Looks like coronavirus has ruined our schedule.
|Tomorrow Never Dies||2||18.18%|
|The World is Not Enough||2||18.18%|
|Die Another Day||1||9.09%|
Yep. No Time to Die has been delayed until November 25th due to the coronavirus. Discussing with Veknoid now. Luckily this is a break weekend. On the plus side, we have time to cover James Bond Jr. now! 😄
Ahh what a week... Not sure whats worse...No Time To Die announced as delayed till November or the fact that I'm due to watch Die Another Day next
Hey, this means I'll have enough time to catch up.
Will you though? 😉
After chatting with Doc755, we decided that it's best to proceed as normal and then reconvene in November for No Time to Die.
Who knows: maybe we'll come up with another movie rewatch to bide the time until then
Die Another Day was trash.
Die Another Day. Dear oh dear. A 3 from me.
And it'starts so well too. Terrible theme song aside, this has the makings of another decent-good Bond flick early on. There's one or two issues (what is the deal with the heart attack? And that invisible car... just no), but the stuff in North Korea, Cuba and London are all well done and offer enough intrigue. I really like Zao as a villain, although Graves I never felt was too effective as an adversary. Then we get to Iceland, and it all falls to pieces. Hands down the worst section of any Bond film. The laser fight, the wind surfing, the car chase in the palace... it's just one calamity after another. The finale on the plane is really poor as well. The only positive in this part is Miranda's turn - I think Rosamund Pike is great in this role.
Also, what's with all those slow mo shots? They're almost as bad as some of the green screen shots. There's some absolutely atrocious dialogue too, particularly for Jinx, whose sass is incredibly irritating. The drop in quality from the first half to the second is frankly staggering, and drops a potential 6-7 score to a 3. This is truly the nadir of the Bond films.
I loved the intro.
The movie jumped the shark for me at the invisible car. The slow mo was very annoying, like it was trying to be the Matrix. I found them to be even worse than the green screen shots.
3 out of 10 for me, too.
I just saw "The Living Daylights".
Quite a turnaround for Bond movies. Leaving behind the more over the top and fantastic aspects of the Moore movies, The Living Daylights follows a very solid structure, with one of the most down to earth plots in the series. It also manageg to keep me guessing about the villain's plan without being too convoluted or contrived. The script is surprisingly well written, and it manages to deliver some great scenes that take advantage of the spy setting. Maybe the only problem it has is how dated some of the setpieces are, but I guess I can't be too hard on the movie for that. Timothy Dalton plays a much more grounded and professional Bond, with less of the glamour and theatrics of Moore or Connery. His acting makes a lot of the movie work. The scene in which he has Pushkin pinned down and he threatens to execute him is a rather chilling scene, reinforcing his role as a spy and hired assassin. The rest of the cast, however, is not that great. Maryam d'Abo is not a particularly good or noteworthy Bond girl (though she's smarter than usual and actively participates in the plot), and the whole cello subplot feels somewhat tacky, I kept expecting the cello to have some sort of importance for the plot, but it never really has it. The villains are also pretty weak. The three antagonists range between generic and annoying, which is not a good thing. In particular, the arms dealer and the "defector" aren't particularly intimidating or threatening, leaving all of that work to the main hencheman, which does have a really good infiltration scene in the country mansion. Also, the super car didn't really match the tone of the movie. It's one thing that Bond has a couple of hi-tech gadgets, and another thing entirely to have the fucking gadgetmobile.
Overall, it's a solid movie, and a welcomed change of pace in regards to Bond movies. A solid 8/10.