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Basically it seemed a bit far-fetched to me as well but didn't bother me at all.
Would've been better if it had a hidden microchip in it or something.
Check # 12
Just saw the film again, and one of the graphic displays on Q's laptop shows Silva, Le Chiffre and Greene with the elemental symbol Zr and the words "Toxicology Report." Zirconium is often used as an alloying agent with other metal thanks to its corrosive resistance, and can be found in watch cases, rings, hip replacements and surgical instruments.
I'm pretty sure what Mendes meant to say was Iridium, a very rare metal which just happens to be found in meteorites. This would infer that the SPECTRE rings were forged using material from the meteorite in Morroco, another symbol of the organisation. If so, such a shame none of this was mentioned in the movie, a flippant disregard to the audience I feel.
Especially in a film so keen on being traditional Bond.
Why didn’t Bond give Q the ring back in London? He did a pretty simple analysis on it and gleaned a lot of information in the space of 30 seconds in a cable car, just imagine what he would have found out within Mi6. The smart thing to have done was for Bond to give Q the ring early on and ask him to run some reports. Q should have taken some samples and given it back (as Bond needs it for the Rome meeting). Then Q should have then turned up in Austria and been like, “007, it’s taken me a while but that ring you gave me has really shone a light on some interesting things, etc.” (You can tell from this dialogue I’m not a screenwriter).
It would also have allowed the audience to maybe watch Q decipher the mystery back in London that ‘everything is connected’, opposed to have it all thrown upon us in the cable car scene. Hence why he runs out to Austria to aid Bond. Also I agree with @haserot more explanation was needed on the riddium detection. It would have provided a tad of validation to a pretty dodgy piece of movie science.
Currently the magic ring machine feels extremely unwelcome in the film, it feels like something out of a Brosnan film and is slightly incongruous with the rest of the ‘darker’ Craig era. I’m not a fan.
One of the things I liked about the role Q played in SF was the fact he was a tech nerd, here it seems they returned to using the character as a deus ex machina. When in doubt over the plot or need to move things forward? Bring in Q.
This happens throughout the film, eg; when he gives Bond the exploding watch, and when he shuts down the Nine Eyes programme (which is made to look kinda simple with little to no jeopardy).
I suppose he was maybe a bit bored in the hotel room waiting for Bond and Madeline to walk back from the plane crash.
Overall wouldn't it just have been easier to retcon by saying that they found similar rings on all of their bodies rather than Qs handy ring scanner?
I'd would have preferred it if Q got out his little DNA sequencer - you can get pocket sized ones apparently! - and found the DNA from all the villains. Q is just neurotic and weird enough to explain why he's got one conveniently to hand.
But then it would have been obvious some films ago that they´re all connected, and back then they didn´t have the rights to the octopus.
Did he get over his fear? Did he catch the train? And isn't being in a cable just as bad as flying?
My issue with that distracted me from the fact that the ring scan scene really flew by too quickly and explained little. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the science behind it all in the film, but I guess not. Maybe Mendes or whoever does the DVD commentary will go into it more.
I took the quip about Q being afraid of flying more along the lines of he was too lazy to go out of his way to support Bond, for whom he had not the biggest respect at that time, and found a pretext. In SP, he knows Bond better and respects him more, thus he heads out to Austria.
I guess Q's more afraid that M's going to have his balls for Christmas decorations.
And also he fears for his and Moneypenny's careers being put on the line because of Bond. So flying is a better option.
Also, I'm afraid of flying but I still do it.
Besides I'm pretty sure Moneypenny was lying about Q being afraid to fly in that scene in Skyfall. "M's already briefed me on the list... which raises the tantalizing question of what you're really doing here..." I think it was a bit of a justification from her for her being there rather than someone else.