Skip to comments.‘Distasteful and one Bond girl couldn’t act’: 007 writer Sebastian Faulks pans latest film
Posted on 01/27/2013 1:12:32 PM PST by Perdogg
Skyfall, the latest James Bond blockbuster that grossed more than US$1 billion in ten weeks, has been lambasted by author Sebastian Faulks.
Faulks, who was commissioned by the estate of Bond creator Ian Fleming to write a Bond novel, described the film as 'pretty distasteful', criticised some of the acting and said the film's attempts to show a sensitive side to the spy hero had failed.
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I greatly enjoyed the movie. I thought it was one of the best. Daniel Craig is so much better than Roger Moore etc...
I agree he’s far better then Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan.
As far as I can recall most of the Bond girls couldnt act.
Since when have ‘Bond Girls’ been required to ‘act’?
I thing the important thing is to remember is context and backstory; I agree with him. The fact that the characters lacked any real context, made understand their role impossible.
And Roger Moore agrees.
I heard him interviewed on the radio and he said “Skyfall” is the best bond ever and that Craig’s nailed it.
Moore was the Bond of my youth, but even I realize that his campy incarnation wasn’t the best. Not even the third best.
I saw it It was just another movie if you took the names and stuff out of it I would not even recognize it as a James Bond flick
I did enjoy much of the film. However I agree with you a 100%. Had those issues been ironed out and the editing tightened they could have had not just a entertaining Bond film, but a truly GREAT Bond film.
Hollywood needs to relearn the art of storytelling is made great through precise and thoughtful editing that makes the story line and pacing the priority. The arrogance and laziness of Directors and Producers these days is obvious in their disregard of that well known fact.
The girl, D'Abo, posed in Playboy.
Was that to bring James Bond up to the state of our rotten culture? Sheesh!
The Bond Boy ain’t much to crow about. Red Grant without the warmth and charm.
No, they did not. For all of the movie’s faults (and there are many) that is not one of them.
Even Ian Fleming described Bond as "a not particularly admirable character". As you know, due to hearing loss I haven't seen the movies with the Craig/Putin looking guy - but he has a mean look in still pictures, lol.
I came across a funny portrayal of Dr. No;
Red Grant I don’t know who that is but I first saw Red Green then Red Giant. ADD is more fun than lots of stuff.
Lots of folks think the link was in the movie. I certainly did and so did Salon -
Red Grant was the psychopathic henchman in both the novel and movie of “From Russia with Love” played by Robert Shaw. According to the novel, he was born around 1937, his mother was an Irish waitress and father was a German weight lifter in the circus and was a product of a rendezvous that lasted only 15 minutes.
One of the things that you must give credit to Fleming for, before the notion was accepted, was that serial killers started out killing small animals as children and eventually worked their way up to people.
Diana Rigg could act.
There are a lot people who like to read things into films, and it is perfectly legitimate to express an opinion either way on the matter.
It really did not matter much to the plot since like 90% of the rest of movie, lack context. To be honest, I thought that scene was intended to create a level of discomfort among the audience and to generate free publicity.
In Fact, it has taken me longer to write this than the entire length of the scene.
This movie’s reviews were driven by a fantastic pr department, nothing more.We were hearing about “the best Bond film ever” here in California weeks before the film opened. Other than the beautiful cinematography this is really a very,very slow movie with a laughable bad guy and lacking the beautiful girls that almost all previous movies relied upon for it’s prerelease buzz. I love Bond films. I fell asleep twice. I know I didn’t miss a thing.
Yes, but she didn’t need to IMHO. :=)
Skyfall sucked and sucked bad. It was nothing like the other Daniel Craig Bond movies. At least that annoying old woman died though.
Hers was an absolutely wonderful performance. She was the star of
That is so yesterday's thinking. Now all you need is blue filters lens flares and epic pan and tilt slo-mo dolly shots and a good dose of CGI!
Plots and pacing? pffft!
Yes-—the “homoeroticism” for the sodomy mafia-—the continuation of making the greatest heroes in Western Civilization (or cartoon characters) into homosexuals——to normalize the behavior for the boys.......like they do in the “open” culture of Afghanistan where women are despised.
They would have made Bond into a homosexual (instead of Bi) and eliminated the Bond girls-—but they are 10 years ahead of the curve. They have to wait for additional demasculation of Western men-—and the total elimination of Christian Ethics which put women on a pedestal. A return to Samurai culture-—or the Ancient pagan/occult religions of Freemasonry where sodomy is their required “rite” or at least like the arab societies where sodomy is the recreation of 90% of the men (which always includes little boys).
.....and teach the boys that killing women is “good” and a “right”—put women into combat and treat them in that Marxist way-—”radical egalitarianism” so they remove their dignity and worth embedded in the Christian Culture which elevated women and celebrated femininity and created a society which celebrates the difference of male and female and created the idea of “Romance”-—unlike every other culture, which still treat women like dogs.
The world has changed since the days of Sean Connery. It has become increasingly evil, the forces wishing to control the world have become more violent in their actions, more relentless in their pursuits and only a 007 who has successfully evolved from the suave, metro sexual girlyman can compete on the new playing field.
Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever.......
As a template for churning out big bucks over a long period of time - it is impossible to find another theme series that has had to adapt itself to the greatly changing political and military world we live in that continually makes huge profits in the USA and abroad.
Yes there are flaws and goofs and scenes like a red Mustang MACH that enters an alley tipped up on on two wheels and them magically leaves it on the opposite two wheels - but with Sean Connery at the wheel who really noticied - or cared?
James Bond flicks are a money machine that just will not quit.
The box office the first 3-4 007 films took in compared to the total investment was incredible.
In “DR NO” the producers rented a local Sunbeam Alpine and had a scene where 007 was closely followed by a heavy old sedan.
In “GOLDENEYE” 007 had a chase scene involving a much-dated circa 1963 Aston Martin DB5 playing bumper cars with a new Ferrari 355 GTSi Targa Top - a Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum PI - Tom Selleck’s wheels) would have gotten more FREE attention and been a better (SLOWER) match for a vintage straight-6 OHC powered touring coupe (Yeah - I know an Aston Martin won LeMans in 1959 with Carroll Shelby at the wheel nursing an ailing and mucho tired heart)
In the novel “GOLDFINGER” Bond’s early chase was not with a white 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang convertible - but a battleship gray Triumph TR3A roadster - but both Ford and the 007 producers benefited from using a brand new Mustang pony car - and Fords were prominently used in many 007 movies - many were built and wrecked - as Ford bought both Aston Martin and Jaguar - not the smartest of corporate moves by a automotive corporation (both the silver Aston Martin [alleged] V12 coupe and the BRG Jag roadster were sitting on custom engineered Ford Explorer 4WD chassis and had Ford Boss 302 engines) in “DIE ANOTHER DAY”
Ford’s biggest goofs was to let Carroll Shelby own and sell the Cobra (Ford V8) sportscars instead of manufacturing them at Ford (like GM has done with the Corvette for 60 years) or sub-contracting the manufacture to a NASCAR racecar builder
Shelby never made a one dime selling the Shelby Cobra roadsters (they were actually late 60s AC Bristol powered Ace roadsters with a V8 Ford engine - copied from a very quickly modified AC-Chevy with a 3-day engine swap in a small truck and tractor repair shop in Pompano Florida for John Schultz who was tired after 3 sucessive Bristol engine overhauls came apart) - Carroll Shelby’s income actually came from FoMoCo and numerous sponsors - and fees from Ford for the Shelby Mustang GT350s and GT500s that now go for hundreds of thousands of buckeroos at Barrett-Jackson Auctions
- Incidentally - James Bond’s car was almost - almost - a Type-E Jaguar - just a tad sleeker and faster than an Aston Martin DB5 coupe and rated as all-time #1 by Enzo Ferrari and the motoring public
There was one 007 movie that seemed to have every car in the film a Chevrolet - it was painfully obvious
What would Ian Fleming - or James Bond do for a current Bond car?
Well - both had a fascination for modifying their cars (Fleming had a Studillac) and Bond drove an early 30s Bentley with a supercharger - I would venture that Fleming/Bond would have the Aston Martin DB5 updated with twin turbochargers or a vane-type supercharger (better response and no power lag), a paddle-shifted 6-8 speed automatic, and a much improved suspension/tire/wheel/brake package - and skip the dumb invisible cloaking crapola from “DIE ANOTHER DAY”
- Or swap in a Corvette V8 or Ford V8 crate engine with an Edelbrock supercharger -
If it works at Daytona, LeMans, ALMS - it would work in a James Bond movie
- But what do I know?
- ask John Schultz..... or Bill Keefe.....
I am a fan of Robert Shaw. Damn shame he died relatively young, just as he was becoming a superstar in the mid to late ‘70s. I think he would’ve made an excellent Bond himself had he not already played the quintessential Blonde henchman.