It’s my least favorite Bond film for plenty of reasons. Which is made a little more annoying because Casino Royale is my favorite. It’s the least enjoyable Bond film to watch. Possibly by a large margin. It’s devoid of humor and is easily the least comprehensible. I want to learn to like it but it’s hard. It’s poorly written and poorly edited.
Some people like certain things in it. But I really don’t like much about it. I don’t even like the conception of it being a direct sequel to Casino Royale. I think that was the first problem and that was the foundation that they couldn’t shake.
The villain seems like he’s an afterthought. I think he’s the least memorable in the series. I don’t mind the actor who plays Green but he has nothing to do because the writers didn’t figure it out. I’m not crazy about baddies who continuously talk about the organization they represent instead of being characters themselves.
I also don’t like the revenge film that has no payoffs. The three guys Bond is after (Mr. White, Green and Vesper’s boyfriend) all exit the film completely off screen. It just doesn’t gel with the rest of the movie which is a madhouse of action. It makes all of them feel less impactful and they can’t even be bothered to give them a proper sendoff.
Personally, I think all of the action scenes are boring. I have a fascination with the bell tower scene but it becomes just a bit too cartoony for me to take it seriously. It starts to look like an animated scene toward the end. I just like the shot of him shooting to end it.
The Felix stuff only hurts. I barely even understand it. And the final building blowing up in the middle of nowhere doesn’t do it for me.
And I’m sorry, I see no reason to place Mathis in a garbage dumpster. Inexcusable.
I take solace in the opera house scene. And the scene with Bond and Camille in the cave. And I actually don’t mind the titles or song (although I can totally understand someone not liking the song).
Do we really need his license to be revoked in yet another film? Can’t M just be an ally to Bond? Is even that too much to ask?
Honestly, it’s the only Bond film I complain about so one-sidedly. I just saw it again and I needed a rant.