Since Quantum of Solace opens after midnight in many cities, manymajor reviews of it are appearing today (Thursday), and they are decidedlymixed. Most of the criticism has to do with the refashioning of Bond toappeal to the tastes of current moviegoers. In his review of the film forthe Chicago Sun-Times , Roger Ebert urges the Bond producers to returnto the drawing boards for the next Bond movie. He writes "Pleaseunderstand James Bond is not an action hero! He is too good for that. He isan attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance. He exists for the foreplayand the cigarette. He rarely encounters a truly evil villain. More often acomic opera buffoon with hired goons in matching jump suits." Joe Neumaierin the New York Daily News suggests that staying true to form may bean exercise in futility. "The 007 films used to luxuriate in theirconventions," he writes, "and in another time -- even the Pierce Brosnan era-- no one would have blinked if a Bond girl ... is named 'StrawberryFields,' if the villains discuss their plans during an opera performance, ifBond leapt from a fiery plane sans parachute or if a battle took placeinside an exploding compound. Now, though, those things seem unappealinglyretro." But several critics suggest that the film is more Bourne-inspiredthan Bond-inspired. Or as Peter Howell puts it in the Toronto Star "This is the contrarian's 007, the Bond for people who would rather watch The Bourne Identit y." And Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times observes, "It's not only M who should be worried about Bond, it'saudiences as well. For the vengeful secret agent is dangerously close to anautomaton, a creature of such icy single-mindedness that even an actor of[Daniel] Craig's great ability has trouble making him recognizably human."

13/11/2008