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How did this Bond not get "in depth" missions?
Of course it is based on how it is done and i personaly for Bond 24 think there should more focus on Quantum, Felix and Camile.
I think what @bondsum is referring to is that, the new films, in particular SF are character heavy. The plots in QoS and SF are in themselves McGuffins really. It's the character arcs that come to the fore. In a TV series this is fine and usually the way they work (particularly in the US) but a film a plot should ideally be as nuanced and interesting as a character study because it has to be resolved within the duration.
I also don't see Skyfall as a mission-led plot as it's more about Bond being M's protector.
I'm betting Mallory won't even trust him that much.
'Course there was the "don't cock it up" comment that could very well be a double entendre. Obviously Mallory knows Bond's reputation. It'll be interesting to see how he'll keep him in line.
Hopefully John Logan will keep their relationship on an even keel this time and allow 007 the benefit of the doubt.
What do you think about SF btw, @Bondsum?
I think the pre-end credits sequence was my favourite part out of the final act, and what a great line to end the film on... "With pleasure." I've always wanted to see an ending done this way and at last I got to see one.
Bond has a "blunt instrument" and can be quite provoking when he wants to, but he's always in control. Which is lost, quite understandingly, with CR and QoS, but is regained in SF.
Not when it comes to his vices, though. That's his character's flaw (in a good way, of course)
As far as the Bond/M relationship, I agree. But I don't think we are going to see Fiennes as a limited player like Bondsum is hoping. That isn't the MO of this new regime or they would have picked someone like Harris or Whishaw with far less star power. Fiennes is a star like Dench, and I can pretty much guarantee to Bondsum that unless EON negotiated a very sweet and generous deal for his services, he will command as much if not more money than Dench and we've already seen that they will not pay big money without the appropriate amount of screen time that earns it.
Precisely. And Mallory is quite capable in the field, so who knows what that may mean. It would be cool to see an awkward transition for him from his dangerous past to having a position where he needs to be more secure and drawn back from the action.
I agree @bondsum. Bond hasn't had much a mission in quite a long time. I guess CR is the last time and before that they were a bit all over the place during the Brosnan era.
Unfortunately casting Fiennes means M is likely to remain a major character in future stories. However, we do at least know that there won't be any more mummy issues. I'm hopeful future films will tone the M role down though. I mean, Mendes has gone on record saying SF is a film about M rather than Bond, so we can only go up from there, unless the next one's about Moneypenny ...
@RC7, your comment about TV and film story arcs is interesting and hadn't occured to me before but makes total sense. You're completely right that the plot and narrative is totally secondary in SF to some (not very interesting) character arcs. It's a good point and well made.
And I agree, @Getafix, I thought CR struck the right balance and is still my preferred choice of Craig's mission-led stories.
Yes, we know that, thank you.
That's what I was thinking. I love the little wink Bond gives Mallory in the shootout before he shoots the fire extinguisher. They definitely develop a respect for one another by the end of the film.
I agree with everything above.
Btw I was thinking the other day about Fiennes as M ... and I just really realised how awesome it is that Ralph Fiennes is M. It's such a great and surprising choice! I think we are really lucky. I too hope they don't overdo his role, but for now, I am looking excited into the future of Bond!
I love the last scene in Skyfall!