Granted, it was a better than average action movie - but the problem is, that's all it was. Car chase, followed by foot chase, followed by boat chase, followed by plane chase. I can only assume that the train chase was left on the editing room floor.
So what was wrong with the movie?
- Worst. Bond Theme Song. Ever. Simple as that. There have been some good, and some great, Bond theme songs in the past - just think of View to a Kill, Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, Nobody Does it Better. There have been a couple of misses too, especially in the Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan eras, but ultimately, even the oft-maligned All Time High (from Octopussy) was streets ahead of the abysmal Another Way To Die
- Speaking of Bond Themes, where was the signature theme in the movie? I heard a few distant cousins along the way, but Bond without his theme? Give me a break
- Gadgets? Hello? If Q could be succeeded by R, he presumably was also preceded by P. So where's P?
- Dry wit? Bond is an English Spy. Not an American Assassin. Sarcastic British humour is a quintessential part of his character. Only the perfunctory and somewhat lame "He was a dead end" line came close.
- Let's face it. Bond is a "sexist, mysoginist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War." If you need to re-imagine him, make up a new character. Start a 008 franchise if you must.
Here's hoping the next effort gets the franchise back on track. It's not a co-incidence that there were a grand total of 13 people in the cinema last night.