Sunday, December 10, 2006

We Meet At Last, Mister Bond

It feels like months since everyone I know got to see Casino Royale, but at last I've caught up with them.

And yes, it's every bit as good as they said.

I've got to admit to a certain wave of satisfaction that Daniel Craig is so good. You've got to be pleased for him, sticking it to the whingers who lobbied to have him de-Bonded even before they saw a single frame of footage ('He's blond! He can't drive a manual! He hates guns!' He's an actor. He'll pretend, for God's sake ...).

Quite apart from the physique that's got everyone with ovaries (and quite a few without) drooling into their popcorn, my wife and I agree that it's the eyes that really help elevate Craig's take on the role. Imagine if Connery had had eyes that steely and cold in Dr No, informing his would-be assassin that he'd 'had his six' ... Eyes like those mean you never, ever question that this man is capable of some extremely nasty stuff indeed.

And it's good to see a script that subverts the series while at the same time reviving and reinforcing it - asked if he wants his martini shaken or stirred, Bond's 'Do I look like I give a damn?' encapsulates the feel of the new 007.

More of these, please.


Blogger Ruby Tuesday said...

It is fabulous isn't it? Totally agree about those eyes as well. Feel really excited about the future of the franchise, and cannot wait for the next film. Bring. It. On.

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