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  • Justin 12:43 am on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Casino Royale, , , Die Another Day, Goldeneye, James Bond, , Martin Campbell, Pierce Brosnan,   

    DVD Review | Goldeneye and Casino Royale 

    In honor of Bond 23, Skyfall, hitting theatres next week, I was naturally in the mood for some Bond; and Xfinity OnDemand put together a full Bond collection so why not (XFinity, good for something…).

    It’s been 17 years since Pierce Brosnan took over for Bond and the franchise and six since Daniel Craig.

    It’s interesting the parallels between Goldeneye and Casino Royale actually when you watch the two side by side as they both kick off new legs for the franchise. Both movies are directed by Martin Campbell which may explain the similarities (though the movies have different writers). Both musically have scores by David Arnold and Arnold’s score is quite perfect for Royale.

    Both movies have fairly serious starts which already is unusual for Bond movies. 007 and 006 (played by class act Sean Bean) against the Russians is great albeit brief. For Goldeneye and the franchise in general, the idea of a fellow 00 against 007 was a great idea and executed fairly well. Of course Craig and Casino Royale in a post 9/11 world and the desire to bring Bond back to its roots showed Bond as a blunt instrument right from the first minute.

    ~15-25 min into each movie, each M speaks with Bond (Judi Dench, the one constant actually from the Brosnan to Craig era) on their serious concerns with Bond. Both Bonds are betrayed: by a good friend in one, and by a true love in the other. Both betrayers, like Bond, are orphans. Royale does a better job than Goldeneye in the emotional connection between the hero and betrayer (which is expected given the movie was really written about their relationship and its effect on Bond becoming what we have come to expect), though Goldeneye still gets honorable mention because while 006 has a whole bunch of henchman and what not, he alone goes toe to toe nicely with Bond. I was kinda rooting for 006 this time a bit actually just because Sean Bean plays him so well. While the relationship is not built up but simply established from the beginning of the movie, Bean and Brosnan make it believable.

    Certainly Goldeneye is pretty tacky when you watch it now (it was tacky then…), but the few serious scenes such as when 006 reveals he is alive and why he betrays 007 and MI6 is still actually quite good.

    Brosnan’s Bond went on a track of complete unrealism, far from where it really began (I point you to Bond’s surfing/sailing moment and the Matrixesque slowmotions in Die Another Day but to be fair that was a sign of the times….on a plus, the movie did see the return of the Aston Martin beyond just the original Martin’s cameo in Goldeneye);  and though Craig’s Bond had a dip with Quantum, it appears Bond is back in form for Skyfall.

    While Casino Royale can be abit slow, it is a incredibly strong movie due to the attention given to the development of Bond and Vesper Lynd (the lovely Eva Green, my favorite Bond girl); they have some great scenes together beginning with their meeting on the train. Other sequences such as the great torture sequence when Bond is tied to a chair and beaten are actually right from the original book. Finally, the drowning of Lynd is just gruesome and both Craig and Green perform this scene really well.

    It’s funny to think now how much uproar there was concerning Craig as Bond, but once again people thought they knew what they wanted, but Craig is the defacto Bond now… By the end, as you see an emotionless, well-dressed, and well-armed Bond, you expect the movie to say James Bond Begins as Craig delivers the famous line.

    Looking forward to reviewing Bond 23.

    • winklevi twins 2:49 am on November 7, 2012 Permalink

      I recall Pierce Bronson brought humor to the bond movies that in the Daniel Craig ones lack. Don’t get me wrong Daniel Craig is awesome. 2 weeks ago I saw ‘You Only Live Twice’. I m sure at the time it was released it was a fantastic Bond movie. Now when you watch it, not only is it awesome it’s also hilarious. Oh Sean Connery you were also funny in The Rock. If I want to see an awesome secret agent movie with no humor I ll stick to Matt Damon’s Bourne.

    • Trev 4:12 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink

      Actually, Eric Serra did the score for GoldenEye. David Arnold debuted with Tomorrow Never Dies.

  • Justin 3:53 am on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall Director Sam Mendes Says Movie Heavily Influenced by The Dark Knight 


    Early reviews of Skyfall (have been very positive) and have drawn similarities to The Dark Knight. How much, seems a bit unlikely you could say (for obvious reasons), but Director Sam Mendes has now said that Christopher Nolan’s movies, in particular The Dark Knight, have had a great impact on how he took on and lead Bond 23:

    “In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody….What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world… That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

    Mendes also said that Batman Begins and TDK showed how people are more than capable and hungry for gritty and real, and that was supposed to be part of the Bond reboot and that it helped him “sell” some of the darker moments of Skyfall to the studio. I’m certainly really curious now to see if I note the parallelism when I see Skyfall.

    It should be noted that Nolan himself said after filming The Dark Knight Rises that he’d love to do a Bond film. In conclusion, Nolan is awesome.

  • Justin 3:02 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Adele's Skyfall Theme Song | Happy 50th Bond 

    As you probably know, Bond turns 50 this year. And earlier today, Skyfall’s new theme song “Skyfall” written and performed by Adele was released. While the song won’t go in my usual rotation, it’s without a doubt one of the best Bond songs in a long while (I know that isnt saying much; its still cheesy but remember this is a bond song; so with that in mind, it’s pretty good):

    Skyfall opens in the US on November 9th.

  • Justin 11:48 pm on October 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Adele's "Skyfall" Theme Song Leaked Two Days Early 

    As you probably know, Adele wrote and performed the new Bond theme for Bond 23: Skyfall. The song, also named Skyfall, is the first Daniel Craig Bond movie and the newest bond movie since 2002’s Die Another Day where the song has the same title as the movie itself.

    While the song was supposed to be released Thursday, parts of it have leaked online. Whether this was intentional or not, the song is getting positive reviews. Take a listen, its alittle slow, but yeah its chill.

    So things continue to look really good for Bond 23 in what people are calling (and hoping anyway) is the true sequel to Casino Royale. Its been four years since the last Bond movie. We’ll see Craig again as he is officially Bond for the 24th and 25th installments.

    In the meantime, Bond 23, Skyfall opens in the US on November 9th.

  • Justin 2:29 am on September 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, , James Bond, , , Naomie Harris, Ola Rapace, , ,   

    Daniel Craig Confirmed for Two More Bond Movies 

    Its official. Daniel Craig has signed on for two more Bond (#24 and #25) movies making him the third-longest actor to play Bond (behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore).

    Buzz for Skyfall continues to be good with Bond returning to form. Also newly released is a two minute featurette concerning Skyfall’s opening sequence.

    Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Ola Rapace opens October 26th in the UK and November 9th in the US.

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