November 14, 2012
My hope for this was that at least one of the women who slept with Bond this time around would survive to the end of the movie. And that happened, so huzzah!
Forward from that, this was different, intense, still inarguably Bond, but it may be the first Bond that really involved a theme and a meaning much deeper than “this is Bond, James Bond.” It’s about getting older and obsolescence, knowing when to let go of the past and when to hang on, and when to walk away and what happens if you don’t. And when the old ways are indeed the best ways, and when they aren’t. The best part of all, the usual checklist of Bond tropes were made to serve those themes. See, in the bad Bond movies, the tropes cross the line into self-parody. In the good Bond movies, you can’t imagine Bond without them. And this is a good Bond movie.