep hiring drama directors when the best received Bond films in the last 20 years have been made by Campbell, and action director. Bond is an action franchise, hire an action Director with decent drama chops. Forster did the last one and we know how well that went. With Grenngrass not doing the next Bourne they should've hired him. Still hoping is good and go back to Casino Royale's style and interesting villain.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>I enjoyed the film, but I agree with you. It was very hard to follow. So was Casino Royale, but QOS was even more difficult to make sense of.</p> <p>The filmmakers forget that 007 is about the presence of the character. Not all the minute details of whatever hackneyed "world domination" plot they continually keep trying to reinvent. It's about "Bond, James Bond." Not the other stuff.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Look, I'm no high falutin' industry type and I don't know a blue screen from a green screen. But I do know this Baird fellow is one tight editor. And any one of you who knows this man's work knows EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Casino's editing made for a gripping movie. QoS's editing was a fucking mess.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    One thing I liked before Craig took over

    by vin_diggler

    I liked how no Bond film ever acknowledged any of the other bond films. Each film and Bond was in it's own world. I always liked the mystery of that. Was Roger Moore's bond the same bond who took out Goldfinger or was that a whole other Bond universe? Also, there was no timeline, every film had a Bond at a different age but there was no telling when the story takes place in comparison to other films. I know its a minor detail but I wish they would haved stuck with it.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I dunno about this...

    by Royston Lodge

    Sam Mendes' movies are whiny lectures about conservative values destroying the soul. Sounds like a horrible, but very very very typical, choice for a Bond director.<p> Who wants to bet the villain is an evil corporation that is causing global warming? Anybody?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    This is cool news.

    by DoctorWho?

    American Beauty put him in my book for good.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Actually could someone explain Vespas motivation?

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>Would someone mind explaining if Vespa actually betrayed Bond or not, and if she committed suicide in CR or if she was trying to get away and drowned in the process? I also have no idea if the Italian dude who supposedly betrayed him in CR and helped him in QOS was a good guy or a villain or both. </p> <p>Come to think of it, a plot summary of both films would actually be helpful.</p> <p>I understand that this might be asking too much.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by SimonDunkle

    Every actor who has played Bond in the films is over 6 ft. It was actually a demand Cubby made with regards to casting. Craig may be a little wider than the others and thus appears "runty".

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Without Eva Green and Stuart Baird I don't know how they're gonna pull out a decent Bond film. <P> Revolutionary Road was one movie I was EAGERLY anticipating, being a big fan of DiCaprio and Titanic. And it blew. I don't know if this Mendes guy has the cojones to do Bond.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>You're right, and at the expense of being a total asshole, I'm going to nitpick your point. In Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond gets married, and his wife dies.</p> <p>There is a later Bond film, with Roger Moore, where he visits her grave, and puts a rose on her headstone I believe. Might have been Moore's first 007 film, I'm not sure.</p> <p>But I completely agree that the standalone adventures are more fun. I think they were trying to go for a Bourne Identity type thing where we follow the plot from movie to movie, but I don't think 007 was ever meant to be taken THAT seriously. After all, it's the lighthearted stuff that people always end up remembering with that character.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Craig not really Runty

    by cylon_conspiracy

    That's not a term I used personally, something others said. I think it's actually cool that he looked different than the others.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    sorry cylon_...

    by SimonDunkle

    Just realised that Craig is 5ft 10. The rest of him ran down the crack of his momma's ass. I guess since Cubby died, standards dropped.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    QOS rocks, die another day was worst ever bond film!

    by npjs55

    Bond went downhill with stupid stories and gadgets. Back on track with good writing!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Cylon, I liked Dalton too.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    In fact, I liked "The Living Daylights" quite a bit, but I thought "License to Kill" was basically James Bond's "Miami Vice" adventure. Most of us agree on what the best Bond films are, but we disagree on what the worst ones are. See, I think "The World is Not Enough" is the worst Brosnan film as opposed to "Die Another Day" which has a decent first half before taking a nose dive to Hell in the second half. I also kind of enjoy "The Man with the Golden Gun" although most fans don't.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Conservative "values" destroy more than the soul, Royston...

    by Peter Franks

    but that's another discussion entirely.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Remember when...

    by ugh

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    by cylon_conspiracy

    Is definitely fun and surreal as hell. I mean, third nipple? WTF? And it wasn't even that creepy either, which is a testament to how bizarre that movie was. I think Roger Moore was a lot of fun to watch, and don't get why he is so hated.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Jettl93 should learn to...

    by SimonDunkle

    ...type a sentence and spell if he wishes to come across as an industry "insider". Perhaps he usually uses voice recognition software, which renders this "typing" thing "totally primitive."

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Herc, how do you get 'has just signed' from...

    by Newbs

    'is in negotiations'? Did you even read this article?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Good catch Cylon

    by vin_diggler

    That was the opening scene from "For your Eyes Only". I completely forgot about that until you brought it up. But it was still rather obscure since there were numerous Bond films between Majesty and Eyes. But I give credit where credit is due, and I stand corrected.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by odysseus

    Mendes is WAAAAAY overrated. This is the same bad move of getting an "artsy" director that helped undermine QoS. Ugh....

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    thanks vin_diggler

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>I hate being "that guy" who masks someone's point by nitpicking, lol. But I totally agree with the spirit of what you said.</p> <p>Oh hell, I feel a 007 DVD marathon coming on. I've got them all sitting underneath my Casino Royale poster... tempting me....</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    or was it View to a Kill?

    by vin_diggler

    damn now I'm not sure

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Talk about counter-programming

    by Teddy Artery

    Umm... this actually sounds like a kinda bad idea. They're going too far outside the comfort area of directors with familiarity of the "entertainment" aspect of the Bond series. I'm curious to see what happens, but not very hopeful about this one.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Remember when...

    by ugh

    ...everyone bitched about Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale doing Batman Begins? When everyone bitched about Heath Ledger being The Joker in The Dark Knight? When everyone bitched about [damn you] Micheal Bay doing the Transformers films, yet the majority of you stupid fucks went and saw the film repeatedly? When everyone bitched about Tom Rothman fucking with Watchmen and you were going to boycott and pirate all of 20th Century Fox 2009's slate of movies outside of X-Men Orgins: Wolverine? Yeah, remember when?! Stop your fucking bitchin', it will be fine.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    This is totally off topic but it killed me. I think you will like it too. I found it on Deadspin. It is about one of your favorite TB'ers. Kobe. Hey Kobe, if you read this I hope you laugh too! <p>One of the things that most fans don't know about NBA superstars, is that we like to meet in the off season and fight to the death. So, this past Saturday, I called LeBron James while I was watching my immense LCD. LeBron answered, "What's up, Mamba?" <p> I kept silent on my end. (I like to intimidate in every area of my life, including when I'm on the phone.) <p> "Kobe, are you there?" <p> Still, my ominous silence. <p> "I can hear you breathing." <p> Damn. "What's up, Bron?" <p> "Kobe, you called me." <p> "So, Bron, I was thinking we should meet up and have a fight to the death." <p> "Okay." <p> Then I added, to further intimidate him. "It's on, Bron, you just signed your death ticket." <p> "Don't you mean, 'death certificate'?" <p> Was Bron questioning my word choice? "No, I mean 'death ticket', as in, you just bought one, a one way ticket to death." <p> "Okay," Bron said, "but that's not even a real thing. A 'death certificate' is a real thing, but, okay Mamba, whatever." * * * <p> We chose to have our fight to the death in an abandoned factory in China. I flew over in my private jet and made sure I preserved my vital combat energies by abstaining from totally consensual intercourse with my perfect-10 stewardesses. <p> Instead, I reminisced about other NBA superstars who I have killed in action: Mel Turpin, Joe Barry Carroll, Benoit Benjamin, Stanley Roberts, Arvydas Sabonis, Mike Giminski, Bill Wennington and Edward Martini, who is not technically in the NBA or a superstar but a male nurse I mowed down in an unsolved hit-and-run homicide. <p> But fighting with LeBron was obviously a different matter. For one thing, he was a small forward, not a center like the usual NBA players I've fought and killed, so he was probably faster, would require a different type of lethality. And another aspect of LeBron James was that he is an active player as opposed to the retired players I prefer to fight and kill, so that would mean I would need to be at the top of my hand-to-hand combat skills. Yes, this was the game 7 of hand-to-hand combat, fight-to-the-death situations, only instead of win-or-go-home, in this case, the loser would be dead, and the winner would go home. (I did not plan to stay in China after the fight.) So it would be lose-or-go-home. I decided to say that to Bron before the fight, for extra intimidation. * * * <p> I like to fight in the nude. LeBron initially objected to this, so I agreed to wear a thong. But I didn't tell him that I also like to cover myself in sea slug brine that makes it impossible for my opponents to get a good grip on me and makes my tattoos shine in the stark light. <p> Well, we were both surprised that instead of an abandoned factory, this was a fully operational sneaker factory where the uniformed Chinese girls were stitching the leather on Nike's Kobe Bryant sneaker. The irony was completely lost on me. <p> Bron objected to fighting in a functioning factory, pointing out the potential to injure innocent bystanders. <p> "If they are bystanders, then they are not innocent," I replied. <p> "Okay, again, Kobe, that doesn't make sense." <p> I had stripped down to my thong and revealed my glistening, totally ripped body. Bron was intimidated, and really, the fight was over before it began, or shortly after it began, or certainly before it was finished, as I kidney punched him, gouged out his eyes, shoved his nasal cartilage back into his brain cavity, and used my hands like daggers to rip into his rib cage and remove his still beating heart, which I ate. <p> I fed his body into a wood chipper, and the Chinese girls and I poured his gooey residue into the dye they are using for my new sneakers. Nike's special edition Kobe Kills Lebrons will be on sale February 13, the start of NBA All-Star Weekend.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    For the Love of GOD, PLEASE get a good action cinematograher!!!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    No more Jason Bourne-dice and splice with TOSCA!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I was psyched for Batman Begins

    by cylon_conspiracy

    I loved Memento and remember being completely hyped for how that tonality might translate to Batman. Remember before that we still thought of Batman in terms of rollerskates and batman mastercards, and Alicia Silverstone's nipples.</p> <p>And I loved both Transformers movies, an admission of which has gotten me much vitriol on genre discussions such as this. And I LOVED Watchmen too, which I guess is the same thing as liking Michael Bay. Or is it JJ abrams.</p> <p>I actually thought Marc Forster handled the action scenes pretty well, and if anything, those kick ass "title cards" that announced what locale Bond was in elevated the entire franchise to a new level. </p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I see they're going with the Dark Knight approach

    by SirBiatchReturns

    get a noteworthy director who can't direct an action/spy sequence to save his life, punch up the melodrama, and you have instant success.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Are the action set pieces really why we remember these films?

    by cylon_conspiracy

    For me they are something I have to sit through in order to get back to the characters interacting with each other.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    As long as he can edit better than Marc Foster

    by cgih8r

    I know Foster made excuses that he didn't have enough time to edit QOS properly, but why the hell did he have to chop it up so much in the car chase, the roof chase, and the boat chase, and the plane chase? He was cutting way too fast at times, almost blinking fast. I'm optimistic about this next one tho, they've left alot of room for improvement after QOS. Casino Royale was one of the most solid bond flicks I've ever seen, asking them to raise the bar above that gem would probably be asking too much.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    very true..SirBiatchReturns

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Dark Knight is great...but the action (and the comedic relief) is painful to sit was the boat chase/opera scene/hotel scene/car chase in Quantum.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Jarhead shows he has the chops for action.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Even if there only is 38 seconds of it in that movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by OutlawsDelejos

    Fucking brilliant idea! And I'm not even being sarcastic, Michael Shannon is a perfect Jaws.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by I Hope You Die

    Casino Royale in an incredible movie and I've watched it maybe 5 times now. My only criticism is that some of the action sequences are too long. Quantum of Solace went back to being a bunch of poorly thought out action sequences like the Brosnan movies (albeit grittier). I tried watching it a second time but gave up half-way through. Give me a real sequel to Casino Royale damnit.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    And Road to PErdition shows you he can keep the camera in frame and "steady" during the action...NO MORE SHAKYCAM...suk it Greengrass...and United93 stunk (I was rooting for the terrorists the whole movie)

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    My Ideal Bond

    by tallsy

    Replace Craig with Henry Cavill. Spend any amount of money possible to get Alain Delon out of retirement to play Blofeld.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    "in negotiations" = "just been signed"?

    by Ditch Brodie

    The Hollywood Reporter link says Mendes is "in negotiations". No confirmation of signage according to that article.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    James Bond will return in.....

    by thot

    ....the future, hopefully, at some point. The truly awful Daniel Craig era will, God willing, come to a merciful end. The truly horrendous Quantum of Solace was further proof of the franchise's demise. I know, I know, the boxoffice has been good. But then again, it's been good for Transformers too.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Bond Films Have The Best 2nd Unit

    by Saluki

    The Bond films have always had the most experienced second unit in the industry. So all this talk of "Can he shoot action?" is simply unfounded chicken little nonsense. NONSENSE I SAY. Anyways, year, abandon the shaky cam please.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was WAY more entertaining than American Beauty

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    Not sold on Sam Mendes. Wish they could get Greengrass now that he's off Bourne. And, fuck you all, Roger Moore is my favorite Bond.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Enough with the Transformers

    by cylon_conspiracy

    People saw those films because they enjoyed them. Movies only make that much money based on word of mouth. TF2 was a huge hit because the people that saw it, liked it, told their friends it was a fun time, and that's how box offices are made. People like what they like. Explaining to them why they shouldn't like it is pointless. </p> <p>People thought Casino Royale was a great way to reinvent Bond. They like what they like. YOU might like something else, but you don't have to invalidate someone else's opinion just to have your own damn preference.</p> <p>Transformers has been beat up on long enough. It's a new year guys.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    These stupid assholes had the best Bond film in DECADES with Casino Royale, so why not just go and fucking re-do all of Fleming’s novels? I’m not talking about remaking anything because, in comparison to the novels, the Connery films were shit. What I’m talking about is doing the exact same thing they did with CR, just take the fucking books and adapt them. Normally I’d be screaming about another remake but I don’t see anything wrong with re-adapting a novel which is subject to interpretation. Take a book and give it to ten different Director’s and you’d get ten different movies. This isn’t like remaking, say, Phantasm which was made from a singular viewpoint for the screen and thus should not be remade. Novel’s should be open to reinterpretation because you never know if someone might make a truly great version of that story. That’s why I’m not against another version of DUNE and that’s why I would not be against readapting Fleming’s novels for the screen.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Bond is quickly turning into Lifetime Channel entries

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    where has Bond's balls gone? These movies need action in their core. The original directors Terence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert cut their teeth on action movies before they got hired for Bond.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Kobe doesn't like me, for unexplained reasons. Maybe he's not a Zooey fan?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I tried to read Casino Royale

    by cylon_conspiracy

    And couldn't get into it. Just a bit too much detail for me. I read Goldfinger years ago but can't remember it too well. I would like to read the original Bond books but I'm afraid I'll get lost in all the technical detail, when I'd rather read the banter between 007, hot chicks, and villains.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by cylon_conspiracy

    I think the last two 007s have been the most physically brutal of the series. 007 gets the shit kicked out of him and he kicks the shit out of people. If anything the older movies were lifetime because the violence was treated in a PG fashion.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Remake the Books!

    by niceguyhere

    TehCreepyThinMan is right. Casino Royale worked because it had strong source material and hewed very closely to the book. Live and Let Die is the next book in the series and it is extremely racist, not to mention very American and ill-suited for Mendes. So why not do a proper Moonraker? It even has a card game. And who DOESN'T want to see Craig escape using a blowtorch?!?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    It won't be good unless it's Martin Campbell

    by BoyNamedSue

    Out of all the Bond movies made in the past 15 years, ONLY TWO HAVE BEEN GREAT.......and both were directed by Martin Campbell.......yet the Bond producers keep hiring people who aren't traditionally action directors.....the guy who directed Guerillas in the Mist.....the drag queen who whores himself on Hollywood Boulevard.....the guy who directed Monster's Ball (a drama).....the guy who directed City Slickers and Turner and Hooch (a comedy)......Road to Perdition was good, so this may have potential......I'm SKEPTICAL, however!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by veritasses

    I like it...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    Why is a movie more sacrosanct than a novel? <p> A novel is usually the ultimate expression of a single writers imagination. They might disagree that it is open to multiple interpretations - even if that is the case. <p> A movie on the other hand, is usually a compromise between writers, producers, directors and stars. <p> If you think novels are open for multiple filming (and I am not saying I disagree) then I do not see why movies would not also be, or even be moreso.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Ben fuckin kingsley

    by Six Demon Bag


  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Ben Kingsley steals every scene he's in

    by cylon_conspiracy

    He'd make OO7 look like a chump. I can't watch Sexy Beast without getting nervous, and I know it's a movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack, I’M 100% WITH YOU ON STUART BAIRD…..

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    My friend, it’s so nice to know someone who actually pays attention to these things. I’ve been a fan of his editing since the 90’s when I realized that he had worked with Richard Donner on The Omen, Superman, Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2 not to mention his cutting on Die Hard 2, The Last Boy Scout and Demolition Man. I will say that his Directing leaves a lot to be desired given that he did Executive Decision (not bad), US Marshals (not good) and Star Trek Nemesis (fucking shit).<br> <br>Campbell was smart to have him on Casino Royale but let’s also not forget to give serious props to his Second Unit Director, Alexander Witt, who also worked on The Bourne Identity (amongst many others, seriously, check out his resume on the IMDB) which leads me to believe that CR’s quality wasn’t an accident as opposed to the fucking dipshit that did Quantum of Solace’s 2nd Unit who also worked on Greengrass’ headache inducing Bourne sequels which I couldn’t fucking stand.<br> <br>Let’s also give a shout out to CR’s most excellent Director of Photography Phil Meheux and it’s genius Production Designer Peter Lamont. It’s no fucking wonder that movie turned out soo good when Campbell has such top people working on the movie. Even those three fucking cocksuckers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis couldn’t fuck up given the quality of the original novel. Really, Purvis and Wade wrote The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace (with Haggis) and all three were fucking horrid. The less said about that overrated fucking asswipe Haggis the better because he sure as fuck didn’t save QoS from being the complete and utter piece of fucking shit that it is.<br> <br>Hiring Sam Mendes is a big fucking mistake and it’s the same one they made with Marc Forster. They, the Producers, think that because people responded so strongly to CR’s relationship between Bond and Vesper, that they need to hire a Director who is known for strong “human drama” while the 2nd Unit shoots all the action scenes. WRONG!!! You hire a Director like Martin Campbell who can not only shoot clear, concise, well staged actions scene’s but also is able to get good performances out of his actors. Is Campbell infallible? Fuck! No! As The Legend of Zorrow and Vertical Limit shows that he needs a good script BUT when he has one he helps make the movie better as opposed to hurting it. That’s all I got now.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was easily the most forgettable Bond ever

    by Neuroprancer

    As much as I loved Casino Royale, Paul Haggis needs to be politely removed from this current generation of Bond; same goes for Marc Forster , and yes Martin Campbell. I know this is the most obvious choice, but how about Greengrass. Just give him a dumptruck full of money dipped in liquid gold, and his own movie studio. Best Bond Ever.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST



    Nowadays, they want Bond to be just like Bourne. It's Bourne, Jame Bourne. <p> YAWN... <p> Give me the brilliant Bond tropes plus the danger and the Bond swagger. <p> I loved me some of them Roger Moore Bonds! The Spy Who Loved Me, to my mind, is in the top three Bonds of all time. Just over the top enough to make it a Bond spectacle, but down to earth enough to carry a powerful romance. <p> Roger Moore, I miss you!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    "I like to fight in the nude. LeBron initially objected to this, so I agreed to wear a thong."<p> Please Gawd, get that image out of my mind...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by shaneo632

    You mean sacred, so say sacred.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Hopefully the end of shakey cam

    by Bass Ackwards

    Sometimes I mind it, sometimes I dig it, in QoS I couldn't tolerate the shakey cam at all, hope Mr Mendes moves beyond it.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    It's going to be strike three for Craig.

    by kabong

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    This has Ang Lee's Hulk written all over it

    by Chewbacca_Khan

    Not to mention that Away We Go was one terrible fucking movie. Holy shit those characters were awful. And Revolutionary Road was a tepid adaptation at best.<p>Get ready for some major suckage here.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    holy fuck this is awesome!

    by TheDark0Knight

    I am a big Sam Mendes fan, I think he will do an incredible job. I wasnt at all stoked for a new bond until I just read this.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    The Problem With Relying On Second Unit...

    by Acquanetta that it clearly didn't work with Quatnum of Solace. The reality is that the current producers just haven't proven themselves to be very good filmmakers. (The general consensus of their track record is usually 2-4.) They tend to do well when they have the gimmick of a new actor or new beginning, but seem utterly incapable of building upon such restarts. They didn't know how to go forward after the success of Goldneye and seemed to have no idea why Casino Royale was well-received. Ten years ago this hiring would've seemed like a good idea, but today it's just a reminder that the Bond franchise continues to chase after Jason Bourne.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Your knowledge is most impressive.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    While Mendes is a more impressive visual stylist than Forster...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...I'm leery of YET ANOTHER Bond film being directed by someone with ZERO EXPERIENCE directing action. Yeah, there are a few gun battles in Road To Perdition, but mostly as punctuation to long, tense dialogue scenes (although the slow-motion tommy-gun massacre in the rain was masterful). A good action director knows the inherent rhythms of tension and release, and when Forster was cutting every two seconds in QOS, it totally wrecked any sense of danger or suspense. It didn't help that QOS was MOSTLY action scenes with little, five-minute set-up dialogue scenes instered between them. There's nothing worse than an action-crammed movie directed by someone who DOESN'T KNOW TO TO SHOOT OR EDIT ACTION SEQUENCES. Michael Bay has been directing for fifteen years now, and the construction of his action sequences are STILL absolutely baffling. Either get Martin Campbell back, or get John McTiernan or somebody. Screw this "every Bond director has to be a Brit" shit.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Wow Trannyformers

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    I was positive you were hanging from a rope in your basement. I mean, you know...Avatar being a massive critical and commercial success, exposing you as the premier laughing-stock/coward of AICN. After all the shit-talking you did, you didn't even have the balls to show up in any Avatar talkbacks and take your deserved ass reaming. Oh well, I'm sure you got it anyway, but damn your a pussy...

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Road to Perdition > Pretty much everything

    by Colin62

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Cylon Conspiracy

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Transformers absolutely did not make a lot of money based on word-of-mouth. It made the most of it's money on the front end, and marketing takes the credit for that. If it had good word of mouth, it wouldn't have had numbers that dropped so quickly, and it would have easily cracked 500 million...they caught a great break by making an insane amount of cash the first week, but then again a hugely popular robot-action franchise sequel was guaranteed to bring in business. <p> Avatar on the other hand is a film that truly did have word-of mouth. If you look at numbers from it's first few weekends there's almost no drop-off whatsoever. It opened under 80 million - significantly less then Transformers - but it will have passed it to be number one by next weekend. Only positive WOM can do that.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I wish I could tell Ash_Williams how great it was but he hasn't been around since the movie opened. How strange.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But the Avatar haters deserve to be steamrolled.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I guess that long rumored Layer Cake sequel is a no go?

    by Shermdawg

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Love Bond film titles.

    by Falafalguy

    I wish I could get the job of naming Bond movies. "Equation of Infinity," "Licensed to Kill From Russia with Moonraker," and "Dalton-would-shot-every-other-Bond-in-the-back-of-the-head-while-they-were-sleeping of Solace."

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    If you shot the books faithfully...

    by SimonDunkle

    You'd probably have to set them in the era they were released. This would accommodate all the painfully patronising descriptions of blacks in Live and Let Die. But.. stovepipe trousers, skinny ties, bad guys in nehru jackets, vintage Jags and Astin Martins, go-go dancers, EVERYONE wearing a hat! I can dig it. I'd love a period Bond.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Ebert made a good point about Bond...

    by MattmanReturns

    Bond isn't an action hero. He's a spy. I would love to see a Sean Connery style movie like Goldfinger. Not sure why Bond became a superhero, but that's certainly not the character of the novels and original movies.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Dalto here....That Daniel Craig chap aint so tough

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    He wouldn't last two seconds against my Flamethrower cigarette lighter... Just ask Robert Davi.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Sure they do have more brutality, but it's more like the "see! SEE we are BRUTAL!" insecure assurance to everyone since there is far more effeminate things going on to offset that. The early Bonds took the violence casually, when Connery was choking Grant in the train or shot the professor with his silencer it was treated as matter-of-factly which made it all the more brutal even if there was less action then than there is now, it's not how much action there is in a movie but how it's done is what matters. In these new ones they dont skimp to show every single bleeding dirt ridden pore on Craig or walls being torn and shredded while he rumbles through them so they can safely recede into things like "my armor is all gone, you've stripped it from me". Connery slapped chicks on asses, heck even Moore wasn't that effeminate. Also that scene in Casino Royale where Craig pops out of the water and the camera is focusing on his whole shaven glistening physique was as wrong for a Bond movie as any numerous fuckups in the Star Wars prequels.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST



    I love the choice of Sam Mendes. He will bring out the character better than an "action director" The thing that makes Bond films special are Bond himself. Any action film can have loads of over the top/boring Michael Bay explosions.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Anyone bitchin about Mendes lack of action cred is a fool

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Bond's action has been handled by second units for 20+ years. Only the rare few like Martin Campbell are actual action directors. For god's sake, The World is Not Enough is by Micheal Apted who made Gorilla's in the Mist. <p> Please kiddies, just go back to bitching about Avatar and how much Sam Raimi sucks... <p> For a site of film buffs the level of ignorance here is staggering.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Toadkillerdog, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION……

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    IMHO it’s because, yes, a novel is, as you said, “the ultimate expression of a writers imagination” but it’s a completely different medium then that of cinema. A novelist doesn’t have to confine his or her story to a running time, or whether the pacing is dragging or if a tangent is taking the story off the track and even then novelists have editors who help reshape their work when something isn’t clearly defined or the story itself might be sluggish. Behind every successful novelist is a great editor. A novelist can go anywhere and do anything while smart ones rewrite and work over their material so it’s not like your getting the unfiltered thoughts or imagination of the writer.<br> <br>Movie makers don’t have that option. They can but it depends on what type of cinema you’re making. It’s a visual medium and you have to convey as much information as you can through the visuals as opposed to a novelist who can spend as much time as they like describing the way things look or feel, more or less. You also can’t understand the reasoning behind the characters and what they are thinking or feeling unless, of course, you use a voice over which is usually a crutch that Directors use when they are unable to get the Actors to visually represent their inner emotions. It can be used well, as in the case of, say, Fight Club, but too much of it robs the purpose of making a movie in the first place.<br> <br>Also, adapting a novel is purely subjective and, as I said before, you could have taken Casino Royale and given it to a dozen different Directors and received a dozen different interpretations. Then there is the fact that there are also multiple people involved in the adaptation itself from Screenwriters to Producers etc…while the fact that the project originating from a novel also removes the possibility of the Director invoking the Auteur theory that he/she is the sole creative voice and they their interpretation is the correct one. Is it a coincidence that some of the best films of the 1960’s and 70’s were adaptations of novels? Midnight Cowboy, The Godfather 1 & 2, The French Connection, The Exorcist, One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest, Rosemary’s Baby, A Clockwork Orange, Raging Bull, Jaws, Carrie.<br><br>All of them adaptations and although they would have turned out very different if under the Direction of someone else, the Director himself can’t claim sole credit for their adaptation turning out soo well when soo much of movie making is built upon chance and although we do look upon these movies and consider them, rightfully so, to be masterpiece’s, there is always the possibility that an even better adaptation might have been derived from the source novel although many would argue against that despite Casino Royale proving them wrong given that it had been disastrously adapted in 1967. Who knows, in 20 years time someone might make an adaptation that’s even better then the 2006 version. So if we regard movies such as The Godfather etc…. to be “perfect”, and the idea of another version unthinkable, then why not re-do books where the film makers might not have been able to make the best adaptation possible based on the limitations of the time, in this case, Ian Fleming’s original Bond novels. Would anyone here really argue that the Connery films were untouchable masterpiece’s on par with Raging Bull or Midnight Cowboy? I don’t think so unless you’ve let the mythic aura of those movies to cloud your judgment.<br> <br>Now, why do I think movies like, say, Dawn of the Dead or Phantasm shouldn’t be remade? It’s because, unlike novels, there is no wealth of details or backstories that have been edited to condense the story into a feature film and although the filmmakers might not have included ever single detail, all of that extra material from the book might have been filtered through the story in other ways that are subliminal to the audience who has no knowledge of the original novel. Now, not everything written in a script is filmed, and shows up in the finished movie, but even the best screenplay can’t even begin to touch upon the details that a novel can delve into.<br> <br>Even movies based on original screenplays such as Taxi Driver, Chinatown and Network could, theoretically, be reworked since the Director’s of those movies didn’t write the original story. But I wouldn’t advocate that because although the Director’s were merely interpreting the original text, the lack of details in the original script (in comparison to a novel) meant that, most likely, the film makers had to develop the world to an extent that the Screenwriter might not have, especially since soo much of a novel is descriptive as opposed to a screenplay which, usually, focuses on dialogue and action with minimal thought given to the way things look or feel because the Director will decide on those aesthetics. Then there is the fact that Director’s always feel as though they can reshape an original screenplay more to their liking as opposed to the adaptation of a novel where they feel that it’s just a case of picking the best parts of the story to dramatically represent on the screen.<br> <br>The point is that a writer can just write, over and over, in order to create their work while filmmakers have to bust their asses in order to make anything work and it’s a small miracle when a movie turns out good given the amount of people and egos involved in such a creative endeavor and, finally, no one ever suggests writing a new version of a novel, do they? Unless, of course, it’s some fucking Harry Potter nutcase who puts out a re-written version of the book because they didn’t like Harry and Ginny getting together.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan and BSB... Stuart Baird is fantastic

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I am such a fan I went to see Executive Decision only because he directed it. <p> Whilst I agree that QOS action was to choppy, I liked the plot. If only Martin Campbell could do them all.... <p> Escape from Absolom fucking rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack, IF I WAS AN "INDUSTRY TYPE"......

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    I sure as fuck wouldn’t waste my time here when I could be snorting coke off the labia of 18 year old schoolgirls.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks, SAME HERE....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    I remember reading about Executive Decision in Cinescape Magazine (remember them) and I saw the movie just on his credits alone, even though it looked like a generic Die Hard/Tom Clancy ripoff. Not a bad movie at all and we got to see Steven Seagal snuff it :D

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    one word. .

    by Darth_Kaos


  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Finally, some good news on this site!!

    by RedJester

    I was starting to become a little depressed thinking about the state of the entertainment biz, but alas, a ray of hope! Mendes should knock it out of the park!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan yeah it's not bad.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Kurt Russel was ace, and I was blown away when Seagal bought the farm. Tense little action flick.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by DanielKurland

    That is all.

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Martin Campbell?

    by natecore

    I never learned why he didn't come back for Quantum of Solace?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by cylon_conspiracy

    I agree with you on the better elements of the previous bond films, and one thing I said in a few other posts is that that's exactly the character traits that I miss in the new one... the lighthearted sexuality and the sophistication. I agree that violence is often more effective when it just sort of comes out of nowhere.</p> <p>I don't think the new ones are perfect by any stretch, but they aren't without a lot of great stuff too. I think the more visceral violence is still a nice change of pace. I really like the new films. But I think they are in danger of straying too far from the character we have gotten to know over the years, too.</p> <p>It's not an either or thing. No movie is 100% crap and it's really hard to discuss a film if you receive to see any of the good points, of which there are many.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    "refuse" to see is obviously what I meant to type

    by cylon_conspiracy

    God, can we get an edit function?

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    You’d think he would be a shoe in given that he did Layer Cake (a movie I really liked) which was the film that got Craig Munich as well as Bond. Then after that you hire Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, David Yates and Christopher Nolan to make one of these fucking movies. See how easy that was? I just ensured that the next five Bond flicks would be at the very least good if not FUCKING GREAT!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    thejewhunter, FAIR ENOUGH BUT I'D BE WILLING TO BET......

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    That more books were made better with the help of an editor then without. Compare early Stephen King with modern Stephen King.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan


  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Q of S

    by Hipshot

    Paul Haggis turned in an underbaked script because of the threat of a writer's strike. Part of the problem of launching a gigantic movie is rights sold in advance, worldwide, and sometimes having to proceed even if things aren't perfect. QofS was horrible on the big screen, but actually looks a bit better on small screen, where my eyes can finally resolve the images of the action scenes. The director simply didn't know what he was doing with the action scenes--the second unit guys were incredible. The fight between Bond and the knife-wielding hitman in the hotel room was fantastic, and Craig does action better than anyone in the history of the series. He's really the anti-Moore. If the producers could stretch the formula toward the jokey, there's no reason not to get serious on the flip side. These movies have lasted fifty years because they flow with the times, incorporating cinematic conventions of different decades. Really, really remarkable, and I'd love to hear Cubby Broccoli's secret conversations about how to test and respond to the cultural winds.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Sorry but I FUCKING LOVE that movie and DePalma is my favorite Director. The guy is a master of suspense while M:I’s focus on espionage and stealth is what is really missing from the Bond movies. It’s like he’s always walking around the street with his cock hanging out when Bond should be more like the trench coat wanker who smacks his spam javelin at a porn theatre. I’d like to see a Bond who revels in his expense account and enjoys killing people for Queen and country. Bond isn’t a hero and realistically he’s a sociopath.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I want to see QOS again

    by strosmer

    Thought it worked well as an epilogue to CR, though the action cinematography and editing sucked! Compostion people! And fuck the quick chop shots already. They can be effective if used properly, but good action really comes from being able to see the action. Seriously, how do these DPs get a fucking job? I like Mendes, but he is a curious choice for an action flick. See what he does with it.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Will there be a scene set to sad, reflective piano music?

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Bond is about to shoot the bad guy, the bad guy looks at him and says "I'm glad it was you." Then Bond's secretly gay neighbor shoots him in the back of the head.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Daniel Craig's face is pants...

    by TheGreatHomsar

    ...that is all.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Anyone else tires of almost 50 years of PG-13 kiddie action flicks? Hire Paul Verhoven to Direct, Shane Black/Joe Eszterhas to script and get Monica Belluci in a lesbian sex scene with Anna Falchi while Bond is watching and getting sucked off by Lily Cole.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Cuaron would be better for this.

    by Dingbatty

    But Cuaron would be better for most movies. Mendes will have to shake off the glum that permeates all his stuff so far.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace blew Asimov's goats...

    by p0llk4t

    ...the big plot device was to control Bolivia's water supply and make a bit of extra cheddar off of some poor Bolivians...are you fucking shitting me?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale is the BestBond Ever!!!!

    by BlackBriar

    Let's try to recapture that magic and make an awesome film!! It Sounds Good so far

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Not sure if I believe this....

    by The Dum Guy

    Isn't the next Bond up in the air b/c of the MGM trade/buy?<br><br>I hope I'm wrong and Bond is going to try and be top notch (And, for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, the tenth nominee for Best Picture is... [insert James Bond film name]).

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    sad, reflective piano music

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    To keep with the latest tradition of the recent ones, aside from the reflective piano there also has to be a chick in a blanket who waxes about being doomed, the villain has to look like an Addams Family member, the 1964 Aston has to somehow make it in the movie yet again and be involved in a serious car chase against an advanced modern car, Bond has to go rogue/revenge but win back the heart of his crusty vag boss in the end, also the ending features him in a zen state from having learned an important life lesson for a 00 agent and somehow he wears a classic tuxedo here too.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Oh yeah he wears the tuxedo here to reaffirm to the audience he is Bond despite wearing jeans and khakis the rest of the movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by crab_cakes

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by crab_cakes

    No wit, no whimsy. Those last 2 Bond films sucked ass. A cel phone does not make a nifty gadget.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    intriguing choice

    by nightmute

    I have never been a fan of Mendes. He only seems interested in making Oscar-bait rather than films people want to see. When was his last hit? Road to Perdition, some years past. His last three films tanked, despite critical plaudits. So it's easy to see why he took this. He needs a hit. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this, though, because it does show that the Bond producers want more from the character than explosions. Perhaps Oscar-obsessed Mendes will actually drive this film into Best Picture terrain. No complaints there.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Maddox said it best...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach his QUANTUM OF SOLACE review.</p> <p></p> <p>Despite those action scenes being totally incomprehensible, I did kinda dig the tone of QoS at least (especially love the Quantum Organization). Was never really sold on Forster though. His films seem kinda dull to me. But Mendes could absolutely nail this fucker (you just know it will be one of the most beautifully shot Bonds ever) or totally wipeout if he flubs the action. An inspired choice IMHO. With all the stalls of late I imagine this situation can still change at any time anyway.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Herc, no no no no you are so wrong

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Mendes is a great director, but many thought Marc Forster would do a good job, if you really think hiring a director that knows more about character than action is a good then you are a fool. <P> Bond may have to have some character, but he needs the action even more, QOS ruined Bond in every conceivable way! An action director with a good grip on characterisation is what is needed, not the other way around. <P> Pierre Morel is the best choice for Bond.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    From now on James Cameron should direct ALL movies in Hollywood

    by Volllllume3

    Everybody else should just retire...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Outside the box

    by tallsy

    How about John Boorman? True, he's approacing 80 but maybe he can pull out another Point Blank as a last hurrah. I actually liked the Pierce Brosnan spy movie he did.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Actually Peter Franks, us Quantum haters...

    by LittleManFromAnotherPlace

    ... like films with plot & characterisation... like Casino Royale

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    I TOTALLY agree with you that QUANTUM is better on the small screen. In fact, it looks stunning. All the shaky camera and quick cutting works a treat. And, I know I'm alone in this, but I think QUANTUM is better than CASINO. CASINO did loads of things brilliantly, but it also had a very boring last 30 minutes, and it wasn't very stylish. QUANTUM, on the other hand, is fucking stunning to look at - the locations feel like real locations and that's one of the things that properly harks back to the early Bonds. In fact, I think it did an amazing job of freshening up all the standard Bond elements. Now Sam Mendes. I don't really like any of his films. But I LOVE the idea of him doing a Bond. Taking their cue from Marvel movies, Harry Potter etc, they have realised that character guys will probably do better action anyway. (And anyway, all the best action guys ARE character guys.)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    It must have what made Casino Royale so good

    by ricarleite2

    A scene with Bond sitting in Europe, watching the sunset in pink robes, resting his testicles.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    The Bond Ultimatum?

    by Pedro_Voted_For_Me

    Ultimately, if they don't want the action to feel like Bond, then they shouldn't have got the 2nd Unit guy from Bourne to do the action for QoS! Anyone else will give it some differentiation

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>I have no idea why this just popped into my head, but I just want to say "Mad Men/James Bond". Would you guys be happy with a Don Draper sexist with heart approach to what is pissing you off about the "lame feminine stuff" of a man having human emotions about women and life... mixed in with the typical action we can expect from the last two 007s?</p> <p>Discuss.</p>

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Mr Gorilla

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Stunning to look at? You must be joking, the entire movie was clumsily shot, the camera was impossible to even follow at times. <P> Casino Royale is in a different league to QOS. <P> QOS is the worst Bond movie committed to the silver screen.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    QOS is the worst Bond movie committed to the silver screen

    by cylon_conspiracy

    That is not even close to hyperbole.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Re: QOS worst bond ever... are you Nuckin Futs?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    View to a Kill, Octopussy, Die Another Day and Moonraker are the absolute benchmark for shit movies. <p> Nostalgia is one thing, I adore them as part of movie history yet can aknowledge that they are bereft of logic and wit. At best they are complete failures, at worst, cynical cash grabs.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Re: QOS worst bond ever... are you Nuckin Futs?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    View to a Kill, Octopussy, Die Another Day and Moonraker are the absolute benchmark for shit movies. <p> Nostalgia is one thing, I adore them as part of movie history yet can aknowledge that they are bereft of logic and wit. At best they are complete failures, at worst, cynical cash grabs.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Re: QOS worst bond ever... are you Nuckin Futs?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    View to a Kill, Octopussy, Die Another Day and Moonraker are the absolute benchmark for shit movies. <p> Nostalgia is one thing, I adore them as part of movie history yet can aknowledge that they are bereft of logic and wit. At best they are complete failures, at worst, cynical cash grabs.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Hope we get back to the Casino Royale greatness

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    QOS was average, the story and drama seemed to be on level with the computer and it did seem to be about filling in time between action set pieces. <p>

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Magnus Greel

    by DC Films

    I disagree with the Director dealing with the actors and the 2nd Unit taking care of action. Look at The World's Not Enough, it's like 2 different films spliced together the way it jerks from drama to action - the directors, Apted & Armstrong had totally different approaches.<p>Granted, QoS action suffered from a lack of geography, but it at least felt consistent with the tone of the drama - crucially Craig performance was consistent, which is down to Forster as well as Craig. Change the director in the action scenes and any actor can lose the way a little.<p>A 2nd Unit consultant would be helpful to directors such as Forster & Mendes would be helpful, and a good stunt co-ordinator is a must, but Mendes needs, and i hope would want to be present calling the shots on the action.<p> <p>I agree though, that we may well see Winslet & Spacey on the cast list. What a fantastic line up that would be.<p> <p>BTW, Sam isn't guaranteed yet. He's a 'Consultant' on the film 'til MGM sells up at which point he'll be signed and paid. However, the longer that MGM sale takes, the more chance Sam may move on to something else.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Great director for sure, but can he do action?

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I'm relieved that they've got a truly exceptional director onboard, and I'm sure he'll make the best Bond film anyone can expect of him. Just need to have Q and Moneypenny, and more charm and Connery cheek from Craig and we could have the best Bond film ever!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Beauty does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Bag blowing in the wind guy... "the most beautiful thing i've ever seen".<p> YOU NEED TO GET OUT MORE YOU FUCKING EMO CUUUUUNT!!!!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Wanna know the saddest thing about AICN talkbacks?

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... or talkbacks in general?Some of you jagoffs believe that your inane comments actually MEAN something. Well, hello, THEY DO NOT! <p> Also, do any of you obviously illiterate motherfuckers understand the difference between "then" and "than"?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Mendes - if you open the next Bond with the big action scene of 'bag blowing in the wind' set to the James Bond score then i'll personally hunt you down and stick my die-cast Aston Martin up your sphincter!!!!!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Skyway Moaters = king of jagoffs.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Give Spielberg or Tarantino their chance. Or get Martin Campbel

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Daddy what's a jagoff? Daddy what's a Skyway Moater?"<p> "A jagoff is a Skyway Moater, and a Skyway Moater is a jagoff. That's all you need to know son."

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Hey look, the cooks have been named

    by JT Kirk

    you know, the ones who are destined to spoil this pot. 007 needs a real showrunner, not lackeys who roll over for the studio who keeps screaming for more action and less James Bonding. I watched From Russia With Love last night, brilliant film, fantastic characters, interesting intrigue, a few hot broads, Bond barely kills anybody, and only a few tempered action sequences. And then 007 became a cartoon superhero who went into overdrive in every manner possible.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters does not exist in this dojo

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... consistently stupid as expected Kai...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST


    by There_will_be_Dickblood

    Bit'a Bush

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    Huh? Are you retarded?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace is my favorite Bond movie out

    by CreasyBear

    of them all. The story still carried some of the weight of Casino Royale's as far as the effect Vesper had on him, the relationship between Bond and M was fun, as well as helping to drive the story along, and most of all (being honest) it was loaded with action of various kinds. There was hardly any so-called "shaky-cam" in it. (Keep in mind, I loved Greengrass' Bourne movies and Man on Fire.) The Palio sequence and especially the opera house sequence were beautifully shot and edited. Bonus: the Bolivian cabbie whose chatting was subtitled alongside the subtitles that we actually needed to hear. Loved that touch. Great movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Best of the Connery years: Goldfinger.

    by CreasyBear

    Best of the Moore years: The Spy Who Loved Me, though you could pull a heckuva highlight reel from various toys and stunts from the others. The worst Bond movie (oh, wait, forgot about License to Kill), the SECOND worst Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, had the best stunt hands down: the barrel roll car jump, back when CGI wasn't an option. The Living Daylights was a great 007 movie, too.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Kai?

    by Skyway Moaters

    The "does not exist in this dojo" schtick wasn't funny the first time and it isn't funny after the ten thousandth time. Read a book you insufferable dickhead.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    QoS action scuked monkey balls

    by Mr_P

    so if they are going for another character director I hope he knows what he is doing and I don't have to ensure any more shaky-cam headaches

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Anyone who think QOS is best

    by Drsambeckett1984

    is no Bond fan at all, obviously has no idea about the character or what makes a good movie. End of story.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    QOS was awful ....


    Nu-Bond is already in trouble ... Casino was quality but boring and almost impossible to enjoy with repeat viewing ....

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Contempt and disdain...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... for all of you, but especially for: Cobra-- Kai, JettL93, Series7,Kobe the ass taster, Assimof Lives, and all shit sucking assholes with ohsolongstupidfuckingscreennames. <p> TAILENDERS RULE!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Another Character Drama Director?

    by Wes_Reviews_

    Ugh. Great, I guess we can look forward to yet more quick-cut, impossible-to-decipher action scenes. People who can't direct action use that "stylistic choice" as a crutch, using the guise "the action is more realistic and intense!" when in reality, it's more frustrating and confusing for the audience. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DIRECTORS WHO UNDERSTOOD ACTION AND FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY??? How I miss it so. Quantum of Solace was a disgrace and if Bond 23 follows suit, I...AM...DONE with Bond.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Best thing about Bonds fight scenes

    by tradeskilz

    In the Craig movies is the way he uses the environment to his advantage. He may not be the fastest, strongest or the best fighter but he uses evertying around him to kick ass. Also got me thinking, Bond wouldnt last many years as a double O considering the punishment he takes at every turn. His body would be a total train-wreck of torn ligaments, cracked bones and fibrocartilage scar tissue.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Sorry-- has Mendes ever made a good movie?

    by Laserhead

    I know they all have good pedigrees, but the final results have been cliched, saccharine, and rather empty, for the most part. Don't, for the love of God, say 'American Beauty' is a great movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    While I appreciate the work it took to generate the sheer volume of verbiage in your reply, it was circular logic and never did answer the question as to why movies are sacrosanct and novels, or movies made from novels, are not. <p> What about Godfather, which was made from a book? According to your own circular logic, it should not be remade because it is a masterpiece, but it also could be remade due to your logic because it is from a novel. <p> What about Jaws? The general consensus is that it is far superior to the novel. But just because it was from a novel, that means it can be remade - according to you, whereas something like Mission Impossible 3 is above reproach. <p> No.<p>You need a re-think. <p> The better approach is to not issue such a blanket statement that movies such as 'dawn of the dead' can not be remade, but allowing for the remake of The Godfather. It is just pure silliness, that such a thought could exist - and I love the original Dawn of the Dead, but it damn sure was not sacrosanct.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters


  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters


  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Any movie with Thora Birch's naked tits in

    by Dingbatty

    it is a great movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Sometimes I wish

    by bobbyperusteeth

    Roger Moore would come back, with an underwater car or some kind of jetpack..

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    It was Brosnan's best Bond. Invisible Aston Martin, cool opening action, Ricky Yune as the half-baked diamond-encrusted baddie, the Korean-turned-Caucasian mastermind villain, HOT Bond girl Rosamund Pike (Halle Berry was meh), a killer satellite wreaking destruction across the DMZ??!?! It was Moore's Bond done right!!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    'Quantum Of Solace' was a Bond movie?

    by Spacesheik

    The problem with the last Bond was it didn’t seem like a Bond film, it was too BOURNEish; shaky-cam, erratically edited, missing many of the ‘trademarks’ of a Bond film, such as the opening gunbarrel sequence, recuring Bond anthem, a strong central villain, Bond supporting players such as ‘Q’ and ‘Moneypenny,’ and so forth. The pre-credits action sequence wasn’t all that impressive either, the movie also was the shortest of all the Bond films, around 90 minutes or so, so it seemed less a sequel to CASINO ROYALE than an extended climax. As a dark revenge thriller, I thought LICENCE TO KILL was much more effective at highlighting the Bond-out-for-revenge motif – Robert Davi was also an excellent villain. I welcome Sam Mendes and am a big fan of AMERICAN BEAUTY but the next Bond film needs to be ‘re-aligned’ to make up for the BOURNEish excesses and lack of conventional plotting of QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Someone is complaining about QoS's running time?

    by Wes_Reviews_

    I can say a LOT of negative things about Quantum of Solace, but I will never complain about how short that movie is. It couldn't end soon enough. :)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    MikeTheSpike is right on the money


    Gunbarrel proper. Arnold song. Q and Moneypenny back. Decent editing. Some laughs. A strong villain. And I'd add VIC BLOODY ARMSTRONG BACK PLEASE, not that Bourned up bugger Bradley.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Hang on....


    Isn't Mendes quite close to Michael Apted in his style/approach? Much as there were things to like in The World Is Not Enough it's one of Brosnan's least successful.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    best bond films to actors!

    by npjs55

    Goldfinger, spy who loved me, license to kill, goldeneye, QOS!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Thats a nice Amalgamation

    by drunkenmonkey73

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Hope its better than the last two

    by kingoflight

    They were boring as hell

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by workshed

    ...with you all the way on that one. Make her a Bond girl dammit.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    The primary (only?) reason people watch American Beauty:

    by Royston Lodge

    Mena Suvari, nude.<p> (Goddamn rose petals! Get outta the way!)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I dislike Mendes' movies, and yet I've paid my $10 to see them all.<p> That kinda sez something.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Correction: I did enjoy Road to Perdition immensely.

    by Royston Lodge

    It wasn't preachy like his other flicks.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Mendes - OK. How about PAY the CR director!

    by Lamerz

    Get the director of Casino Royale back. Pay him whatever the hell he wants. That film rules.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Get a decent fucking villain this time

    by photoboy

    Both Le Schiffre and that screaming banker from QoS were rubbish villains. I still think Alec "006" Trevelyan was the best villain by far because he was every bit as well trained and resourceful as Bond.<br><br> As for Sam Mendes, he's a great director, whether he's a great Bond director remains to be seen, but I am optimistic.<br><br> Personally I think the Broccolis should bring back Martin Campbell. He's been responsible for the best two Bond films in the last two decades, how hard is it for them to work out he should be paid whatever it takes to keep working on them?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984... I never said it was the best

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    just not the worst like you claimed. The plot was decent enough, better than the last two Brosnan flicks, over half of Moore's ,and a couple of Connery's(I'm actually a Dalton fan myself, I thought he was closest to the novels), though compared to Casino it was lacking. <p> If you look at it as a bridging film however it's great. It's the Empire to what comes next in the pursuit of Quantum. It literally starts an hour after Casino, and becomes Bonds first true sequel. I love what they are doing to my favorite film character. <p> For the record(what fuckin record, who fuckin cares)I own 3 complete Bond boxsets. The first was the one where the first few films are in Mono. The second is the Limited Edition Briefcase. The third is my Blue Ray set(my wife needed some serious convincing 'cough' perfume 'cough' 'cough').

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Mendes is cool, but I'd prefer Campbell

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Two knockout Bond flicks oughta count for something...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName


  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by Stabby

    Get Tarantino. He wants to do it. Keep him on a short list and make sure he sticks to the script. I respect what they're trying to do by getting arty directors, but the last guy almost ruined the new series.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    meant: keep QT on a short "leash"

    by Stabby

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Why not finally give Spielberg his shot?

    by Royston Lodge

    I mean, since he did once want to do it, and all.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Of course, the villains would turn out to be aliens...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... so maybe it's not such a good idea.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Sam Mendes Is A Hack

    by kungfugazi

    His films are pretentious balls of human waste. Seriously. American Beauty is about a man who wants to be a pedophile. Every one of his films has generated less money than the one previous. I think this says something.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Wouldn't you call in for a SWAT team to round up the bad guys instead of blowing your cover and letting them all walk? I mean, you have the entire organization in one place and you don't take them in? Not to mention ... what kind of nefarious group goes to talk through Bluetooth at an opera? God I can't wrap my head around it it's so stupid!!! Haggis must've come up with that scene.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    My comment was directed at CreasyBear, not at you, and we can agree on one thing. <P> Dalton was an amzing Bond, never given the chance to fulfil the true potential he had for the character, only two films wasnt fair. He was easily the best ACTOR to portray the character.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack: What evidence did he really have?

    by Royston Lodge

    What evidence did he really have that the Quantum folk in the opera house had committed any crimes? <p> Can't call the police without evidence. <p> That's why Bond has a licence to kill - because he needs to be able to get the job done without the hassle of gathering evidence, building a case, and having a trial.<p> He couldn't really kill all the Quantum folk without killing a whole lot of innocent opera-lovers in the process.<p> (Then again, if that can afford to go to the opera they MUST be evil anyways. Oh wait, I'm thinking of a Sam Mendes movie...)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie would be better choice than Mendes

    by Stabby

    Know I'm gonna catch shit for saying that. but I liked what he did with the fight scenes in Sherlock Holmes. None of that shaky-cam, I don't have confidence in my ability to shoot a good fight scene, so I'll rip off the Bourne films and no one will be the wiser CRAP!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The only thing they got right in QoS was the Bond girl

    by Stabby

    Olga Kurylenko is one of the hottest PoA I've seen in movies lately.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    Shame she cant act for shit! Gemma Arterton was way better as Agent Fields. And hotter.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    QoS > CR

    by HoboCode

    True fact. and the opera scene is amazing. They're intelligence gatherers BSB, not SWAT.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Wantign to bang a hot piece of high school cheerleader ass doesn't make you a pedophile, it makes you a hetreosexual man, something you obviously have no clue about.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    I feel the same way about Die Another Day, BSB

    by Laserhead

    It was the Moore Bond done right, and without making the hero a nattering dandy. Liked the actions scenes, liked the women, even liked the novelty of 'diamond-face' as the villain. A nice closer on Brosnan's series.<p>But we have to disagree about the opera scene in QoS. I thought it was great, and I don't think Bond was anywhere with enough authority and/or evidence to detain several foreign aristocrats who were blue-toothing. Upsetting their conversation allowed him to see who out there was talking, take pictures of them for ID and analysis, and get the hell out of there.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by Stabby

    Since when has it been a requirement that a Bond girl can act? Ursula Andress couldn't act her way out of a bikini and yet she is the first and arguably best Bond girl.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by billybigbollocks

    Quantum is very frustrating to watch because an inexperienced director used fast editing in EVERY action scene. Instead of having the confidence to let the unit director and stunt coordinator's work speak for itself. It remains, stuck in my craw to this very moment. A wobbly film that could be great (apart from that boring, ludicrous finale)IF they re-edited those action scenes. Notably the car chase and stair-well chase. AAAAARGGGH. Don't fuck it up again! PLEASE

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984..sorry bout that. Dalto rules

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    the man was serious yet could do a wheelie in a big rig.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But these are very bad people we're talking about here. I still say Bond should've called up a team of Double-Ohs and nipped the organization in the bud.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Let's raise the stakes and have Bond leading a band of spies into an all-out firefight against Quantum. Oh Lord. Make it happen!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by kungfugazi

    You like banging underage chicks? Can't find any women?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Best "Bond movie" moment not in a Bond film

    by skimn

    this past year? The museum shootout in The International. The staging and the editing was brilliantly done and better than any action scene from QoS. Now, how much was Tom Tykwer's doing and the second unit and stunt departments, I can't say, but as the director overseeing the picture, his fingers have to be over everything.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Connery was a better Romulan in YOLT than Bana in Trek 09

    by Koborover

    ...when he was dressed up as a Japanese dude.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    One thing's for sure....

    by ZoeFan

    Sam Mendes = A Beautiful Looking Film.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    HoboCode: In that case, it should be legalized.

    by Royston Lodge

    I charge you with the responsibility of leading the letter-writing campaign.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    I agree. It's a shame Tom Tykwer hasn't helmed more American films. He's Top Notch.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I guess I am the only one

    by rogueleader66

    Who actually liked QoS. From what I am reading in this TB, sure seems that way. Oh well, no apologies for liking that film, to each his own.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I loves QoS.

    by Royston Lodge

    I just didn't realize that it needed to be said.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Quantum was stylish and slick but the editing...

    by Quake II

    was HORRIBLE. The action scenes in Quantum Of Solace were some of the best ever filmed, unfortunately I couldn't see what the fuck was going on due to the Bourne/Tony Scott/Bay style editing. Somewhere buried in Quantum there's one of the best James Bond films ever made. The 60's style, slick dialogue and cool retro sets make Solace one of my favorite Bond films. Plus he used a Walther PPK again! But that editing...Ugh!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    skimn, the museum scene in The International

    by Stabby

    was the only good thing in that movie. But, what a great action sequence.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Bond, man of action

    by DennisMM

    You people who want good Bond films? Take out most of the action and follow the tone of the books. Have a fistfight or three, a shooting or two and one car chase at most. No jumping off buildings, no ski sequences, no paragliding. Bond is an assassin. He sidles up to people, finds the best way to deal with them, and kills them for the good of Her Majesty's government. "From Russia With Love" was exactly the proper level of action for a Bond film. He is not living in a world of massive explosions in most books.

  • but look at the greats, then look at the "meh"s (god I hate that term, but it fits), and the classics have classic villians. The villian in QoS? Not so much...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Kate Winslet as a Bond girl?

    by Chanoc

    Could go either way I guess.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Bond does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    eustiscaly, Best Bond Movie that's not a Bond movie, ENTER THE DRAGON. Watch that flick again and you'll see how incredibly influenced by Sixties Bond it is.<p> Best QOS that wasn's QOS, TAKEN. A revenge thriller with immaculately staged, clean cut, well choreographed action scenes. A little sad that's its Mendes rather than Pierre Morel that got this new Bond gig.<p> Best action scene that should have been in a Bond movie - INTERNATIONAL's Guggenheim shootout. Worth watching the movie just for this 10 minute scene (good call Skimn and Stabby). Great build up and fantastic execution, in the spirit of the Grand Central station shootout in UNTOUCHABLES.<p> Best Bond girl... imho Agent XXX Barbara Bach SPY WHO LOVED ME... smoking hot!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Worst Bond films are....

    by Quake II

    A View To A Kill, Octopussy, Die Another Day, Live & Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, The Living Daylights. Connery should have stayed retired instead of coming back to make Diamonds Are Forever. Live And Let Die (just rewatched it recently) is not only BORING, but it's cheaply made (New Orleans locations! How exotic!) and the voodoo plot is stupid as well. A View To A Kill is beyond embarassing. Just plain 80's BAD. I agree that Moore holds the title for the most bad Bond films, but Brosnan was sure getting his shit Bond movie numbers up after the great Goldeneye.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Re: The International

    by skimn

    Yes, outside of the Guggenheim scene, it's not that great. Evil bankers as the villian? Thats like basing a fantasy action adventure on trade routes and taxation disputes...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Iz funny, because that iz plot of Phantom Menace!

    by Royston Lodge

    Oooooooh!!!!<p> ;-)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Do I have to use my 00 license again?

    by Stabby

    To deal with those who would diss Diamonds are Forever. If you love Sean Connery as Bond you can't hate DaF. Fell free to hate on Never Say Never all you want.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Thanks for the Ali G

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Sounds exciting; Still want QT 007.

    by JoeSixPack

    I still need a Quentin Tarantino 007.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Diamonds are Forever

    by DennisMM

    borders on Roger Moore level, so silly are the jokes and routines. And when St. John tells Connery, "You've killed James Bond!" the whole thing goes out the window for me. He's a SECRET agent, after all.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Sample dialogue from QT Bond

    by skimn

    "Do you know what they call a 1999 Dom Perignon in Belgium? No? Le Petit Bubbli Stinky Feet."..."Speaking of feet..."

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Underage is a relative term. According to our society, a girl under 18 is not allowed to have sex with you if you are over 18. That doesn't mean it isn't normal for a 15, 16, 17 year old girl to be sexually appealing to a normal, healthy, heterosexual male. Otherwise what would be the point of Prom? It may be illegal to bang a high school cheerleader if she is under 18 and you are over 18, but it certainly doesn't make one a pedophile. I'm sure just about every guy in here wanted to bang Hayden Paneterrie's hot ass Claire character in Heroes even though she was, what, 15 or 16 when that show started. It doesn't make them pedophiles. And for the record, the 34 year old ass I'm tapping is pretty nice.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.

    by RockMSockM

    Quantum of Solace was a laughable, forced attempt at being "Artsy" and "different." Bond doesn't need artsy. Bond is NOT a character drama, so stop trying to reinvent the wheel. I don't want another Quantum of Solace: I want another Goldeneye. Just hire Martin Campbell and call it a day.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    But Diamonds Are Forever has...

    by skimn

    a great John Barry score and the return of Shirley Bassey in the main theme, Lana Wood, Bambi and Thumper, and Connery's hairpiece.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Monster's Ball guy couldn't handle it, neither can American Beau

    by TheWaqman

    bring back Martin Campbell.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Get Paul Haggis to do a re-write on the script ASAP

    by Luscious.868

    Casino Royale was great. Quantum of Solice was missing something. I couldn't quite put my finder on it, but it didn't seem anywhere near as good as Casino Royale.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    K-A-T-H-R-Y-N B-I-G-E-L-O-W

    by TopHat

    She would be the greatest choice to direct this or any other future Bond film. I mean, if you were actually going to let Paul Haggis have a shot (someone who has never made an actually action movie), then she shouldn't be a stretch. She would knock it out of the park.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Shaky Cam and Quick Edits...

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>...were the reason I didn't bother with QoS. If they cut that shit out in this movie, I'll watch it. After Bourne 3, that shit is a 100% deal-breaker for me. I never felt so gypped at the movies.<p> <p>As for Roger Moore, he may have made some stinkers, but IMO, For Your Eyes Only is easily the best Bond flick. The storyline was down to Earth, yet the action took us everywhere (underwater, skiing, mountain climbing, etc). It was a cold war movie, done 80s style (i.e. post-detente).</p>

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    And Royston Lodge of course...

    by Skyway Moaters

    .. most un-funny motherfucker what ever posted a post...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was artsy?

    by Royston Lodge

    I think I saw a different movie than you did.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Hey, I resemble that remark!

    by Royston Lodge

    Wakka wakka wakka!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    G-R-E-A-T I-D-E-A T-O-P-H-A-T

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was a good movie...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... you motherfuckers mus be smoakin' crak. <p> All Bond movies are basically shit. Made for drooling lip gibbering morons such as yourselves.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was a good movie...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... you motherfuckers mus be smoakin' crak. <p> All Bond movies are basically shit. Made for drooling lip gibbering morons such as yourselves.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Maltheus: Agree on the For Your Eyes Only love.

    by Royston Lodge

    What makes For Your Eyes Only even more remarkable is how it was an original script, not based on a book at all (except for the title). Most of the Bond flicks that threw the book out the window sucked ass.<p> The fact that they could throw the book away and still come up with something coherent and not-over-the-top still amazes me.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Diamonds are Forever borders on Roger Moore

    by Stabby

    Maybe so, but it doesn't cross the line. I always saw it as Connery having a little fun with the character. Maybe it is delving into self-parody, but if you look at it that way then it is a much more enjoyable film. I'll have to watch it again and see if it is really as bad as you all seem to think it is. But, I think I'm right. Plus, if my memory serves me, it's a pretty accurate adaptation of the novel.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Right on Stabby: Guy Ritchie = perfect Bond director

    by Skyway Moaters

    Mindless action for drooling fucking morons. What could be better?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Quantum didn't blow hard, you fucking blowhards!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Solid 007 film. Better than most that came after Connery's JB. True, it did feel like an extension of Casino, which is OK since Casino is one of the top 3 007 films of all time.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    "whatever i am, i'm yours" the pits of Bond

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Roger Moore in a clown suit is SHAFT compared to the new Bond.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Diamonds Are can I forget

    by skimn

    Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint the gayest gays that put the ass-ass-in, in assassin. And one is played by Crispin Glover's dad! You can spot the DNA connection right there.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah shakey cam has to go

    by SithMenace

    I wouldn't mind seeing a resurgence of 70's car chase action style, done with long approach shots that actually focus on the action for more than a half second per edit. Think The French Connection car chase action with Fight Club style fight scenes and Casino Royale style character development/dialogue scenes. That's the Bond movie I want to see next, not Bourne 4.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    kungfugazi: Mendes is a "hack"?

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... at least he isn't a shit-talking AICN talkbacking fuckhead... like um, YOU... and me... to be honest... <p> It's THAN not THEN you dickwads!

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Hey..go old school

    by skimn

    I know To Live And Die In LA was 20 years ago, but I bet William Friedkin still has some juice.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Roger Moore = James Bond Parody

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Entertaining, in a Condorman, Matt Helm, Flint kind of way. Doesn't come close to matching the coolness and badassery of Craig. Nowhere near.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Skimm: Just as long as Bond doesn't run like a fairy...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...the way William Peterson does on the roof of the hotel in the opening action sequence.<p> It was a little hard to take him seriously after he pranced across that roof and held his revolver with such a limp wrist.<p> Ya know? ;-)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint from Diamonds are Forever

    by Stabby

    They were in the book so blame Ian Fleming. I thought they were brilliant myself. Especially the end when they get there's after one last ditch effort to assassinate Bond.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Stabby...I went through the Bond library

    by Quake II

    recently and found that many of the movies are really bad. The three early 70's Bond films border on unwatchable (Diamonds Are Forever, Man With The Golden Gun & Live & Let Die). Two are set entirely in the US oddly enough. The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only are the only Moore Bonds that are actually good movies. The first 4 Connery Bonds are great IMO, Goldeneye rocks and the last 2 Bonds I liked a lot, partly due to Daniel Craig getting us away from the horrible Brosnan years (no blame put on Brosnan, whom I really like).

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Oh I mention them with affection also. They were just filmed in such a "aren't they funny cuz they're gay, and they kill people" kind of way. And I think Mike Myers referenced that last attempt scene in Spy Who Shagged with Fat Bastard.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Live & Let Die isn't THAT bad...

    by Royston Lodge

    I mean, it's not great, by any stretch of the imagination, but I wouldn't put it in my "bottom five".<p> The boat chase alone redeems it somewhat.<p> The book, by the way, is WAY awesome. Especially with all the blatant racism. It takes a few pages to get over the "WTF Factor".

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Got to give it to you Kai...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Consistently stupid. Keep on truckin' duuud. Do any of you have "LIVES"? I don't, and am therefore excused....

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    FYEO was NOT an original script

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The screenplay has elements of several Fleming short stories, like the title story and especially "Risico" (the whole Topol subplot and the AWESOMELY RUTHLESS scene where Bond kicks the car wth the bad guy in it off the cliff). Yeah, it took these short stories and stuck them into an original framework, but there's a lot of Fleming in there (ditto Licence To Kill, using the "Felix Leiter mauled by a shark" scene from the novel Live & Let Die as well as bits of the short story "The Hildebrant Rarity"). It wasn't until Goldeneye that a 007 movie with absolutely no Fleming story elements in it was created.<BR><BR>And as for Kate Winslet as a Bond Girl, I actually think she'd make a better geeky/hot Moneypenny. Check her out in Enigma with those big glasses, and she totally looks like Caroline Bliss (the most attractive Moneypenny) in the Timothy Dalton flicks.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I suppose a cut & paste job is different than an "original".

    by Royston Lodge

    I concede the point.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute, though...

    by Royston Lodge

    I don't remember anything from A View To A Kill in any of the Fleming novels/stories I've read! <p> (I admit that I still haven't read them all yet.)

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    British Drama directors don't make good action directors.

    by blue meanie

    It was Craig's suggestion that MGM hired Marc Forster for QOS and what a Piece of shit movie that turned out to be! The worst, most indecipherable movie ever. Badly edited action sequences that had most of the audience shaking their heads in puzzlement. Average looking Bond girls that looked like Tiger Wood's sloppy seconds! A villain so milk toasty whiny, that you wanted to kill him, not because he was evil, but because he was so boring! Let's face it folks, Bond is all about action: cool, suave, stylish but breathtaking action. Forster fucked this one up so bad...because he's not an action director, but a drama director. For God's sake, he directed "Finding Neverland"!!! And personally, I don't think Mendes would be a good choice either. Put Bond back into the hands of directors who will do him justice: Campbell, Greengrass, JJ Abrams, Cameron, etc.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by lochkray

    A view to a kill shares most of its title from the Flemming/Bond book "From a View to a Kill" and that story takes place in Paris. As does a small portion of the movie. That's about it though.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Live and Let Die was fairly good

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    In a kitschy 70's exploitation sort of way. I see it, and The Man with the Golden Gun (which is the worst Bond of all, despite Christopher Lee), as the most 'grindhouse' Bonds. They're full of allusions to other B-genres - kung fu, blaxplotation, hicksploitation, horror, etc. I bet they're Cokey Tarantino's favorites for these reasons as well. Anyway, this was when Bond was becoming hopelessly derivative, self-referential, and parodic of other trends, rather than itself being the trend-setter and its very own genre, as it was in the 60's. Just a random observation - and one that might be claimed to still exist, for those who say QoS is just aping Bourne (I disagree). <p>And for the record, I've never quite been able to figure out why Yaphet Kotto has a dual persona in that film - complete with laughable rubber mask. Just because he was smuggling heroin? Doesn't make a lick of sense; I guess the producers and the cast and crew were all on coke at this time (it was the 70's after all).<p>"Take the honkey out the back and waste 'im."

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by kungfugazi

    Wow, you're pathetic. Don't like people with informed opinions, huh?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Aww quit lying Royston...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... you know you don't actually READ. It's quite obvious you know...

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Quake, what about On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    by Stabby

    It's obvious I can't sell you on DaF, but OHMSS wasn't that bad with Telly Savalas as Blofeld and Lazenby actually not that bad as Bond. I love the ending when Blofeld kills Bonds wife right after they get married. They never truly addressed that to my liking although Moore kills a Blofeld in a helicopter after putting flowers on his wife's grave in For Your Eyes Only.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    From a View to a Kill was a short story

    by Stabby

    as was Octopussy in the same book lochray mentions.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Yes, the Live and Let Die novel is great

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    and quite staggering in its casual racism. Those books are not tame by any means. I remember a passage that describes Bond finding a black women in a bar attractive, "a pretty litle negress, who evidently had a drop of white blood in her" - as if Bond (or Fleming) couldn't possibly find her attractive if she was of full African-American heritage! Also, a line from Felix Leiter about picking up a protitute for fun, bare-back sex, and chancing a visit to the STD clinic the next day. Those books are wildly un-PC, and make a lot of the movies, even the Craig and Dalton ones, look tame.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by kungfugazi

    Until you're eighteen, you are a child. Regardless of attraction, or sexual development.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    blue meanie agree with everything said about QoS, except

    by Stabby

    "Average looking Bond girls that looked like Tiger Wood's sloppy seconds!" If you don't think Olga Kurylenko is gorgeous then you might be playing for the other team, my friend.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Ok, cheif. Whatever you say. I agree that anyone who has sex with someone who is not physically or emotionally mature is a scumbag or sick. But if you want to keep thinking natural sexual urges make you a pedophile go right ahead. Just make sure you don't shoot up any offices or schools dealing with it.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I have actually read From A View To A Kill...

    by Royston Lodge well as the rest of the short stories in For Your Eyes Only.<p> But the movie still had nothing (that I'm aware of) that came from anything of Fleming's.<p> It actually kinda surprises me that the stuff in From A View To A Kill was never incorporated into any of the movies. It's a pretty straightforward action sequence that could easily be shoehorned into most of the flicks.<p> I'm just sayin' is all.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Turd: I love Bond's inner monologue in Casino Royale...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... about how he always hates getting laid in Paris because the prostitutes are so ugly. Hahahahaha!!!<p> First impression: James Bond needs to go to a prostitute?<p> Second impression: Parisian whores are ugly?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    My memory of the From a View to a Kill story

    by Stabby

    is that it is basically just Bond in a hotel room waiting to assassinate someone from the room's window.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I think you're thinking of something different.

    by Royston Lodge

    I could try to give you a synopsis of the story, but I'll just let Wikipedia do the job for me:<p> "From a View to a Kill" sees Bond investigating the murder of a motorcycle dispatch-rider, and the theft of his top-secret documents, by a motorcycle assassin, en route from SHAPE (central command of NATO in Europe, then located in Versailles) to his base, Station F, in Saint-Germain, France. Since Bond is already in Paris, M sends Bond to assist in the investigation in any way he can. To unravel the mystery, Bond disguises himself as a dispatch-rider and follows the same journey as the previous rider to Station F. As expected, the assassin attempts to kill Bond. Bond, however, is ready and ends up killing the assassin. He then uncovers the assassin's hidden base of operations."<p> Hmm, I think the internal monologue about the prostitutes might actually be from this story, and not from Casino Royale.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Was Andy Taylor a double agent? Why did he kill Nick?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    It would make a good pre-titles action sequence.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    BSB: Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

    by Royston Lodge

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • Jan. 6, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    drsambeckett1984, you still around here?

    by CreasyBear

    In your opinion, what are the essential elements of a Bond film? I'm assuming you don't consider espionage, action, good looking women, gunshots, chase scenes and intrigue to be on that list. What's your quintessential Bond movie?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    Don't like people. Especially AICN talkback dick jerking asswipe fucktards.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    Don't like people. Especially AICN talkback dick jerking asswipe fucktards.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Guess he must just use prostitutes for 'convenience'

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Yeah, Bond's really up himself. But that's one of the traits of the character I like. "Red wine with fish. I should have known." "Champagne at the wrong temperature-that's like listening to The Beatles without ear muffs". (a really stupid line and one of the few times Bond sounds like an out of touch idiot).<p>The From a View to a Kill short story was incorporated into the post-credits opening scenes of The Living Daylights, wasn't it?

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    I don't recall anything like that in Living Daylights

    by Royston Lodge

    There are motorcycle chases in Never Say Never Again, Tomorrow Never Dies, and For Your Eyes Only, but none of them are very similar to the short story.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    SMERSH is mentioned briefly in Living Daylights...

    by Royston Lodge John Rhys Davies as the good-guy Russian general, but he says it was disbanded many decade earlier.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The "sitting in the window with a gun" sequence...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... this is in The Living Daylights movie MIGHT be considered similar to the one in the For Your Eyes Only short story, but I think that's a bit of a stretch.

  • Jan. 6, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    If Mendes has a scene where Bond fucks a hooker...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...then I will change my tune when it comes to my Mendes-hate. ;-)

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Fucks a hooker?

    by SithMenace


  • Jan. 7, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Should've been...

    by PoeticWarriortoo

    Kathryn Bigelow. That would've been a bitchin' bond right there.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Why does Craig's Bond need hookers?

    by Stabby

    When M. sends him low rank agents like Strawberry Fields to relive his tension. One of the weirdest sex scenes in a Bond film ever. No seduction. He doesn't even say anything. He just goes into the bedroom, starts taking his clothes off and it's just assumed Fields is going to have sex with him. Which of course she does. I really believe that that was part of her assignment. Why else would M. send such a PoA to work with Bond.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The rewrite for the next Bond movie will be

    by kabong

    announced just after the Academy Awards. <P> Bond producers will want the winner of Best Screenplay to be attached to their movie and will have the money to rent his/her name.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And fuck those who don't like Sam Mendes' work. He's too good for you losers.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Asimov, I don't have a problem with Mendez in general

    by Stabby

    but I do have a problem with him directing a James Bond flick. They need a seasoned action director or at least someone who has proven they can make a compelling action film. Mendez just isn't that director. Could he prove me wrong. Of course. I hope he does. But, I don't want a wild card like the last director who failed in my opinion to make a successful Bond film.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Stabby: So in other words...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... Bond DID fuck a hooker.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Bigelow's Bond would fucking rock.

    by TheWaqman

    Man good thinking there. That or Martin Campbell again.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Revolutionary Road wasn't too good...

    by TheWaqman

    though I enjoyed Road to Perdition and Jarhead. Jarhead is still his best, don't care what anyone says.

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by BLEST

    That scene actually is part of what I liked about QOS. <p>Bond pimping on hot chicks again, and the world-wide locales, and the introduction of QUANTUM (plus Fields covered in oil is an obvious tip of the hat to the girl covered in gold in Goldfinger), all served to move the Bond of Casino Royale closer to the Bond that we know.<p>It's unfortunate that they shaky cam stuff was there, but as I said above QOS was a great Bond flick and I liked it.<p>Not as good as Casino, but still...

  • Jan. 7, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Blest, yeah but...

    by Stabby

    I thought it was inexcusable that he didn't end up banging Olga. That's not Bond. the complete opposite of what happened with Strawberry Fields, where he put absolutely zero effort into bedding her. Even Connery and Moore at their best had to whisper at least a few sweet nothings to have sex with a girl. If they had explained that part of Field's mission was to help relieve Bond's stress I would have been cool with it. Also, if in the end of the movie he was in bed with Olga and M interrupted them that would have been a real tip of the hat to prior Bonds). Actually, if they did some kind of play on that like maybe they start to have sex all rough and like but end up giving up and not being into it, because they're both just too emotionally wrecked. But, Bond would have at least made a run at her. I guess he was trying to be sensitive, which he didn't afford Strawberry Fields.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    I agree Stabby....

    by TheWaqman

    I found it strange that one of the most disappointing things about this film (besides being a shite follow-up to Casino Royale) was that he didn't get to bang Olga. I just thought Bond got sloppy or something, he should have tapped that.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    You are both correct!

    by BLEST

    I felt the same. It's an 8 for me or 8.5. <p>Casino Royale is of course a 9.5 or 10, I just don't get the out-and-out hate for QOS.<p>For as much as it got wrong, it got alot more right. (IMO)

  • Jan. 11, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Sigh - the facts of Bond

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    1) The Living Daylights short story is used, practically beat for beat, as the first sequence post opening credits in the Dalton movie of the same name, with Bond waiting to kill a sniper who is themselves set to shoot a defector. Upon being revealed as a hot woman, Bond aims to injure her instead of kill her, as per his orders. The final line in the book is Bond commenting that "Whoever she was, it must have scared the living daylights out of her." <p> 2) A View To A Kill takes it title from the short story "From A View To A Kill" in the collection anthology "Octopussy and The Living Daylights" and has no relevence whatsoever to the contents of the movie and vice versa. <p> 3) Similarly, the movie Octopussy borrows a scene from the short story "Property of a Lady" and Maud Adams character in "Octopussy" the movie mentions the storyline of the short story "Octopussy" - Bond tracks down a British Govt employee who has stolen Nazi gold and allows him to commit suicide rather than be brought home in disgrace - as that of her father. <p> 4) If you thought Quantum of Solace sucked, you know nothing about Bond. <p> If you need anything else, I am here for a while.