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[Quote by: DarthSkeptical] So I finally got around to seeing this damn thing, and I quite enjoyed it. But I don't get one aspect of it. It was hyped as a reboot. But where's the reboot?
I didn't really see it so much as a "reboot", but as an examination of a Bond who still has some hard lessons to learn (don't trust the pretty ladies, don't eat or drink everything handed to you, etc.).
I could see him in later films basically "switching off" the take-everything-seriously side of himself and transmorgifying into the more flamboyant, devil-may-care type of Bond we've known.
I can suspend my disbelief enough to see Judi Dench as M, but I think you have a good point about the Cold War.
[As an amusing aside, I recall a young boy sitting two seats away from me saying "What's the Cold War?" to the person sitting next to him. Man, makes me feel old.. ]
Did you say "74,384,338 to 1 against"? That's my lucky number!
I would have preferred a real retelling of the book and dated in the 1950s. Now THAT would have been worth seeing.
(Not that this wasn't worth seeing, but it was a bit of a disappointment.)
Agreed. I'd like to have seen a Bond film set back in the '50's, when the books were written. There's something about the whole cold war backdrop that adds a certain something. After the efforts of the previous few Brosnan Bond films, they needed to try something else anyway. Not that I had anything against Pierce, he was a great Bond, but the actual films were awful.
Incidentally, I know the bloke who did the CGI sequence of Bond wind surfing on a car door away from the big laser during Die Another Day, and never cease to mention it when I see him. Much to his ever-lasting SHAME.
If half the art of survival is running away, the other half is knowing when to keep a straight face.
I saw this the other night, was a lot better than them previous few films, more down to earth with less gagets than before. The stunts were pretty over-the-top though, I'm sure the guy Bond chases at the start is related to Toad from X-Men... Bond often seems to choose very impractacle places to fight as well.
At one point I had to explain to my dad, who saw it with me, that if you shoot any unmarked barrels in an action movie, or a video game, they will of course explode with spectacular results...
I'm looking forward to the next one, especially finding out more about the mysterious organisation behind everything (SMERSH in the book). I really hope it turns out to SPECTRE! (Although COBRA would be good! )
I loved the first movie, it had a random, disorganized, surreal feel that really appeals to me. Also it boasts an AMAZING soundtrack by Burt Bacharach that beats the pants off anything David Arnold ever produced, including the Dusty Springfield classic 'The Look of Love', which is probably more fondly remembered than the movie itself.
I also enjoyed the book, especially for its very clear description of how to play baccarat, I was only about 14 when I read it but I was soon nagging my friends to play it with me...
Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) is a UK government coordination facility which is activated in cases of national or regional emergency or crisis, or during events abroad with major implications for the UK. It is often referred to as COBRA (or Cobra; see initialism), in apparent confusion with the relatively benign conference room A of the Cabinet Office, but this usage is established even within the government. The term COBR is used both for the actual facility, and for the committees which meet there.
It's funny this thread should be posted to and bumped up on the radar screen now, since I finally got to see the movie a week or two back. I really enjoyed it, too. I particularly liked the free-running/parkour chase near the beginning. I even liked the new opening credit sequence that didn't feature any naked women.
The reboot didn't bother me at all. I just think the ending dragged on a bit. They needed to shorten that stretch between the final two action sequences. But Daniel Craig kicked butt. He jumps up in my listing, as such...
I always really liked Dalton and wished he had been given a few more movies. His first (Living Daylights) wasn't great because it was written to be a Moore movie, but his second (License to Kill)* was great.
*It always cracks me up to recall that the original title was to be License Revoked but they changed it when they figured not enough Americans would know what revoked meant. *shakes head in shame*
I'm going "Full Circle" and putting my avatar back to what it was when I first joined. :)