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Do you like the James Bond franchise? How do you feel about Daniel Craig portraying the iconic, fictional secret agent working for the United Kingdom? I, for one, adore Daniel Craig as he's basically given the 007 series much needed attention and generally positive critical reception. Skyfall made a billion dollars, without the need for any 3D premium ticket prices! I have recently seen Spectre, and while the cinematography and the set locations are as dazzling as the past Craig 007 movies, Spectre seemed to pay homage to the original James Bond by having traditional enemies, a traditional twist, the nostalgic old school car, the plot armor, and the massive explosions just for the thrill of it. But here are some tidbits that might change your perspective about Daniel Craig's James Bond films.
Perhaps, Casino Royale is the best James Bond movie. Ever. The story is thrilling, the characters are engaging, and everything actually makes sense! There is realism even if it's a James Bond film, but it never takes itself too seriously. Maybe others think Skyfall is the best Bond movie, but Casino Royale is quite the contender.
It's not that her character is bad, it's just that her portrayal of Moneypenny is bad. Yes, she naturally speaks in her English accent, but it just doesn't work well. There's something awkward about the lines given to her.
The two Bond films are actually quite similar, it's just that Spectre is more complex than Quantum of Solace. It's a larger, more massive film than Quantum of Solace in terms of action scenes, explosions, and is an attempt at relating all of the past films.
Back during Casino Royale, Bond was emotionally wrecked because his significant other died. But ever since Casino Royale, Bond seems to have reverted back to being a cold, sly secret agent that can sometimes be creepy. Remember back in Skyfall when Bond actually lures a woman into sexual tension even though she just admitted to living her life as a sex slave? And in Spectre, Bond tries to have sex with a woman two decades younger than him. And that woman's father just died too.
Casino Royale made James Bond relevant to the pop culture of today's society, but Quantum of Solace seemed like it reverted back to old Bond. Spectre was also trying to be a traditional James Bond, but forgot to deliver something new yet old to franchise.
Yes, skyfall was lovely, but what did the childhood story of Bond achieve, aside from simply revealing what happened to 007? Wasn't Skyfall supposed to honor M? Bond's story isn't as great when it doesn't connect to the overarching story.
There's no way to deny it. Casino Royale was great for characters of all sexes, but Skyfall just went back to sexism. You have M being replaced by a male, aside from a former sex slave being approached sexually by Bond. Even Moneypenny, a former field agent, becomes just another secretary of sorts.
There's no denying it. Aside from Casino Royale being the best James Bond film of all time, Daniel Craig has successfully and rightfully reignited interest toward the whole James Bond franchise. He was great, he was still a sexy man having sex with sexy ladies, he handles drama and action scenes well, and he's overall very charismatic. So whatever mistakes some of his Bond films have, that doesn't mean that Craig can't be the best James Bond of all time.