November 8 2006

A return to Bond’s roots?

I have to admit, I love James Bond movies, but the new actor, Daniel Craig, has just not been exciting me. In addition to not being thrilled by Craig, the last few movies (Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day) suffered from really, really weak villains, which was sad since I thought Pierce Brosnan made a good Bond. So, add in not being thrilled by Craig, and a fear of a weak villain, Casino Royale wasn’t high on my “must-see” list. Something changed today to give me some hope.

The film is currently doing the “press junket” (where actors get to sit in a room for 8 hours answering the same insipid questions over-and-over) and some interesting info came out via C.H.U.D.. Talking about the end of the film:

“At the end of this film there’s unfinished business,” she told me. “It’s clear in this story that there’s someone out there. In fact there’s a line at the end of the book Casino Royale where Bond makes a decision that he’s going to take on this task, he’s going to become a warrior and try to find the hand that holds the whip. The big menace out there, the man who manipulates people and gets them to do evil things. That’s very much the spirit of the book and that’s the direction we’re going to continue on.”

Hmmmm could this FINALLY be a return to SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion)? An over-all, umbrella group of evil as opposed to silly things like a media mogul starting wars to sell more newspapers? (The World Is Not Enough) As Casino Royale is a return to Bond’s early days, when he first took on the mantle of a “00”, this very well could be the return to the more classic style of Bond villains.

That alone might inspire me to check the film out.

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