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I actually don't mind Safin during the first half of NTTD. It's interesting seeing a villain who has had his life negatively impacted by Blofeld/SPECTRE, not dissimilar to Bond in a sense. His presence is hinted quite well for the most part, and I think his introduction (the one later in the film that is) is satisfying. If they'd streamlined the plot and ironed out his character in the third act I think he'd have been a great villain.
Like I said, Waltz's Blofeld was just.... lame. I do think it was the right decision introducing an alternate villain for NTTD.
This rings true...I think if Bond knew a bit earlier that he was going to die, then it would make sense to send Nomi away with his family, but then he wouldn't get to have an in-person goodbye with Madeleine. So, within the logic of the film, Bond had to be infected after Madeleine left.
Still...Madeleine can't pilot her own dinghy? Perhaps Nomi and Bond pursuing separate goals on the island...Nomi tracking the scientist and Bond tracking Safin.
That's a good point actually, she did it at the end of the previous movie, well she held the wheel steady, it's conceivable she might not know how to pilot it - also she's gotta keep Mathilde steady. And if Nomi stayed then we wouldn't get Bond's solo heroic last stand. But to reference Calvin's most recent video, I'm hammered by Contriva-tini at this point in the film anyway 🤣
It's obvious they wrote the script backwards, to enable them to accommodate the stupid idea of killing James Bond off. But at least, as I've been told, this is only one version of James Bond that died. There'll be another along soon. So that's okay.
Excellent stuff, this! Yes, Craig was definitely in Blanc mode here.
Maybe the Matera sequence and the bunker shootout were the only ones he wasn't. Because I think he was, in the rest of the film.
Still, even not considering Craig’s acting, the writing also presents Bond as being more vocally expressive than he typically is, which I attribute to Bond having been out of service for years and is no longer the internal agent he used to be. Craig’s acting just takes it another step.
That scene and the M scene are so out of character.
I think a more senior director than Fukunaga would have pulled Daniel to one side and reminded him to be more stoic and assertive in both scenes. More Bond less Blanc
You can see Blanc sneak into his performance in parts of NTTD, espicially his line deliveries when he meets Nomi in Jamaica ("that's not goooood")
Very true. I think this is it.
Yeah, I can't see whoever takes over the Bond role having the kind of control that Craig was given...
I think it becomes a problem during the Blofeld interrogation scene (Craig’s strange hand gestures and verbal embellishments of ‘Blo-field’ rather than Blofeld are especially jarring, and are very Benoit-esque). Surely even if Bond was out of the game he’s still an ex-00 agent with years of experience. Interrogating someone the right way would come naturally to him even if it’s Blofeld.
Yeah I get that feeling too mate. A few of the scenes in NTTD are jarring, they just feel tonally out of character and that whole Blofeld scene should have been reshot.
Daniel mentions the Blofeld scene in the book Being Bond and he said
"We struggled with that scene. I wanted it to get very personal very quickly and I wanted them to talk to each other like brothers"
To me that's completely wrong in concept, the only relationship Bond and Blofeld should have is adversarial
It’s quite interesting that Craig claims to have struggled with certain scenes in this film and tried something different. I remember Rami Malek saying on Graham Norton that he, Craig and Fukanaga also went off and basically rewrote/improvised the scene between Bond and Safin. Incidentally that’s another scene which feels off to me and includes stuff that doesn’t feel consistent to the characters (more so Safin than Bond in this instance admittedly). I’d be interested seeing what was originally written in the script. Much of Safin’s dialogue in the last part of that film is exceptionally vague and even flowery at points (ie. after he nanobots Bond) which is jarring compared to how the character is depicted in the rest of the film.
Yep. It was more like that Catherine Tate sketch he did.
Oh, Yeah. That's another.
It was terrible. After sixty years of making films about a hero that always escapes, they kill him off simply because it 'hasn't been done yet', and the Marvel 'multiverse' movies are in vouge. It was embarrassing to watch. He's dead, but it's okay, he's not. WTF!!!
The David Brent dance of the Bond series. Eugh.
See, I would understand this confusion if Craig was announced to return for Bond 26. But that’s not the case. His Bond died, and sometime down the line we’ll see a new iteration of the Bond character played by a different actor.