Monday, 12 November 2012
The difference is, they strip it all down to its bare elements (which is what they were going for). There's very little window dressing and really "out there" stuff that Bond is known for. Q Branch is more remote assistance than a toy store (something they acknowledge). Bond's hot car is taken directly from the past and is cathartically and symbolically destroyed as if to say, "the old Bond is dead." Even the remote lair is a no frills place with just the essentials for Silva to do what he needs to do.
So, with all of the elements there but in a different form, what about the action? That is something they didn't get rid of at all. While there are parts that move a bit slow for my taste, when the action heats up, it really heats up. And they kept it over the top and very unrealistic which is something I like. We watch the Bond films because we want to escape into a romantic super spy world where everything blows up and I think the producers realized that. From the opening scene with the back-hoe on the train to the unbelievably thrilling climax in the Scottish countryside, all of the action sequences are very well shot and edited to make the viewer lose him or herself in them.
But the thing that impressed me the most was how, over three films, they really developed the character of Bond with his back story and motivations. This one did a better job of that than the other two. I don't want to ruin it so I'll just say that over the course of the 2.5 hours, they slowly reveal his character better than in any of the other films. I think it's going to be able to take Bond in a great direction. And it's a character that Daniel Craig plays perfectly.
Definitely see this movie. It may wind up being my favourite Bond film yet.