Thousands of fans braced themselves against chilly weather in London's Leicester Square Wednesday night to watch celebrities, including Princes William and Harry, arrive on the red carpet for the world premiere of the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace , the 22nd in the franchise. Reports said that security was tight, with attendees refusing to admit anyone carrying cell phones for fear that they might record scenes from the film and post them on the Internet. The British reviews have been mixed. Geoffrey McNab wrote in the London Independent that the film "doesn't seem like a major entry in the Bond canon. Well under two hours long, it's shorter and more frenetic than most of its predecessors, and an often-jolting experience to watch. Loose ends about. What it does have, though, above all, is vigor. The franchise hasn't run out of juice quite yet." Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian called it "a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement." Writing in the Daily Mirror, critic David Edwards remarked that the movie "doesn't feel like a Bond film at all. Not once does Craig say "The name's Bond. James Bond." There's no Q or his gadgets. Heck, we even see Bond in a cardigan. There are no risque quips or arched eyebrows." He concluded "It doesn't disappoint - just don't expect the brilliance of Casino Royale."  

30/10/2008