C. The "Do I look like I care" line about shaken not stirred seems to have you confused, too. You are another that gives "the job is getting under his skin" reason for uttering that line. So let's get this straight: Bond faced with losing a card game (this isn't exactly Miami getting blown up by a nuke) disrupts him so much that he can't even order a drink the way he wants it? That's what you actually believe? No. I'll say Purvis and Wade stupidly stripped Bond of his steadfast sophistication simply to get a cheap laugh from the audience. You bit. I rolled my eyes and said, "What are they doing to Bond?"
(Recall the scene in GOLDFINGER for how steadfast Bond is in his sophistication. Here he is a laser beam was seconds from cutting him in half, shot point blank in the chest by something, captured, held prisoner aboard his enemy's plane, flying to wherever his enemy takes him...and Bond shaves, showers, and makes sure he comes off that plane wearing the most spectacular suit on God's Earth. You really think that losing a hand in cards can rattle Bond's particualar tastes? If that GOLDFINGER situation couldn't shake his sophistication, then Purvis and Wade are clueless as to what Bond is.)
C. I agree about the tailored dinner jacket is more about Bond getting a little touchy about a girl getting too close. However, it still stands that basically a clerk would tell Bond what is suitable for a casino in Montenegro. Don't give me Bond's "personal budget" prohibits him (he was supplied with the latest Aston Martin, for Christ's sake!). No, when Vesper offers the better jacket it's a case of again Purvis and Wade stripping Bond of his inherent sophistication and giving us a scene where Bond doesn't know what is right when it comes to simply dressing appropriately. He doesn't know! This girl knows better than JAMES BOND what to wear in a casino! That is not Fleming/Bond. That is Purvis Wade/Bond. Not mine.
You don't play poker, do you? Do you understand what is happening to Bond at the moment?
A) He just caught one of the insanely worst beats that you can in a game. Full House of that nature getting topped by 4 of a kind...I don't even want to think about the odds, it hurts my head. Le Chiffre had the one possible hand that could have beat Bond. You don't bank on your opponent having that, ESPECIALLY if he's doing his "tell."
Vesper has just denied him funding. He has just failed a hugely important mission, cost his government 10 million dollars, funded terrorists, and indirectly been responsible for the potential future death of thousands of lives. His career, at the very least if not his life, is over.
You want the Bond that is still cool in that situation? You want the Bond who never loses, even when he loses?
THERE is the Bond you want, right there in front of you! And...coincidentally...that scene comes after the casino, farther along his journey of becoming the 007 we know...almost as if that's the point of the film....
THERE, he stands up to that. Getting his balls whacked with a rope, and he still manages to be the Bond we know. And you're telling me this isn't the exact James Bond you're claiming to miss?
C) The "Don't give a damn" line is an intrinsic wink to the audience. He's not Bond yet. It's a high level commentary to the audience. Yes, it pulls you out of the film in that sense. But with prequels and sequels, franchise films in general, it's become an accepted scripting technique.
D) Do you quite SEE the point of the film? He's NOT BOND YET. You're right, if three films down the line Craig is still doing that, something's wrong. But the whole idea is, he's developing these ideas and tastes. Eventually he becomes the 007 we know (See: Last scene. Cue Theme music, famous line, wasn't just for show....)
Edited by MattofSteel, 18 December 2006 - 12:27 AM.