A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Shaken AND stirred

We went to see the latest James Bond flick last night. Casino Royale is a whole other kind of Bond picture. Not campy, more like a thinking person's Bond.

Let's face it, if "00" stands for "License to Kill," one would expect to see Bond be a much more fearsome creature than, say, Roger Moore, whose performances were always completely appalling. I always hate to see wrinkly geezers act like they can expect a Miss Universe barely past the age of consent to fall at their feet, anyway, but Moore's scandalous lack of acting talent also was quite off-putting. And Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan were both very nice to look at, but neither of them seemed vicious enough.

Daniel Craig imparts an animalism to the role that has always been sadly lacking. The stuntwork is superb-- especially the chase scene set in Madagascar. He remains a sympathetic character however-- you're left wondering what makes him tick. This is a brooding Bond, an imperfect Bond, an intelligent Bond-- in short, everything the character was missing before.

I previously was not fond of Bond movies-- too ridiculous, too arch. Even though this Bond is violent, it's far less gory than a lot of what you can see on TV. And it definitely was thought-provoking. Good plot twists, too. I especially appreciated the attention paid to the moral dilemma of a man who is willing to do all kinds of illegal and immoral things in the name of his country.

If you haven't given Bond a chance in a while, try this one, especially if you liked movies like the Bourne series. I think this could breathe new life into a worn franchise.


At 11/19/06, 8:33 PM, Anonymous Teaching in the 21st Century said...

I have strongly disliked OO7 for my entire life. Too campy, cheesy, and full of cr**. BUT, when I went to see Flags of Our Fathers, I saw the preview and was immediately sucked in. I resisted, as a long time Bond hater, but what you say and another review I have heard have convinced me that I must see this one! Thanks.

At 11/20/06, 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Bond film reminded me of Ian Fleming's intent in his novels, and some of the grittier early performances by Sean Connery. I liked how it pretty much pulled no punches and was as realistic as these types of movies get... and I was getting tired of the campiness, though I did like a couple of the Roger Moore bonds ('For Your Eyes Only' I always liked) and you are right that Dalton and Brosnon were not quite right for the roles either, at least in the spirit of the novels. In all, 'Casino Royale' was a great, entertaining film.

At 11/20/06, 4:26 PM, Blogger The MAN Fan Club said...

Lots of time over the weeklong break. I'll take your advice and see it.

At 11/20/06, 7:09 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I'm telling ya, you won't be sorry.

At 11/22/06, 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been a big Bond fan, but I did like the books -they seemed a bit more real for me. I may have to go see this one.

At 11/23/06, 12:33 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Connery was the best Bond but I'm willing to give this one a chance.


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