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Cinemalphabet: Q is for Quantum of Solace

October 19, 2010


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.

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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.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 8:51 am

    I’m not exactly a 007 enthusiast, but I’ve enjoyed the films since I was a kid, and when I saw QoS I was extremely entertained. I find Craig’s Bond to be tough and gritty, unlike the debonair playboy I remember from earlier Bonds. It’ll be a shame if he doesn’t make it to #23.

  2. hsofia permalink
    October 23, 2010 1:05 am

    I’m not a James Bond fan – all the villains and chase scenes, exotic locales, and women just run together for me. I can never remember what the plots of them are five minutes after I watch them. That being said, License to Kill and Casino Royale stuck out for me and are the only Bond films I’ve seen more than once (although I thought CR went on too long). I’ve yet to see QoS, so I can’t comment on the movie, although I do a) enjoy Daniel Craig as James Bond, and b) heard that QoS is less Bond-y (Bond-sy?) than usual. I’ve been waiting for it to be available on Netflix Instant, but that’s been taking forever, so might just get it on DVD.

    As for ‘Another Way to Die’ – the video is compelling. For example, the scenes where it’s too dark to see what’s going on exactly kept me watching till the light was brought up, and then there would be more changes to the scenes. It was a spare set but a lot going on visually, even just the way Jack and Alicia moved around their instruments and each other. As soon as it ended, my first impulse was to hit “Replay.” I felt like my 2 year old child in that moment, when she sees something new for the first time and then immediately signs, “Again.”

    As for the song, the lyrics were good, and the arrangement felt unusual – there was a call and response feel to it, but the violins made it sound Bond-familiar.

  3. hsofia permalink
    October 23, 2010 1:06 am

    I messed up there with my a) and b) thing – but … I’m too tired to retype that.

  4. October 23, 2010 8:46 am

    No worries! I love that song, but yeah, I think you really have to be a Bond fan to have a lot of investment in individual aspects of the franchise.

  5. hsofia permalink
    October 23, 2010 7:56 pm

    Well it’s another day and I’m still intrigued by this video and song.

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