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  • Justin 12:43 am on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Casino Royale, , , Die Another Day, Goldeneye, , judi dench, 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 4:30 pm on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall | New Trailer 

    Out is a brand new trailer for Skyfall. The trailer is nearly identical to the last full trailer, but I’m okay with this because I’ve seen (and heard) enough for a while. Between Mendes saying how Nolan/The Dark Knight was a direct influence on this film, and its 97% on Rotten Tomatoes (31 reviews; not at the 100+ mark yet in terms of volume, but off to a very good start/is still a decent sign), I’m happy seeing the same footage.

    Skyfall, opens November 9th in the U.S. and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris.

    I am def looking forward to seeing it and giving it a review.

  • Justin 2:29 am on September 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, , , , judi dench, 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.

  • Justin 3:15 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: albert finney, dnaiel craig, judi dench, naomi harris, ,   

    Skyfall Trailer Now Online 

    Domestic and international trailers have finally gone up for the 23rd Bond movie, Skyfall, out this November. Director Sam Mendes is trying to remind us that bond can be cool because Quantum of Solace was just terrible. When someone says it wasnt that bad, I ask them to tell me something about the movie and they can’t remember one scene from it…

    Back to Skyfall, this movie is back in line with the strategy of going gritty in a post 9/11, Jason Bourne type way with classic bond in there, from the classic aston marton to the usual PPK. They have completely dropped the Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace story and moved on.  Nice to see better actors in this as well with Javier Bardem as the villian and Ralph Fiennes as a MI6 head (my guess is he is a bad guy too…).

    I find Bond generally somewhat boring; it really is always the same thing….Some people love the old bonds, some people love the new ones, and I just am totally indifferent. This one looks entertaining and I may see it in theatres given there prob isnt much else going on in November, and now that I dislike Peter Jackson and his 10 film Hobbit saga, I’ll maybe spend my money there…

    Skyfall opens November 9th and features Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harrism, and Albert Finney.

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