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Watch CR and then come back and ask 'I mean, when can a director infuse themes without being too obvious or too pretentious. Never? Do you have examples of directors who actually can do that?'
Campbell just has a good actor looking in a mirror after a horrifically brutal fight in which he's just choked a bloke to death and we understand everything.
If Mendes had directed it there would have been a neon sign on the bathroom wall saying 'Bond is wondering about the toll this tough job takes on his soul'.
The fact that the guy has such a bob on himself is evident by a proper GB not being allowed to interfere with a Sam Mendes opening be it an underwhelming opening shot ('look folks Bond walks down a corridor and by the end of it he is in focus. Isn't that cool? Certainly worth sacrificing the GB for?') or hitting us round the head with the subtlety of his themes ('The dead are alive'. Trust me folks that's got a really clever double meaning later. It's not just about the day of the dead parade.')
Themes like 'the necessity of espionage'? Oh yeah Campbell already did that too in GE. Where both people in the film ('relic of the cold war') and in real life ('Now the Soviet Union has collapsed Bond is finished') were saying that Bond was redundant.
Campbell showed that actually when the shit is hitting the fan you can still depend on one man.
Mendes is just a Campbell tribute act with a better DOP isn't he?
Yes he did in spades
As for Mendes being a Campbell tribute act with a better DOP I have often thought that to be the case. But until now haven't had the guts to say so
Thanks Wizard .
No need to be scared mate! Mendes was exposed as wearing the Emperor's New Clothes with this:
That would've been nice wouldn't it. And you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference.
Just glad Mendes wasn't directing GE or EON would still be paying off the bill to rebuild the Arecibo observatory.
I thought it was slightly surreal seeing Bond at his home wearing an old fashioned shirt and shoulder holster, but next to a very modern TV.
I'm pretty sure the one movie that is neither must be Moonraker. It has the silliest plot of the series and is merely pure fun.
The literary Bond hated pajamas of course.
He had to have a modern TV (likely a Sony brand) so that we could see M's video clearly without a fuzzy picture. ;)
If the plot didn't necessitate him showing the video to MP, I don't think Bond would have a TV at all. How often is he home to flick it on, and would he really care about catching any entertainment on the TV living the fast and furious life he does? I think not.
But out of interest, what do we think Bond actually watches? I mean, he must watch something considering the presence of a rather pricey TV in his apartment. Probably sticks on BBC News now and then. That's about it on my end.
I could see him watching mainly factual based stuff than fiction.
I can believe this.
PS There is still a weight that comes with books and literature that you cant get from film or TV. So when M quotes a poem in SF, it had weight to it (I know some hate that scene) but she did not quote from a movie. Its a good trick (used well in ST6 as Plumber loves quoting Shakespeare) and we can assume that Bond had a classic style of education where he would learn to love or appreciate books. So seeing books in his flat to me would seem natuaral but seeing a 50 inch Sony LED somehow does not sit right. Its a bit too mainstream. Bond sits above the populace. It also then makes him a more aspirational character, we all know we should read more and we all know we should not be wastimg time watching meaningless drivel on the TV. I want to look up to Bond in this area and not think that he is also wasting his time.
It was too easy ;)
Roger as Bond would probably do that....
Roger as Bond would watch a Connery film and say to himself "handsome fellow" with a grin on his face.