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
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