In anticipation of the new Bond movie “Quantum Of Solace,” I re-watched “Casino Royale” for about the third time last night. And as I fired up the DVD, my teenage son revealed that he’d never seen on Bond movie–ever. Now I’ve never taken the job of parenting for granted–I know it’s a tough job and I know I’ve made mistakes. But this revelation seemed to reflect nothing short of a profound misstep. I hang my head in shame.

But more to the point (there’s a point here?). Daniel Craig and director Martin Campbell saved this franchise. I realized I’m two years after the fact in this declaration and that I’m likewise, the 1,000th person to make that assessment. My “Sunday night at the movies” simply reinforced how foolish and cartoonish the previous Bonds had become. I recall seeing “Die Another Day” (the last the the Pierce Brosnan Bonds) and being annoyed and disappointed as I was walked up the aisle and out of the theater–by the time I got to my car, I’d forgotten 75% of the movie.

So needless to say, expectations are high for “Quantum Of Solace” but I’m confident in Craig and the new director Mark Forster (who shares a very impressive repertoire). See the official website here: