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Very well stated. I concur.
Splendid taste in especially women I's say.
The women of QoS were splendid but a bit wasted in the whole product. And it seems that DC's 007 lacks the erotic skills of the previous 007's as the women then wanted to do nothing else but throw themselves at him. I would say that this PC stuff should be taken out of the Bondmovies and return to some serious shagging for Queen and country.
1) The Opera scene.
2) There's some nice shots.
3) When I could tell what was going on I liked the car chase.
4) Fields was hot.
5) Mr White was good.
6) Bond rides a motorbike again.
7) The score.
8) Craig does a decent enough job as Bond.
I like QoS more than you do (I'd rank it at 11 or so), but you hit on all the points of the film that work. Craig's performance (including his humor in Bolivia), Giannini's performance, and that last scene.
The Bondmovies should not pretend to be something they are not and your labeling of adolescent of a genre that has delivered great movies does put the brand down.
For me the brand 007 movie is different from the general actioners, even if they are sometimes superiour to the Bondproduct at times. ANd while I do not mind the occasional step away from the usual way in the 007 movies, we had DC doing it three times and it was not interesting more the misuse of characters so far imho. It is time to see a more faithfull entry to the series so we can see if DC can do more than being miserable or depressive. of course imho.
I can appreciate what is currently being done isn't to your tastes, but that's all it is; an approach not to your tastes. Clearly, there are a great number of people who feel differently, and likely don't want to see the sort of change in direction you are advocating.
To be frank, there have been some very adolescent Bond films. MR immediately springs to mine as does DAD, DAF and bits of GE.
The films do stray into that territory occasionally.
I love QoS. Please don't stab me.
I know people compare it to Bourne, and I, myself, have stated that the entire film feels like one action set piece to another, but it is really entertaining to sit down and watch. Bond fighting Slate in Port-au-Prince is one of the my favorite fight scenes to watch in the Bond series. I love it.
I'll never hold that against you; I love the film, too.
Not saying that longer films or surprising scenes are bad - they most certainly aren't - but it just has a nice, even pace, and is a good film to sit down and keep you busy for almost two hours. Plus, Bond really kicks some ass throughout it.
Besides the great Opera scene, I really like the discussion between M and the Foreign Minister because of the political context.
There is also a bit of campiness (which I like) in the Bolivian taxi driver and in Beam.
I enjoy it, but now with SF my perception about it was worsen a little.
Solid post. But I think the knife idea was a nod to the storyline. How Silva felt M stabbed him in the back, how he thought Severine did the same to him, that sort of thing.
@ jasonbourne- Apologies if you felt my response was an attack on you. I was trying to point out that you didn't need to alter the name of SF to get your point across.
And also how a super high technological hacker can be destroy by one of the oldest weapons.
Die another day is inferior to skyfall my freind , and i sure many people will agree with me
Really? Worse than A View To A Kill? Worse than the second half of Die Another Day?
I know, right? Hard to believe.
Well those two aren't far above it don't worry. But like you said, DAD doesn't get bad until the 2nd half (the first half is great). AVTAK has Walken a better villian, a better theme song and I think is just more entertaining than QOS.
I am a bit harsh on QOS because when I first saw it I was really let down by it. After CR I was so excited for it and I wasn't able to see it for ages because at the time I was still in Iraq. I was home for a bit on leave over christmas, I saw the film and I just felt so let down by it.
I do enjoy it more now. Last time I saw it I liked it much better.
QoS so much. Is it because Bond doesn't
make tons of corny and out of place quips
like he does in SF? Is it because he doesn't
have a car with lame kiddy machine guns in
it? Yes QoS was nowhere as good as CR. But
it sure as hell beats the living daylights out
of any Roger Moore outing, DAF, YOLT , TND,
and DAD and even Skyfail.
My favorite scene definitely was when Bond
gives Mr.Slate a fatal stab wound to the neck
and blood gushes out of his neck onto Bond.
A great gritty realistic scene that showed
how Bond really is, just a licensed hitman.
Some things in QoS did upset me, the
miraculous fall out of the crashing airplane
with Camille was a completely unnecessary
I felt like the whole Dominic Greene story
was done quite sloppy and crossed paths
with too many other subplots. The whole
Camille revenge story with General Medrano
felt unnecessary and out of place in so many
ways as well...but all in all it had many great
moments and showed Bonds darker side at
times, I enjoyed seeing Bond throw Mathis in
the dumpster and checking his wallet
beforehand ..It showed how Bond is used to
seeing people die and that he no longer
holds any special attachments to anybody
since vespers betrayal. But I did like Mathis,
its ashame they killed him off because he
brought this warm cozy feeling to the screen,
his relationship with bond somewhat
reminded me of bonds relationship with
Kerim Bay. I also really enjoyed when Bond
snuck into the opera , especially when he
stealthily took down the opera guard,
retrieving the ear piece then dumping the
unconscious guard in the bathroom stall
while walking out breaking the door handle
I didn't like the scene where Bond just took
out all those MI6 guards in the elevator and
escapes, I thought that was a poorly written
executed scene that could have been more
QoS is no CR, but it is better than others and
is severely underrated on these forums.
It is a similar film to LTK in terms of locations and tone, but where it really excels over LTK is the class and glamour. The hotel scenes in LTK felt weird, and just kind of dirty to me. Not a glamourous look at all for a Bond film. The 45 minutes or so of the film is very good IMO. Would've liked to see it pick up right where CR ended as well.