Posts Tagged: Daniel Craig


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Nov 15

SPECTRE review

We saw SPECTRE, the new James Bond film. It’s kind of a reinvention of a couple of classic Bond films, especially referencing LIVE AND LET DIE. It’s not the same story…yet it is in some respects. I quite enjoyed it, especially all the references and the pure-Bondian moments. Bond, you know, never says the wrong thing, ever. That’s one of the things that men low on self confidence (which is pretty much all men except psychopaths) like about Bond. He doesn’t say the wrong thing–anyway, in the context of the story it’s the right thing. Some of what the old Bond would say to women would be cloddish now–but the writing for Bond’s dialogue with women has evolved, and now he just plain says the right thing. And having Daniel Craig say it really helps, with his piercing blue eyes, brutish-but-handsome profile, and perfect timing. He’s a very good actor–probably the best actor to do Bond, though Connery had talent.

I don’t know what people expect from a Bond film now. This is a kind of superhero movie, actually, and it’s somewhat formulaic and WE LIKE IT THAT WAY and while this film is well directed and fairly nuanced, most of us don’t want it to be “art”…By the way, while some people dislike the opening song over the titles, I thought it was alright and, anyway, I was caught up watching the splendid computer animation that went with it…

SPECTRE has so much of the classic Bond stuff it does occasionally make one think of Austin Powers. A secret base in a crater, the smooth offering of drinks to Bond before he’s introduced to the villain in his lair, other elements…

But for me, SPECTRE worked. I didn’t think it was too long, as some did. I think it was about right. Great cinematography, Craig very good, enjoyable action. First scene especially fetching visually…

The movie makes a good point. While I have defended the NSA and the use of surveillance, to a degree, the movie early on (hence I don’t think this is a spoiler) warns that the wrong people could get hold of the NSA’s data…and of course, as you’re thinking right now, maybe there’s no right people. There’s also a bit of an anti-fascist message here…

It all culminates satisfyingly, for the fan of Bond books and films. I doubt Daniel Craig will be back…he’s getting slightly old for the part, and anyway he’s kind of too good an actor to be typecast as Bond…and this is a good finale for him.