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REbooting the James Bond Reboot

Two movies in it was obvious that the James Bond reboot wasn’t working. It’s made for some great trailers and the Skyfall trailer is no exception, but not very good movies. Sam Mendes can make this look good and does, and there’s the expected boatload of writers, but it still won’t work.

Problem #1: The Bourne envy. The Bourne movies are what they are, but they didn’t have the wide appeal of the Bond movies and people expect something different from Bond movies than a blank protagonist running around grimly shooting and jumping around before returning to a taciturn silence.

The Bourne movies have been sliding at the box office since the first one. The last one barely passed 200 mil worldwide and the series is getting rebooted. The Bond movies imitating have gone through a similar slide.

Problem #2: Daniel Craig doesn’t work. He just doesn’t. James Bond is supposed to be personable and leading a glamorous life. An actor who doesn’t project that has no future with the character. Craig doesn’t. Fleming’s Bond was a wolf and Craig projects that, but there’s nothing else. Just a grim impersonal man going about his business. It’s realistic, much more than Damon’s pretty boy Bourne, but it doesn’t work in the Bond setting and story.

Problem #3: The point. There isn’t one. The Bond reboot movies feel like Mission Impossible movies. Shove in some barely explained threat. Then explosions. There are no memorable villains or memorable anything. The whole thing is not just joyless, it’s pointless.

The solution. Go look at Jason Statham’s movies. I don’t necessarily mean cast him as Bond, though if things get desperate enough that might work, but look at what makes The Transporter movies work. They have a similar formula to the old Bond movies. Lush locations, over the top action, a relentless charismatic hero with a code. They’re popcorn and not up there with classic Bond movies, but they capture some of the reason why people went to see those movies.

It’s time to reboot the reboot.

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