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I think it's a good song, it would have worked if Bond and Swann's relationship is believable. But in the context of the film it seems forced. So better to just get rid of it all together along with the "love" and have something more CR or SF ish.
This is why it's so easy to get so mad and frustrated at the producers, Mendes and Newman. They could and should have done better and the use of the Bond theme in tge manner you suggested would have elevated not just that scene but the movie somewhat as well. Seems like the only person not just doing their job but going above and beyond is Craig everyone else is bloody sleeping.
Use Austria and lair settings more
Get someone else in to do the soundtrack
OHMSS. After meeting face to face in YOLT, why do you two still not recognize each other? BTW, what happened to the facial scar? Oh, that'll be back in 2015. The whole Bond-OberFeld connection is silly and diverting.
I like SPECTRE, but the entire film is a little like the scene in OHMSS when Bond examines a few items from Connery's past adventures. Too many references to previous films that
actually don't exist, because DC's Bond is yet another reboot.
You're correct about Bond and Blofeld not recognising each other in OHMSS but otherwise you're talking utter gibberish.
The Craig era is a reboot and consequently a completely different timeline.
I'll just repeat that as it is quite a crucial point that seems to have passed you by - The Craig era is a reboot.
In the original Bond timeline there is no prior relationship between Blofeld and Bond hence they don't recognise each other.
In the Craig era they have met before when Bond was put under the temporary guardianship of the Oberhauser family as a child. This is not the same as half brothers, nor is it even foster brothers. I wish people could pay attention to the film and realise this - even though the whole Oberhauser/Blofeld angle is a pointless and bungled concept IMO - it is at least explained adequately enough for people not to keep making this mistake.
Similarly Blofeld in YOLT had a scar caused by some unspecified reason.
Franz Oberhauser didn't have a scar. He got one when Madeline blew him up with the watch in SP. As he is not the same person as Blofeld in YOLT there is no reason he would have that scar already.
The continuity between YOLT and OHMSS is utter bollocks this is true.
The continuity between YOLT and SP is non existent because it's a reboot.
Spacey played (albeit briefly) Dr. Evil. So no. And Waltz's English is not spoken with an American accent, where do you hear this? He has a drone-like intonation that is very much Germanic ad perfect for the role.
And why did the movie need to boost American interest? It's bleeding James Bond! Did LTK boost American interest with a more American cast?
Quite. If they want M:I and Hunger Games they're welcome to it. Not interested in pandering.
I thought it was done sloppy. You could see the gun while DC was walking and well before he took the shot. When did that happen before? Shouldn't be kept out of sight? And why a fade out and not a zoom out? Just because of the fancy title "The dead are alive"? I didn't get that unless similar titles frames would have appeared throughout the movie at later stages.
Did Sam Mendes didn't have enough time? Or does he simply not like to direct a proper gun barrel sequence? Seriously, how hard can it be?
LOL. I agree. I prefer the "opening up" of the gunbarrel, immersing us in a new location. "The dead are alive" card should have been before the gunbarrel.
Moments like these are the ones in which I seriously question whether Mendes really is a "superfan."
Taking down the helicopter with a handgun...well, no. I don't know if it's really possible or not in real life but it just seemed way too over the top for me. Blofeld should've also escaped so he could remain as a threat in future films.
Also, while not a big problem, the gunfight in the Spectre complex should've been longer, more exciting and harder for Bond to succeed. It almost felt a bit cartoony how easy it was for him to dispatch everything and everyone, just moments after having his skull pierced!.
Blofeld is alive therefore he's a threat in future films. All he needs is to escape and the scriptwriters will give him the occasion to do so. It's not like prison walls kept Bond villains (or villains in general, for that matter) in for long to begin with.
I do think however that Bond's escape for Blofeld's lair in Morocco should have bit a bit longer and a bit more challenging. That goes with the destruction of the lair. It looked more plausible in DN.
Yes, he is alive and he could (and probably will) escape to participate in future films but personally, I think having him escape would've been a better ending for the movie. The good guys don't always get to win completely all the time.
I concur regarding the escape. It should've been the signature gunfight sequence of the movie but it was a bit of a letdown for those reasons.
I can SO believe that scene with Bond.
How come many Bond henchmen appear to be mute.
I just knew some smart ass here would say that.
Saying 'shit', to me, doesn't count as a speaking part.
Agree entirely with both of you. The only point I would dispute is the necessity of the pretentious 'dead are alive' insert at all.
Yes we get it Sam - it's a cunning reference to both the day of the dead and Franz Oberhauser. How clever you are. But I'd sooner you'd just stop pissing about with your wanky film student openings for the second film running and give us a proper solid gunbarrel instead.
Ha. Where was that title card in DAD, GE, DAF, and YOLT?
Mendes thinks he's so damn clever.
The title card was uber lame, displayed as if it represented some pervasive theme permeating the whole film, when it was really just anecdotal to Franz not actually having died. Why bother indeed?
I think Mendes was desperate to do another film with thematic heft, but when all was said and done, just ended up doing a Bond on mission film, which is actually a good thing.
Craig as Bond is what really holds this movie together I think.
His relaxed focused performance as Bond overcomes Mendes pretensions.
And Indiana Jones 4 didn't feature aliens but interdimensional beings.
C'mon, they're just words. The fact that Bond and Blofeld, the best secret agent and the most dangerous criminal in the world, knew each other is ridicolous and pointless, let's admit it.
I think having Blofeld escape might have seemed like too ambiguous a victory for Bond, especially after SF and to a lesser extend his previous two movies. Blofeld could not die so they had him captured. In a way it's far more humiliating for him.
I didn't appreciate the finale in London and thought it could have been done much better, or avoided entirely by wrapping the film up at the lair, but I have no problem with him being captured at the end. As you note, the Craig films have had open ended endings and dubious victories due to personal loss, so this made a welcome change, at least on that front.