Archive for October, 2007

Continuity and Casino Royale

Posted in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Short answer to continuity questions: There is none.

This came up yesterday. I was discussing Casino Royale with a rare fan: The kind who didn’t like Casino Royale. (And you know I absolutely adore fans with unusual opinions.) And one of her complaints was that the whole “prequel” idea didn’t work for her. She complained that Bond having been in love in the beginning of his career diminished his relationship with Tracy; that the whole premise of OHMSS is that it was Bond’s first love.

So, first of all I think if you feel that way you need to acquaint yourself with the novels. And second, I don’t believe a great and deep and tragic love is diminished by the notion that there was a love before it.

But more importantly, I have to correct this fan: Casino Royale is not a prequel.

A prequel is a story that jumps backwards in a continuity sequence to tell a story that happened in the past; often the first or “origin” story.

A reboot is a story that wipes clean the slate of previous continuity; all other stories are gone and never existed. Batman Begins is a reboot; it is not the story of Batman before he encountered Jack Nicholson as the Joker: It’s Batman fresh and new who never existed before.

Casino Royale is a reboot. There is no Tracy assumed or foreshadowed in Bond’s future when Bond meets Vesper (and I doubt they’ll ever write a Tracy). This is a brand new character. The other 20 official movies are self-contained, from Dr. No to Die Another Day, that continuity (such as it was) is over. I honestly don’t know why fans hook on continuity in Bond films, since it was always virtually non-existent. But there you are.

A major flaw of Casino Royale, I’d say, is that this was not made clearer to fans. Maybe this isn’t a flaw of the movie so much as of the marketing campaign. That, a year later, people still discuss the movie as a prequel means that someone at Sony didn’t do a good enough job.

So, for the record, there is no continuity between Casino Royale and any previous Bond film. And in a number of ways, that’s a great thing, but let me point one out that I don’t think has been mentioned before: The erasure of continuity means they can do it right this time, there can be continuity from CR to Bond 22, from 22 to 23, and so on. And that just might be really cool.

Happy Birthday to two Bond greats

Posted in Birthdays with tags , , on October 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The late Harry Saltzman, Cubby Broccoli’s partner for the first nine Bond films, would have been 92 today.

Harry Saltzman

And John Cleese, the intrepid R-turned-Q, turns 68.

Ministry of Silly Walks

Great news! Daniel Craig through Bond 25

Posted in Daniel Craig with tags , , on October 26, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Via CBn, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that Daniel Craig has signed a contract with MGM for four more Bond pictures.

Not only is this good news for fans of Craig’s performance, I think it’s good for Craig as an actor. It lets him breathe in the role. He’s not focused on ‘this picture, then we’ll see;’ he can stretch his legs.

Plus, it should silence a lot of fan speculation about “who’s next?” which, let’s face it, can get old.

By the way, this is as good a place as any to apologize for writing less. I’ve been super, super busy. My intention has always been to have this primarily be a place to discuss Bond, with news and birthdays as a bonus. The past few weeks I know that there’s been too little discussion, and I completely intend to get back to it.

Then and Now: So much fun

Posted in Bond Girls with tags , , , on October 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I love things like this. ABC News has a then-and-now slideshow of about a dozen Bond girls.

Happy Birthday, Martin Campbell

Posted in Birthdays with tags on October 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The director of two Bond films is 67 today. Helming two of the best, he deserves our praise and gratitude!

Martin Campbell

James Bond stamps!

Posted in Collectibles on October 22, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I would totally buy a zillion of these. Too bad I don’t live in England.

Stamps!

Mad Men Mad

Posted in Blogging with tags on October 22, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

My sister and I have started a blog about the AMC show Mad Men. I’ve posted about this show before, and in fact, I have a half-written post about the feminism of the show sitting in my Drafts folder.

It was Roberta’s idea (the blog) and I hope it’s going to be fun.

So please come visit.