We still have to wait until 6 November 2015 for the new James Bond film Spectre to be released, but here is a first teaser:
I am not too happy to see the storyline from Skyfall being continued and characters from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace popping up again. All of the older James Bond films did have minor references to other films, but they were completely comprehensible to a newcomer. With this continued storyline and the overload of references, I fear that people who aren’t huge fans won’t enjoy the film as much. Not everyone can be expected to watch the last three films in one session before going to see Spectre. Also, is Mr White trying to copy my hobo look?
Ever since I saw Inglourious Basterds in 2009, I was hoping for Christoph Waltz to play a villain in a James Bond film, so I am looking forward to that.
The part in the trailer about James Bond’s past and the shot of a “temporary order of guardianship” fills me with dismay. The films used to benefit from James Bond being the guy without an interesting past. I don’t want to hear any more about his parents, his siblings and whether he had a dog or a cat when he was a young boy. I want to see contemporary plots with interesting twists. If it will turn out that James Bond is somehow connected to the villain and this connection dates back to his childhood, I will yawn out loud in the cinema.
The second trailer doesn’t give reason for much hope either.
Plenty of darkness, mindlessly put together action sequences and then again the superfluous personal storyline about the Bond-Oberhauser family. Bond films more and more remind me of the countless Marvel comic adaptations. Where are the cleverness and wit of earlier Bonds? Instead we see a simple-minded James Bond who seems to experience more than just a professional burnout. “Is this really what you want? Living in the shadows? Hunting? Being hunted? Always alone?” one of the Bond women asks. “I don’t stop to think about it,” he replies. We don’t expect MI6 to employ philosophers – although I would be available -, but the savior of the free Western world doesn’t need to be quite so dim-witted.