Casino Royale Nov 28, 2009 22:56:47 GMT -5
Post by Bond 77 on Nov 28, 2009 22:56:47 GMT -5
I agree with you that it is the most overrated Bond film ever made. My initial instinct was to give it a "2". However, I haven't made up my mind yet.
Where do I begin? I guess I will start with the opening sequence. A bloody mess (literally) in a public bathroom. Bond isn't supposed to get messy. Bond completes missions in wet-suits, and then removes the wet-suit to unveil a perfectly pressed tuxedo.
After a credits sequence I didn't really care for, we have this confusing stunt sequence that takes place at a construction site. I thought this film was supposed to be realistic like "Fleming's Bond". Does Fleming's "realistic" Bond hop around like Spiderman?
Then what happens next? I honestly don't remember. Does Bond get castrated by Judi Dench, or does he wade in the ocean in hot pants? Which one happens first? Who cares?
I'll skip to the casino stuff. The shower scene is so pitiful, so antithetical to all the conventions established for James Bond over several decades, that it has the resonance of a death knell for the 007 most of us knew and loved.
Texas Hold'em? Why is James Bond playing the same card game that countless college frat-boys play for winnings that might buy you a 12-pack of Bud Light? There is nothing "James Bond" about playing Texas Hold'em. James Bond plays one card game, Baccarat (chemin-de-fer), the same card game played in the novel. The game played in every other Bond film except this one. I was expecting at some point to see Daniel Craig approach the table wearing sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt like all those card players do on the World Series of Poker.
Then what? Right, Bond get's his testicles slapped around. Then Le Chiffre gets killed. Then the film drags on for what seems like hours until our "realistic, Fleming Bond" finds himself in some huge building falling into a Venetian canal. Where in the novel does Fleming write, "Then Vesper drowned in a huge CGI fest"? I thought these reboot films were supposed to be more down to earth? Instead it seemed like I was watching a scene from Con-Air.
Shortly thereafter the film finally ends. When I walked out of theater after seeing this film in 2006, I said to myself, "Maybe the next one will be better."