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Agreed - the last half hour of the film felt tacked on.

The hospital scenes and the whole conversation with M at the end, on the boat, left a rather hollow feeling, emphasised by the fact that emotions were having to be spelt out by the script.

Lines like "The bitch is dead" and "You don't trust anyone, do you?" felt so jarring when compared to the excellent dialogue that was in the first half of the film.

However I do appreciate what the film has successfully done - it has established a new tone to the Bond franchise - a harder, sleeker tone and I look forward to seeing how they continue with the series, rather than dreading what they are going to come up with next (as was the case with the later Brosnan films).

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Saw this on Sunday.

Really enjoyed it and it has 'rebooted' Bond in the best way possible.

However, the seats at the Odeon in Leicester Square are shite, i would have had more leg room watching it from the back seat of a mini.

Top violence for a 12'a' :(

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Product placement - Jesus Christ it was bad. Especially seeing as they'd pointed it all out to you in the ad/trailers before the movie (or at least they did in my cinema) so it really stuck out badly. I actually had to stifle a chuckle at the CyberShot camera on the boat.

I thought the worst one was in the opening scene.

When that other guy with Bond opens the drawer to get his gun/a gun, there's a Sony MP3 player by it. Way to kill the mood, film-people

But otherwise, it was a great film. I thought the Texas Hold 'em/Poker/whatever it is scene went on too long, but that probably helped the tension.

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I thought it was really good.

The end went on a bit too long, but it was far better than most recen Bond films.

I have:

Goldeneye, the man with the golden gun and goldfinger on DVD - which is best?

More explosions!

Noooo!

If you just want to see explosions go and watch the fucking awful last two Brosnan efforts.

BOOM.

BIGGER BOOM.

ROBBIE COLTRAINE.

BOOM.

Fucking hell.

:angry:

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Saw it last night and liked it a lot. Although not perfect, it was way better than the last three Brosnan movies. I do have one or two gripes, mind. I thought some of the humour felt flat. Lines which were obviously meant to be funny where met with a deafening silence in the cinema where I saw it -- Craig's delivery of humourous lines was occasionally a bit shakey. Despite this, I don't feel he's totally to blame as he's not really the same type of actor as Brosnan or Moore. He's not as smarmy as those two for starters.

Until he settles into the role properly, I do feel Craig was maybe bricking it slightly, this being his first Bond movie. His face didn't seem very animated and he seemed to have a habit of pouting too much, as if he was thinking, "Shit! I'm Bond! Fucking Bond! I better look smooth and sexy and charming whilst I sit here, drinking my Martini."

He looked most comfortable in the more intimate scenes with Vespa, despite having to deliver some clunky lines here and there. Vespa's line about the smile and the finger was a truly awful line, saved only by Bond's reply. No-one would say a line like Vespa's in real life. It was there purely to serve Bond's punchline.

I have to say, Craig really handled himself well in the fight scenes. They're probably the best fight scenes since OHMSS. The opening scene in the toilets was brutal and I'm amazed this film was passed for a 12A, really amazed. Licence to Kill got a 15 and it's not as violent as this.

The torture scene was terrific, just like I imagined it might be, having read the book. This was the one instance, bizarrely, where Craig was at his most witty, getting genuine belly laughs with some of his lines.

Some random thoughts there. I may post some more later. Overall, I enjoyed the film a lot and really can't wait for the next one. Fingers crossed they don't fuck it up.

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Saw this tonight, thought it was brilliant.

Did that guy at the end with the shaded monacle wear that just so Vesper knew who he worked with?

Also, was I hallucinating or was there product placement in the form of - how can I put this...RICHARD BRANSON.

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Saw this Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it, but of course the poker was an absolute farce, as was the product placement. That last poker hand was AWFUL. Checking with the 2nd nuts on the turn? Nice move dickhead. Let the board pair. Wouldn't have got a set out with so much in the pot and him only having $5mm left and obviously Bond was good but.. ah whatever. And the blinds... christ they started at about thruppence when each player had $10mm on the table! Anyway, there was two instances I turned to my friend and said something during the film. The second was during that scene, before the cards were turned up; I said "Watch this. Flush, full house, higher full house, straight flush. Guaranteed. It's going to be ridiculous." And it was.

Still, a fine return to form for the franchise, and a film I'll be watching again.

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I went to see it again last night with my brother who had yet to see it and by the end of it he was converted and I was grinning like an idiot once again.

I forgot that Mr White was in it at the very start as well as the end... I definitely expect the next movie to focus on their organisation.

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Saw this Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it, but of course the poker was an absolite farce, as was the product placement. That last poker hand was AWFUL. Checking with the 2nd nuts on the turn? Nice move dickhead. Let the board pair. Wouldn't have got a set out with so much in the pot and him only having $5mm left and obviously Bond was good but.. ah whatever. And the blinds... christ they started at abotu thruppence when each player had $10mm on the table! Anyway. there was two instances I turned to my friend and said something during the film. The second was during that scene, before the cards were turned up; I said "Watch this. Flush, full house, higher full house, straight flush. Guaranteed. It's going to be ridiculous." And it was.

Still, a fine return to form for the franchise, and a film I'll be watching again.

I thought the poker game would've been better if Bond had won entirely by bluffing... like, with a pair of 7s or something.

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I thought the poker game would've been better if Bond had won entirely by bluffing... like, with a pair of 7s or something.

Yeah, putting him all in on a missed draw or something. That would have been rather sweet. Instead, a 4 person showdown to end the a 10 player Single Table Tournament which I have never seen in my life. It's rare enough busting a couple of people at one table, but three people in this sort of game? I think not.

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Yeah, putting him all in on a missed draw or something. That would have been rather sweet. Instead, a 4 person showdown to end the a 10 player Single Table Tournament which I have never seen in my life. It's rare enough busting a couple of people at one table, but three people in this sort of game? I think not.

Have you ever seen a secret agent chase a bomb maker through a contruction site in your life?

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Have you ever seen a secret agent chase a bomb maker through a contruction site in your life?

Yeah sure why not.

It's not like the film was ruined for me or anything, just that the poker was as ridiculous as any other part of the film. It's Bond; I'd expect nothing less.

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Yeah sure why not.

It's not like the film was ruined for me or anything, just that the poker was as ridiculous as any other part of the film. It's Bond; I'd expect nothing less.

It was actually kind of interesting to get your perspective on the poker because when I was talking to my sister about the film I said that I felt I was missing out somewhat by not knowing the rules of poker, seems in this case ignorance was bliss.

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It was actually kind of interesting to get your perspective on the poker because when I was talking to my sister about the film I said that I felt I was missing out somewhat by not knowing the rules of poker, seems in this case ignorance was bliss.

I knew enough of the rules to follow it without realising the absurdity. I win!

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I liked the neat little Fleming-esque touches scattered throughout, like when the guy at the airport uses the sunglasses rack to see Bond loitering behind him, or when he makes a quick salt solution to drink before running to the car and having to defibrillate himself.

The theme song was ace - it sounded like it was in the right movie at the very least, which is more than can be said for some of the tunes that have featured over the years (Die Another Day, Live And Let Die, A Fucking View To A Fucking Kill). The tunes used are always brilliant, but rarely are they as evocative of the idea of 'Bond, James Bond' as this one.

The poker game was always bound to be crap, but would you really expect careful play when the table was seemingly full of government agents playing with other people's money? A bigger complaint than the obvious ones (it's the final draw and everyone goes all in with a potential winning hand?) is the time it dwells on Bond being able to 'read people' well. After you're told that it's obviously a talent that few people have, we see a number of REALLY OBVIOUS tics and habits that Le Chiffre seems to have despite being some kind of champion gambler. Nobody ever became a gambler with signposting that bad.

The Action was roar, the Romance was yuck, the Torture was ooer. The Dialogue ran the gamut from proper wordplay to ham-and-cheese. The final act took a bit too long, and was full of horrible holes and inconsistencies, even though the Ending was YES.

Craig is amazing even though he stole Zoolander's 'Blue Steel' look. For the first time in ages I didn't feel bullshitted when Bond got the girls, like I did with every other Bond apart from Connery.

Conclusion? Definitely up high, sharing the rung below FRWL with Dr. No and Goldeneye. If they wring out their scriptwriting errors and possibly not aim for such a fictional low common denominator, then the sky's the limit.

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