007 fans will demand an end to what they call “the boring, serious and corporate James Bond” at the premiere of Quantum of Solace at Cineworld in Chester tonight (Thursday, October 30).
A group of Bond fans and gadget enthusiasts called Extreme Fliers are calling for producers to bring back the gizmo-laden cars and funny one-liners that made Bond films great in the past.
Their slogans will include:
Gadgets not gross profit
Sidewinders not Satnav
Give us Moore gadgets
M16 Men Don’t Drive Mondeos
Ejector seats not heated seats
In the latest film Bond drives a standard Aston Martin DBS with not so much as an ejector seat or hidden machine gun in sight.
Group spokesman Vernon Kerswell from Manchester said: “As massive fans of James Bond and his gadgets, we’re dismayed that the film makers have done away with radar screens and telescopic tyre slashers in favour of a walnut trim and anti-lock brakes.
“Film makers seem so obsessed with commercial opportunities and product placement these days, which led to Bond driving a bog standard Ford Mondeo in Casino Royale.
“This is fine for your next door neighbour – but is it really what an all-action secret agent like 007 should be driving?”
Extreme Fliers believes its own small-scale anti-gravity concept car, which is capable of driving up walls, should be incorporated into future Bond films to lighten things up.
Mr Kerswell added: “We have developed a very cool anti-gravity car on a small scale and don’t see any reason, with the huge budgets available for the Bond films, why it can’t be developed into a full-scale car.
“It uses a sort of vacuum effect to keep it fastened to the surface and this means it can drive up walls and even upside down.
“It would be incredibly exciting to see Bond driving up the side of Canary Wharf or the Three Gorges dam in China in one of these cars - that’s what 007 should be all about.
“We’re not anti-Bond, in fact we’re massive Bond fans – but we don’t like the new serious Bond and want to see him lighten up
“We do want people to enjoy the film tonight – but we also want them to support our campaign to improve future films.”
The anti-gravity car can be seen in action at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xBgcw8LcX7c
The small, peaceful protest will take place outside the cinema on Sealand Road in Cheshire from 6pm onwards.