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Bond...

Casino Royale, spoiler free.

The title sequence was gorgeous, just fucking gorgeous. I would have paid just to see the titles. Really.

It only got better from there.

I have high hopes for this writing/directing team in the future.

And then there's Daniel Craig. In squarecut aussie-rower swim trunks. Or naked. Or dressed.

Yum.

My only bitch? They switched from Baccarat to Poker, to make the movie more accessible. Makes sense. The Vesper recipe, though? It's still using the aperitif wine from the book, Kina Lillet. A wine that hasn't been made in decades; they changed the brand name long ago and the recipe almost 20 years ago. If they had switched to Lillet Blanc, it would have been reasonable and obtainable.

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johnnyeponymous
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Such a great opening. Adn that first chase was balls-out action!
I loved the film and I think Craig is going to make a great 21st Century Bond. I can't wait for hte next one!
Chris
iamradar
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
I really, really enjoyed it. britgeekgrrl told me about the differences between the book and the movie (as I haven't read the book) and from what I heard, I think they did a really snazzy job. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one!
dakron
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Al, Rackstraw told me about the differences between the book and movie, though I read the book long ago. It really is better than most of the movies I've seen in quite a while.
kproche
Nov. 20th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was amazed that they kept *all* of the critical plot points from the book, in the context of setting it in contemporary times. So many of the Bond films kept nothing beyond the title of the Ian Fleming source.

They replaced Smert' Shpionam (Smersh) with a vague unnamed terrorist organization, but Le Chiffre was still an evil banker just as in the book.

yourbob
Nov. 20th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
They have moved it to contemporary instead of making it "period" then, to fit in sequence. I'd wondered about that (not seen it!).
bovil
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Nope...

They changed the time period to make it a modern adventure movie instead of a period piece. It's still the beginning of Bond's career and starts with him earning his 00 status.
yourbob
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
That's fine, I just wasn't sure. I've heard some comments on the swimwear that would not have made sense if it were a 1960s period peace. The commentors also had no clue about non-US (read "US" as "straight white American male") beachwear, either.
yourbob
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
That's fine, I just wasn't sure. I've heard some comments on the swimwear that would not have made sense if it were a 1960s period peace. The commentors also had no clue about non-US (read "US" as "straight white American male") beachwear, either.
bovil
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
The squarecut trunks that Daniel Craig was wearing wouldn't have been out of place in the 50s. Think about the trunks that Connery wore in Doctor No (which, granted, was early 60s).
yourbob
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
I believe I'm misunderstood. Yes, they would not be out of place in the 50s or 60s or outside America today.

The comment I heard was that they would be out of place today (among the above mentioned group) and that boardshorts would have been more "correct" (or, to more accurately quote the commenter "not so gay").

The person making the comment was unaware that Americans are weirdly prudish in swimwear and apparently doesn't know James Bond is most definately not American.

Until knowing the time period of the film, I couldn't respond "but that's what everyone wore back then". Now I can simply say "but that's what everyone wears everywhere but here".

More's the pity.
edwardcoli
Nov. 21st, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Blast from the Past!
Hey Andy:

Speaking of "James Bond", here's a blast from your past. Last time I saw you was at our ten year class reunion. What're you up to these days?
bovil
Nov. 21st, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Blast from the Past!
Geez... that's a name I didn't expect to pop up...

Well, back at the reunion, I was talking about moving to California, and I did about 6 months later. It's been pretty crazy since then. Work is San José State University, running one of the email systems, which is pretty easy and pays reasonably well. I'm up to my eyeballs in various community organizations, but I've been most active in science fiction fan groups in the last two years; kproche and I are running Costume-Con 26 in 2008 and we've been putting a lot of work in drumming up interest and getting memberships sold.

Most of my Manitowoc connections have faded. My sister has been in Madison for almost a decade, and my parents are spending 5 months of the year in Florida, so the news doesn't flow as freely as it used to.

Just added you to my friends list, so you'll be able to see locked posts (not that I make that many of them).
edwardcoli
Nov. 22nd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Blast from the Past!
Glad to hear that things are going well for you!
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