Sunday, December 03, 2006

Casino Royale

I hadn't seen a James Bond movie since 1985's A View to a Kill. I think that I've seen bits and pieces of some of the past few on cable but I didn't have much interest. I went through a phase when I was ten or so where I saw almost all of the Bond films up to that point. I remember going to see Moonraker with my parents and thinking it was silly. I remember going to see Octopussy with my dad and thinking it was dirty. I loved the Eiffel Tower and Duran Duran in A View to a Kill but isn't the rest super boring? Never Say Never Again wasn't so good either if memory serves correctly. I saw most of the classic Sean Connery movies on TV. I read one of the books when I was in Montana during the summer of '85 and I can't remember a thing about it. Oh yeah, that skiing scene in one of the Roger Moore ones absolutely blew my mind when I saw it during a sleepover.

So the whole Bond thing has passed me by. I liked Remington Steele as much as the next guy but Pierce Brosnan just didn't seem like Bond to me - not that I bothered seeing any of his movies.

But this one got good reviews and Weasel raved about it. So why the hell not, right? SHR, Stoone Groove, and I headed to the multiplex near the new shops and what some suburbanites (no one related to me) call "The Ghetto Cold Stone Creamery."

How 'bout that Daniel Craig, huh? He sure fills out a tuxedo nicely, don't he? All other Bond films I'd seen featured lots of the camera ogling all the fine Bond girls. In this one, the only thing getting ogled was Craig, Craig, and more Craig. Naked torture, shirtless computer time, and what had to be a nod to Dr. No, Bond appearing from the water all sultry like.

Also, I would guess that the hitting Bond in the balls over and over in that torture scene was supposed to be reminiscent of the laser beam set to destroy Sean Connery's nuts in Goldfinger.

Like all Bond films that I've seen, this one went on a little too long. And I was more interested in the intrigue than some of the drawn out action scenes. But who cares? You've got to keep the template a little if you're making a James Bond movie, otherwise you'll end up with a long episode of 24.

I really liked the movie. I dug the poisoning scene. I liked the poker stuff. I liked the bleeding from his eyes villain (although Stone Groove wanted an Odd Job type villain). As SHR said, this was kind of a Batman Begins movie - we get to see Bond discover himself. Hey, he looks good in a tux! Hey, he discovers what he likes to drink. Hey, he's Bond, James Bond. Fun stuff.

This is for Weasel.

Director: Martin Campbell
2006
Silver Spring 20

13 comments:

mas said...

I even liked the title sequence (not the song), which usually goes on forever in Bons movies.

youthlarge said...

oh i really hated the titles. thought the animation was really cheesey. it looked like an episode of spy vs. spy, but in a bad way.

weasel said...

Thanks for the outstanding track.

I think my interest in Craig as James Bond is begining to become borderline obsessive: I caught myself contemplating printing off a head shot to take with me the next time I went to the barbers. But come on, what is there for me not to love (and aspire to) in an impeccably dressed, unflappable, insanely athletic Englishman who punches are so hard they have recoil*? Way better than the usual simpering fops, hams, and villains Hollywood puts out there with a limey accent.

(*Watch his bathroom fight scene- Craig's arm moves like a howitzer barrel).

weasel said...

BTW, the nut slapping scene is apparently straight from the book. That Fleming was kinky, man.

Anonymous said...

Connery is the only Bond...

Listy have you seen Volver yet?

Listmaker said...

chris,

just saw it tonight. have you seen it?

weasel said...

Chris, next you'll be claiming that Alec Baldwin is the only Jack Ryan.

Anonymous said...

F jack ryan, who gives a hoot about that shit....BUT Alec Baldwin is my dawg...

Dan, I have seen it. Never was Penelope Cruz fan until that movie...goddamn she is hot in that...like sophia loren

PA's movies are amazing...but I had some issues with this one. It was great to watch no doubt, but the sweet/kinky/sick thing is getting played out and is there EVER a sympathetic male character in his movies?

thenoiseboy said...

Who is responsible for the Bond theme music? It sounds almost Indian, as is India.

Listmaker said...

it is from a 60s thai pop comp i have.

Anonymous said...

Jeez I guess no back and forth on Volver...

Listmaker said...

i'll post a review soon. hold on man.

Anonymous said...

Stuff other than Eva Green happened in this movie? Huh. I sort of remember something about poker, and venice, and a house sinking into the canal, but then it's just Eva Green again.