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 #17 (Pierce Brosnan Bond)
GoldenEye was released in 1995 after 6 years of a world without Bond, still the longest gap between any two 007 adventures. Because of the delay and all the legal tanglings that caused it, Timothy Dalton opted out of the role and Pierce Brosnan stepped into his place, a man who has come to define James Bond for pretty much all of Generation Y. Also huge is the fact that this is the first post-Cold War Bond, a point referenced to extensively and used to hang the plot on. In a lot of ways, it seems like a reboot of the series; the big change-up in production personnel is clearly evident. GoldenEye brings Bond up to speed in the modern world, finally stepping out of the mold it crafted in the 60s and 70s.
November 2, 2012 | Categories: 7 - 7.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, alan cumming, albert r. broccoli, Éric Serra, barbara broccoli, billy j. mitchell, bono, bruce feirstein, caroline bliss, daniel kleinman, derek meddings, Desmond Llewelyn, eon productions, famke janssen, gottfriend john, ian fleming, izabella scorupco, james bond, jeffrey caine, joe don baker, judi dench, kevin wade, martin campbell, mi6, michael france, michael g. wilson, minnie driver, phil meheux, pierce brosnan, robbie coltrane, samantha bond, sean bean, serena gordon, Tchéky Karyo, terry rawlings, the edge | Leave a comment