Originally Posted by Paul McCartney
I was referring to the whole black-and-white pre-credits, origin of the gun-barrel, Judi-Dench-travelling-back-in-time-to-be-Bond's-first-M, etc. Also, to keeping on crappy crew members, such as David Arnold and Lindy Hemming. Still, I reasoned just after I posted that, that it's OK for a 40 year-old franchise to experiment once every 40 years, so have sort of adjusted my expectations. And besides, if they fuck up, they can just go back to normal for Bond 22.
I count only three concepts and two crew members that trouble you here.
1) The B&W Opening: It's a fairly bold move, one which could be very cool, or could have no impact, or could backfire. Considering that this is a reboot, I think it's a stylistic choice that could actually work. And if the first color seen in the film is the red blood of the "debut" gun barrel, I think that could be a great way to re-kick things off. Which leads us to...
2) Origin of the Gun Barrel: What exactly is your problem with this? Is it that it takes place in a public restroom that worries you so? And what if it's just a one-off, to be later replaced by a more traditional Bond-in-a-tux-walking-through-a-white-void gun barrel? Is this really worth getting that upset about?
3) Future "M" in Past Bond: I agree with you completely on this one. As much as I love Judi Dench, if this film is truly a reboot, then everything about it should have been started from scratch, including all casting. I understand the need to keep some connection to the previous 20 films but this was a disappointing way to do it.
4) David Arnold: He's merely doing what most Bond composers have done -- create a traditional Bond score, sprinkled with current pop sensibilities. John Barry did the same thing. Perfect example: THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. One of his best scores ever, yet has plenty of 80's dance beats effectively worked in. Arnold usually seems as inspired as his source material, so if CASINO ROYALE is mostly a reboot, then perhaps Arnold will follow suit with something mostly different.
5) Lindy Hemming: I really don't understand this one. What's so wrong with her costume design? I've heard tons of complaints about various aspects of the Bond films (many from myself) but I've never heard anyone bitch about the costumes. And based on the CASINO ROYALE trailer, I like the more basic, real world look of the characters in the film.
|First, LTK is partly adapted from the books - moreso than AVTAK and TLD. Felix being fed to sharks, the fight in the fish warehouse, and Milton Krest are all taken from LIVE AND LET DIE and THE HILDEBRAND RARITY.
I was talking about the overall story, not "gags." LICENCE TO KILL is largely an original Bond story with no basis in the novels.
|Fleming combined violent, exploitative pulp with sophistication and wordliness and imagination and humour. The best of the films do away with the sadism for the most part, but fill the void by adding more humour and even more imagination. Both incarnations, at their best, share one common virtue - a kind of easy elegance.
LTK is too pedestrian, dumb, shoddy and - worst of all - boring, to do justice to either the books or the films.
But again, you're not providing specific examples from the film itself. You're just bashing without backing any of it up. I'm not saying you can't do it, as based on your flimsy problems with CASINO ROYALE, I can already predict what some of your issues might be, but so far, you're not making a very compelling case against LICENCE TO KILL.
|Feel free to like LTK, but I have to wonder if it would just be easier for you to be a Rambo fan than a Bond fan. Surely, preferring that one film out of 20 films and 14 books does not make one a fan of the Bond franchise. It just seems perverse.
As I've said before, LICENCE TO KILL ranks about mid-way down my list of favorite Bond films, so I don't particularly love the film. I have some of my own problems with the film, believe me. But the shallow outright dismissals of the film and wholesale insults towards other Bond fans who don't agree with you do nothing to change my mind. If anything, they're making me appreciate the film even more. It's kind of the TEMPLE OF DOOM effect, I suppose.