I was quasi-OK with the way the screenwriters felt it would be politically incorrect to show how Bond really got his first two kills: sniping a Japanese code breaker through a New York City skyscraper window and then killing a fellow agent from Norway who was also working for the Germans (Bond got his 00 status in World War Two).
It was certainly OK that Bond actually kills bad guys in this adaptation, where, in the novel, he just watches people die around him the entire time.
I am really OK with the depiction of Venice water being so deep that a house can sink into a canal and a man would still get to dive deep into clear swimming pool water to rescue someone (Venice water is dirty and black and would even murkier if plaster had just crumbled into it).
[Editor's note: I am wrong about the following because I've been told that Vesper went to bed after the shower scene and had plenty of dresses with her]
But I like the idea of living the Bond lifestyle of travelling around Europe doing business and bringing along both a suit and a tuxedo. I sometimes bring a woman friend along whom I've bought an evening gown for (next week I will go to Karlovy Vary and Kotek to hang around the locales where the movie was shot and I will wear a tuxedo).
And one thing that you DON'T do above all other don'ts while travelling...is let anything happen to your suit that cannot be quickly solved by an iron and/or some soda water.
I bring along extra ties and shirts in case I was stupid enough to order spaghetti with tomato sauce at a meal (stupid idea for a professional on the road). But an extra suit would add too much weight to luggage that would presumably also include "gadgets" like product samples, etc. An extra tuxedo would be superfluous. Nobody brings along extra tuxedoes (although Bond did have a spare in this movie).
For my partner to get under the shower and cry with the evening gown I bought her...would be way too much. It would ruin the whole point of taking her. It would ruin the "mission" if her presence at a ball were meant to impress business contacts. She could not continue the mission with a soaking dress.
Then again, I don't often kill people in the stairwell and ask my partner to help.
The original script called for her crying in her underwear after slipping out of her dress.
Here is an article about the subject:
[Editor's Note: I now realize that Vesper had several dresses and did not return to the card room after the killings of the Africans.
You don't need to set me straight on this point anymore!]
For that matter, I guess a man who has to kill a lot on missions would need to take along special cleaning fluids, portable dry-cleaning apparati, extra shirts and bow ties and underwear because of the blood factor. I only have to worry about the spaghetti sauce.
Don't get me wrong: I was thought the general idea of having someone crying in a dress under the shower is great drama and Green did a good job of making me believe a man could fall in love with her (but not specifically me). I just want Barbara Broccoli to run things and not the actresses she hires. And speaking of whom she hires for the next movie, it wouldn't be hard to find a good actress with a little meat on her bones like the original Bond Women (Claudine and Ursula).
Edited by VeteransAbroad, 29 November 2006 - 11:59 AM.