James Bond (Daniel Craig)

CASINO ROYALE (15)
D: Martin Campbell
MGM/Columbia/Eon (Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli)
UK/USA/Germany/Czech Republic 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇩🇪🇨🇿 2006
144 mins

Crime/Thriller

W: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis [based on the novel by Ian Fleming]     
DP: Phil Meheux
Ed: Stuart Baird
Mus: David Arnold
PD: Peter Lamont

Daniel Craig (James Bond), Eva Green (Vesper Lynd), Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre), Giancarlo Giannini (Rene Mathis), Judi Dench (M)

Bond for the 21st Century, starting afresh with Daniel Craig as a less-suave, more masculine 007 in his first assignment to investigate an arms dealer and prevent him from winning a high stakes poker game which will fund his entire operation.
Despite the movies best efforts to take the franchise in a different direction to it's predecessors, it still relies on references to them and needless product placement at every opportunity.
The action scenes maintain entertainment value, the production values can't be sniffed at and it's infinitely better than the 1967 film of the same name, but it's just trying so damn hard to not be a "Bond film" whilst constantly reminding us that it's a Bond film.
6/10

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
QUANTUM OF SOLACE (12)
D: Marc Forster
MGM/Columbia/Eon (Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli)
UK/US 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 2008
106 mins

Action/Thriller

W: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade [based on characters created by Ian Fleming]
DP: Roberto Schaefer
Ed: Matt Chesse & Rick Pearson
Mus: David Arnold

Daniel Craig (James Bond), Olga Kurylenko (Camille Montes), Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene), Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields), Giancarlo Giannini (Rene Mathis), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Judi Dench (M)

It's not the worst Bond film, despite having the worst Bond film title, but if you've seen one Bond movie, you've seen them all, despite the biggest efforts to take the Daniel Craig movies in a completely different direction. All of them are quite formulaic, the only things that change are the locations, stunts, villains and Bond girls.
The plot is less a spy thriller and more a tale of revenge, as agent 007 seeks revenge for the death of his lover in the previous film (Casino Royale).
This doesn't really have much memorable about it, seemingly trying to ape the Bourne movies in the action stakes and some fine talent is wasted. I also think Daniel Craig is a douchebag. This movie was a big bag of average really.
There's a big reference to Goldfinger in this one, which I thought was a little cheeky. That's the seminal Bond movie that all others aspire to be.
5/10

Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
SKYFALL (12)
D: Sam Mendes
Columbia/MGM/Eon (Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli)
UK/US 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 2012
143 mins

Action/Thriller

W: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & John Logan [based on characters created by Ian Fleming]
DP: Roger Deakins
Ed: Stuart Baird
Mus: Thomas Newman

Daniel Craig (James Bond), Javier Bardem (Raoul Silva), Judi Dench (M), Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Berenice Marlohe (Severine), Albert Finney (Kincaid), Ben Whishaw (Q)

Like Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Skyfall takes the franchise in a completely different direction from the Connery, Moore & Brosnan movies of yesteryear, but still keep the staple of thrilling set pieces, impressive stunts and high-octane special effects, sometimes at the expense of a good story.
Bond meets his match with a new villain, a former agent who plans on assassinating high profile members of MI5. 
There's a fair share of clichés, goofs and shameless product placement, but there's also many stunning visuals, breathtaking action scenes and stunts, but it all goes on just that little bit too long.
Javier Bardem makes one of the series' very best villains but doesn't quite get enough screen time and comes into the film much too late.
Much was hyped when Skyfall hit cinemas in the Autumn of 2012, though much of this was due to the commemoration of 50 years since the first Bond movie (Dr. No) was released rather than the brilliance of this segment.
6/10

Daniel Craig in Skyfall
Daniel Craig in Skyfall

SPECTRE (12)

D: Sam Mendes

MGM/Columbia (Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli)

UK/US 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 2015

148 mins


Action/Thriller


W: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Jez Butterworth [based on characters created by Ian Fleming]

DP: Hoyte van Hoytema

Ed: Lee Smith

Mus: Thomas Newman



Daniel Craig (James Bond), Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld), Lea Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx), Ralph Fiennes (M), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra)


Daniel Craig's fourth outing as James Bond, following on from the events in 2012's Skyfall. 007 receives a posthumous message from Judi Dench's M to carry out a mission in Mexico to prevent a terrorist attack, but Bond's methods land him in hot water with his authorities and he faces suspension from duty. He disobeys his orders and uncovers the terrorist organisation Spectre, headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). 

Though the Daniel Craig Bond movies attempt to take the franchise in a different direction, this movie seems to have many references to the older, classic films, especially Diamonds Are Forever with its Mexico City opening. The opening sequence is quite excellent, seemingly filmed in one shot (succeeding with clever edits), whic the rest of the set pieces don't quite trump. As always, the stunts and special effects are great (achieved by a budget which make this the most expensive Bond film to produce), but it really isn't up there with the best of Bond. Despite winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall" doesn't really fit the mood of the film at all. 

6/10


Spectre
Spectre