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November 27, 2006



You're right about Casino being a little too long, Ken. I thought so, too - But we both know that if it were shorter, it wouldn't be the action they cut (and I thought that the chase at the beginning could stand a little judicious cutting), it would be the character stuff, and that's one of the reasons I loved this movie so much. I cared about Vesper and Bond, and it was great to see Dame Judith chew a little scenery, too, so I can live with the running time.Russell Walkswww.russellwalks.com(Can't remember my stupid Blogger password!)


Ah, The Dreamers. Very interesting film. I'm not sure I understood most of it (perhaps it was due to the lack of French subtitles I had for the French speaking parts), but I liked it. And Eva Green's nudity was pretty nice. And so was whats-his-face-ignorant-American-boy. Mmhm. He was so scared.. :D Loved Casino Royale. Am going to see it again if I can. The one-liners they had (the fewest ever in a Bond film- which I'm grateful for) were most excellent and very witty. Bond is back and I'm happy to see the next Craig flick. Le Chiffe is supposedly funding SPECTRE, I think.-Abbey


I didn't think it was actually too long; the character development needed room to breathe, in a 60s-throwback kinda way. However, the big third act plot complication came out of the blue and was a bit disconnected (with no plausible set up) which probably contributed to the "lengthy" feeling.


One more thing I liked ; it was faithful to the novel - Probably the first Bond film to be faithful the book since OHMSS...Russellwww.russellwalks.com

poor man

So my wife and I read the book before seeing the movie. She didn't like the film, I thought the adaptation wasn't half bad. I understand why it was long, but still wish they cut about 45 minutes out.The book? I highly recommend it. I've got to read all of Ian Fleming's Bond books now. Daniel Craig was this guy!Oddly fascinating for someone who grew up with Roger Moore as 007 for most of his formative years. Moore was a much more Bond in Cannonball Run.

poor man

ooops. I meant to say...Moore was a much more convincing Bond in Cannonball Run.

Mike Barer

Most people will agree that Moore was bad in the role. That is the Bond that I grew up on though, as Live And Let Die was the first Bond movie that I ever saw.


I agree with your review of Casino Royale - I loved it. I grew up in the '60s going to the local drive-in to see Connery in the latest Bond with my dad and older brother, and I am a big fan of the franchise. (Though I think almost every Bond movie is a bit too long.) This is the first movie in memory that I am willing to pay to see a second time.


Hear, hear. Craig is the best Bond since Connery's early movies. This might very well be the best Bond movie since those first few.I can't wait to see where they take the character in the already-in-development sequel.And Eva Green...wow. That scene where Vesper and Bond meet for the first time on the train was great, and then the scene in the shower...that's the kind of characterization you don't normally see in a Bond flick.

J Lee

I suppose special thanks should also be given to producer Charles Feldman, for screwing up the original "Casino Roayle" so badly it left ample room to do a remake based far more on Flemming's original story.


Martin Campbell must have gone to the Peter Jackson school of pacing. A good movie doesn't give my watch a workout.Craig is the shiz though.


In defense of Roger Moore, Ian Fleming wanted him instead of Connery for "Dr. No." And Moore was the right Bond for his time. "Get Smart" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." ruined the idea of a serious Bond for at least a generation. When Moore played Bond, he almost said to the audience "I know this is silly. You know this is silly. But, let's have a good time anyway."The interesting question about the new Bond will be "Do we need a Q?" Is the scene where Q (or Major Boothroyd in Dr. No) shows Bond all the new gadgets necessary?

Herb Popsfarter

Interesting... I'm hearing some good reports on Craig. I was going to avoid this old chestnut franchise because of it's "interchangeable Bond" philosophy, but I'm intrigued now. Thanks for protecting the integrity of (imo) the greatest Bond. I fully accept your take on the others.Connery will always be the best. And I've had a crush on Eva Green since Kingdom of Heaven. If I was Balian, I would have married her, killed the frenchman and ended the movie 20 minutes earlier.


I really enjoyed "Casino Royale". Daniel Craig's characterization of Bond really humanized him. He's even a little winded after chasing the bad guy! He's not a cutout cariacture...he looks and acts like a real person. My husband thought he was too street smarts for the role, but I enjoyed the down-to-earth feel. He's definitely right behind Connery in my book.

Jim 7

"... Denise Richards was a nuclear scientist, the single greatest conceit in motion picture history."Oh, yeah?Keanu Reeves, scientist, 'Chain Reaction', 1996.

Douglas McEwan

"James Bond does not have liver spots"Well, in Fleming's books, Bond joined the secret service during World War II. He'd have a few liver spots if he were somehow still alive now.I just imagine Dame Judi reading the novel and being shocked to discover she was playing a man.I remember in OCTOPUSSY, at the climax there's a huge battle going on between young, virile, strong people, some working for the good guys, some for the bad guys, and then Roger More and Desmond Llewellyn come floating down into the fray in a balloon, and we were supposed to believe that the arrival of these two frail, elderly men was going to turn the tide of battle between two armies of twenty-somethings. Idiotic.Pierce Brosnan never worked for me. He just seemed like a younger, tougher Roger Moore, and his sex appeal was undetectable. I watched "Die Another Day" last night on SPIKE, and was again reminded how bad he was, when noticing that the villain was vastly sexier than Bond.Bland as George Lazenby was, he was a better Bond than Moore or Brosnan.I really look forward to seeing "Casino Royale" later this week.

Herb Popsfarter

Outstanding point Jim 7!!!! Keanu playing anyone with an IQ higher than a seedless grape is indeed the greatest conceit in motion picture history. (Even though I've heard he is a pretty amiable fellow and a decent hockey goaltender in real life)


Keanu! Colbert would say "he's not playing, he's acting at you", but readily a fine fellow.


Also loved CR, but I agree that a half hour could have been cut. Craig was excellent - a terrific Bond for the present day. The toughest Bond ever. I never could stand Roger Moore - his Bond seemed like such a...pansy. Ever Dalton was preferable. I liked Brosnan; he was the Bond that Roger Moore wanted to be (although Brosnan's last two movies weren't all that great). I can understand why they replaced him for CR, though - Brosnan never would have been able to pull off the tough-guy Bond.

Jim 7

But Keanu has a wonderful sweetness in 'A Walk Through the Clouds.'

flem snopes

"... Denise Richards was a nuclear scientist, the single greatest conceit in motion picture history.""Oh, yeah?Keanu Reeves, scientist, 'Chain Reaction', 1996."I got one...Matthew McConaughey as a Yankee Lawyer in Amistad, 1997.

Freudian Slip

I thought it was a bit too long also, but it sure was good! Glad to see "Bond" back in action :)Matt


Wait a seccond, are you saying there was talking and a plot to The Dreamers, I might have to watch that again, I must not have noticed that the first time.


Just saw Casino Royale, and it wasn't terrible. It was a lot like A.I., the story would just not DIE!Do any writers actually consider Bond movies to be well-written?


Get Smart" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." ruined the idea of a serious Bond for at least a generation.Actually, Bond flicks like GOLDFINGER and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE are responsible for introducing the fantasy/humor elements of the Bond franchise. Especially GOLDFINGER.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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