You guys have no idea how important seeing No Time To Die will be to me. Last time a James Bond movie was in cinemas, I was still in High School and just about to graduate. Fast forward 6 years later, No Time To Die will be released just before I graduate from University. So much has happened to me within that period of time. Hell, an entire Star Wars trilogy started and ended within that time.
I don't think I'm going to emotionally handle sitting in the cinema and eventually settling in to the fact that this will be the last time I see Daniel Craig as James Bond. He has been Bond for most of my life, dating back to when I was 9 and saw Casino Royale in cinemas.
I always wondered what people thought of the airport sequence. CR was the first Bond film to openly address a post-9/11 world. The villain's plot even involves the manipulation of stocks by causing an attack on a plane.
The imagery of an attack on an airport is surprisingly bold and probably one of the more 'political' moments in the series. I suppose it gives the film some real world context as attacks on airports were not obscure threats at the time. What do we think? Was it too political?
I suspect it probably wasn't. It could have been if they hired a Muslim actor to play the terrorist but it was savvy move to not make the terrorists ideologues. Instead we get smart looking European businessmen who see terror attacks as a means of feeding their bottom line. Men like Carlos and Mollaka are hired for their skills in building bombs (we are even told they are not 'true believers' in any cause) and are financially motivated.
Nonetheless, the imagery of the piece interest me....
(Also, are there any Italian speakers out there? Could you help with translate this interview with Santamaria: Thank you!)
I've been rewatching some Bond, and here are some thoughts: The spy who loved me: the stuff in Egypt is moslty great, Jurgens+Kiel do a great duo of villain, the pre-credit scene is perfect, the car chase in Sardinia is cool, but it makes the Bond girl character almost on the level of Bond in the first two act, and she completely disappears in the third, even turning into the damsel in distress. Diamonds are forever has the same flaw: the Bond girl looks like an intelligent businesswoman dealing diamonds, and in the third act she makes every stupid decision she can.
I prefer how Moonraker handles her. She participates almost as much as Bond in the third act, and shows great skills in action.
I also regret TSWLM not having Barry writing the score. Moonraker is the first Bond I saw, so it has a special place in my heart. The story makes no sense, it feels written by a child, Jaws' arc is as stupid as it gets. And the fighting scene in space didn't age well. But damn, the rest of the action is so cool. And Moore is having so much fun. And the film has so much to offer: we go from a great location to the next faster than in any other Bond film, way too fast probably. The death of Ms Dufour killed by the dog is a very poetic scene. Barry's score is beautiful as always.
The world is not enough : One of the few I hadn't rewatched since my childhood. It's frustrating. Carlyle and Marceau's characters are very interesting, and their scenes are often very good. But the film wants too much to be an action film despite being at its best in its quietest moments. The only great action scene is the chase on the Thames. The film has a great potential, and it has much more ambition than your usual Bond film, but it has big issue with the rythm and the action sequences are just not as much fun as they usually are. The last sentence ("Christmas only comes once a year") kind of shows why the writing couldn't totally handle its ambition. When you want to be both Licence to kill and Moonraker, it doesn't end well.
hot take: Wouldn't mind if they get back to smaller scale espionage Bond in future installments. I mean, I don't mind exciting action and Bond is a pretty damn good fit for it to offer something else than the next action flick but I feel like we'll never something along the narrative of From Russia With Love, which is definitely amongst my favourite Bond films.
Maybe whenever they decide to do a two-parter so they can have more time for one story.
Another not as hot take but a deep desire: A Villeneuve directed Bond film