Zac: Craig is back as Bond with possibly the best director yet to work on the series in Sam Mendes, and the results are sure to please Bond fanatics who have felt the series has gotten away from its roots, while not alienating those that don’t mind the new face of Bond.
Daniel Craig as Bond is back and he is delivering on the same level as Casino Royale in this dark, vengeful, and action packed investigation coming of age (as a spy) story.
Now, fair warning to those that haven’t seen Casino Royale in a while, I highly recommend that you watch that movies shortly before seeing this one as it picks up almost immediately after the first film and never looks back to fill you in. We open on a high speed car chase in a tunnel alongside a lake in Italy as Bond is on the run from his pursuers with Mr. White (who he shot in the leg at the end of Casino Royale) in tow. White is suspected to be the key to a mysterious group/organization causing a huge pain in the neck for MI6 among other government agencies and Bond has brought him in for investigation. After arriving “safely” to MI6′s bunker, White proclaims, “we have people everywhere, don’t we?” which then lead’s to a foot chases through the streets, roofs, and ceilings of this Italian town in which Bond does not capture his target but is left only the option to kill him. Bond’s actions distress M (Dame Judi Dench), who feels like he is running off vengeance for Vesper’s death at the end of the previous film. Bond proclaims he is on board and heads to Haiti to follow a lead on this mysterious [Read more...]
This French send up of Bond/Spy films is a mostly successful effort that provides the laughs and plays its cards right on most occasions.
We open up on a scene of Hubert Bonisseur (OSS 117) and his partner Jack Jefferson during WWII as they steal a set of blue prints from a Nazi officer, in a minor action set piece to start the film off with a bang. Flash forward 10 years later as we watch OSS 117 swoon an Egyptian princess out of an envelope containing the pictures of a dead Jack Jefferson, which leads Hubert to flashback to a silly game of laughter and paddle ball on a beach. French OSS decides to send Hubert to Cairo to investigate Jack’s death and to take over the chicken business that is the front for the OSS in Cairo. [Read more...]