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Re: CC's No Time to Die Review
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• Posted by: Steven P.
• Date: Friday, November 5, 2021, at 2:12 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: CC's No Time to Die Review [EDITED] (Solaris)
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> 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.

I agree with a lot of what you said, and that may be part of the reason I've really fell in love with the Mission: Impossible series over the last few years. I find it has the perfect balance of a fun spy adventure, but not at the expense of becoming too goofy at the sake of the drama of the plot. Also, each one has just felt like the next film in a series, and not a big event (at least not more than the average blockbuster).

It sounds like my ranking of the Craig films is similar to yours, with Casino Royale and Skyfall as the best, Quantum of Solace and Spectre at the lower end, and No Time to Die in the middle. However, since Connery and Bronsan both had to end their tenure with their weakest film, the fact that No Time to Die is a legit good film (and Bond film) is a big, big win in my book.




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