Roger Ebert writes a savage review of the new Bond film. He says what we’ve known for some time:
OK, I’ll say it. Never again. Don’t ever let this happen again to James Bond. ‘Quantum of Solace’ is his 22nd film and he will survive it, but for the 23rd it is necessary to go back to the drawing board and redesign from the ground up. Please understand: James Bond is not an action hero! He is too good for that. He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance. He exists for the foreplay and the cigarette. He rarely encounters a truly evil villain. More often a comic opera buffoon with hired goons in matching jump suits.
Read the whole thing — it’s awesome.
Yes, Bond is not the same Bond I grew up with — and it’s a shame. Go back and watch “From Russia with Love” and you’ll realize how far the latest Bond films have strayed from their roots. These new films lack the wit and playfulness that made Bond fun to watch. They’re dark and depressing and seem to think mindless violence can make up for engaging plots.
And Ebert’s right — Camille is not the name of a Bond girl. Cam Shaft, maybe.