movie starts with a black and white sequence of the new James Bond
his double-0 status. Some nifty bathroom work of the punching and
drowning kind, and then a more gentlemanly bullet in the kisser.
opening credits are nicely crafted around the deck of cards metaphor.
newly promoted James Bond (Daniel Craig) is full of the enthusiasm
for his new job. He arrogantly winds up an exasperated M (Judy Dench)
by breaking into her house, and stealing her security password.
has to try to stop Le Chiffre, a financier of terror, who has put
some put options on airline stocks (yes like some people apparently
did before 9/11)
but this time the gamble is foiled by our muscled bruiser Bond.
Bond is not alone in tracking down Le Chiffre (can we call him Chiffre?).
Le Chiffre is being hunted by those who's money he has lost (as
well as the CIA who help Bond out with a couple of million dollars
when his gambling money dries up).
falls in the love with Vesper Lynd, who ultimately betrays him by stealing his
winnings from his account after Bond mistakenly trusts her with the password.
our panel of critics thought|
stunts are superb, the cinematography is amazing, it's just there
is no warmth here. Where's the ding der
der ding ding Bond music? It is sadly missed. (It is
at the end of the movie)."
goodness they did not go with a 22 year old who apparently was screen tested for
the role. Craig is a convincingly posh thug."
have an idea. How about all of the James Bonds do a movie together
next time? They could all foil the heist from Ocean's 14."
they have saved some money and just brought back
Pierce Brosnan and caked his 55 year-old face with kunk to make him look twenty
is often said that the reason that 'Never Say Never Again', (an
unofficial Bond in which Sean Connery was brought out of retirement)
didn't work was because they weren't allowed to use the various
James Bond trademarks, such as the music. That's my problem with
this movie. They don't use the music until the end and therefore
it's just like any other big budget spy movie to that point."
what does M stand for then?
Mabel, Muriel, Madge, Milly? Come on, give it up... Don't just float
an idea like that and leave it hanging..."
work as a journalist on a national newspaper and the bit when M says we are all
'bastards' just cut me to the quick. Whoa is me... I cried for hours, the shame
of it all!"
bit when Craig comes out of the Bahamas water in his trunks was about 2 seconds
in duration. I feel sure the bit they put in the promo was twice that length.
A disappointment from start to finish. I want my money back."
tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary (SPOILER)|
Bond girl Vesper Lynd is being blackmailed. She steals Bond's money after being
told the password (VESPER) - Bond had finally decided to trust her after telling
her that he loved her, he is almost at the point of resigning.
dies (suicide?) in a collapsing building in Venice. She leaves Bond a message
on her cell phone. Intriguingly it is a phone number for a Mr White.
White is found by Bond (how?) and is shot in the leg in a dramatic ending... however
we'll have to wait for part 2 to find out how the story ends...
our guests 5 minutes to leave, or throw them overboard."
yes yes, to the right."
Was there anything which really annoyed you about this movie?|
the hell did Bond get from the Bahamas to Miami that quickly? Bond is told by
the wife of the terrorist that her husband took the last flight to Miami. Bond
apparently gets there just in time to beat him up as if they arrived on the same
Veritable Cornucopia lets rip...|
to beat Brosnan (the best Bond of all time)? Surely not?|
is pointless to deny that Daniel Craig can play the ultimate English posh thug,
and does so with aplomb here.
number of critics have said that this is a more gritty Bond (didn't they say the
same thing about Timothy Dalton at the time?) It's a good sound bite. And it is
true, this is a more gritty Bond, very raw. The problem with this movie is that
it might as well not be a Bond at all, just a superbly stunt filled spy movie
(and the stunts really are superb - they
include a world record for the number of times a car rolls over (7)).
Brosan was a horrible act to follow because he was so perfectly
cast, although he was getting on a bit. It looks like it has paid
bit of a disappointment. Not as good as Goldeneye, the stunning
first James Bond movie from Pierce Brosnan, but good enough.
March 21, 2007