– I am writing this on a Sony Vaio laptop.
– The phone I’m carrying is a Sony Ericsson phone. Although I can’t even archive a text or press up or left on my phone, never mind use GPS tracking systems to trace my prey.
– In an ideal world, my next digicam will be a Sony camera.
– I, like Daniel Craig, look really uncomfortable in a suit. Although my reasons are not because I have too many pecs.
Seriously, the amount of product placement in Casino Royale was ridiculous. It’s always been a problem in Bond films – but at least it was relatively subdued. This time, the characters actually praise each other on the choice of their watches – and the Omega brand gets a huge thumbs-up. It’s still not going to make me wear one though.
But otherwise, it was a great Bond film. I was quite happy with most of the re-booting, but the emotional violence on screen was very discomforting. And maybe it’s a sign of my decreasing brain power, but I was almost thankful that M cleared up what happened at the end – although it still makes no sense as to why Vespar did what she did. Anyone care to explain?
Speaking of Eva Green, I’d never figured out why everyone called her a great beauty. She didn’t do much in Kingdom of Heaven, if you ask me. But there’s a scene in Casino Royale where you see her sans make-up, and she looks beautiful in that shot. Although I’m still not too sure what makes Vespar so special – so she spars with him verbally and gives as good as she gets. But half the other Bond girls these days seem to do that – what makes her different? At least “Tracy Bond” also sparred with him physically.
But why oh why does Daniel Craig run like the Terminator T-1000? Yes, I understand he’s meant to be an emotionless machine with a penchant for luxury, sex and death – but running like that? Nothing draws attention to a runner more than that particular style of remorseless running.
Also, I found it interesting that while Die Another Day was crucified for being a Bond of two halves – real Bond for the first hour, fantasy Bond for the second – this one almost reversed that, so we had traditional Bond at the beginning, and harsh Bond at the end.
I did love the title sequence – I was wondering how you could have a Bond title sequence without semi-naked ladies, but it worked quite well. But the less said about that so-called theme tune, the better.