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Friday, November 14, 2008

What I Saw at 12:01 Friday Morning: Quantum of Solace

That’s right. Bond is back and I couldn’t be happier. I have been a fan of James Bond since Pierce Brosnan was kicking Alec Trevelyan's ass all over the silver screen in Goldeneye (1995). Since then I have seen all 21 James Bond films, such as (Deep Breath): Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), and Casino Royale (2006). Last Night, at 12:01 A.M. the 22nd installment of the James Bond series was released. Now don’t start panicking and think I’m going to spoil it for you because I’m not that cruel. But I will say on thing… GO SEE IT. Five stars, two thumbs, a million golden globes, whatever your personal rating system is, it deserves the highest possible. I will say I am a biased opinion. I have loved this character and all these films since Sean Connery took the scene in 1962. Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s second film (Casino Royale), is the first time in the series in which it is a sequel to the previous movie. Quantum of Solace actually takes place 20 minutes after Casio Royale. Upon hearing this, I became skeptical. When it comes to movie series and changes are made it is usually for the worst (i.e. Star Wars). But in no way does Quantum of Solace disappoint. The most appealing thing about these last two films is that we finally get to see 007’s first mission and how he became the secret agent we know and love. And if you love James Bond like I do, be sure to check out these great comic titles: Sleeper (Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips), XIII (Belgians Jean Van Hamme, William Vance), Queen & Country (Greg Rucka), Checkmate (Greg Rucka), Cassanova (Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon), 100 Bullets (Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso). So whether you love Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, or even Roger Moore go see Quantum of Solace and dive into the espionage experience.

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