Where to start...well I have to admit I prefer this over 'Casino' by miles, its much more interesting, I could follow the plot and more action. It looks pretty darn cool looking too, almost like a computer game really, almost too cool for its own good. All the explosions, fighting and action is highly realistic and you can almost feel the heat or smell the sweat as Bond jumps and sprints his way through the film. The car chase at the films beginning is by far the best action sequence and the stunts throughout are very impressive and painful looking in places.
But there is a problem...for me anyway, it just doesn't feel like a Bond flick anymore, I never really liked Bond but these new films are so intense and gritty I feel they have lost the Bond charm and wit that made the older films unique. There is so much top brand product placement and Bond is almost modelling his way around the film. Much like the many adverts on TV these new Bond flicks are too flash, you almost expect David Beckham and Victoria to pop in the crowd showing Bond their lastest product lines.
Another problem is Craig...he's just not a Bond, he's way too brutal and cold for me, he kills almost everyone, looks evil and would be far better as a Bond villain frankly. Even though Bond is ruthless and a killer he's also suppose to be a suave spy, intelligent, calm, collected and a lady killer. Craig is just an assassin really...kills first before thinking it through and has no remorse or morality, a very big swing from the old Bonds and too much of a swing for me. The new Bonds are now just generic gun-ho agent flicks with massive bullet totals and lots of running. Also as has been said, the action is very frantic and its hard to keep up with it, with many cuts making the set pieces a blur you find yourself wondering whats happening and whats happened.
I find myself missing the femme fatales, quirky gadgets, villains with weird scars and bizarre henchmen hehe.
They also lack any kind of special one off sequences which many old Bond films have..
eg. 'Moonraker' had the space battle and 'Jaws'
'View To a Kill' had Grace Jones being surprisingly sexy as she killed people and the Golden Gate Bridge fight finale,
'Diamonds are Forever' had 'Bambi n Thumper', a great car chase in Las Vegas and the oil rig gun battle,
'For Your Eyes Only' had the white Lotus car/sub
'Live and Let Die' had the motor boat chase and car jump that spun a full 360 in mid air,
'You Only Live Twice' had the volcano base battle, the piranha's and 'little Nelly' etc....
I guess these days we are so used to flashy stunts that not much really stands out anymore, shame really cos Bond was famed for its amazing stunt set pieces back in the day.
A good film but its not Bond anymore if you ask me, its a whole different beast now with none of the Bond charm.
Oh and the main title song was terrible...just horrible.