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007 reasons to catch the new Bond movie

Posted by Anuradha Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So what if the new Bond movie has a title that's admittedly a tad confusing? It's perfectly safe to assume this minor detail won't prevent the hordes of 007 fans from rushing theatres this week when The Quantum of Solace gets released nationwide, November 7.
While any fan of the James Bond series over the last few decades can probably point out a thousand reasons for watching Bond in action on the big screen, we decided to couple together what we thought were the seven best reasons why you shouldn't pass on this latest release.

Reason 001: A new direction

One of the obvious reasons that kept earlier fans heading back for more are the classic Bond one-liners that have passed into everyday usage.
Interestingly enough, the new film marks the first time since 1967's You Only Live Twice that Mr Bond won't be using his well-known introductory lines, nor the other classic 'shaken, not stirred.'

This, we suggest, would be another good reason to go watch the film, because it's heading in an entirely new direction. Watching how hardcore fan react to the changes promises to be even more interesting. Everyone can remember the first time they saw their first Bond movie and the first time the slick man in the black suit introduced himself with that unforgettable 'The name's Bond, James Bond.'

Apart from the absence of his famous one-liners, other notable changes seem to make the current Bond more human and realistic than his predecessors, bringing him closer to what the character's
 

Reason 002: An exciting end to the Diwali season

What better way to end the thrill of the Diwali season and get that adrenaline rushing through your system one last time than by watching the latest James Bond film?

Interestingly enough, The Quantum of Solace is being released in India a whole week before its slated release in the United States, no doubt with the aim of capitalising on the holiday season.

The 22nd Bond film in the series of vastly successful flicks that have spanned nearly five decades, this one promises to pack in every bit of excitement and eye candy as the ones before it. So who says the fireworks and excitement need to come to an end when Diwali comes to a close?


Reason 003: Olga Kurylenko

Admittedly, Olga Kurylenko is one of those reasons that will appeal (largely) to men and with good reason.
Green eyed and unbelievably good looking, Kurylenko is poised to set pulses racing worldwide. A renowned model, Kurylenko only recently donned the mantle of actress with noteworthy roles in movies like 2006's Paris, Je te Aime and 2007's Hitman.

At a surprisingly young age of 28, Kurylenko now finds herself member of a distinguished group of actresses who have had the honour -- and what many consider sheer good luck -- of playing a Bond girl.

She follows in the footsteps of other stunning women like Halle Berry, Eva Green, Michelle Yeoh and Jane Seymour.

Reason 004: It's James Bond!

The best reason we can give for why you should be better acquainted with Agent Double O Seven is the simple fact that everyone else already is. The ultimate spy, Mr Bond is admired by men and women alike and is nothing short of a cross-cultural phenomenon.
It's movie history in the making, whether anyone bothers to watch it or not. So if you pride yourself on your knowledge of cinema (And we bet you do, or why would you be reading any of this?), you can't choose to pass on this flick.

The list of famous actors who have played the mesmerizing spy includes Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

Already touted as one of the best action films of the year, and with the other reasons we've mentioned above, The Quantum of Solace is a sure-fire way to end your Diwali celebrations with a bang!

Reason 005: Crooks and Cars

The foolproof formula that earned the James Bond series of films scores of fans have been the colourful crooks along with the fancy cars and gadgets employed by Bond over the years gone by.

They undeniably form a huge part of Bond's allure, often getting him out of tight situations and helping him accomplish seemingly impossible goals.

Automobile fans have always been awed by the dazzling array of vehicles Bond has been seen behind the wheels of. So what can we expect from the current film? More of the Aston Martin DBS, for one, that was used so effectively in Casino Royale.

Apart from the destruction of fancy cars, you can expect the usual fair share of villainous criminal masterminds. This time around, Bond must pit his moves against an especially dangerous criminal association known only as Quantum (Hence the film's title).


Reason 006: The music

One of the signature features of any James Bond film is the music and The Quantum of Solace is no exception.
Most Bond films featured music that was destined to be forever associated with Agent Double O Seven. Who amongst us can claim to have never hummed along to its familiar theme music as the now famous opening gun barrel sequence unfolds on screen?

It is especially notable that several songs have been performed by a number of artists over the years that have helped add to the slick aura that the Bond films have acquired over the years.

Artists as diverse as Paul McCartney and Madonna have all written and performed songs for different Bond movies. So are there any big names involved with the latest one? You bet.

From what we gather, The White Stripes' Jack White and Alicia Keys are among those who have recorded music especially for the film.

Reason 007: Storyline and set

Quantum of Solace picks up from where the latest man to represent Agent 007, Daniel Craig, left off in the last Bond movie -- 2006's immensely successful Casino Royale.
The Bond series has never shied away from extensive sets and gorgeous backdrops, and the latest is no exception. Shot in landscapes as diverse and exotic as Madrid, Italy and even Peru, amidst stunning scenery, The Quantum of Solace promises to be every bit as spectacular as fans have expected it to be.

The story this time has Daniel Craig aka James Bond picking up from where he left off in Casino Royale, uncovering a new plot that leads Agent Double O Seven to Haiti and eventually Bolivia.

We'd tell you a bit more, but we wouldn't want to spoil the fun. At any rate, several changes have been planned for this one and it will be interesting to see how this goes down with Bond fans.

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