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Re: CC's No Time to Die Review [EDITED]
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• Posted by: Solaris   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11:35 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: CC's No Time to Die Review (Riley KZ)
Message Edited: Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11:43 a.m.

> Yeah, and...that might've been just fine :P

> When Casino Royale and Batman Begins came out within a year of each other,
> it felt fresh, taking a more gritty, darker approach to silly material.

> But 15 years later, it's very stale, overdone, and frankly, not much fun
> anymore. I don't really like the Brosnan Bonds or anything, but I would
> happily welcome the next round of Bond flicks to be that level of
> self-aware and goofy. I'm done with the mopey.

I'm fine with Bond films being a tad more gritty and realistic every once in a while. The Franchise did this occasionally, even before Craig, in (for example) 'For your Eyes only' and - best example - 'Licence to Kill'. 'Casino Royale' falls into the same category as 'Licence', more realistic and down to earth (which was badly needed after 'Die Another Day') while still managing to feel like a Bond-Movie (which I mostly attribute to Martin Camphells direction, David Arnolds' Score and the genuine chemistry between Craig and Eva Green). If Craigs tenure had continued in that vein, I would have been totally okay with that.
Unfortunately, 'Quantum of Solace' hardly moved the story forward (feeling like an appendix/epilogue to its superior predecessor) and came across as just... inconsequential. In addition, in terms of tone and style it was way more Bourne than Bond. And the last three Bond-Movies just lack genuine *fun* for the most part, and this comes from someone who would actually place 'Skyfall' in the top-five of the Franchise. 'Spectre' was insultingly lacking, though, while I'd place 'No Time to Die' somewhere in the middle. Its fine and better than expected and neatly brings Craigs' tenure to a close but if they continue the franchise, something like 'Tomorrow never dies' is something I'd like to see.
The biggest problem I have with the last couple of Bond-Films is that they were treated as such big EVENTs, with all those expectations riding on them. Part of me is just yearning for *just another Bond-Film*, one which neatly follows the established and well-proven formula without becoming too gritty or going too overboard, directed by a workmanlike Filmmaker who knows how to tell a story and shoot Action scenes but has no delusions of grandeur, no urge to subvert expectations or being too pretentious, but is also sensible enough to keep it real and not turn everything up to eleven, running amuck with CGI. I don't want another 'Die Another Day', but 'Living Daylights', 'Goldeneye' and 'Tomorrow never dies' (and yes, 'Casino Royale') all managed to strike this balance.

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