A Quantum of Coherency

King Kong returns: Daniel Craig is back to wreak havoc once more upon the legacy of the Bond franchise. By Lance Berry Yes, I know…I did say that I’d never see another James Bond film as long as Daniel Craig was playing the role. But friends wanted to see this, peer pressure’s a bitch, so…

Quantum of Solace Will Leave You Barely Shaken, Only Slightly Stirred

Debbie Schlussel “Quantum of Solace” Will Leave You Barely Shaken, Only Slightly Stirred Debbie Schlussel November 14, 2008 “Quantum of Solace” Will Leave You Barely Shaken, Only Slightly Stirred By Debbie Schlussel The best thing about “Quantum of Solace”–the latest James Bond flick–is that the aptly-named villain-in-chief, Dominic Greene, is an environmentalist wacko, a “green”…

Casino Royale – worst Bond picture ever?

I finally got around to watching Casino Royale a few days ago, having read and heard such rave reviews of both it and the ‘new Bond’ Daniel Craig, who I’d seen and liked in various television programmes. Now, I know how everyone is saying how good this film is, how Craig is the best Bond…

CASINO ROYALE (or: A Bond movie that ISN’T a Bond movie

A strange thing happens at the end of this torture scene which I won’t reveal to you, just in case you choose to see this movie. It starts a major tilting of the plot, helps to set the love story in motion and begins a downward spiral of the movie’s entire internal logic. Trust me,…

“Casino Royale”: An Obituary for The James Bond Film Franchise

Daniel Craig (Bond). Craig’s characterization of Bond is charmless, worthless, and disturbingly nihilistic. At one point in the script, Craig’s Bond responds to a question with “Do I look like I give a damn?” The answer in “Casino Royale” is overwhelmingly NO. Why on earth, then, should the audience care about him? At another point,…