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Alexander Witt: Better than Vic Armstrong?

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#1 tim partridge

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:14 PM

For those who have seen the film, what did you think?

Armstrong's stuff was often criticised for being faceless, loud and Hollywood, with stunt gimmicks at the narrative's expense.

How does Alexander Witt compare? Is he more Arthur Wooster or Vic Armstrong?

Does Witt get the Arthur Wooster style credit of SECOUND UNIT DIRECTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY?

Edit: was Arthur Wooster involved with CR in any capacity?

Edited by tim partridge, 15 November 2006 - 03:42 PM.

#2 mkkbb



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Posted 17 November 2006 - 12:14 AM

I really loved his work on this, it looks stunning, and very hard-edged. I did find that Vic Armstrongs work had gotten a bit stale (but maybe that's because his edits weren't the ones that made it to the final film).

I would be VERY happy if Witt was on board for the next film because the action scenes were excellent, far better than the previous Bonds.

#3 Evil Doctor Cheese Returns

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 12:34 AM

I've never liked Armstrong's Bond work...it always felt very stagey like he like stunts rather than film-making. Witt seems to treat stunts as part of film-making rather than seperate or showy like Armstrong. I don't know how the very experienced and sometime seemingly arrogant (and lets face it...why not - he;s at the top of his game, wanted by big directors and very very experienced with big action hit) Armstrong would have taken to having to atcually tell a story during an action scene and show Bond scared rather than get bond from a to b with as many dull shots as possible ala the die another day hovercraft chase.

Witt's applied himself perfectly and we're back to great Goldeneye action which feels part of the film and very strongly crafted.

G x

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 01:07 AM


#5 tim partridge

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 09:56 AM

Having seen the film now I agree with all of the above.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 05:02 AM

It was really good.

But I cannot criticise Vic Armstrong because he was responsible for my favourite Bond action scene - the speedboat chase from TWINE. Wow!!!

#7 DamnCoffee



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Posted 11 December 2006 - 06:16 PM

I'm still pissed off with Witt for [censored]ing up Resident Evil 2 but i'm really close to forgiving him :)

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:46 PM

I haven't been disappointed by Bond action in the series, probably sicne A View to a Kill (just because I cant' suspend my disbelief that much...sorry Rog).

But I do have to say, that while I love watching, certain elements of Armstrong's direction had come to feel a bit "staged." Reached a peak with TWINE, he redeemed himself with DAD a little. Alexander Witt's work on CR, however, I found quite breathtaking.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 07:44 PM

I couldn't say for sure when it comes to Armstrong's overall contribution. But compared to TWINE and DAD there is no question that Witt has produced far better action.