I actually took off this afternoon to see Casino Royale.
It started out totally different than any other Bond film Ive ever seen, and Ive seen them all (have them all on DVD).
This is probably one of the top three in terms of action, humor and dialogue.
One of the good parts is the relationship between 007 and M..his boss. She starts out believing him to be a dangerous rogue, and as time goes along she realizes that the man is probably the best operator in the service.
The relationshop between Bond and Vesper Lynde, who provides him with $10 million to buy into a high stakes poker game with the villain, Le Chiffre, at Casino Royale in Montenego. His love affair with the woman, ill fated as it was, provided some great, well-written dialogue.
He starts out as a cocky, arrogant agent, and through a series of failures, learns to put his ego away and become the 007 we grew up loving..
The very last line uttered in the film makes you realize this guy has nailed the role of James Bond...and I want to see it again this weekend.
Even if you never liked Bond and liked the Bourne movies, you will like this one.
Pay attention to the scene at the Miami airport for the fastest cameo in movie history..pay attention to the metal detectors..
I even went to the movie figuring I'd hate that new theme song called YOU KNOW MY NAME.. by Chris Cornell, but it really fit in with the opening credits..pay attention to the opening credits by the way, they tell you how 007 got his license to kill, and the back story is really sort of different than his history in the novels.
There is even an interesting side story about how he made his vodka martinis.
Go see it, and have an open mind..I think you will like it.
I know one thing, more than ever before, it makes me want a Walther P-99.
The actor was in a film before he made 007 that featured him in a liplock with another male actor. Brokeback Bond. The actor's scenes in the Aston Martin had to be reshot. Why? He can't drive a stick!
How were his gun handling skills in the movie? What about the signature opening of the walk to the side and the swift pivot and presentation? Sean Connery had the WORST I've ever seen and he was the BEST Bond.
None of the 007 actors have a stellar record when it comes to real guns. This particular one is a little wimpier than most when it comes to public whining about "gun violence." He's a little dumber, too. He says to an American reporter that he just HATES guns. Flying bullets have "a nasty way of finding their targets with fatal results." Excuse me? Where can I find some of them thar "smart" bullets that "find" targets? I almost refused to see this one, but the trailers did manage to hook me. So I'll go. I prefer to leave the actors in their roles rather than in "real" life where their dweeb status is retchingly offensive. I leave George Clooney as the LTC SpecOps guy in THE PEACEMAKER. Matt Damon is Bourne. Brad Pitt is MR SMITH.
He seemed to have good gun handling skills in the one scene that I can remember..the one in the courtyard of the embassy in africa..he did something that strongly resembled a Dozier Drill...
Best Bond, James Bond movie yet.
I was annoyed at the actor's stance on guns myself. I was not going to go see the movie, but the TV ads sucked me right in.
I'm glad I went.
This one did not push the gadgetry to an extreme, all of it was at least plausible. The movie was about the people, not the tools.
The acting and dialogue was great, the action scenes, great.
It was a bit longish, but to to develop the charater it had to be. They did not cut corners here.
In the original movies Bond's game is baccarat, in this one it is No Limit Texas Hold 'em. This is a great move by the producers because, frankly, baccarat is a stupid game. It requires very little brain power, less than video poker, and is one man against a dealer. Where Hold 'em is one man against many and requires a tremendous amount of thought, observation, and guts. Perfect for a 007.
Just a fantastic movie. I do hope they resist the temptation to cartoon it up like in the other films. I'm not saying the gunplay was realistic but it was far more restrained than all the Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan movies.
The hand-to-hand scenes, though, were just brutal. And they had a lasting effect on Bond. There was no shrugging off the injuries sustained, and ALL the fights were bloody.
And I will see the next one. Hell, I might see this one again.
Thanks for the good report ! Just viewing the trailer on the boob-tube made me wanna go see it.
According to the different reviews I've read...Craig's Bond is supposed to be the closest to what Ian Fleming envisioned...cold, methodical, and professional. Funny, some reviews said before this guy, Timothy Dalton's Bond was closer to Fleming's vision. I always thought it was Connery.
Today is college football day, but tomorrow Im going back to see it again.
I can't wait!
And it takes a heck of a lot to get me to the movie theater. Ive seen superman returns this year, and last year it was Batman, but that's it.
I'd rather wait for most of them to come to DVD..
I think before batman the last movie I went to see what Kill Bill Vol. 2..and that was what? 2004?
Ill wait for it on hbo , I simply am not interested enough to pluck down the $$ to hate the experiance ( theater patrens bug me ) . Besides , in a theater i cannot hear the dialog reliably anymore . Too many years of heavy equipment i suspect , as well as range time without hearing protection .
While enjoyed the movie, it seamed like it was trying to hard not to be a Bond movie and be to believeable.
To me the plot twists seamed like half-hearted atempts to act like 24 or Borne Identity.
My plug nickle: The villian is supposed to have a super-over inhanced Napolean complex, Have more gadgets, have over the top sets (ok that one scence in that one town with that one structure was pretty awesome). I guess what I mean is I missed the over the top oppulance of Gold finger and the ambitious plan to rule the world.
That being said I still liked it, and I would see it again. I could be that I have certain expectations of the Bond Series that were ALMOST met.
Wife and I saw it last night. She loved it and I really enjoyed it. If they could limit "The World Series of Poker" part down to 15 minutes, it would have been better. I don't like to watch people watching people play cards. Boring. One of the best Bonds I have seen though.
However, good action. Not enough Aston Martin. Q had a good role (people that saw it will get this, and yes I mean Q NOT M).
What? No gadgets?
Just my take. My wife HATES Bond by the way. She dislikes movies and I had to con her into going with another couple. She really liked it after it was over. I thought she would be sleeping but stayed awake through the entire movie.
I like my Walther.
Also went and saw it today, after reading the good reviews here on the board. I agree completely, definitely the best "modern" Bond and Bond film. You really can't compare the Connery films with what they can do today.
He nailed it (no pun intended). It deserves a second view for sure!
But I think I missed the Cameo in the airport scene. Was it "Brosnan" that was getting searched by the guards?
It was Branson, the Virgin Airways CEO
Yes, it was Richard Branson...he was on screen for all of what...1.5 seconds?
Yeah, and then a Virgin aircraft in every shot for the next 5 minutes :)
Originally Posted by Lawrence Keeney
We need to start a spoiler thread so those who have seen it can discuss without ruining it for those who have not.