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Why is that way too much to have those two die as well? For a finale it makes sense.
Because it removes the weight of their deaths, in my opinion, like they're throwaway hits of emotion for the viewer since it's Craig's last outing.
I nearly forgot Felix had died after my first viewing of NTTD thanks to all the other deaths and revelations.
Felix dying might be the most pointless of them all, it’s like they just wanted to wrap up every single character’s story in this single film: “Ow yeah, by the way, just saw Jeffrey in the hallway, that reminds me we must find a way to kill Felix off as well.”
I will say that the repertoire and camaraderie between Bond and Felix in NTTD is what I had wanted between the two all along. Sometimes, the Craig era had too much aggression and stubbornness between allies and colleagues. That bar scene is one of my favorite bits of the film.
Blofeld's death was more problematic than Bond's death, IMO.
I don't think any ending tops Casino, it's perfect and caps a wonderful film. I love Skyfall's too but similar to what @Denbigh said Spectre let it down a bit
Nice to have you back @Pierce2Daniel I do love that shot of Bond you used, he looks like a hero
Yeah, I seem to forget that. But in that limited time, something better and memorable should have been crafted for Waltz.
100% agree with this and your post above.
If it's true that he was unavailable for anything more than what we got, I'd still have preferred it if Blofeld escaped and Safin remained the main villain.
The best ending of the film series, however, may still be QOS for me.
I've turned my back on all things Bond for quite a while. Only came back here for the one year anniversary of NTTD because i was curious, how the reception of this films has developed in the meantime.
Personally i have to say, that it killed my interest especially in the Craig films in a big way. I watched none of it since last years premiere. Beforehand i was a great admirer of this actor and his bunch of films. I loved the substance, that they brought to it. I even could enjoy his last film, if it wouldn't end the way it does. So no, not the perfect ending for me. A far cry from the finale of CR, Bond towering above Mr. White. That gave me goosebumps.
I still cant't cope with this character-arc. In CR he hopes to find a normal life with Vesper but she dies and he becomes a hardened professional. During his career he constantly quarrels with his job and the price he has to pay. And then, what's the end of the line for him? The moment, he finds the normal life he was longing for, he has to die. It's all a journey into darkness. Depressing, miserable and tragic.
A kind of life, that i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. And especially not not on my beloved screen hero of +40 years. I still feel sad for this guy.
Thats exactly the opposite, i want to take away from a Bond movie.
I'm the same. I really enjoyed the freshness and the contemporary feel of the Craig era, and I was even on board with SP, but they've ruined it for me by showing us how it all ends. Tragic things can happen to Bond, but Bond shouldn't be the tragedy. You can't see the ending of CR the same now, knowing a few years down the line he ends up being blown to shit the same week as discovering he's got a family.
I know people will think I'm being over-sensitive by saying this, but for me, NTTD has sullied the whole Craig era. There was a lot of stuff I didn't like them doing in NTTD, but I'd still be on board for it all if he'd have escaped that island, (by jet-ski or balloon, or Lamma, I don't care. He just should have escaped).
I liked that they killed off both Felix and Blofeld. It foreshadowed Bond's death and for the first time since at least QoS, it felt like anything could happen in a Bond film.
Fleming often referred to Bond imminent death, 00 agents don't make it to 40 or whatever age. It is only the earlier films--somewhere around YOLT or DAF--that made Bond seemingly invincible.
I don't have a problem with them killing off Bond, or the nanobots justifying his sacrifice. However, Bond's death would have been a bigger, more impactful sacrifice had he (1) not already been dying from gunshot wounds, etc. and (2) if he were more actively involved in saving the island somehow. Think of May Day's sacrifice in AVTAK.
Imagine if he were totally healthy and still found his reason to die in the end.
No Time To Bregret
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"Did you call me?"
But back on topic, I don't mind the ending of NTTD. But it's not the best of the series for me. Doesn't come close to the final scenes of QOS.
That’s how I feel. As much as I have derided SPECTRE over the years, I greatly prefer that ending as Bond’s swansong.
LALD is another good candidate for underrated one thanks to a cool Samedi appearance. As mentioned before, the vast majority of these are very similar as Bond usually gets the girl and beats the baddies. But the unique ones are usually pretty good. SF in a way I feel like would be the coolest ending to the franchise if it had to have one, as it plays like a classic, full circle, infinite loop kind of thing. Only gripe is it feels a little more cheesy after the first watch x)
1.You didn't think I'd miss this performance, did you?
2.This is no time to be rescued.
3.The Name's Bond...James Bond.
4.With pleasure, M. With pleasure.
5.I never left.