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Skyfall, James Bond, Review
The Telegraph ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Robbie Collin

Posted on 10/13/2012 9:35:17 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

When is a Bond film not a Bond film? It’s a question likely to prey on the minds of the very many cinema goers who will see this 23rd official 007 adventure. Skyfall shakes together familiar elements of the Ian Fleming canon – the cars, the guns, the exotic locales with the dames to match – into a blistering comic book escapade that the old Bond, and one suspects Fleming too, would find altogether alien.

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1 posted on 10/13/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer; GSP.FAN; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; Impy; ...

Comic books are for kids.


2 posted on 10/13/2012 9:39:44 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...

ping


3 posted on 10/13/2012 9:41:12 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Well, who knows? We have yet to see it.
I have, however, been through a two week splurge of all the Bond movies being played and replayed on my G-Sat here in the Philippines.


4 posted on 10/13/2012 9:42:59 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Vince Ferrer
The movie James Bond is now 50 years old and wearing his years very well in Skyfall.

The most significant reset of the 23-film series that's unconnected to a change of the actor playing 007, this long-awaited third outing for Daniel Craig feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters.

Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.

Skyfall: Film Review

5 posted on 10/13/2012 9:51:39 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer
I saw my first Bond movie in 1964 with my junior high school crew.

A Saturday afternoon double bill - “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love.”

I never thought they'd find anyone who could compete with Sean Connery - though Pierce Brosnan came close.

Then Daniel Craig showed up.

This guy has brought a whole new brand of physical toughness and sex appeal to the role.

6 posted on 10/13/2012 10:23:38 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Vince Ferrer
Hilarious
7 posted on 10/13/2012 10:23:57 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

The theme song “You only Skyfall once” is superb!


8 posted on 10/13/2012 10:24:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Perdogg
Hilarious

Thanks for that link. I'm not quite sure what to make of a film review based entirely on trailers and the theme song, but the author certainly knows his Bond films.

9 posted on 10/13/2012 11:24:35 PM PDT by TChad
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To: zeestephen

I agree about Craig.I liked casino royale better than golden eye. Only liked one movie From the last two Bond’s. Hoping skyfall turns out better than qos.
The opening action for casino royale has to be the longest duration of any bond films.


10 posted on 10/13/2012 11:25:24 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: Perdogg

Thanks Perdogg.


11 posted on 10/14/2012 2:19:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Morris70

The villain in Quantum of Solace is just like AlGore...


12 posted on 10/14/2012 3:00:48 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Vince Ferrer

Craig is the perfect man for the role. The best Bond ever. Yum, ;)


13 posted on 10/14/2012 3:50:49 AM PDT by ladyrustic
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To: Vince Ferrer

Nothing gets me into the theaters but I’ll be seeing Skyfall for sure. It looks dark and depressing but>>> Sean Connery and the others had a lot more joy bedding the Bond girls but>>>>>

My favorite Bond theme by Duran Duran. They should be brought back to do another. This is the only Bond theme to go to #1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp4CR2HcHLQ

I love the strings on this that rise making the temperature hotter. Strings added by John Barry much to Duran’s surprise


14 posted on 10/14/2012 4:12:35 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Vince Ferrer

“into a blistering comic book escapade that the old Bond, and one suspects Fleming too, would find altogether alien.”

Wasn’t Tyler Perry responsible for this? What would one expect?


15 posted on 10/14/2012 4:33:16 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Vince Ferrer
The classic photo of Sean Connery as Bond features a slender semi-auto pistol held close to his face. Yet, this pistol never appears in any of the Bond films.
What was it ?
16 posted on 10/14/2012 5:09:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Revolting cat!; All

I downloaded the theme song (from iTunes), best Bond theme song that I have heard in a long time.


17 posted on 10/14/2012 5:19:09 AM PDT by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Daniel Craig is a very vocal worshiper of Obama. That ruins him for me.


18 posted on 10/14/2012 5:19:26 AM PDT by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: AlexW; All

Of all of the Bonds, I’m rethinking Timothy Dalton. His version of Bond was a bit too early. I still think George Lazenby is the worst Bond.


19 posted on 10/14/2012 5:21:28 AM PDT by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

It was all downhill for Bond after they made From Russia With Love.


20 posted on 10/14/2012 5:48:05 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: TChad
Thanks for that link. I'm not quite sure what to make of a film review based entirely on trailers and the theme song, but the author certainly knows his Bond films.

His review is 180 degrees from any reviewer that has already seen the film.

The latest James Bond film Skyfall has been praised by critics, with some hailing it "the best Bond ever".

21 posted on 10/14/2012 7:10:40 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

From the web...

“During the 1963 production of From Russia with Love, photographer David Hurn was commissioned to photograph the actors of the film in their costume. When the theatrical property Walther PPK did not turn up for the shoot, Hurn volunteered his own Walther LP 53 air pistol and said he would airbrush out the long barrel; the airbrushed stills appearing in a US “JAMES BOND IS BACK” poster. However, Renato Fratini a film poster artist saw the original stills of the weapon and used it in his U.K. posters with the weapon appearing in several more film posters up to The Man With the Golden Gun. On 14 February 2001, Hurn had his LP 53 (serial number 054159) in its original presentation case and letter of provenance auctioned off at Christie’s where the weapon fetched in excess of US$435,000.”


22 posted on 10/14/2012 7:19:46 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dennisw
My favorite Bond theme by Duran Duran. They should be brought back to do another. This is the only Bond theme to go to #1

I like it, too, but I think Adele is giving them a run for their money with her version of "Skyfall."

Heard it for the first time about a week ago and it's fast becoming my favorite song. Reminds me of the Bond songs from the sixties.

23 posted on 10/14/2012 7:33:46 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Teach a man to fish and you lose a Democratic voter.)
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To: BfloGuy

I don’t like this new Bond theme by Adele. It drags and drags. I want a high powered Bond theme like “View to a Kill” by the Duran boys


24 posted on 10/14/2012 8:07:30 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

So...it is a Walther LP 53 air pistol ?


25 posted on 10/14/2012 8:10:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Apparently so.

26 posted on 10/14/2012 8:15:42 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Three or four years ago, someone on this board mentioned the odd history of the “007 pistol that never was,” and I lost track of it.

Thanks very much for the update.

What was the caliber of this air gun ?

I’m interested because I shoot a Quackenbush .50 cal air rifle made here in Missouri. It’s a big banger and Missouri Department of Conservation approved to take deer.


27 posted on 10/14/2012 12:24:54 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: dennisw
I don’t like this new Bond theme by Adele. It drags and drags. I want a high powered Bond theme like “View to a Kill” by the Duran boys

Fair enough. I don't claim the new one's great music [the lyrics are nonsense,] but it reminds me a lot of "Goldfinger." I've always been more caught up in the melody and the harmony than the "meaning."

I've got to say that, though I've never paid any attention to Adele, her phrasing is spectacular.

28 posted on 10/14/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Teach a man to fish and you lose a Democratic voter.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
His review is 180 degrees from any reviewer that has already seen the film.

I suppose I might see it. Bond films are unlikely to have the usual snarky leftist dialog that causes me to immediately exit the theater.

29 posted on 10/14/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Vince Ferrer

Why do the press and media let the producers claim the title “official” film when there have been 24 previous films including one with sc they are not counting?


30 posted on 10/14/2012 6:06:36 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale

You fellas hear about the alleged “homoerotic” scene where Bardem “strokes” Bond’s torso or something? Bardem says his character would “**** anything”.

Homos see “subtext” everywhere cause that’s what they’re looking for and the actors are liberal fools who are happy to show how “enlightened” they are by talking that stuff up so I wouldn’t necessarily make too much of it.


31 posted on 10/17/2012 3:32:58 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale
I have neither seen the movie nor I am happy about Sam Mendes. However, in the novel “The Man with The Golden Gun” it was theorized by ‘CC’ (supposedly a fictionalized Hugh Trevor-Roper according to one source) in his report to ‘M” that Francisco Scaramanga was a homosexual.

In fact, in ‘Licence to Kill’ Franz Sanchez (Scaramanga) inexplicably hires Bond because FS is attracted to Bond.

32 posted on 10/17/2012 4:01:49 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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Wouldn’t surprise me.

Gotta stay with the agenda you know.


33 posted on 10/17/2012 5:20:04 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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Havier Bardiem makes my Tourette’s act up, X25. I will not watch anything with him in it.


34 posted on 10/19/2012 6:13:11 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Havier Bardiem - he was the psycho in No Country For Old Men???

Tommy Lee Jones did a good job in that flick. He looked positively beaten into the ground...”Weathered” I believe the term is...


35 posted on 10/19/2012 8:09:34 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

“Havier Bardiem - he was the psycho in No Country For Old Men???”

Yes he was.

“Tommy Lee Jones did a good job in that flick.”

He did!


36 posted on 10/19/2012 8:33:46 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: Perdogg
Comic books are for kids.


37 posted on 10/19/2012 8:45:44 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Vince Ferrer

‘Skyfall’ Director Says He Was Inspired By ‘The Dark Knight’

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James Bond Skyfall Dark Knight Influence

James Bond could be in for one heck of a makeover with Skyfall, his twenty-third outing (and no, we’re not referring to his wardrobe). Director Sam Mendes (American BeautyRoad to Perdition) may seem an odd choice for a Bond film, but while his style may be deemed ‘artsy’ by casual moviegoers, he’s taking inspiration from one director known for blending blockbuster action with poignant filmmaking.

The James Bond series has turned actors into household names, yet the ones behind the camera have garnered much less attention. That might make Sam Mendes’ role seem less significant in the long run, but that could be about to change – assuming Mendes can recreate even an ounce of the movies he’s turning to for inspiration.

As promotion of Skyfall has picked up speed, the largest source of enthusiasm and commitment to putting James Bond back on the right tracks has been coming directly from Mendes. Even when discussing the authentic London locations being used for filming, the man at the wheel seems as pleased as a kid in a candy store. But apparently, his thoughts on the project weren’t always so positive.

Mendes explained to ThePlaylist that his spot in the director’s chair came with some trepidation, and while the job may be one that many filmmakers dream of attaining, he wasn’t so optimistic:

“I was never interested and I don’t think I saw most of the Pierce Brosnan films [...] I was not into them at the time and then when Daniel got cast I was interested because he was a friend and I had worked with him. And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s interesting.’ I was on record as saying that I didn’t think he was good casting. Then I saw it and was blown away and was suddenly interested again, as a character, and eager to see the next one. I was slightly disappointed with ‘Quantum of Solace’ although I think it’s got a bit of a short shrift, there’s a lot in it that’s interesting. But when I met with Daniel and he asked whether or not I was interested in doing it, I found myself saying yes very quickly. It was just good timing.”

Mendes’ decision to jump on board was a risky one, since he rightly points out that the reception to Bond’s last adventure was lukewarm at best. But those who felt that the first Skyfall trailer revealing the diabolical Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) seemed more ‘Nolan-esque’ than ‘Bond-ish’ may have been right on the money.

Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Hospital Set

The strength of story, drama and compelling turmoil that director Christopher Nolan brought into the Batman mythos “directly inspired” Mendes in his view of the Bond series. Not just as a sign that tired properties can still have potential, but what can be attempted when studio dollars are on the line.

As Mendes sees it, the precedent has been set for directors like himself to bring more artistic flourishes to mainstream projects. What that means for Skyfall isn’t clear, but does sound promising:

“In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically ‘The Dark Knight,’ the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody…”

“We’re now in an industry where movies are very small or very big and there’s almost nothing in the middle [...] it would be a tragedy if all the serious movies were very small and all the popcorn movies were very big and have nothing to say. And what Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with ‘The Dark Knight,’ it’s not even set in our world. It felt like a movie that was about our world post-9/11, and played on our fears, and discussed our fears and why they existed and I thought that was incredibly brave and interesting. That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without ‘The Dark Knight,’ might not have been possible. Because also, people go, ‘Wow, that’s pretty dark,’ but then you can point to ‘Dark Knight’ and go ‘Look at that – that’s a darker movie, and it took in a gazillion dollars!’ That’s very helpful. There’s also that thing – it’s clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see.”

Nolan’s accomplishments extend far beyond producing one of the most taut and chilling character dramas the comic book genre has ever seen. The success and praise earned by Inception –  a story Nolan thought up himself – showed that in an age of sequels, reboots and adaptations, an original script can still earn almost a billion dollars at the box office.

Skyfall IMAX Trailer

It would be optimistic to think that Skyfall can do the same, but everything shown so far pays testament to Mendes’ wishes of making a “big fabulous escapist movie.” The over-the-top action scenes may set a new standard for Bond’s theatrics, but the film isn’t forgetting its heritage either. The new beginning for Bond may not please every fan, but the fact that it will be forgoing 3D (and the attached profits) when it hits theaters should earn some goodwill.

Is Christopher Nolan’s influence starting to seep into too many other franchises, or should directors take inspiration from wherever they can? Think the tone could work for this ‘darker’ chapter of James Bond’s life, or may only weigh down a plot that should be fun above all else?

Skyfall will be in theaters and IMAX on November 9, 2012.

38 posted on 10/19/2012 8:49:31 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch
I didn't connect them until I read some reviews like the one you posted, but James Bond and Bruce Wayne have a lot in common. They are both humans with no super powers except for wealth (Bond's wealth comes from access to the British government) and an ambivalence towards their own survival. Where Roger Moore was the Adam West of Bond, Daniel Craig is Christian Bale.

It still tickles me that people think Nolan did something substantially new in his Batman films. He just faithfully moved the comic book character to the screen.

39 posted on 10/19/2012 9:22:36 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: GOPsterinMA

Dude he was great in No Country for Old Men as a stone cod killer..
I think he will be excellent in Skyfall possibly the baddest guy JB has ever had to deal with..


40 posted on 10/19/2012 9:34:59 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

In understand.

I just don’t like HIM...he looks smelly or something. Ick. I get the same feeling from him that I do from Billy Bob Thornton.


41 posted on 10/19/2012 9:59:08 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

OMG Billy Bob is my hero imagine he dumped Anjelina when she brought home an adopted kid..


42 posted on 10/19/2012 10:43:06 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

He looks dirty...I lost all my love for AJ when she shacked up with him.


43 posted on 10/19/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: Vince Ferrer; a fool in paradise

I like the theme song:

“From Mister Skyfall
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of sky
This heart is fall”


44 posted on 10/19/2012 10:47:32 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Never liked her always thought she was skanky..Even though they have remade her once a skank always a skank.


45 posted on 10/19/2012 11:04:15 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

What?

Another James Bond thread on FR??

*sigh*

Time to make myself another Vesper...

;-)


46 posted on 10/19/2012 11:09:19 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: GSP.FAN

Hmmm...


47 posted on 10/19/2012 11:09:44 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Sky-fall! (horn blast)
He’s the man, the man who fallllls from the sky!
Sky-fall! (horn blast)


48 posted on 10/19/2012 2:27:06 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Perdogg
In fact, in ‘Licence to Kill’ Franz Sanchez (Scaramanga) inexplicably hires Bond because FS is attracted to Bond.

LOL, you really don't like LTK. ;d

49 posted on 10/21/2012 4:22:30 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Anything else would defy logic. LTK to is probably the most Flemingesque James Bond Movie in the past 25 years, even more so than Casino Royale. The execution was just poor. The dialogue was horrible and the director lost control of Dalton.


50 posted on 10/21/2012 5:52:56 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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