Bond films used to be simple. James Bond would fight a villain with grandiose plans, get the girl, pretend to have a condom and get rid of the sole remaining henchmen before ending the film with a witty chirp that doubled as a verbal PK to the recently deceased.
In the more modern era though, times have changed. Daniel Craig is a James Bond who shoots first, and then shoots some more. The last three films starring him have been prime examples of this more ruthless and colder Bond, a far cry from the days of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing for Bond to be several shades less flippant, but a touch of humour could also help the franchise. So expect that touch in Bond 24.
Currently scheduled for a November 25 release, Bond 24 see’s Skyfall director Sam Mendes return to the franchise. After reintroducing Q, a familiar pistol and several other Bond Elements missing from the Craig era, fans have been speculating that perhaps even some of the campy humour from the original films could return. Which resulted in a yes and no answer from Bond himself, when Vulture spoke to Daniel Craig:
Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony, and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.
I think in smaller doses, some levity could work well in a modern Bond film. It’s what sets it apart from the Jason Bourne and other spy-action thrillers out there. But I don’t want to see Craig kill a nameless henchman and then proceed to forcefeed the audience a quick quip. That’s Austin powers territory.
Last Updated: August 27, 2013
August 27, 2013 at 11:39
The Connery Bond was also quite ruthless and Timothy Dalton’s Bond rarely gave a second thought to killing people – Craig’s bond is just scrappier. I don’t mind the more serious Bond, but I really wish they’d start sorting out their villains. The first two were so-so, while the guy from Skyfall was one of the worst. His entire plot felt like an afterthought, with an evil scheme devised during happy hour.