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Capone talks with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, and QUANTUM OF SOLACE director Marc Forster in London!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. I've just gotten back from one of the singularly spectacular events I've ever been a part of in my 10 years at Ain't It Cool. First off, I should tell you (in case you hadn't noticed), I don't do much traveling for AICN; I've never done a set visit or an out-of-town junket or a convention of any sorts. But this year, I made a commitment to myself to get out of the Windy City and to get to more events. So far, I've limited myself to festivals and Comic-Con in San Diego. But last week, I went on a three-day adventure (there really is no better word for it) in London all on behalf of the new James Bond film QUANTUM OF SOLACE. As I said, in the entire time I've been with AICN, I have never done a junket-related trip. Those tasks tend to fall to Quint, Moriarty, sometimes Harry, or Mr. Beaks. But with everyone tied up thanks to Fantastic Fest, the Bond journey fell to me. I'll have a couple of reports about some of the awesome shit we got to do (Bond fanatics will want to murder me…in a good way), but I want to start out with the real reason I went in the first place--to talk to Mr. Bond himself, Daniel Craig, and to the director of QUANTUM OF SOLACE, Marc Forster, whose previous films include STRANGER THAN FICTION, MONSTER'S BALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER, and last year's THE KITE RUNNER. Marc is an extraordinary filmmaker, who has made a series of very personal, sometimes emotionally wrenching dramas, as well as one very clever existential comedy. First, a tiny bit of background. The reason this trip even happened is a bit of coolness and strangeness on its own. Craig, Forster, and several other cast members and behind-the-scenes types had all planned to come to Comic-Con in July, but for whatever reason could not make the panel happen. As something of a make-up gig, Sony Pictures brought out representatives from six movie blog sites to London to meet with Craig and Forster, not to ask our own questions (a forthcoming press tour will take care of that), but to ask questions submitted by readers of our individual sites. If you remember a couple of weeks back, I asked you all to submit questions for this opportunity. Each writer got to ask two questions per site to each subject. I know two questions each doesn't sound like much of an interview, but I have to say between the six of us, I think we covered the bases about QUANTUM OF SOLACE; Craig's attitudes about being James Bond; the changes both men were looking to make with this film; what they both love about the older films; and what we should expect from future films (Craig will return for more than one future Bond adventure; pass it on). Most importantly Craig tells us what its like to play a character known for such fabulous cocksmanship (or is that coxmanship?). So here's how this is going to work. I'll present you my portion of the Q&A (two questions each) and I'll link to the five other sites Q&As as well. Remember, these are all reader-submitted questions from all six sites. We made an effort not to repeat questions or ask ones that would elicit similar answers. As a bonus, during Craig's interview, long-time Bond producer Barbara Broccoli (daughter of original Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and head of Eon Productions) sat in with us and provided some bonus commentary. Marc Forster is a really expressive filmmaker who knew exactly what he wanted for this film, even while he was working within the sometimes restrictive confines of this decades-long franchise. He was great fun to talk to, because it's clear he has a fantastic time making his first big-budget action film. He's also clearly a fan of all of the Bond films. Craig might have been the biggest surprise. Having recently had surgery on his right arm (for a long-term condition that needed fixing--the post-QUANTUM break in his schedule allowed him to finally have the surgery done), his right arm was in a sling but still made a point to shake everybody's hand with his left hand. Incredibly personal and down to earth, he's something of a contrast to the cucumber-cool character he plays. He doesn't come across as ridiculously polished; he's humble; he's apologetic if he thinks he's talking too much; and he has fiercely blue eyes--like Paul Newman blue. I only noticed and mention this because every woman I know who heard I was going on this trip wanted me to tell them exactly how blue Craig's eyes were. They are blue enough to swim laps in. But above all else, he was funny, friendly, and talkative. It's my understand that our six-person interview was damn near his first on behalf of this movie. Without further delay, here first is Marc Forster:
Capone: CASINO ROYALE had a near-perfect balance of action and character development. It seems that the action scenes actually have more weight the more invested we are in the characters. Does QUANTUM OF SOLACE have that balance, and how did you strike that balance? -- Marc Forster: Yeah, From my perspective I feel that I, I was able to achieve that balance, but I mean it’s really up to the audience to, to judge that, and make that decision if I achieved it [laughs]. I feel very pleased with it, and felt I was able to achieve the, the balance between character and action and, emotional content and I think it flows very well. Also I feel I tried to implement as much humor as I can without being too light. I think it’s trying to walk this very thin line between connecting with the character, being entertained, having some substance, but still have emotional complexity, still not take yourself too seriously, and that you still have a balance of that humor there, because I think it’s a very important component of Bond. Does that answer your question? Capone: I think so. You’ve spoken about how one of the primary things that brought you to QUANTUM OF SOLACE was the particular visual style and how much you loved the look of the early-60s Bond films. What was it about this look that was appealing to you and how did you try and incorporate it into this film? Marc Forster: I felt that in the early Bond films, like DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, GOLDFINGER, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, and so on, production designer Ken Adam's production design was ahead of its time. It was really ahead of its time and, and I felt like it just had this really cool look from the sort of '60s and early '70s--the interiors and the furniture--so I felt that I wanted to have a bit of a retro look with QUANTUM OF SOLACE, but at the same time modernize it as well and juxtapose the two worlds against each other. The two other main inspirations came sort of from THE PARALLAX VIEW from Alan J. Pakula, the conspiracy thriller, and from NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Hitchcock. I felt like Hitchcock always was a bit of an influence on Bond, in general, even from in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, so I felt like it would be interesting to have some like trickle and have some influence of sort of Hitchcock into this one as well. So I took everything I loved about the old Bonds and about those other two particular movies, and include them and juxtapose them against the very modern world to which I’m drawn and where my aesthetic comes in, and have these two worlds clash against each other. And it created something I’m really pleased with, because there’s a certain way I paid homage to the movies I love, and, at the same time, I created my own. Here is where to find the other parts to this interview. If I have the exact link to the story, I'll give that. If I don't, I swap it out when I get the link.
And now here are your two questions for Daniel Craig… Capone: It seems like the earlier Bond films started losing their potency the more cartoony they became in terms of the villains and the gadgets. CASINO ROYALE was a welcome sort of slap back into reality. Do you prefer that the gadgets and the over-the-top villains be kept to a minimum as was the case with CASINO ROYALE? Daniel Craig: Yes…kind of…yes I do. As I said, it’s extraordinary what technology does and I think that it’s not somewhere we’ve gone down. I think if we were to do a gadget film, we would have to do a movie about gadgets because listening devices--I mean I know very little but I do speak to some people who do know, and when they kind of start giving away bits of information about what you can do in a room like this--and I know got this room mic'ed up today. [laughs] Anybody who’s listening in, or listening from down the road, it’s just extraordinary and terrifying. And I think it’s too big a statement to make without making a really big statement in the movie. I’ve got no fear of it, it just has to be integral to the plot. It’s just that whole thing, which I loved in the older movies, where there’s the safe, DUNK! [mimics slapping on a safe-cracking gadget] and the button was like that and suddenly you can open the safe, it’s great. I think my Bond tends to sort of go down the sort of like: there’s the safe, there’s the plastic explosive, fucking duck, and we’ll and we’ll blow it open. Remind me the question again just so I just get the… Capone: I was asking about whether you prefer the more minimalistic approach to the new films. Daniel Craig: I’m easy. If we find the plot right, and I just think that’s really, for me, the most important thing, we’ve got to get the story right. And if it becomes about other things, it becomes distracting, then I’m not into it. If it becomes part and stays part of the plot, then it’s, in. I’m open to anything. I mean, we can go into space; I don’t care. As long as we feel it's totally the way the movie’s going in a suspense plot, part and parcel of the story and it makes sense. Capone: Okay. As far as you know--and this might be posed to Barbara as well--will future Bond films be connected to each other, and if so is there a sort of story arc in mind or will they go back to stand-alone…? Daniel Craig: You're trying to ask me if I'm going to be in the next one, aren't you. That is a really direct question. I nearly fainted. [Everyone laughs] Barbara Broccoli: Well he’s gonna be in the next one, and the next few. This is a continuation, but I think the story kind of completes here. I think you know we had a lot of unanswered questions at the end of CASINO ROYALE, and this story just kind of completes that cycle and will go on to other different stories from now on. Daniel Craig: I think we all felt that there was something started, and I think that the Vesper Lynd relationship, which I think worked really well in the first one was such an important part of it that it would just be…and it’s not a criticism, but sort of just laying some flowers on a grave wouldn’t have worked. It needed to be kind of dealt with, and hence the title that everybody’s a little bit confused about, but it’s very simple. It’s just about a kind of closure. It's more than that but that’s what we felt we kind of thought; we thought, no, we can’t leave this alone we have to face this off so. And there was sort kind of cynical "Oh, let’s make a sequel that comes 10 minutes after." When we sat down and started talking about it, it just was just like, "This is what we should do; we should absolutely just finish this story off. So next time, we can start it wherever we want to start it. Barbara Broccoli: And remember, CASINO ROYALE ends with "The bitch is dead." And you know that his heart's broken, and we don't really believe him when he says that. So this is sort of his journey to understanding what happened and putting it to rest. Daniel Craig: It's still an action movie though, don't get me wrong. There are definitely explosion. [Everybody laughs] There's a bit of heartbreak, but there are lots of explosions. [laughs] So that's Part 1 of my 007-related travels to London. Among the highlights of the rest of my trip: a tour of Pinewood Studios, a chat with James Bond Executive Producer Anthony Waye, English tea with Lucy Fleming (niece to Bond creator Ian), and me driving 150 mph in an Aston Martin and then slamming on the brakes. Or me driving an Aston Martin around some of the most dangerous roads I've ever been on at 70 mph. Or me driving an Aston Martin at 100 mph with my hands off the steering wheel. Or me in an Aston Martin catching air going over a hill. More to come. One last thing. I'm actually typing this from my Upper Class seat on Virgin Atlantic (apparently Richard Branson has a cameo in QUANTUM OF SOLACE), the greatest airline in this crazy world that James Bond fights to keep free. If you ever get the chance to fly Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class, you must do it. I'm one of those freaks that can't sleep sitting up, but the seats in this section of the plane turn into beds. And there's a bar. And lovely flight attendants. And the Virgin Lounge at Heathrow Airport is fucking mind blowing. Don't get mad. This is the only time I've ever done this and probably ever will. Anyway, I'll be back in a couple of days with a little Bond-related treat for you, and then I'll move onto the reports. -- Capone

Readers Talkback
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  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by odo19

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I bet the inflight meal must have been nice, Capone

    by cyrent

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    fun stuff Capone

    by BadMrWonka

    congrats on getting out of town and getting to do so much cool shit. looking forward to seeing more stuff!

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    For those who don't like Another Way To Die...

    by Amy Chasing

    Listen to Die Another Day again. Then you realise that's the direction Bond themes _could_ have taken, but thankfully they've gone the way they're going.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    How cool was that.

    by jae683

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    barbara broccoli is a lucky broad

    by prunkhaft

    the Bond franchise is a nice thing to inherit, and it's just terrific that she's so involved and has top notch ideas! Good interview, although it's kinda ridiculous to discuss Bond as if the movies have any kind of depth.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Just listened to Another Way to Die....

    by odo19

    and it is'nt that bad. Or at least not as bad as some are making it out to be. Does anyone honestly think it's worse than Die Another Day, Octopussy, or a VIew to a Kill? If so then forget checking your ears, you need to check yourself into some type of mental health facility asap.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Yes, I'm a damned wet blanket and...

    by quentintarantado

    It's ASTON Martin, not Astin. And it's BRAKES, not breaks. But then again, you might be writing tounge-in-cheek and I'm a turd who didn't get it. I am a bit surprised you wrote "it's" and "its" correctly. In Aintitcool, these are almost invariably interchanged and incorrectly used.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Another Way to Die was NOT that bad.

    by PirateEmery

    I think you folks are belly aching just to belly ache. It's a song that goes over the fucking CREDITS for pete's sake.<p> Did "You Know My Name" ruin Casino Royale? Just answer me that...

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Can someone explain the hate for You Know My Name?

    by mefrog

    I still love it. I love those horns that play, and the orchestrated version. But a lot of people hate it, so I was wondering the reason? And AWTD is decent. The more I listen, the more it grows but I honestly wish those vocals were cleaned up.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I think people don't like YKMN & AWTD because...

    by Amy Chasing

    They're not as big and memorable as Goldfinger and Thunderball. People don't remember that most Bond themes aren't particularly memorable. I for one remember the KD Lang version of Tomorrow Never Dies over the Sheryl Crow one.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by PrincessLeias_Poohole

    Glad u enjoyed your trip to London Capone. I live just 5 mins from Heathrow on the way to London and did u see what a shithole this area is. Anyway looking forward to your next Bond related info

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Branson again?

    by BenBraddock

    Wasn't he in CASINO too? Wow, he must have a really good agent... or something...

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    The best Bond theme was clearly

    by xevoid

    A View to A kill. But, in my book, it was followed in a close second by The Living Daylights. I know most people hated it, but I love A-Ha, and I thought the song was great. Listeniong to it it even today reminds me of how smooth and fun 80s it was. Great track.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    YKMN was good, but...

    by onezeroone

    I've always been a RATM and Audioslave fan, so kinda biased. I felt it was edgy and fit the tone of new bond perfectly.<p> And looks like one of my two questions got answered [about standalone or continous story arc]. Though am sure I wasn't the only one to ask that. I hope subsequent stories don't piss on the continuity... maybe new arc, but still the same universe.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    a-ha's 'The Living Daylights' is brilliant. And so is the film.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    I want them to aknowledge how shit the theme is

    by Brody77

    Seriously. EVERYBODY hates it - critics, fans, Noel Fucking Gallagher. Don't hide, 007 folk, give us a statement, an apology, something. (I'll settle for a re-release of Goldeneye with a David Arnold soundtrack rather than that electronic shite.)

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Get out more.

    by cameron1975willi

    It's sweet when you Americans visit a Country with some real history and culture for the first time.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Hopefully it's not the culture I see on reruns

    by Dingbatty

    of Corrie on CBC.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by onefatman

    I'm sure Richard Branson's cameo in the movie is a lot smaller than his cameo in this article! Felt like I was watching I, Robot all over again. Good questions though.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I like the new Bond theme

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    And if I needed any justification then it's the news that Noel Gallagher doesn't like it. The next time I hear it it's going to sound that little bit sweeter.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    After Madonna's Die Another Day

    by I Dunno

    They could get Barry Manilow and Barbara Steisand to do a duet and it would kick ass in comparison. Bond getting tortured to techno music, Christ.<p> Anyway, The World is Not Enough by Garbage was the best, at least in the last 20 years or so.</p><p>Craig is good but I'm still pissed they dropped Brosnan but finally used his idea to make the scripts grittier and not suck so much.</p>

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    ha ha ha ha

    by kalel6000

    im really buzzing off the fact that we in the uk will get to see quantum of solace a whole 2 weeks before the us of a. Usually its the other way round so this feels mighty sweet. P.s why hasn't Harry reviewed pineapple express?

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:32 a.m. CST

    ha ha ha ha

    by kalel6000

    im really buzzing off the fact that we in the uk will get to see quantum of solace a whole 2 weeks before the us of a. Usually its the other way round so this feels mighty sweet. P.s why hasn't Harry reviewed pineapple express?

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    i've flown upper class

    by Mr_X

    a couple of years back. it's quality. capone, no hate from me bro. live it large!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Why have a song?

    by Steve T

    The songs should have gone as part of the revitalisation of the series, they should just have a score. I haven't heard the new one yet, might be good, might be bad, but either way it's a gimmick I think has been done to death. Liked what I read in the above, they are making these films now in a good way, a much better direction.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:19 a.m. CST

    60's Style

    by RosebudsTheSled

    I liked to see Forester talk about utilizing some similarity in his own production design and classic James Bond design. I always recognized a bit of that in how the women in this new one are dressed, and I ALWAYS see this influence in that shot of the new Bond girl walking up the stairs (its in both trailers I think)

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    They have to have a song even if they usually suck

    by I Dunno

    (even if they usually suck) and a graphic designer wank fest at the beginning. They already got rid of Q and the gadgets and made Bond a thug. They have to keep some traditions so we know we're watching James Bond and not Jason Bourne.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    I was really hoping you'd ask my question

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Living Daylights Song Was Great!

    by SamuelLappDance

    That tune had a sweep to it and some of the best use of synthesizers in an '80s song. Very underrated theme and movie. Connery will always be the best. Dalton is my Bond. He was the Bond I saw when I was 16 and 18, the best ages to watch a 007 flick. He would have rocked in the Daniel Craig Bonds.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    MONSTER'S BALL: Horrible, horrible movie.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    It wasn't entertainment and it wasn't drama. It was an endurance test: How much shit can we throw at these two characters before we completely break your spirit as a viewer. I gave up at the point that Halle Berry's kid gets hit by a car... offscreen.<p>However, FINDING NEVERLAND was very, very good, so QUANTUM OF SOLACE is gonna be one big crapshoot for me.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Why didn't they just call the new Bond song:

    by Nosferatu Jones

    "Die Another Way?"

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by jae683

    It's plausible for someone to have a scare. It's not plausible for someone to have steel jaws that can bite through steel cables like they were licorice. Get the point?

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    They should have got Muse to do the soundtrack :(

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Big Muse fan here. If there are any other Muse fans out there, I'm sure you'll agree that those boys do epic with ease. They would have made a fantastic Bond song!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Just rewatched Casino Royale

    by ballyhoo

    It really is the perfect Bond film.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Daniel Craig is NOT James Bond!!!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I don't know who he is, but not James!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Yes he is

    by Gezoes

    Read the books. Pierce Bond was horrible. I always wondered why Dalton didn't make it. His movies became almost as tough as Casino, and come on... Leiter gets his legs chewed off! Great casting, an actor that was not widely known by the smacktard audience.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    i think the only reason he didnt last was box office, his movies just didnt as well as they wanted.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    awesome stuff

    by Gungan Slayer

    can't wait for the movie

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    The milkman in the Living Daylights

    by zombiwolf

    is a fuckin' badass. That's what real villains are like.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Dalton's Bond

    by ArcadianDS

    The cast around him was horribly bad, and the effects were lame, tame, and something else that ends with ame.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I thought the main deal with Dalton was...

    by Nosferatu Jones

    ...that there was some sort of typical legal tie-up/issue that led to the 6-year delay between LICENSE TO KILL and GOLDENEYE. By the time GOLDENEYE was put into production, either Dalton felt it he didn't want to do another one, or the producers felt it was time to move on.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by board shitlez

    a shame.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    After reading the interview via each participating site...

    by O_Goncho

    I must say I am awfully pumped to see not just this one but where they decide to go with the character after they wrap things up in this one.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    fuck a duck

    by ElPaw

    not fucking duck. I believe.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Dalton was an Excellent Bond

    by kalel6000

    Oh yes he was!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Another Way to Die was shite.....

    by TheWaqman

    what a crap song. I would have just preferred an instrumental for the movie, that would have been badass. Because as soon as Jack "hyena voice" White and Alicia Keys start singing my ears started to bleed. Anyways I can't believe this talkback has so few posts, while shite like Transformers goes to 400. This is fucking Quantum of Solace!!! Its definitely gonna rock the shit.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace will ROCK

    by zinc_chameleon

    ...because of the plot set-up. Vesper was killed by her Algerian boy-friend, who is under M's protection. So Bond has nowhere to turn, but to the Italian guy (Giancarlo Giannini) that he tasered in Casino Royale. Now that's being behind the eight-ball, even for James Bond.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Regarding Dalton

    by Forsakyn

    I really liked him, too. And as far as revenge-themes go, I really enjoyed License To Kill. It was cool seeing Bond just go after a bad guy for pure vengeance, and not on a mission.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    He directed the Halle Berry/Billy-Bob fuck scene

    by performingmonkey

    For that I salute him. Even though the rest of the movie (Ledger's performance aside) sucked. Luckily his next movie was the excellent Finding Neverland. He is more than capable.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    You deserved it after the wait

    by catlettuce4

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "He disagreed with something that ate him"

    by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom

    I absolutely adore The Living Daylights and the title of this post is my favourite quote from the movie. That movie had such a great bad guy!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Any word when the rest of Bond hits Blu-Ray?

    by BillEmic

    Supposedly the first 3 Connery Bonds come out on Blu-Ray next month, which I'm excited about. Though I honestly really want the Dalton ones to hit Blu-Ray soon because I haven't seen them and figure that'd be a sweet way to experience them for the first time...Though I guess Dalton's films are probably pretty low on the 'put on Blu-Ray' list! Oh well. Maybe "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"?

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Something of Boris!

    by DrPain

    I love that song hehe

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    "A View to A Kill" a good song??!??!

    by tvspace

    No way! The best is a toss-up between "Live and Let Die" and "Goldfinger!"

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    And Dalton was an Excellent Bond?

    by tvspace

    No way?! First generation Sean Connery is still the gold standard. After that, I jump to Daniel Craig. He kicks serious arse! Dalton follows Lazenby and is dead-last!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    Craig is the only Bond I recognize

    by dr sauch

    I liked a lot of the other movies, but they were caricatures of James Bond. Craig is how I always thought Bond should be.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    RE: Dalton Movies reg. effects

    by TostitoBandito

    Those two are among my favorite bond films and they certainly did not have shitty effects. One of the greatest (real) stunt sequences ever filmed was the cargo net sequence from The Living Daylights. You couldn't fake the wide shots back then so there were stuntmen wearing parachutes crawling around on the net hanging out the back of a plane. As for the films themselves, I liked them because they returned to a grittier and more realistic tone after Roger Moore, much like the new Casino Royale did after the later Brosnan movies.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by TostitoBandito

    1. Live and Let Die 2. A View to a Kill 3. Goldfinger

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    View to a Kill was a good song ...

    by jae683

    but the movie sucked ass.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    How to join AICN talkbacks?

    by x-oManowar

    im trying to show my buddy how to join but i cant find the register link. Can anyone help??

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    just have him dump his girlfriend, re-virginize, buy some comic books and collectible figurines, then say "Fuck Michael Bay" 3 times, and it should automatically register him for AICN talkbacks.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by x-oManowar

    hes be doing that for years...over at newsarama. im trying to get him to move up in the world!!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Richard Branson was in Casino Royale Too

    by estacado1

    He was in the background being body-checked near the metal detector in the scene at the airport. It's very short, very easy to miss.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Craig is Jason Bourne's UK equivalent

    by Prossor

    that's all he is. good interview but all that PR bullshit does not convince me of how they turned bond into an impulsive hoodlum breaking through walls like the hulk and showing off shaved chest in ballhuggers, this is specifically tailored for women and gays. haggisfied dialogue like "my armor is all gone youve stripped it from me" is NOT something bond would say. these are turning into Lifetime Soap Operas by that broccoli bitch.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    re the "my armor is gone" line

    by Amy Chasing

    It was groan worthy, but it was to my memory the only groan-able line in that movie. Compared to all the other Bond films, Casino Royale kept that stuff to a minimum. <P> Also, Prossor, heh - you said "ballhuggers". In Australia we say budgie-smugglers.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    re "my armor is gone line"

    by odo19

    I'd rather have that than Moore or Brosnan saying completely unfunny dull quips, that George Lucas would be ashamed of, during boring action sequences. But that's just me.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by DoctorStopMo

    I'll admit it: I've always thought "View to a Kill" was one of the finest of the Bond songs. "Youk Know My Name," however, is my all-time favorite. Yes, I put it above "Live and Let Die," "Goldfinger," and "The Living Daylights," and it's because that song is so ridiculously badass (like everything else in CR). Even though I vehemently hated "Another Way to Die" on first listen, I put the mp3 on continuous repeat and became acclimated to it. The lyrics are actually good, and I've become immunized to the vocals.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I should be jealous but instead happy for ya. Hope this won't be your last junket.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Brosnan driving a tank = highlight of his career.

    by Amy Chasing

    Goldeneye was a brill N64 game too.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    "whatever i am i'm yours"

    by Prossor

    another nauseating line, one step away from "i hate sand because it's sandy unlike you who are smooth"

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST


    by Amy Chasing

    Casino Royale was not Attack Of The Clones.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    You people are ridiculous

    by DoctorStopMo

    They were attempting to illustrate that this woman had gotten to Bond's core. Was it the best line ever? By no means, but a step away from AOTC? Get some perspective, fanboys.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    My Two Cents

    by Screwbini

    Loved Casino Royale and I'm really looking forward to Craig's next outing in Quantum of Solace. I agree that Sean Connery was the "gold standard" of Bonds - the perfect blend of menacing and suave,with a nice touch of humor thrown in. Roger Moore fell way short on the menacing scale, and for that reason his Bond is at the bottom of my list. Lazenby wasn't as bad as he's made out to be, but his lack of acting skill was evident. However, I think he would have gotten better if he had done more Bonds (not that I wasn't ecstatic when Connery returned in Diamonds Are Forever). I thought Timothy Dalton was a very good Bond, but he was completely humorless and there was no twinkle in his eye. Not that I wanted him to be a winking jokester like Moore, but a little humor once in a while wouldn't have hurt. Brosnan was fine, but he was done in by poor scripts. He could have pulled off Casino Royale, but now I'm completely down with Daniel Craig. I hope he continues in the tradition he started with Casino Royale - solid storytellng, interesting characters, and brutual, realistic action scenes. Finally, Another Way to Die doesn't do anything for me, and neither did You Know My Name. I actually thought Madonna's Die Another Day was better than both.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    You expect me to talk?

    by kravmaguffin

    No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die! The producers are smart in keeping the name, it generated a crap load of publicity. gfy

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    There's no real surprises in that Q&A

    by football

    Always nice to read a few things about a new Bond movie, but there were no real surprises, Capone. Not unless we include the fact that Craig will be making quite a few more Bonds after QoS, coming from Broccoli's own mouth. Still looking forward to this even with the short running time... 106 minutes... and the title song isn't as bad as everyone's making out.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Best Bond song is...

    by BillEmic

    "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon from The Spy Who Loved Me. Thom Yorke declared it "The sexiest song ever written" before Radiohead covered it live. No joke!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Action set-pieces

    by Mr Gorilla

    OK: Casino Royale had one and only one genius action sequence: the bit where he chased the guy up the crane. the other action sequences in Casino were dull dull dull variants of 'Bond chases somebody on foot'. Compare that to Moonraker, which is often cited as the worst Bond. It has, on my count, three great action sequences: the pre-titles jumping out of the plane sans parachute; the g-force sequence where Moore's face goes all crumpled; the Brazil cable-car fight with Jaws. Winners all. And that's in addition to the other ones - which aren't brilliant but are enjoyable: the fight in the Venetian glass museum with Chang; the Amazon boat chase; the laser battle; Corinne being chased by those big dogs; the sniper in the trees at Drax' chateau. See what I mean?

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Oh and for people who say Bond is about character & drama

    by Mr Gorilla

    Ummm - WRONG. Mad Men is about character and drama. The Sopranos is. The Godfather is. Casablanca is. James Bond - in any shape or form - isn't.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    best bond songs

    by 1st and only

    In order, the top 5 Bond songs: 1)Live and let die 2)A view to a kill 3)Living daylights 4)Moonraker 5)Casino royale All hail my amazing taste in music.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by DoctorStopMo

    I'll adhere to the axiom that one who has a glass house should not cast stones, and refrain from criticizing your musical tastes; however, there is no way that Brosnan could have pulled off CR. It's not that I don't like Brosnan's Bond - it's just that his portrayal could never have been the badass that CR demanded. I seriously can't see Brosnan climbing cranes and killing people with his bare hands. Any scenes where he was without his gun were unbelievable and lame. Craig's Bond, meanwhile, definitely looks the part of someone who could kill with his bare hands.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Brosnan in Casino Royale

    by Screwbini

    I respectfully disagree, Doc. By the time he did The World is Not Enough, I think Brosnan had developed enough of a badass persona to pull off some of the more violent bits in CR. The look he gave one of his victims in the pre-credits sequence of TWINE convinced me that he could appear ruthless, and he had put on enough weight to alter the rather puny appearance he had in Goldeneye. I'll agree that Brosnan is not quite the badass that Craig is, but I think he had enough physicality to pull off most of the chase/fight scenes in CR. Just my two cents.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    By Die Another Day

    by Meglos

    Pierce Brosnan was beginning to resemble Fred MacMurray. Srsly.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Are they kidding?

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Mr Gorilla, those "great" action scenes in Moonraker...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...honestly? I'll give you the pre-credits free-fall (at least until the end, where it's ruined by Jaws FLAPPING HIS ARMS like fucking Wile E. Coyote), but the cable-car fight had HORRIBLE blue screen effects and, again, was ruined at the end by more Jaws slapstick (what did they do to the scary badass from TSWLM?). Moonraker sucks.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Brosnan could have done Casino Royale

    by Prossor

    especially if they stuck closer to the book. the whole sequence of chasing the african was made up for the movie. It honestly would have been better weight and pathos to have Brosnan make Casino Royale his last Bond because he would be a more jaded weary 00 agent seriously contemplating retirement with Vesper until it would be shattered and fuck him up more. having a supposedly green-horn craig who just recently got his 00 status and then contemplates retirement was retardedly stupid. another thing is Judi Dench is just annoying spouting the usual psychobabble and following him all around the world like he's her son and the ONLY agent in MI6.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    As a huge Bond fan..

    by CountdeCeredigion

    ... I think Craig did an amazing job (though I still think Dalton did the best 'Bond from the Book' combining the dangerous Craig style 007 with the suave Brosnan one). I also really enjoyed Casino Royale though think it would have been perfect had they removed about 40 mins from the running time. Oh and last of my self righteousness comes in my really loving the new tune but hating the production (please guys - one vocalist or the other as together they sound terrible!).

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by Mr Gorilla

    You're right about the blue-screen, but at the time that cable car chase was still pretty cool. You're also right about the TERRIBLE way they made Jaws into a comedy character (he was quite scary for a moment in The Spy Who Loved Me). But the G-force sequence was really unsettling (his crumpling face, the use of sound effects rather than music, the sadism of the thing) and we can agree that the pre-titles 'no parachute' sequence was completely breakthrough - it's STILL imitated on a fairly regular basis (Eraser, Alias, Get Smart etc etc). At least they were ORIGINAL. In 2006, it felt that a Parkour scene was de rigeur for any action scene. And that was undoubtedly the best action scene in CASINO ROYALE.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    The G-force scene is admittedly pretty good...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but that's mainly because it's pretty much the ONLY suspense/action scene in the movie that isn't capped with an inane visual gag or lame quip (like the scene with Bond fighting Drax's henchman in the glass factory. Seeing his LEGS STICKING OUT OF A PIANO at the end just wrecks everything that came before).

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by REDD

    I am so jealous! That sounded like a great trip.