Listed from Best to, well, Spectre, Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment. This time out: Daniel Craig’s outings as Bond, James Bond!
Hold the phone. 007 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect. Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action to be a thriller in its own right.
2. Casino Royale
Casino Royale burst onto the screen like a breath of fresh air. Gone were the silly gadgets, invisible cars and dumb taking over the world plots of the Brosnan era, in was a far more violent, Bourne styled film. Gritty, hell it even had bits in black & white, this was about taking Bond back to the beginning and rebooting for a much more knowing audience.
4. No Time To Die
No Time To Die, an often downbeat Mills and Bond of a film (yet equally offering a fair dose of humour and fun in it’s early stages) sits well ahead of the trouble twosome (Spectre and QoS) and JUST behind Casino Royale. Of course Skyfall remains ahead of them all… but still that film is a real one off. Craig actually turns up for this one giving some of his best Bond and whilst the story does spin off in some VERY unexpected directions, it works to bring this particular chapter to a close with a strong support cast playing their roles to perfection.
4. Quantum of Solace
Okay so it has it’s flaws and certainly wasn’t well received when it was originally released in 2008 but I’ve always been a mini apologist for Quantum Of Solace. Hurt by the writers strike and feeling like the work of three different directors (oddly it wasn’t) , QoS sits in the Tomorrow Never Dies camp of having to follow up a great film at a bad time
Sigh. Where did it all go so wrong? Ah yes for the most part it was the moment where a collecting the cheque Christoph Waltz arrives and the film goes all “One Million Dollars” on us ( a moment I laughed out loud at). Yup Bond tries to do Austin Powers but without the fun, action or the jokes. Let’s be fair: for around an hour it’s pretty good stuff. Witty with classic Bond stylings but I can’t ever remember seeing a film fall so far so fast.