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As for favourite shots:
+ The Rome Section (all of it);
+ Ariel shot of the Hoffler Klinic, accompanied by Newman's soaring score.
+ The Rolls Royce travelling towards Blofeld's Moroccan lair;
+ The Boat / Helicopter chase along the River Thames.
All of it looks pretty good imo. Couple of soft shots here and there though.
Does the gun-barrel count?
White dot moving from left to right.
Bond cocking his gun walking towards the camera at the train station in the desert.
I don't know why ...maybe because I'm a RR fan too but the shot of the approaching Rolls across the desert just sticks in my mind.
Like a chariot to impending doom.
Great scene, but the pull focus is off, I don't quite get what they were going for.
My favourite still would be the wide of Bond looking out of the window of his room at ESB's lair.
Favourite shot would be the (world record) explosion.
It is odd, though, right? There's a moment where Bond has a line of dialogue but it doesn't switch from Lucia. That would work if he were several feet behind, but he's on her shoulder and as it's got such a shallow depth of field it's quite a peculiar choice. Especially given they do actually then pull to Bond.
Yes, I mean the audacity not to focus the camera the whole time on Bellucci !!
Shame on you Mendes :))
Sorry me bad ...but umm that shot also stuck in my mind.
And the plane flying to the clinic shot was lovely too, one of the few times Mendes let the bright, crisp colours of the Alps shine through.
It is indeed but unfortunately I found myself preferring the more sinister score which had accompanied the shot in the teaser trailer than Newman's music.
Oh absolutely. We all noticed it from the trailers but on the big screen the colour grading for Mexico still didn't make sense.
All that effort they went to in staging the thing and they then mute it. It would have helped highlight the panic amongst the crowds whilst the helicopter circled above them too.
I love that shot too ...even if it was three shots combined. Was an amazing start to the film.
"Lawd, mine eyes have seen the glory".
I actually found her to be at her least attractive in this scene. Not sure why, possibly too much make up for my liking? I thought she looked far more beautiful and sexy in the clinic etc. I know I may be in the minority here though!
Shots I love:
- Obviously the opening shot is such a classy and bravura piece of filmmaking.
- I really love the shot where Bond first meets C and they are framed on either side of the screen whilst Mallory is in the background. It’s a pretty simple shot but it really stayed with me.
- The shot when Lucia returns home after the funeral and places a light on in her house. Once again, it’s quite a simple shot, but it’s so sexy and mysterious (Hoyte’s work during the entire Rome segment is so standout).
- I also love the shot during the Austrian chase where within frame you can see the cars racing away and the aeroplane all in shot. It’s a great image and a great example of shooting an action sequence for real.
- The scene where Madeline and Bond first walk into White’s L’American room. Just Wow. Hoyte outclasses Deakin with this scene alone for me.
- There’s a final shot on the bridge where the helicopter has crashed and the street is full of fire and smoke and in silhouette you can see Bond aiming a gun at Blofeld’s head. I love all the photography in the London sequences but for me this shot was so brilliant and noteworthy.
I agree with all.
I do too, particularly the handheld shots in the L'Americaine scenes as Bond aims his gun at the rat, while Madeleine sleeps in the background. Those shots alone make the film worth watching.