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2. Casino Royale
4. Quantum Of Solace
5. No Time To Die
Well put. They definitely made a classic but forgot to inject any sense of fun or escapism into it.
Yes, both films had opposite strengths & weaknesses. Both could have been pure gold with just a little re-writing..
The Craig era is simply one I don't connect with on any level.
That WAS a giant gap.
I honestly don't know which film I will ever watch Once More Before I Die, Moonraker Or No Time To Die.
It's a coin toss. Silly vs. stupid.
Moonraker, at least it had a competent, tough Bond girl, who's very much Bond's equal.
And a menacing, threatening villain with a lot of personality, believable and convincing as a megalomaniac.
The tone might be silly, but the characters, at least were compelling.
Edit: And anyway, Bond films can be silly (they're supposed to be escapism by the way), but they cannot be stupid, that's different.
No Time to Die
Quantum of Solace
My most recent viewings of the latter Craig films have swapped. While Spectre is bloated with ridiculousness, I could always watch it from start to finish. While with NTTD, I usually stop once Blofeld is dead.
Some call it boring...I call it a slow burn. In fact, four of my top five Bond films move at a pretty slow pace: Skyfall, Thunderball, Goldfinger, and From Russia With Love. Except for the PTS and the ending, the action is pretty minimal--especially Thunderball. To me, this increases the intrigue. But to each their own.
Aside from the ending, the characters were also bland, I just don't care about them, they're not interesting.
I really didn't like Skyfall, but NTTD makes SF look like bloody Lawrence Of Arabia...
From my own POV, I'm inclined to agree with Calvin Dyson's ranking of the Craig era (SF included), even if his reasons aren't always my own.