James Bond film #23 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Note: This review is spoiler-free, so read without fear.
It’s been 4 years since the last Bond movie, the longest gap between two films with the same Bond actor, but Daniel Craig returns for Skyfall 50 years after Dr. No (1) was released in 1962. Though the story arc that spanned across his first two films has come to an end, Skyfall continues to delve deeper into Bond’s and M’s personal lives, exploring the history behind their relationship through the eccentric villain played by Javier Bardem. Most good Bond movies are usually strong in some areas but weak in others; Skyfall has the unique position of being categorically awesome. It’s hard to fairly judge a movie the night of its release, but Skyfall just might be the best Bond movie in the entire series.
November 9, 2012 | Categories: 9 - 9.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, adele, albert finney, barbara broccoli, Bérénice Lim Marlohe, ben whishaw, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, eon productions, helen mccrory, ian fleming, james bond, javier bardem, john logan, judi dench, kate baird, mi6, michael g. wilson, naomie harris, neal purvis, ola rapace, ralph fiennes, robert wade, roger deakins, rory kinnear, sam mendes, stuart baird, thomas newman | Leave a comment
James Bond film #22 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Quantum of Solace, the 22nd Bond adventure and the first to be a direct sequel to the prior Bond film. And when I say direct, I mean immediate. Quantum picks up mere moments after the conclusion of Casino Royale (21), Bond speeding down a seaside highway with the captive Mr. White in his trunk. It’s an interesting approach, giving us a chance to see exactly how Bond deals with Vesper Lynd’s death; and the revelation that there’s a SPECTRE-like organization called Quantum, with members in every major national government, is a great chance for the more personal story of Casino to bloom into a larger-scale affair. Unfortunately, Quantum was produced during the 2008 writer’s strike, a fact plainly evident in its scatterbrained script. Though it’s still slick and action-packed, Quantum of Solace (21) is a huge downgrade from the phenomenal Casino Royale (21), plagued by confusing storytelling and inferior direction.
November 8, 2012 | Categories: 6 - 6.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, alicia keys, anatole taubman, barbara broccoli, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, david arnold, david harbour, eon productions, fernando guillen cuervo, gemma arterton, giancarlo giannini, ian fleming, jack white, james bond, jeffrey wright, jesper christensen, joaquín cosío, judi dench, Marc Forster, mathieu amalric, Matt Chessé, mi6, michael g. wilson, mk12, neal purvis, neil jackson, olga kurylenko, oona castilla chaplin, paul haggis, paul ritter, phil meheux, rick pearson, robert wade, Roberto Schaefer, rory kinnear, tim pigott-smith | Leave a comment
James Bond film #21 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Casino Royale (2006)
Every actor to play James Bond brings their own style to the character and, subsequently, their films. Sean Connery was rugged and brash; he was always game for the ladies or to crack a one-liner, but he was more apt to shoot from the hip and judo chop his way to the heart of SPECTRE’s nefarious plots. His films were classic Cold War espionage adventures that established the tropes of the series. George Lazenby’s Bond was more of a softie, falling in love and getting married, and his solo outing included instances of romance to accommodate that new side of Bond.
November 7, 2012 | Categories: 9 - 9.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, barbara broccoli, ben cooke, caterina murino, claudio santamaria, clemens schick, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, darwin shawh, diane hartford, eon productions, eva green, giancarlo giannini, ian fleming, isaac de bankolé, Ivana Miličević, james bond, jeffrey wright, jesper christensen, joseph millson, judi dench, ludger pistor, mads mikkelsen, martin campbell, mi6, michael g. wilson, neal purvis, paul haggis, phil meheux, richard sammel, robert wade, Sébastien Foucan, simon abkarian, stuart baird, tobias menzies | 1 Comment
James Bond film #20 (Pierce Brosnan Bond)
Die Another Day (2002)
After GoldenEye (17) rebooted the James Bond series in 1995, its two successors more or less spent their time adding explosions and computers to old Bond plotlines. This isn’t quite the case with Die Another Day (20), the 20th Bond film (!!), which tries to reframe in the series in the new cinematic landscape of 2002. It deserves some recognition for thinking outside the box, but most of what it tries ends up failing, and the film ultimately collapses under the weight of all its gadgets and one-liners.
November 5, 2012 | Categories: 5 - 5.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, barbara broccoli, christian wagner, colin salmon, daniel kleinman, david arnold, david tattersall, emilio echevarria, eon productions, halle berry, ho yi, ian fleming, james bond, john cleese, judi dench, kenneth tsang, lawrence makoare, lee tamahori, madonna, mi6, michael g. wilson, michael gorevoy, michael madsen, neal purvis, pierce brosnan, rachel grant, rick yune, robert wade, rosamund pike, samantha bond, toby stephens, will yun lee | Leave a comment