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Maybe a lighter and more sophisticated hand is needed after all of the action in QoS, but I was thoroughly impressed with Taken when I saw it at a theater.  It's now showing often in the U.S. on HBO and the action sequences have terrific impact.  Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Liam Neeson bringing his usual gravitas to a role.  The director was Pierre Morel, of whom I have no clue, but much like CR and QoS, I could (and do) watch this film and Liam repeatedly.

"How did he die?"
"Your contact?"  "Not well."

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Would I be correct in saying that the success of CS and QoS is due in part to the character and film taking on a role closer to realism than fantasy ? I saw The Hurt locker and with a long experience of Iraq and Afghanistan, both as a serviceman and outside the Forces I thought it was completely dire, probably the worst modern war film I have ever seen.  With that thought in mind, I would not want Bigelow to take Bond off on a 'Die another Day' tangent, making it it as absurd and as chaotic as THL.  Bond's re-birth, as you may or may not wish to admit, is due in no small part to one of his 'children' Jason Bourne.  It seems that gritty psuedo-realism (although only fiction) has more of a place than wild fantasy and the miriad rubbish ideas of THL.  I'm sure Sam Mendes will do a fine job.

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Wow, NF2, that's a pretty damning critique of "The Hurt Locker." I haven't seen it yet but was looking forward to doing so as I had heard great things about it. However, I value realism and accuracy very highly and although this film might be good dramatically (based on critics' reviews), I am very disappointed to hear from someone who has been there that it is rather dire. I will still rent it, but my expectations are already tempered.

I also agree that one of the reasons for the success of CS and QoS is their realism. Bond films will always be laced with fantasy whether Bond's wardrobe, his cars, women or just his ability to slay any and all comers and escape death against all odds...but I don't think the world needs Bond to return to the fantasy days of Moore. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Moore films then,  and still thoroughly enjoy them now, but the world has moved on and I think a general theme of reality laced with hints of 'belief-suspension' is definitely the route to take.

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Agreed with you Domino, I love the old Bond films, of course, we all do, but I can remember sat in the cinema watching Die Another Day thinking "  Brexit , this has killed it........." I can't even watch it now.  On the Hurt Locker, I love a good war film and they don't HAVE  to be totally realistic, they can't be, but when a film claims in it's message and its publicity to be a true insight and then pours out that sporadic garbage storyline, then, to me anyway, it sucks.  Black Hawk Down it will never be. So my point was that would Bigelow take our hero down a storyline that, even when we know its fiction, its Bond, its not real, would she make it into a farce ? I too love the fantasy of the cars, the gadgets, the women, the impossibilty of such a perfect adventure.  THL certainly didn't have any of that of course, but I got the feeling having watched THL that with that kind of directorship it might turn into the DAD nobody wants to see again.  Maybe not but the story always seems better the nearer it verges to the truth of the serious times we live in.  Watch the Hurt Locker my friend and enjoy it.  I just couldn't bear it and I was not alone.  Lets hope the people behind the success of CR and QoS choose well, I personally loved both films.

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NF2 wrote:

...but when a film claims in it's message and its publicity to be a true insight and then pours out that sporadic garbage storyline, then, to me anyway, it sucks.

That is one of my biggest complaints in movies: those that claim to be true stories and are actually 99% fiction and 1% fact. I thoroughly enjoy 100% fiction and I have no problem with films that are 'based on fact' but then include a fair bit of literary licence. And, I would probably argue that 100% fact would be dull in most cases. But any film that purports to be true and accurate and is actually far from it, always annoys me....and there is a verrrrrry very long list of those!