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The new Daniel Craig-James Bond film has now been not merely delayed, but canceled. The new Robert Downey Jr.-Sherlock Holmes movie has kicked into full gear. (Even in a still as modest as the one above, you can savor Downey's insouciant take on the classic sleuth.)

This April post warning of Bond running aground because of MGM's instability roused a swarm of comments about readers' affection for (or alienation from) the rebooted 007 brand. Actually, I wish these two franchises could learn from each other.

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In "Sherlock Holmes," director Guy Ritchie was over-anxious about making his cerebral hero understandable to a new generation. He turned every bout of deduction into an action sequence that illustrated Holmes' turns of mind step by step. The results were (of course) repetitive and increasingly annoying.

Director Marc Forster in "Quantum of Solace" was so determined to bring out the Byronic moodiness of everyone's favorite secret agent that the film's set pieces and chases became arty and often incomprehensible. (The proposed next Bond director, Sam Mendes, threatened to be even artier.)

There will be another Bond film sometime -- this franchise really is too big to die. In the meantime, which film are you more eager to see: the next celluloid trip to Baker Street, or the  renewal of 007's license to kill?

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