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  1. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    09 Nov '12 22:29
    I just saw this today on its opening day, and I have to say that I think it's the best Bond film in many years. Perhaps it has something to do with this year being the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first Bond film, but this film is highly reminiscent of classic Bond films in its feel and demeanor. We've had many Bond films lately be just a slick showcase of the technology (the Pierce Brosnan Bond films especially, even though I'd still put Daniel Craig's Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace in that category, too, only less so), but this latest Bond film is a refreshing look at Bond's personal side, having him overcome other people's doubts of his ability as age takes its toll. Other's doubts aside, he shows Bond is still more than capable and he never really shows that he feels the same doubts in himself.

    Less emphasis on technology in this film leaves more room for character development, which is a refreshing change also. We meet a new Q, and **spoiler warning** (no, I decided that I'm not going to spoil the ending.)

    My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would gladly watch this film again. Every scene is enjoyable. The first really memorable Bond film in ages. A little long at 143 minutes, but every minute is worth it.
  2. 09 Nov '12 22:47
    Thank you, it's been well received here in Sweden too, and I really look forward to seeing it. I think Daniel Craig is the real James Bond - a strong, intelligent and emotional man. And good-looking.
  3. Donation rwingett
    Ming the Merciless
    10 Nov '12 02:00
    Originally posted by lolof
    Thank you, it's been well received here in Sweden too, and I really look forward to seeing it. I think Daniel Craig is the real James Bond - a strong, intelligent and emotional man. And good-looking.
    Say what you will, I'll always be partial to Roger Moore. Yes, there I've said it.
  4. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    10 Nov '12 05:39
    Originally posted by rwingett
    Say what you will, I'll always be partial to Roger Moore. Yes, there I've said it.
    OMG
  5. 10 Nov '12 07:16
    To me, the earlier 007-films were action comedies more or less, compared to Daniel Craig's version - he is something else, he is "deadly serious"! And Judi Dench is outstanding, as usual.
  6. 10 Nov '12 07:18
    Originally posted by lolof
    To me, the earlier 007-films were action comedies more or less, compared to Daniel Craig's version - he is something else, he is "deadly serious"! And Judi Dench is outstanding, as usual.
    And I just love this phrase:

    M: Bond, I need you to come back. James Bond: I never left.
  7. Standard member mikelom
    Ajarn
    10 Nov '12 07:30
    Originally posted by rwingett
    Say what you will, I'll always be partial to Roger Moore. Yes, there I've said it.
    To me the best Bond was Connery, and that era of films.

    Not just his style, but the way that particular set of films was written, with many double entendres. They were witty and often had me in fits of laughter. It wasn't all hyped action and special effects then. The Bond-girls were more real too!

    -m.
  8. 10 Nov '12 08:18
    Originally posted by mikelom
    To me the best Bond was Connery, and that era of films.

    Not just his style, but the way that particular set of films was written, with many double entendres. They were witty and often had me in fits of laughter. It wasn't all hyped action and special effects then. The Bond-girls were more real too!

    -m.
    Connery's Bond was good then and maybe more in accordance with Ian Fleming's books (great idea by the way). Craig is something entirely different and a necessary change of the concept in my opinion.
  9. 10 Nov '12 08:27
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    I just saw this today on its opening day, and I have to say that I think it's the best Bond film in many years. Perhaps it has something to do with this year being the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first Bond film, but this film is highly reminiscent of classic Bond films in its feel and demeanor. We've had many Bond films lately b ...[text shortened]... emorable Bond film in ages. A little long at 143 minutes, but every minute is worth it.
    I went to the cinema and the showing was sold out! its the first time evah that its happened. Naturally its the human elements in film which appeal to us more.
  10. 16 Nov '12 12:46 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    I just saw this today on its opening day, and I have to say that I think it's the best Bond film in many years. Perhaps it has something to do with this year being the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first Bond film, but this film is highly reminiscent of classic Bond films in its feel and demeanor. We've had many Bond films lately b emorable Bond film in ages. A little long at 143 minutes, but every minute is worth it.
    Excellent assessment of an excellent film. I was dragged to the movie kicking and screaming. Perhaps my lowered expectations made me thoroughly enjoy it. Indeed not only excellent human development, but the underlying theme of resurrection/redemption was wonderful. I also loved the opening song by Adele. Indeed reminiscent of the old old Bond films!

    You think Brosnan was bad, wait till you see Tom Cruise Bond film released in January. They showed trailer. Cliche is an understatement. Cruise is simply not believeable as Bond whereas Daniel Craig is perfect!
  11. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    16 Nov '12 15:13
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    You think Brosnan was bad, wait till you see Tom Cruise Bond film released in January. They showed trailer. Cliche is an understatement. Cruise is simply not believeable as Bond whereas Daniel Craig is perfect!
    No, no, this film is not a Bond film. The title character is Jack Reacher. The movie is scheduled for US release on December 21, 2012.
  12. 16 Nov '12 15:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    No, no, this film is not a Bond film. The title character is Jack Reacher. The movie is scheduled for US release on December 21, 2012.
    The trailer I watched said Bond. Either way, Cruise is terrible and not credible as an agent type macho male. I guess the narrator must have compared him to Bond and I wrongly assumed he was playing Bond. LOL Cruise is awful and a terrible actor who happens to be semi-good looking!
  13. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    17 Nov '12 00:07
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    The trailer I watched said Bond. Either way, Cruise is terrible and not credible as an agent type macho male. I guess the narrator must have compared him to Bond and I wrongly assumed he was playing Bond. LOL Cruise is awful and a terrible actor who happens to be semi-good looking!
    Makes me glad Daniel Craig has agreed to do two more Bond movies.

    Then the role will move to another actor, I forget right now who is scheduled to be after Craig.
  14. 17 Nov '12 13:58
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Makes me glad Daniel Craig has agreed to do two more Bond movies.

    Then the role will move to another actor, I forget right now who is scheduled to be after Craig.
    No doubt Craig was a godsend for the series because it got stale with pretty boy Brosnan after already having gone stale with Moore. I recently watched a couple of the sixties Bond films. Excellent! There are a few actors I absolutely refuse to watch films they're in. Cruise is one of the top ones I detest intensely. I also pride myself on never watching anything with commie extraordinaire, Sean Penn. Pretty soon I shall run out of movies I can watch for the list keeps growing! LOL
  15. 17 Nov '12 17:32
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    No doubt Craig was a godsend for the series because it got stale with pretty boy Brosnan after already having gone stale with Moore. I recently watched a couple of the sixties Bond films. Excellent! There are a few actors I absolutely refuse to watch films they're in. Cruise is one of the top ones I detest intensely. I also pride myself on never watchin ...[text shortened]... e, Sean Penn. Pretty soon I shall run out of movies I can watch for the list keeps growing! LOL
    I think even Tom Cruise was better in his earlier movies - many actors get better, some get worse, or choose worse films to act in, I think Cruise may be one of those.
    But tell me, why don't you like Sean Penn?