Gassy Man wrote:
Spectre is a glorious return to form -- flawed, yes, but not for being a Bond film. Critics lambasting it for being a Bond film are being unfair, as you eloquently point out. It's interesting that the criticisms are less about execution and more about form. One of my problems with Skyfall was that in many ways it was a fairly ordinary revenge film, improved upon because Bond was added to the mix, but it followed quite a few of the predictable routes of such a story. That's one of the reasons I think it resonated more with a mass audience. But Spectre is a bonafide Bond film, unlike anything else except the many, many Bond imitators.
I quite disagree. It's true that Spectre has a lot of Bond nostalgia--and that in itself can be a good thing. But I felt that the nostalgia here functioned less as an homage, than as an embarrassed avoidance of the responsibility of actually making a new Bond film. It's like saying something, but hiding behind air-quotes, so that people know you don't actually mean it. No director who thinks that Bond is an old outdated relic, with no currency in our time, should agree to make a Bond film, only to hide behind nostalgic set pieces.
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