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The worst Bond of all time.
on 8 May 2009
There are a surprising number of duff Bonds. Sadly, most of them are in the first Bond blu-ray boxset, such as Live and Let Die, Dr No and For Your Eyes Only.
DAD is a shockingly bad Bond film from beginning to end. The intro (as with many of the locations) looks like it was shot in a muddy field near Slough (and I understand it actually was). The opening theme tune (like many newer Bonds, bar Goldeneye) is ear-bleedingly awful. The opening credit sequence throws the Bond canon out the window and replaces it with something boring and simply rubbish.
The story is flaccid and boring and the effects are like some laughable amateur effort on youtube (could you imagine Connery agreeing to a storyline featuring Bond big-wave surfing or kite boarding?). The baddie has more in common with Rimmer from Red Dwarf than the likes of Blofeld or Drax. Seriously, listen to him after he parachutes into London, it sounds like Rimmer speaking. The action is yawn inducing and the gadgets childish. The whole thing feels like a Carry On... film it's so tongue in cheek and vapid (and not in a good way like Moonraker). The direction is poor with no feel for the panache and grace of the best Bonds - honestly, who uses the Clash in a Bond film to illustrate we are in London?!
It's also massively overlong (in common with so many recent Bond films). Since it is so boring, it's hard to stomach sitting through - and this coming from a big Bond fan - which is the biggest complaint I can make. Most Bond films, no matter how many times I've seen them, remain an easy pleasure to watch. Not so DAD (or QoS).
I thought nothing could touch Die Another Day, but then they release Quantum of Solace which isn't simply a rotten movie, it's not a Bond at all. Not one iota of what we know and love about Bond features in that film. That they managed to make a film almost as rotten as DAD is truely astounding.
The blu-ray is very impressive nonetheless - the colours are punchy and saturated, the picture is smooth and sharp, and the sound is immersive; but what a terrible film.