November 16, 2012
All the favorite Bond elements are here and they arrive in surprising ways-- the Aston Martin, Q's witty remark, "What did you expect? Exploding pens?" and, most importantly that distinctive old time Bond twangy music kicks in at just the right moment.
This film was deeper and more character driven than most of the Bond movies, and the villain, though outrageous, had a back story that was relevant to the plot. There are believable current day issues like a hostile Parliamentary oversight committees out to grab headlines by dumping M, and a pretty fair definition of existing security threats that are not "place specific", but "always there in the shadows." So, we have action a-plenty, gorgeous women, a plot that is not driven by "world domination" and an often grungy Bond who seems vulnerable and at risk of becoming irrelevant, but still the best at what he does, including looking good in a tux and seducing women.
My rating: Two Walther PPK bullets in the bulls eye.
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