Oh god, yes! The irony of overstating my dislike of overstated references… You got me banged to rights
The Aston moments certainly played well with the audiences i saw it with too, no question. My point, i guess, is that it’s very difficult to have it both ways - is it a thriller, or light entertainment? Doesn’t one cancel out the other?
Craig’s Bond movies have generally been pitched as thrillers, with a healthy dose of emotional drama. SF was in keeping with this and for me was sabotaged a little (just a little) by the hand break turns into slapstick. The slapstick itself was usually done well enough - made us laugh - but however good it is, however entertaining it divests us a little from the momentum of the drama. There’s always room for wit, but slapstick…?!
I think this is a general malaise in much of the UK’s mainstream cinema - we try to make everything ‘all singing, all dancing’; bit of drama, bit of comedy, some thrills and some sex. Imo it’s a uniquely English habit, with US and continental mainstream having a little more tonal focus. And also, i think it’s a Mendes thing - CR and QoS, love’em or loath’em have more tonal consistency.
N.B. i’m a fan of Mendes contribution to Bond - he’s given us some of the franchise’s best scenes imo, but no one’s perfect!
Did i just overstate, again? Darn it!