The 22nd Bond flick is a great action sequel to Casino Royale, which was in fact a tad better. It appears more like a Hollywood “Masala” movie which has carefully plotted fighting sequences in air, land, sea and on foot to satisfy the action hungry fans. Daniel Craig is yet again the macho 007 who has acquired Jason Bourne style of killer tactics and very predictably walks out of every damn situation with ease. The action sequences are extremely well filmed and would put the movie amongst top slots in that genre but the Bond’s character
we knew has somewhat diminished. “Name’s Bond, James bond” is not to be heard anymore. The refined charismatic appeal that attracts women, intelligent & snappy humor in verbal spats is deeply missed. The villains have also evolved over the years with unprecedented new objectives. Just as the plot to win a game of high stakes poker to fund terror by Le Chiffre in Casino Royale was already very difficult to digest, Dominic Green in this movie is gunning to capture the depleting natural resource, Water. The Bond girl, played by Olga Kurylenko also has an emotionally damaged past and a prominently burnt back. The sex scene with a fellow MI6 agent, played by Gemma Arterton seems to be a deliberate and out of context inclusion without the usual hard to get character snots. The new Bond is a highly emotionally charged guy with tears in his eyes (nearly), who gets drunk to overcome his love loss, refutes M‘s orders, makes sentimental statements when blocked by MI6 and is at times, quite pitiable in his disillusioned battle of trust. His is not very suave anymore but an assassin with lots of blood gushing in the movie, alleged to deliberately terminate every lead. The title theme song also leaves much to be desired. The whole experience will perhaps leave a larger impact of watching a super action flick and lesser of a signature Bond movie. Nothing yet can perhaps beat Bourne Identity in urban lethal action category but it’s the remaining quantum of James Bond that draws us to this movie.