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Re: James Bond Series

Post  Unlucky Bear on Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:38 am

LOVED it. I admit, I was gutted
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when M died, did not see that coming
. Loved the new actors, esp. Ralph Fiennes and his awesome name (I said on FB, I just want a loop of Daniel Craig saying "Mallory" over and over and I will treasure it for all time) and new Q and his Scrabble mug were adorable. I love Naomie Harris, but I found it really hard to believe that
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Bond didn't know her real name until the very end. Glad she looks to be sticking around.

Javier Bardem has really made a name for himself playing psychopaths with terrible haircuts, huh?

I thought Severine was gorgeous, but I couldn't get past her horrible fingernails.
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Post  puddingcup on Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:00 pm

At least you agree that Daniel Craig looked good in his suits. The tailoring for this movie was gorgeous.
Can't argue with that. I don't know anything about tailoring, but how does one make suits that fit a muscular guy so well?

I thought Severine was gorgeous, but I couldn't get past her horrible fingernails.
Also true, they were really distracting. Her makeup was so bad in that scene. She looked so much better in later scenes.

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Post  Genevieve on Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:20 pm

James Bond clothing There's some posts about the clothes, and the sort of bespoke work that can be done. Pretty much anything made to fit JUST your body will look amazing.
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Post  The Dude on Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:50 pm

puddingcup wrote:
At least you agree that Daniel Craig looked good in his suits. The tailoring for this movie was gorgeous.
Can't argue with that. I don't know anything about tailoring, but how does one make suits that fit a muscular guy so well?

I thought Severine was gorgeous, but I couldn't get past her horrible fingernails.
Also true, they were really distracting. Her makeup was so bad in that scene. She looked so much better in later scenes.
For a minute there I thought those lee press-ons were going to be a weapon like Rosa Klebb's shoe.

She did say she was taking queus from Famke Jansen's look, which is not a bad inspiration.
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Re: James Bond Series

Post  Agent Sculder on Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:55 pm

Just got back from seeing Skyfall, and it was awesome. But I think I may have been blinded by the ridiculously gorgeous cinematography. The fight in Shanghai alone was almost worth the price of admission. There was just so much eye candy (and I'd like to personally thank Daniel Craig for being so willing to take his shirt off)!

I loved all the call backs to the classic Bond films, especially the ones involving the Aston Martin. I don't it was quite as good as Casino Royale, but it's still one of the best overall Bond films, no matter who your favorite Bond is. But then again, I really liked Goldeneye!

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Post  Siena on Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:16 am

I also just got back from it. It really was gorgeous, just visually stunning the whole way through. I enjoyed a lot of it, but I do also think it was a trifle too long. It doesn't surpass Casino Royale for me. But I'm overall pretty happy.

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Post  The Dude on Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:25 am

I wondered if Silva
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having a different name was a teas on the fan wank that Bond is a bunch of succsessive guys using the same name. only to undercut it having him visit his old home.

The idea of casting Connery as Kincade had to been tossed about. I glad the didn't because it would have undercut the tension of the finale and been too distracting, but after two pretty large anniversaries I'd like him to have a cameo somewhere just to relieve the anticipation. Robin Hood did it.
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Post  katha on Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:15 am

I loved it. But then, I kinda liked Quantum even though it was such a mess script-wise, so I guess I'm easy to please, heh. Would agree that Skyfall is one of the best movies in the franchise.

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Really admired the "actions have consequences" theme running throughout the movie. M's handling of agents reflected in the behaviour of both Silva and Bond. Cutting corners for Bond even though it might not always be the best and smartest thing for the organization. Q getting overconfident about his technical wizardry results in the hack to end all hacks. Of course revisiting Bond's Dickens stereotype childhood home. Moneypenny deciding field work isn't for her (I like how they did that, no one is fantastic at everything, there's no shame in admitting "I excel in this work environment, in this other one, even if it might seem cooler, I'll never get better than passable" and going for the job where you can do your best and make a career for yourself. In fact, I liked what a team operation it was, that everyone in MI6 has strengths and weaknesses and that they complement each other well, there was no "superhuman, awesome badass at everything" nonsense about any of the characters, which I appreciate about the Craig films in general. And the reminder how cold and morally sketchy Bond can be when he barely reacted to Severine being murdered was chilling, but effective characterization. He's not a very nice man, that's just the facts.

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Post  sunni94 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:59 pm

While I did enjoy SkyfallI don't think it comes close to the best ever. The pacing was *very8 slow and I felt like they could have fleshed out the vilian just a little big more. Bardem completely creeped me out but then all of a sudden he was just there and did a dasterdy thing in about 5 minutes and then that set up the climax at the end of the move. Way too much filler in this thing. I wish I'd seen it as a rentor than in the theater. I also think Daniel Craigs constant whining about playing Bond probably clouded my vision. And I swear at times I could not understand his mumbling dialogue.

That said, it is still an amazing action movie. I guess with all the hype I expected more. I do enjoy the new characters that were introduced too.


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Re: James Bond Series

Post  bbridges on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:26 am

Even more than Casino Royale this felt like a reboot. Obviously it used all the history but since it ends with
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a new M, a new Q, and a new Moneypenny
it just felt like a new start.
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Re: James Bond Series

Post  Miss Moneypenny on Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:42 am

Well, I have just one thing to say:

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MONEYPENNY! WHEE! And while I'm in the spoiler zone, I also thought it was a nice change of pace to have Ralph Fiennes be NOT evil. Plus I have an unholy love for both him and Naomie Harris, so I kind of want the next movie to just be set in M's office.

The cinematography was gorgeous and the costuming was great too, Q's nerd-cardigan in particular.
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Post  Gilly_sirl on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:16 pm

I am reminded that the opening titles used to be done by Maurice Binder. So would it be fair to say that Bond movies used to have "Binders full of women"?

Priceless, laddical!

I saw Skyfall on Friday night, and I enjoyed it immensely. I find myself enjoying (well-made, not too brainless) action movies more and more.

I'm not a Bond aficionado, however, and I find that I'll probably only enjoy Daniel Craig's ones, with their darker, more post-modern tone. I caught bits of The World is Not Enough yesterday, and although I was crazy about Pierce Brosnan as a teenager, I found him way too debonair and old-school macho for my tastes.

The opening titles were beautiful, as well as the international settings. They really are an escapist's feast, those 007 movies...

Spoiler:
Was Bond crying when M died in his arms?
. Is it a first? I re-watched Casino Royale this afternoon and
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I thought I recalled him crying in that, when Vesper dies
, but I was mistaken.

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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:17 pm

I saw it on Thanksgiving with the mister and couldn't stop squealing at the references back to the older Bond movies. Loved it. I feel like if Ian Fleming was still writing Bond in today's society, he would've written Skyfall.

And Javier Bardem can't get good movie hair to save his life. But I loved Silva -- comedic, sociopathic and menacing. One of my favorite villains.

And...
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I thought he was crying at the end.
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Re: James Bond Series

Post  Miss Moneypenny on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:52 pm

I remembered halfway through the scene on the abandoned island that it's a real place. Another blog referred to it as seeming "to lie somewhere between James Bond and Greek mythology."
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Post  The Dude on Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:26 pm

Gilly_sirl wrote:
I am reminded that the opening titles used to be done by Maurice Binder. So would it be fair to say that Bond movies used to have "Binders full of women"?

Priceless, laddical!

I saw Skyfall on Friday night, and I enjoyed it immensely. I find myself enjoying (well-made, not too brainless) action movies more and more.

I'm not a Bond aficionado, however, and I find that I'll probably only enjoy Daniel Craig's ones, with their darker, more post-modern tone. I caught bits of The World is Not Enough yesterday, and although I was crazy about Pierce Brosnan as a teenager, I found him way too debonair and old-school macho for my tastes.

The opening titles were beautiful, as well as the international settings. They really are an escapist's feast, those 007 movies...

Spoiler:
Was Bond crying when M died in his arms?
. Is it a first? I re-watched Casino Royale this afternoon and
Spoiler:
I thought I recalled him crying in that, when Vesper dies
, but I was mistaken.
George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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Post  mandalaya on Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:01 am

Interesting that the island is a real place, Miss Moneypenny! That explains why it was completely falling down, which the backstory provided in Skyfall did not, unless Javier Bardem's character was about 50 years older than he looked.
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Post  Algae on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:58 am

We went to see this over the weekend and both of us really liked it. I'm more steeped in Bond history than my husband (thanks to my dad watching them all the time when I was growing up), so I was really thrilled to meet Moneypenny.

And, I've got to admit, it took me about half the movie to get used to seeing Ralph Fiennes with a nose again.
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Post  The Dude on Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:56 am

You wouldn't believe the following Craig has at my synagogue. He's played a bad ass Jew a few times, married Rachel Weisz, he should convert already.

However my mom doesn't think he's handsome enough for Bond.
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Post  Red Wolf on Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:11 am

However my mom doesn't think he's handsome enough for Bond.
Really? Okay, he spent a good portion of this movie looking like death, but when he properly scrubbed up, he looked top notch. He's even getting over the duck lips he had in Casino Royale. And I say all this as a straight man.

On another note,
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I'm sure M's real name was revealed at the end of the movie. But I can't remember what it was. And Google isn't helping either. So, did I imagine it? And if not, could someone please remind me?

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Re: James Bond Series

Post  grayel on Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:43 pm

Red Wolf wrote:

On another note,
Spoiler:
I'm sure M's real name was revealed at the end of the movie. But I can't remember what it was. And Google isn't helping either. So, did I imagine it? And if not, could someone please remind me?

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No you didn't imagine it. The name is Gareth Mallory and it's even written in front of him during the Jury scene.

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Post  Red Wolf on Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:49 pm

Yeah, I know that. I'm taking about Judi Dench.

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Post  laddical on Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:58 pm

Red Wolf, when Bond introduces her to his groundskeeper, he responds by greeting her as "Emma", but I don't think we're meant to take that as her actual name - more that he misunderstood or misheard Bond. If her actual name came up later, I didn't notice it, and I was on the lookout for it having been spoiled that we were going to learn what it was.
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Post  The Dude on Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:51 pm

Red Wolf wrote:
However my mom doesn't think he's handsome enough for Bond.
Really? Okay, he spent a good portion of this movie looking like death, but when he properly scrubbed up, he looked top notch. He's even getting over the duck lips he had in Casino Royale. And I say all this as a straight man.

She's super loyal to Peirce.
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Post  Gilly_sirl on Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:33 am

I have a question, and it's not about Skyfall, but Quantum of Solace :

When Bond and Agent Fields walk into the luxury hotel room in South America, Bond starts looking around while Fields just stands there. He's at the other side of the room and says something about not finding the stationery; next scene, they've obviously just had sex, or some such interesting activity.

But what the hell did I miss about stationery? Is it some kind of British euphemism for sex? Did I miss a joke?

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Post  laddical on Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:38 am

Most hotels supply stationery for guests, so Bond is using it as a simple - but flimsy and obvious - excuse to get Fields into the bedroom.
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