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Director Sam Mendes in allowing some of that emotional element to come in — even if it's just skimming the surface — has challenged the conventional notions about Bond

So let's start at the beginning — in the age of Superheroes, be it the homegrown Chulbul Pandey or Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt in MI-4 or Ironman with his hi-fi suit, swanky car and Stark mansion — James Bond, it would appear, no longer has exclusive access to the gadgetry, cars and dames.

Well,that could partly be the reason that Indian auds were left disappointed with Skyfall helmed by Sam Mendes even though the reviews have been laudatory. And though I might be in a minority, Skyfall must perhaps be the only Bond film that left me moved.

I will admit I have always enjoyed Bond films but never even for a heartbeat, have found them to be emotionally stirring. To give the makers credit, what the films lacked in emotional quotient, they more than made up for with the slick packaging. A battery of handsome Bonds — between Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan or the present Daniel Craig with their impeccably tailored suits, pitch-perfect lines busting crime rackets that boggle the mind — what's not to like? However, for all its technical wizardry and glibness, 007, in the present politically correct times was beginning to resemble a social clod.

Director Sam Mendes in allowing some of that emotional element to come in — even if it's just skimming the surface — has challenged the conventional notions about Bond. And in doing so, he may even have changed the template that all these years, has held Bond together. Skyfall, the latest edition in the franchise follows a completely different path. For all that breathtaking chase atop Istanbul's grand bazaar to procure a list of NATO agents from the evil forces, the slide through Shanghai's skyscraper and Scotland, it is actually the film's inward journey that is fascinating. The combats are up close and personal, no brand placements that stare you in the face unless you count the dazzling display of China and the old, faithful Aston Martin!

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