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James Bond - No Time To Die - Release Date:: November 2020 (Update - Release Date Now April 2021)

maguire

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daniel craig is a terrific Bond being wasted on terrible Bond films.
 
daniel craig is a terrific Bond being wasted on terrible Bond films.

Ive enjoyed all the Bond films starring Daniel Craig, why do you say they are terrible?

The only Bond ones I don’t like are those with Timothy Dalton.
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
Ive enjoyed all the Bond films starring Daniel Craig, why do you say they are terrible?

The only Bond ones I don’t like are those with Timothy Dalton.

they're not 'fun'. they're just clones of the Bourne films. Bond's supposed to be a bit cartoony and larger and life. admittedly, it's a fine line to tread - see the worst of Roj's films and the last Brosnan - but the Craig films are just grim. (although his quip after the poisoning sequence in CR was pure gold.)

and Dalton was superb - you could argue he was playing the role like Craig long before he turned up. I just wish he'd had the chance to make more.
 
This bloke should've been Bond.

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they're not 'fun'. they're just clones of the Bourne films. Bond's supposed to be a bit cartoony and larger and life. admittedly, it's a fine line to tread - see the worst of Roj's films and the last Brosnan - but the Craig films are just grim. (although his quip after the poisoning sequence in CR was pure gold.)

and Dalton was superb - you could argue he was playing the role like Craig long before he turned up. I just wish he'd had the chance to make more.

Boring and counter intuitive as it may be to question the enjoyment of a sense of suspension of disbelief: The Daniel Craig version was a relaunch of the brand which had been drooping and needed an injection of action based viagara rather than comedy, sexual innuendo (IMHO they can keep that), and wooden action scenes. Very expensive market research showed them that using the Bourne method, and blooding the hero was the way to go.

Dalton was fine and could have handled the Craig type role if he had been given it back then, but he wasn't, and that was the problem with the storylines and the directing. Brosnan...........OMFG!@# The kids like Craig, they larf at the earlier incarnations, so I reckon the present management is doing a reasonable job of directing the franchise. The big question is: Who will follow Craig?
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
Boring and counter intuitive as it may be to question the enjoyment of a sense of suspension of disbelief: The Daniel Craig version was a relaunch of the brand which had been drooping and needed an injection of action based viagara rather than comedy, sexual innuendo (IMHO they can keep that), and wooden action scenes.

conversely, when I saw DC go hand over hand up steel cables on that tower crane in (I think) CR - after hearing how gritty and realistic his Bond would be - I cried 'bollocks!'

it's either one or or the other. not a bad mix of both.
 
Ive enjoyed all the Bond films starring Daniel Craig, why do you say they are terrible?

The only Bond ones I don’t like are those with Timothy Dalton.

Because the storylines are contrived. Enjoyed the films, agree Craig is on a par with Connery as Bond. But the films have no substance; Quantum of Solace, for example: someone is going to control Bolivia's water supply... who cares? And... too much "PC" with casting. Why is it that every female "action" actress tries so hard to come across as hard and ruthless, but come across as one dimensional clones of each other. Oh, and of course, *every* film/TV drama has to have a scene demonstrating how "hard" she is - which falls flat on its face. TBH, Pamela Anderson managed a better job in "Barb Wire", and she can't act!

Thunderball, on the other hand, the basic plot was credible for Bond/MI6 to take an interest.

edit: correct film title, cheers CLC
 
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pc flaps

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daniel craig is a terrific Bond being wasted on terrible Bond films.

Be fair, Casino Royale was terrific. The last two probably overrated, but at least Craig hasn't been in anything as awful as Moonraker or View to a Kill.

I desperately hope there isn't too much woke nonsense in this one. At least we seem to have dodged the bullet of Hiddlestone as Bond.
 

maguire

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This bloke should've been Bond.

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on a side note, all of The Professionals is on Amazon Prime now in HD. they look amazing. and they've aged reasonably well - far better than some of the old stuff. (dempsey and makepeace, I'm looking at you.)
 
conversely, when I saw DC go hand over hand up steel cables on that tower crane in (I think) CR - after hearing how gritty and realistic his Bond would be - I cried 'bollocks!'

it's either one or or the other. not a bad mix of both.

This one?

 

maguire

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Mattb

LE
and Dalton was superb - you could argue he was playing the role like Craig long before he turned up. I just wish he'd had the chance to make more.
Dalton was great - far better than Moore in the role and the films were better too - Licence To Kill is one of the best Bond films overall.

No one will beat Connery as Bond though - even if some of the films weren't that great in their entirety (Goldfinger is iconic, but really not very good).

PS - top tip, a Bond film can be judged pretty accurately from its theme tune, particularly from Moore onwards.

Good: Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall

Bad: Octopussy, Die Another Day, Quantum of Solace

There are of course exceptions, but it works most of the time.
 
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