John Cleese: New James Bond Movies Have One Fatal Flaw
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Speaking on the Radio Times, he called the decrease in jokes a "fundamental flaw". Here's an excerpt, courtesy of The Telegraph…
"I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless. Also, the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long."
Skyfall has a few jokes that really work, but the cheesy one-liner James Bond who is effortlessly in control at all times and excited about making little cracks here or there is definitely gone. In a way, that is sad for hardcore 007 fans too. The Roger Moore era might have its share of detractors, but all of those films are fun, breezy watches. They're the type of things to put on during a relaxing Sunday afternoon with family members. Say what you will about Skyfall, but it's not that type of movie.
It all comes down to expectations. If the goal here is to make the most emotionally affecting and dramatic movie possible, then the franchise is on the right track. If the idea is to evolve with the times and keep James Bond modern, we're all good. If the idea is to keep the secret agent with his classic tone as a throwback relic, then John Cleese is right.
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