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November 3rd, 2008

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10:03 am - Quantum of Solace
I am going STIR CRAZY being stuck in the house all day every day. So yesterday morning I wrapped up warm and H drove me to see Quantum of Solace in the Sunday morning screening at the local cinema. I thought that way my coughing wouldn't disturb anyone, though actually there was quite a big crowd. I solved the problem by holding my coughing in until there was a great big explosion. Luckily that meant I never had to hold it in too long.

I enjoyed it, and I'll probably try to catch it again when I feel better. but I wasn't in awe of it, as I was in awe of Casino Royale. With Casino Royale I felt that the Bond franchise had been overthrown and renewed. That was directed by Martin Campbell, director of possibly the greatest TV drama ever made: Edge of Darkness.

Quantum of Solace by contrast is an instance of a James Bond film, rather than a redefinition of it. I thought it used the James Bond character-grounding of Casino Royale, rather than extending it. Similarly the relationship with M. However, it was enjoyable, with good action sequences, and nothing that violated what has been achieved. I like body-level fighting sequences much more than cars and airplanes and explosions, so I cheered up whenever they started punching each other.

I think Casino Royale worked for me partly because it tore the James Bond masculinity down, and found something different inside it. This James Bond is more straight-forwardly macho. I always link James Bond in my mental symbolism to the astrological sign Scorpio, and this Scorpio is more Mars (fire and metal and killing) than Pluto (death and loss and unconsciousness). If that even makes sense.

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Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Boy, that makes PERFECT sense to me. Bond is a rather Scorpionic figure, and the Pluto side of Scorpio has always been a lot more interesting to me than the Mars side.

Sorry you're poorly. Thanks for the great review.
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Date:November 3rd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's hard to judge whether my judgement was affected by poorliness. Also I saw Casino Royale in a packed crowd which was massively excited, and I love that feeling.
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Date:November 3rd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
OMG I HAD NO IDEA that the guy who directed Casino Royale was the guy who did Edge of Darkness! That's AMAZING.

I'm really looking forward to going to see this. I liked Casion Royale for the same reasons, and I'm glad Quantum of Solace didn't break that down, although it's a shame it didn't match it.
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Date:November 3rd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Neither had I to be honest, though I knew I liked them both. He's done some episodes of Homicide: Life on the Streets too.

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