James Bond 50: 007 Reborn

 

As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

In 2006, James Bond was reborn, a necessity after twenty films that followed a similar narrative. Amazingly, it was up to Martin Campbell once again to do it, after reviving the franchise in 1995 with GoldenEye. The twenty-first film introduced Daniel Craig as a younger 007, but kept Judi Dench as M who turned into a mother figure to a greater extent than she had ever been to Pierce Brosnan. My favorite bit from the film is a long scene where Bond confronts the main villain’s henchman Carlos at Miami International. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this superb action sequence on YouTube (only the hopeless work of amateurs doing fan edits and replacing the music with some dopey pop tune)… but I did find David Arnold’s original music for the sequence in the clip above, which is twelve minutes and forty-two seconds of brilliant scoring. Enjoy.

My 2006 review of Casino Royale.

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