Quantum of Solace

Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko.

The various trailers placed in front of Quantum of Solace confirmed the status of contemporary pop cinema as, largely, a remix culture. Just as Freelance Hellraiser spun Christina Aguilera his way by laying her vocals over a backing track by The Strokes for the groundbreaking “A Stroke of Genie-us,” or the now-mainstream-hot Dangermouse placed his own stamp on The Black Album by layering Jay-Z’s raps, playfully, with music by The Beatles, now we’re looking forward to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (Young Emo Remix), Roland Emmerich’s The End of the World (2012 Redundancy Version) and Zach Snyder’s Watchmen (Shallow Beatz). Along those lines, James Bond 22 sees director Marc Forster stripping the iconic secret agent of his brassy John Barry musical arrangements and saddling him instead with something like a murky drum-and-bass track, all low-end thud and rumble, neither shaken nor stirred.

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