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darenhat wrote:
arthur pringle wrote:

Here is a very long review of CR. I'll stick my neck out and say that Loeffelholz might not agree with all of it. ajb007/biggrin

It has some good jokes anyway whatever your view. A few people here might be able to work out who wrote it.

http://n007.thegoldeneye.com/two_views_ … oyale.html

Great review! This author has a wry wit! I don't agree with everything he said (sometimes I suspect that he opines only to make a joke) but IMO he hits the nail squarely on the head in many instances.

His comparison of CR to a razor commercial is priceless. ajb007/lol

I've had zero interest in Bond recently (some of us just can't seem to develop a taste for Daniel Craig brand Kool-Aid). So it took me a while to get around to finding this little gem of a post.

It was a fun read and I was rather fond of the author's analysis of M's ability to bend the laws of time and space, complete with accompanying illustration.

He does make some good points and pretty much rips apart the filmmakers' various and often inconsistent assertions made during the course of filming. And while he could have been more diplomatic, I guess his OTT descriptions and opinions are just emblematic of the schism in fandom that CR seems to have brought on. There really doesn't seem to be any middle ground when it comes to this latest flavor of Bond. Even my brother and I can't agree on it anymore; it's like a bad remake of "North & South"; I'm just not sure which one of us is with the Union and which one is a Reb.

Nice find Arthur, thanks for sharing. I also think I can hazzard a shrewd guess as to who the author of the piece might be.

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Eh? Who is it then?

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017


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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Eh? Who is it then?

Sent you a PM as to who I think it is.


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Brother, all I said about CR is that I don't mind it. I neither hate it or love it and it is certainly not in my top 15 Bonds. Much like Licence to Kill, I guess I'm indifferent towards it. Even though Craig did a fine job, he is nowhere my favorite Bond. He's last on my list as a matter of fact - Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Craig.

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Thanks for the compliments guys.  I've been hooked on Bond movies ever since my Dad first turned me on to them.  In response to SpectreIsland, I don't see how you can list Moore after Connery.  That seems a bit insulting to Connery.  I would list them in this order:  Connery, Craig, Brosnan, Dalton, Lazenby, and Moore a far last.  Everyone has different opinions though.  Cheers.


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Casino Royal is a nice movie, all i can say is BraVO...!! It look pretty good, its not boring to watch it. I enjoy watching this movie.James Bond have always a solution when he is on risky situation.:))

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Brilliant Bond Hits The Ground Running In A Royale Flush - sharpshooter's review of Casino Royale.

Re: Previous doubters of Casino Royale and Daniel Craig, Bond has an uncanny ability to frequently cheat death. Casino Royale emerges as one of the best of the Bond series. It shocks, thrills and entertains in equal measure.

The film opens in black and white with James Bond, not yet a Double O agent, on a mission to kill another British agent who had sold British secrets. The black and white show his life before 007, to make it stand out as significant and important as a scene, and it silently lets the audience know this isn't going to be the same ride as before.

Bond makes his first two kills to qualify for Double O status. The first, the British agent's associate, in a brutal fist fight in a bathroom. The scene is shown in quick rapid fire bursts involving shattering porcelain tiles, as Bond struggles to overcome his first victim in cold hearted execution. Bond coldly manages to drown the contact in a wash basin, and is visibly emotionally shocked by his grim glance afterward.

The traitorous agent is killed with one shot and with 'considerably' more ease. The killing of the associate merges into the gunbarrel sequence, a modern and realistic clean artillery piece with faster falling, vertical 3D blood that leads into the opening titles.

The opening strains of the song You Know My Name begin, performed by Chris Cornell. The song accompanies the title sequence. The lyrics do not contain the words Casino Royale. Although used with the main title song in Octopussy, it creates a new history, taking its own direction and not relying on past formula. Avoiding attempts at techno tunes from the Brosnan films with songs from Garbage and Madonna, Cornell gives a raw edge, much like Daniel Craig's portrayal of 007 in the movie.

The lyrics stick with you over the memorable chorus. The orchestral score is rousing and pure Bond, it is modern and pulse-pounding, again much like this newer take for Bond. Themes from the story, betrayal and the coldness of the character of 007 "The coldest blood runs through my veins" are made.

The intricate title sequence explains this is now what his life is going to be. Once he becomes a Double 0 everything explodes around him. An animated Bond is involved in fight sequences that are apart of the visuals, but do not move into censorship territory with violence. By using an animation technique over footage of fights, the sequence creates something that looks fantastically retro, but which also acts as a protective layer to the violence. It has a simpler look, giving it a harder feel than the previous title sequences.

The animated Bond resembles the literary Bond. At the end of the opening credits, when the animated Bond is walking towards the camera and turns into Craig, the change from the literary Bond image to Craig's Bond symbolises the fact that the true literary Bond has been brought to screen.

The new Bond hits the ground running immediately. The first action scene crackles with electricity. With sweeping cinematography inducing vertigo as Bond climb construction cranes desperately chasing a bomb maker, to the final moments of a tense Embassy standoff. Bond is resourceful and scintillating, using his wits and physical capability over gadgets. This concept is used throughout the film.

Daniel Craig is the most human James Bond yet. Gone is the joke schoolyard humour, replaced with a tougher, harder and more dangerous Bond. The audience is relieved when he smiles, but is always unsure of his unpredictability. Jokes that are made are less frequent and more refined. Craig's Bond saves his cutting remarks in his times of need. Example being after surviving an attempt of his life during a poker game, an exhausted Bond remarks "That Last Hand, Nearly Killed Me", and his defiant last stand during the torture sequence involving thick rope and Bond's genitals, taunting Le Chiffre to hit his itch down there more "to the right."

Craig's Bond displays a Bond that he is capable of being hurt. Throughout the realistically brutal fight sequences, his face is cut and bloodied, his knuckles are bruised and his hair is out of place frequently. We see the man behind the number. The audience accompanies Bond behind the scenes as he mends his bloodied wounds in front of his hotel mirror, whilst downing a quick drink. Scenes such as this are scarcely seen in Bond films. Once Bond returns to the table, we see the unflappable image that the public is accustomed to. Unknown to other characters in the film what he had previously endured.

This Bond can handle himself against the heavies well, but dislikes using his new-found licence to kill. The Bond of 2006 finds death a grim necessity, but an unescapable reality. Previous Bond films did not touch on this subject as much as this. We see a man who quits his job leaving with what he has left of himself. When Bond returns to active service, he essentially shuts off emotionally and gives himself to the Government. Implying that at the film's end this Bond has very little soul left, and continue to be whittled away. His humour can now more be seen as a defence mechanism to his line of work than ever before. This new take on Bond gives the man a refreshing take on his personality that has never before been told.

The villain of the piece is Le Chiffre. The dark brooding character is armed with platinum asthma inhaler and an evil glass eye. The glass eye also can become blurry and unfocused. He has the unusual ability to weep blood from a derangement of the tear duct. The new features of the character of the 1953 novel is equally bizarre of Fleming's creative mind. What makes Le Chiffre an exceptional villain is that he is under pressure to recoup his lost money. He is a fragile person. He is getting desperate and because of that he's getting more dangerous.

As a money launderer for terrorist groups, he is just like everybody else in the world because he's trying to get rich. He does not care what his clients do with the money either. Le Chiffre mocks the past formulaic Bond villain arrangement, claiming "I have never understood all these elaborate tortures." The realistic take on the Bond villain is that he is not trying to conquer the world, or invent something that will make him so.

A thumping sound is made by composer David Arnold. Seemingly paying homage to previous composer John Barry by using traditional orchestra, Arnold incorporates a glint of techno, being respectful yet exciting. The music suits sequences appropriately, serving as mere background noise that adds to scenes of high tension notably the marathon high staked poker game. The poker game could have been overlong and drawn out, instead it is made exciting by being broken up with a series of intervals. Arnold carefully places small segments of the Bond theme, notably in which Bond adorns his trademark tuxedo. The theme notes a small piece of Bond is coming into fruition. The score from Arnold gives the actor the floor when drama is needed, and gives a sweeping rousing cue when the action calls for it.

The final scene of the film which involves the knee-capping of the film's main protagonist by a mysterious assailant. The attacker is instantly recognised to be that of Bond, simply by the beginnings of the Bond theme. A theme Craig's Bond had to earn. The guitar strings are a prelude to the first utterance of his trademark introduction, in which he snaps with a sardonic, confident smile to his incapacitated foe.

As the end credits roll and the Bond theme blares, we know all is right in the world of Bond. The rough diamond has been forged, and he will not be pulling his punches from now on.

Bond has been re-claimed for an adult audience.

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I read Sean Connery's review of CR today on mi6. Thought it was pretty funny. He liked Craig, but thought it was a half hour too long and, in his own words, 'the music was ****.' ajb007/biggrin Great stuff.

I loved the movie myself, but can't help but chuckle at the Scotsman's blunt response. ajb007/shifty

Here's the link:


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Watched it for the third time last night, with my flatmates who hadn't seen it before.

I enjoyed it mostly, it improves with viewing - mainly because the flaws no longer disappoint, I expect them. Craig looked better to me this time round, I suppose I've got used to him. The action is terrific.

Some stuff still annoyed. Judi Dench has some real bad dialogue which she can't get her mouth around, I feel the writers want to give her this Dame Edith Evans stuff but instead of savouring her words, she goes at it like a bull in a china shop. A low point was 'those b@stards want your head and I've got a good mind to feed you to them' pronoucing the swearword like an American for some odd reason, and the phrase should be 'good mind to feed it to them'. 'Ar$e-covering prigs' is said so fast it sounds like 'Arse-covering pricks' which sounds like a DVD I watch when I'm sure everyone's gone out for the night...  ajb007/lol

Other dodgy dialogue: "This is where I'm living..." to Solange in Nassau just doesn't feel right. He isn't living there, he's staying. "It's quicker than taking the night bus" would have been a genuinely funny line. Also, 'I knew you were you' sounds like 'You had me from hello' or something, again never trips off Dame Judi's tongue.

All that fuss about Mathis revealing Le Chiffre's 'tell', when it probably doesn't help that Bond says something like 'I'll only get worried when my eye starts bleeding' pointedly.  ajb007/rolleyes  And if Mathis is suspected of being traitor, simply hand over the glass of 'water' he offers a recuperating Bond for analysis. That would wrap it up one way or another if we're to imagine it's poison.

It's a very busy film, still, it swept me along for 2 1/1 hours. Looking forward to QoS.

Last edited by Napoleon Plural (25th Sep 2008 15:46)

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017


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007 thats my rating:) BUT i must say i didnt like the ending because well.... it ended ajb007/crap but this by far was the best one ive seen, i havent seeen quantom of solice yet but am looking foward to it!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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