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Friday, September 08, 2006

Double Oh Hell














The full-length trailer for the new James Bond film, Casino Royale is online here.

All I can say is WOW!

Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I have been less than impressed with the choice of Daniel Craig to replace Pierce Brosnan. It wasn't the hair. I just didn't know if he had the proper gravitas for the roll.

Then came news that this film was a look back to Bond's first mission--raw, unpolished, rough about the edges. And I began to get excited.

I grew up reading Ian Fleming and as much as I hate to admit it, the Bond of the books is not the super-panache agent depicted in the films. The Bond of the books was much harder, darker. But audiences don't like to see their favorite superspy wrestle with his inner demons or operate as anything less than a consummate professional.

The producers tried it once in The Living Daylights, with Timothy Dalton. Audiences rebelled. Let's hope our Post-911, post-Bourne world is ready for a far edgier, far darker, far nastier Bond, because that's what coming, according to this trailer.

3 Comments:

Blogger Grinth said...

I am actually really excited about this film after I saw the trailer the other day.

Not only does it look good but it has Eva green and one of my new favorite actors Mads Mikkelson playing the lead villian.

Hopefully it won't dissapoint.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

I am so there. So's the wife.

I want to see it because so many have opposed him.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Well, going back to the "early" days sounds quite intriguing, but I'm not sure about the timeline dissonance of Dame Judy as M at Bond's "beginning" when she's also M for the more contemporary. Of course, if there's one thing the Bond films have managed to deal with (maybe by just ignoriing it) it's the passage of time.

I, too, read some of the Bond books as a teenager. not only was he darker, but he was far more vulnerable. He's beaten almost to death in Diamonds are Forever, and as I recall, he doesn't escape unscathed from any of the books, although he certainly did from most of the movies. (Mrs. Bond the major exception, naturally.)

Robin

12:30 PM  

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