James Bond 50: Wave of Discontent


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.

It’s obvious that the filmmakers wanted their audience to go “Hell yeah!” as James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) survives a tsunami by surfing it… but most people went “What the fuck” instead. The quality of the CGI was surprisingly poor in this low point of the twentieth 007 flick, but it wasn’t the only ingredient that had audiences shaking their heads in disbelief. There was also the stealth car that Q (John Cleese) introduces to Bond that looked more like something out of a fairy tale than a device for the espionage business. This nonsense almost made you forget that Halle Berry was a pretty good Bond girl.

My 2002 review of Die Another Day.

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