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James Bond / Skyfall Opening on Friday

KingLeonidas

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For those of you in the UK ... this weekend is the opener for Skyfall.
From the trailers, looks like a great show.
We will have to wait until early Nov to see it in the USA.

I really think that Daniel Craig and Judi Dench saved the James Bond series. Otherwise it had gone seriously downhill. I hope they both keep doing future shows. But I saw some sort of media blurb implying that Daniel Craig may move on, and they will be looking for a new Bond. Hope not.

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It would have been great to be there, working on the carpet but despite my extensive experience at red carpets and a passing resemblance to Mr. Craig I wasn't asked. Perhaps its' that resemblance that un-nerved the organisers, who knows but whatever the reason, yet again the chance to put a guy on the rug that could take the press heat off Mr. Craig for a while was passed up.
Next one surely? The one they do when Bond gets his bus pass....I could do stand-ins at the Post Office queue and drive his especially converted Aston Martin Zimmer MK 2.
Looking forward to what I hope, and feel fairly certain, will be another excellent Bond adventure. 'Can't wait..
 

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It would have been great to be there, working on the carpet but despite my extensive experience at red carpets....

Tengaboy, don't feel too bad. I'm sure they've got a carpet fitting company they regularly use for such events.

I can't wait to see it. I'm a big Bond fan, and agree that DC has done well to re-energise the franchise.
I was driving down to Cornwall on Friday night and Classic FM were playing Bond scores and speaking to David Arnold and the latest composer. Perfect for a long drive in the dark.
 

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regarding the old list of actors playing bond what who would you say is the best bond my list

sean connery ( has to be the best )

daniel craig ( very good but is he better than sean )

pierce brosnan ( very good but not since DC came along )

greorge lazenby / roger moore ( put these at the same level, moore i thought is better as the saint which is how he played bond which was shite )

timothy dalton ( what can you say uter grap worste film ever )
 

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Sean
Daniel/George
Timothy
Roger
Pierce

I think George is under rated. O.H.M.S.S. is a fantastic film.
 

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I remember the stick DC got from the media before the release of Casino Royale.
He was insulted and publicly humiliated by the press. But went on to single handedly revive the Bond movies against the likes of the Jason Bourne series etc.

Dame Judi Dench playing M was an inspired part. They really are like a mother and wayward son relationship played out on screen at times.
DC plays the part with a cool detachment and a gritty exterior akin to Sean Connery. But he also brings an air of menace in his portrayal combined with a s**t happens get over it and maintain the aim attitude. Something I am sure Ian Fleming envisaged when he wrote the novels.
So for me, for all it is worth. Daniel Craig gets my vote as the best Bond just pipping the mighty Sean Connery nostalgia years.

PS: Skyfall just goes to show you do not need a host of techy gadgets to bring a great Bond film to the screen.

Regards a 'Shaken, not stirred!'

max
 
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We just need to forget about Quantum of Solace and focus on Casino Royal and Skyfall.
 

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A close run thing between Craig and Connery.
Connery is old school and set the standard for others to maintain, or not in the case of Dalton and the God awful Moore.
Craig is the new approach and brings a grittier, more realistic persona, but tight on their heels is Brosnan who pulled the whole thing back from the brink of collapse and dismissal with Golden Eye which came like a reminder of just how low the previous two had dragged the films to.
Brosnan combined style, savoire-faire, ruthlessness and humour with a more realistic approach to the sudden bursts of violence and the punishment he often had to take which was refreshing after Moore's flick of the eyebrow and hand through the hair nonsense.
What slightly worries me, having seen Skyfall now, is that they are in danger of taking away the whole point of Bond films which is escapism. Gadgets,( None in this one...even the 10 year old geek that is 'Q' says 'they don't do that sort of thing now'....Why not? That's what Q department is for isn't it?)...exotic locations, super-bad, sneering hyper-villains with enormous international resources and vast underground/sea lairs bent on world domination not some flop haired psycho with a lap-top in a crummy flat, and of course girls, not just the token females that flit in for ten minutes as a kind of second thought and are then dispatched in the next scene. Call me old-fashioned as many do but that's what a Bond film should be all about. The worry is it just becomes another Bourne wanna-be and dies out as the new generation lose interest because it's no different to all the others. The Mission Impossible franchise doesn't change...Bond definitley shouldn't.
Good film though. Not the best but worth seeing again, but only once more for me. A collection padder, but nothing more.
 

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well, finally got to see this show in the USA.
not bad - not bad at all.
I can't believe they killed off M and blew up the CAR.
that's bl**dy depressing! HAHAHA!

I've got to say though - that motorbike stunt at the start of the show was brilliant.
Riding on the tops of walls and over the roofs of houses?!! I don't know who those
petrol heads were ... but they get my vote for a fantastic piece of showmanship :)

KL
 

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I have not seen the film yet, due to work, but hope to see it soon. I have however just finished the new book which 're-boots' Bond into the present day. Its called Carte Blanche and is by Jeffery Deaver. A decent read, which helped pass a few nights in identi-kit hotel rooms.
It would fit into the new films nicely I think as in it, Bond has only been a '00' for a couple of years.
 

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Deaver is a very good writer so I think I'll have a read of that. It sounds as though it would be a good link and help smooth out some of the time-'wrinkles' some of us oldies are struggling with.....( silly old fools!)
 
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