Tuesday, September 12, 2006

To See: Casino Royale

This is probably rare for people of my generation, but it was Ian Fleming's novels that led me to the Bond movies; not the other way around. Because of that, my fondness for the literary Bond has always colored my opinions about the various movie versions. Like everyone else, Connery will always be my favorite, but I'm one of the few who actually prefers Timothy Dalton to either Pierce Brosnan or Roger Moore. Especially to Roger Moore, who dislikes For Your Eyes Only; the only one of his Bond movies to come anywhere close to capturing the tone of Fleming's books.

My favorite Bond novel is the first one, Casino Royale. The reason I love it is its last sentence, so I won't blow that for anyone who hasn't read it, but I'm thrilled that we're finally getting a real adaptation of it (make sure you watch the new trailer in the link) after two crappy ones. And I'm thrilled that the film-makers are giving Bond his edge back with Daniel Craig. It's going to be a long wait until November 17th.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kinski says...

..despite making him an American ... the early-50s television version is not that bad. It is hindered by being live television ... but Peter Lorre is pretty good as La Chiffre (I think I'm spelling that wrong, but I don't feel like checking it.

bruce grossman said...

Thank god they are making Bond the thug he is. Hell they even refrence to him as a blunt intrument

Michael May said...

"..despite making him an American ... the early-50s television version is not that bad. It is hindered by being live television ... but Peter Lorre is pretty good as La Chiffre."

Lorre's okay. He flubs a line or two, but that's live TV for ya. I can forgive him for that, mainly because he's Peter Lorre.

What bothers me most is the Americanization of "Jimmy Bond," like you said, but it also looks like they ran out of time at the end and rushed to wrap everything up in time.

They also had to cover for Barry Nelson's inability to get the cigarette case open and pull out the razor blade he needed to escape.

For what it is, it's not bad, I agree. But it doesn't pack the emotional punch that the novel did and I'm hoping the new movie will.

Michael May said...

"Thank god they are making Bond the thug he is."

Amen!

West said...

I was bugged by the casting, at first, but since they're going for a different tone, it kinda makes sense that they'd go with a very different look.

Brosnan's last Bond flick was the shyt, imo. Fantastic stuff and a great way to close that particular chapter.

I'm somewhat eagerly anticipating the newest chapter. I just hope it doesn't involve any woman-beating.

(I've never read the books.)

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