Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
The revived and revamped 007 franchise – with Craig now firmly established as the smooth, if much darker than previously, special agent James Bond – continues … though it hardly brings us anything new.
OK, so fans of the long-running – never-ending – series wouldn’t want anything new, anything other than the anticipated thrills, spills, chases, explosions, sex and eye-catching locations (step forward Panama).
Innovation isn’t what a Bond film is about, despite the tweaking here and there.
Nor does the plot really matter – sinister organisations threatening mankind, with only Bond and a clutch of sexy females on hand to save us – since it’s the action, always the action, that matters.
The title, which has everyone in a tizzy (what could it possibly mean?), comes from a short story by Ian Fleming and it picks up immediately after the events of 'Casino Royale'.
Craig is working himself into the role with gusto – though recently he has been pondering on the future for Bond films – and the baddies are what we have come to expect in a film that continues to move our hero back to Fleming’s original.
But, in truth, this is just another Bond film … packed with the anticipated goodies, to be sure … but just another Bond film.
Star Rating: 3/5