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Here's to a Better Bond

Postby kevinkirby » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:02 pm

After defying all expectations, by attending a viewing this week of Quantum of Solace, I dare say I don't feel entirely cheated. Over the last year I've heard the doubts of many, over whether a film with such a title could manage to attract even a single dollop of audience. Instead, this new verite action-Bond seems to have taken its place among the great hits of '08.

The way I see it, there arose several aspects which could be considered narrative gaps. Is/was there a longer version, perhaps? Actually, by tagging on another hour of well-composed, steady-tripod explanatory sequences, they could make the dvd release far more acceptable to many. But are there any more "lost" Fleming stories or fragments to work with for the next movie?

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Postby FrankChurch » Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:37 pm

Why don't we all just listen to Harlan and leave it at that? What the fuck kind of cult is this?

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Re: Here's to a Better Bond

Postby Alan Coil » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:11 pm

kevinkirby wrote:The way I see it, there arose several aspects which could be considered narrative gaps. Is/was there a longer version, perhaps?


Yes. It will be the third movie in this series. This second movie was made as a direct tie-in to the third, which means that Quantum of Solace is only a huge chapter of the whole story. This re-newed Bond franchise is a trilogy, which is one of the reasons I stopped reading SF novels quite some time ago. It seems every story must be a part of a trilogy, and most of those stories are heavily padded to reach that length. That's why I prefer short stories these days. Beginning, middle, and end all in a few short pages.

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Postby kevinkirby » Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:37 pm

Next time, remind me to see Casino Royale right before Quantum of Solace. It took me until last night to remember what happened to Vesper in the first film. And will Bond still be hunted by the special services in the next movie? Maybe there will be some sort of trial involved.

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Postby FinderDoug » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:55 am

But are there any more "lost" Fleming stories or fragments to work with for the next movie?


"James Bond In New York" - a few pages in Ian Fleming's "Thrilling Cities". As I recall, James Bond is challenged by the quality of his meal in New York City and looks askance at the entire metropolis. Or something like that.

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Postby David Loftus » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:11 pm

FinderDoug wrote:
But are there any more "lost" Fleming stories or fragments to work with for the next movie?


"James Bond In New York" - a few pages in Ian Fleming's "Thrilling Cities". As I recall, James Bond is challenged by the quality of his meal in New York City and looks askance at the entire metropolis. Or something like that.



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Postby Moderator » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:13 pm

FinderDoug wrote:"James Bond In New York" - a few pages in Ian Fleming's "Thrilling Cities". As I recall, James Bond is challenged by the quality of his meal in New York City and looks askance at the entire metropolis. Or something like that.


Feh.

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Postby FrankChurch » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:21 pm

How about just stopping the francise in the first place.

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Postby Jan » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:59 pm

First sensible thing Frank has said all year.

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Postby FrankChurch » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:03 pm

Jan, what are they saying about the Israel mess on German tv, newspapers? I know how pc that country is on such matters.


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