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Still waiting for "the great Bond movie",
This review is from: Skyfall [DVD] (DVD)
For some time I've been a fan of the original Ian Fleming books. He isn't the greatest writer, but Bond is much more interesting on the page than he is on the screen. The great Bond movie moments owe much to Fleming's style and panache. The truly bad Bond movies (e.g. all the Brosnans, the nadir being Die Another Day) are merely parodies of the earlier movies.
So now we have the third Daniel Craig movie. I think this falls somewhere in the middle of the movies. It's not awful, it's not great, it's too long, the script is average, the plot largely irrelevant. That said, Craig carries the film reasonably well. His damaged Bond holds up for the most part. Judi Dench has unfortuanely been a liability for some time. She really should have gone with Brosnan. The idea that there is a some kind of feeling between M and Bond, beyond a simple grudging mutual admiration, doesn't work for me. And Bond needs a memorable villain (Blofeld, Mr Big, Le Chiffre) and this one is forgettable. The end of the Cold War hasn't done much for Bond. I think it would have been a good idea to make a retro Bond, but I guess each generation needs to identify with the character.
Somehow I feel that "the great Bond movie" has yet to be made. Of course, there are no more Fleming books. It's no coincidence that Casino Royale, although over done in the last hour, worked as well as it did. What I believe to be the best Bond, From Russia with Love, sticks closest to the book (also probably the best) of any movie in the series.