Cinemalphabet: Q is for Quantum of Solace
This brings us to Daniel! Daniel saw the writing on the wall and got himself another gig. While being Bond age-appropriate now, three or four years from now, he’ll be aged out. It’s a shame though. He was doing some wonderful things with the role and I would like to have seen him fulfill his contract. Hell, at the rate this legal and financial dramedy is going, even the beloved Clive Owen is going to be far too geezerly to play Bond and Xena help us all, if Robert Pattinson decides he likes his martinis shaken not stirred.
There are Bond enthusiasts/historians who are far more hopeful than myself. I have sort of made peace with the idea that Quan of Sol (as I call it) is most likely Daniel Craig’s last appearance as Bond. In 1989, nobody – least of all me – thought when Timothy Dalton squinted at the camera in the last shot of License to Kill that would be all she wrote as far as his contribution to the franchise. We thought there would be another Bond film shortly thereafter. I mean it said so at the end of the credits – “Bond will return…”. Credits don’t lie. At least, they’re not supposed to. Turned out those credits were wrong-o-Marilu and we wouldn’t seen another Bond film for nearly six years. At which point Bond looked decidedly less like Dalton and an awful lot like Remington Steele.
I’m still sorting through “Another Way to Die”, which has many great elements that simply do not play well together. Moreover, I’m just accustom to Bond themes with much more arrangement; they don’t normally sound like they were recorded in someone’s garage. What do you think?
What’s so frustrating and fascinating about “Another Way to Die” is how Bond-y it sounds. It’s very “Live and Let Die”, which I’m sure isn’t coincidental. I love how Jack and Alicia sound together and it a pretty edgy song. It also seems to evoke “The Man with the Golden Gun”. I need more time with this song and I’m sure it’ll become a favorite Bond song.