Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Mmmm. I went to the new Bond with high hopes after a few friends had warmly recommended it, especially after its predecessor, Spectre, which I thought was a damp squib. I’ve found Daniel Craig to be a good Bond, tough and convincing if a little humourless. Incidentally I’m a book Bond fan and that Bond isn’t remotely humorous. Roger Moore was maybe too daft at times, but in a 2 hour film a bit of humour is a nice lightener. Anyway, to this film. Being careful to avoid spoliers, I can say that I didn’t really enjoy it. It’s very long, big, impressive, loud, complicated…but like an ELP triple album, not in a good way. Possibly an overdue correction, possibly a reflection of Craig’s age, but lothario Bond is gone, along with his wise cracking jokey twin. There is one dry quip and a pretty good visual gag. This is grim, resolute Bond. As does the audience need to be. Maybe I was in the wrong mood but I was waiting for it to end and felt a distinct lift as I realised we were in the final 5 minutes.
It has call backs to earlier stories, notably “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” which is cool, both visually and in the script. A retired Bond is hooked back into dealing with a villain trying to perpetrate a massive crime on the world and only Bond can deal with him. There’s violence, lots of fighting, car chases, heartbreak and lots of death. As you might expect, really.
I’m not sure where Bond goes next, and it’s the end of Craig as we all know. But I think grim Bond can’t go any further. This is as grim as it gets.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Well, Bond films of course, though not necessarily. Action movies etc.