8 thoughts on “Bont. Jamesh Bont.”

  1. Interesting review! And you got it up faster than me, you Sod. I come from a slightly dif­fer­ent dir­ec­tion than you (I devoured the ori­gin­al books) so Casino Royale was always going to be a tough nut to crack, but I think they did a good job of it. There’s a sol­id story in the book and they car­ried over the best bits.

    You men­tioned the ste­reo­typ­ic­al ‘scarred’ vil­lain… The ste­reo­type in this film that annoyed me was Le Chiffre’s girl­friend. She was obvi­ously meant to be Eastern European and it appears in mod­ern movies, all bad guys are English, all French men are gay and all Eastern European women are skank­ily dressed and have roots and fake tans. Since I know many Eastern European women (and I believe you know one par­ticu­ally well) you’d prob­ably agree that they’re not the sort who run about in leath­er fet­ish gear slip­ping digital­is into people’s mar­tinis and maybe the scriptwriters in hol­ly­wood should pick on anoth­er ste­reo­type for a while!

  2. depends on the trunks.”

    Um, no, it depends on the hero 🙂

    Good review. I’ve only seen the trail­ers, but they gave me exactly the same impres­sion.

  3. Thanks for your com­ment, Carla. You may still like the film, of course! Plenty of thrills and spills…

  4. Fantastic review, Ian. I just love your reviews! And I am a great admirer of the Bourne films too.

    Haven’t seen the film, and I’m not par­tic­u­larly a Bond fan, but I think the cast­ing is inter­est­ing.


  5. Thanks, Roger. I think the film is worth a go; it’s worth a fiver of anyone’s money. BTW, I’m not sure how old your kids are, but I’d say that some ele­ments in this film are really ‘15’ — a point I was going to make in the review but for­got.

  6. I am not a par­tic­u­lar fan of Bond films in gen­er­al, so I ask this ques­tion from lim­ited exper­i­ence: the review seemed to find a prob­lem that is fun­da­ment­al to how Bond films are made, for example, verisimil­it­ude. Has there ever been a real­ism to Bond films? I won­der wheth­er it’s not Casino Royale that was flawed in this man­ner, but the entire Bond series?

  7. Hi MJ — Good ques­tion. In gen­er­al, I’d say that yes, this is a prob­lem with an entire series. I think it didn’t both­er me as a teenager/young man, but now I want a little more from films, and I’m slightly more attuned to weak­nesses in craft.

    That said, you can take look at From Russia with Love and see a fairly vul­ner­able Bond in a real­ist­ic set­ting. When he imper­illed on the train by the SMERSH thug played by Robert Graves, there is a very real sense that he had been out man­oeuvred. I can’t ima­gine Daniel Craig’s Bond being foxed in the same way; he seems in total com­mand of the situ­ation at all times. For Your Eyes Only is anoth­er reas­on­ably real­ist­ic Bond. It’s not just the lack of gad­gets, it’s the sense of real story (Bond lays flowers on the grave of his wife; he devel­ops a friend­ship with The Dove, and so on).

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