Just got back from the theater where I saw the latest Bond film.
As you might know, I’m a serious Bond junkie. I’ll make this review spoiler-free and just talk about the style points on this installment.
First up, this is a big recommend. Now I’ll start by saying the Daniel Craig Casino Royal is my #1 favorite Bond film. Its gritty, dark, and Bond is not a suave “Gentleman Spy” as in the previous films, but the Brutal and Brutish assassin who depends more on his wile and strength vs. Charm and gadgets embraced by Hollywood. I think this Bond is more true to Flemming than anything else. I will also say the following film Quantum of Solace was the WORST Bond film ever made, even eclipsing The World is Not Enough in its horribleness.
Skyfall is not the best, but its damn good and worth your time.
So for style points. Again Bond is brutal and gritty, getting injured in his battles, getting dirty and disevaled, and showing that he is indeed a human. Tough, and smart, but still human. Love it.
Also the main theme is right up there with many of the classics:
Javier Bardem is one of the better Bond Villains. He’s larger-than-life, without being comical like some Bond villains managed to be.
I wasn’t a huge fan that a Bond film set in a modern setting would still have him dragging along the Walther PPK, sorry that was the covert/concealed carry gun of my Father’s generation. Today’s Bond would be carrying a double-stack gun, especially after all the firefights he gets his ass in. Also the hammer on the Walther was often back when it should be down, only gunnies will be annoyed by that, but I’m a gunnie, and that annoyed me!
Product placement was a bit over the top in this one. OK I can see the Jaguar, Audi, and Aston Martin cars, and the McCallen Scotch, but Volkswagon and Heineken Beer? Distracting!
Now there were a lot of cool looks at human issues like mortality, and Bond spend much of the first act drunk, disheveled, unshaven, and popping pills. Still you can portray 007 as an alcoholic and a pill junkie, but his iconic chain-smoking from the early films and books are too politically incorrect? Fuck you PC Police!
Yeah it was a good one! Go see it!