Month: October 2021

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Spectre: Means to an end

Making a masterpiece is hard enough. Following it up with something as good or better feels almost impossible, not just because it’s so hard to recapture the magic that brought the film to life but that there’s so much expectation for what comes next. Sam Mendes created one of the most iconic entries in the James Bond canon with Skyfall and the weight of … Read More Spectre: Means to an end

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Skyfall: You can never go home again

There are Bond films and then there is Bond cinema. Most entries into the canon of 007 are Bond films, the ones that find Roger Moore battling giant men with metal teeth or Pierce Brosnan facing off against an old friend over satellites that can destroy financial markets. Director Sam Mendes’ debut in the filmography of Ian Fleming’s British spy isn’t just a film. … Read More Skyfall: You can never go home again

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Quantum of Solace: Bond thrown off course

Following the events of Casino Royale almost immediately, Quantum of Solace takes a strong first step towards being a worthy follow-up film in Daniel Craig’s second outing as the famed British spy James Bond. But midway through, it feels as if director Marc Forster forgets about the globally intricate network of villains established in the first three hours of Craig’s career as 007 and … Read More Quantum of Solace: Bond thrown off course

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Casino Royale: A new old vintage for James Bond

James Bond has been revived several times over the past six-plus decades, but never has a debut film felt as electric as when Daniel Craig achieved his double-0 status with a brutal bathroom assault and classic espionage hit shrouded in black and white. Director Martin Campbell’s 2006 film “Casino Royale,” a vivid modern reimagining of Ian Fleming’s first novel, completely resets the debonair British … Read More Casino Royale: A new old vintage for James Bond