This movie does away with a few classics which made James Bond the ultimate viewing experience.
- The titles are bland and the biggest sacrilege , the original Bond signature tune is missing in this movie
- No " My name is Bond..James Bond " introduction
- The Martini is..neither shaken nor stirred but a bartender gives a long eulogy on what has gone into the drink Bond is holding..spare me the recipe's
- Bond here is in mourning..with his love Vesper Lynd dying in an earlier saga..but should he be so grim all the time?
- Bond is in Chan territory. He is very physical in his fights and he gets dirty, almost mucky at times. The one I knew would not even disturb the crease on his tuxedo or suit in a rough and tumble. I rather fancy Jackie Chan in the kind of physical action thats shown here, the parkour or gravity defying climbs and runs.
- No Gadgets and no Q..I miss them badly.
- No fancy cars either..In the begining we see an Aston Martin being chased but thats it.
- Unless u have seen the previous film, the new viewer would get lost till the interval where the trace of a plot or whats happening cant be fathomed.
- The plot itself has no real impact on how it would affect the world which Bond is gonna save.
- Quantum as an organisation being so menacing is not felt by the viewer and here the impact of a Bond is truly lost.
- A truly menacing larger than life villainous figure whose power is felt by the audience is conspicuous by his absence.
Yet despite these obviously absent must have "Bond-isms" the movie is pacy and exhilerating, by being just a high octane drama. The Bond-Babes are more cerebral now and its a welcome change. But yet, I want my old Bond experience back.