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Casino Royale (spoilers) questions

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by mediaguy, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    If you haven't seen the movie yet, probably better not read this thread, lest you learn key plot elements you don't want to learn until you see the movie yourself.

    I'll add a few hard returns here, just to reiterate there could be "spoilers" on this thread.

    OK. First, enjoyed the movie. Best one in a while. Why the hell did Le Chiffre have an inhaler? Is that some inane product placement from the Asthmatics lobbyist group? Just didn't think it added anything.

    Yes, Bond driving a Ford is ridiculous, and I agree that it's sacrilege to Fleming to change from baccarat. But there's almost no way to educate a filmgoing public on an obscure game like that within the movie -- for me, was one of the cooler aspects of the book. So shifting to poker makes the movie current, for sure, and something viewers can relate to much easier. You want to be true to the original novel, but it's nearly 50 years old, so you can't expect it to work without some tinkering.

    More questions? Observations? I'm willing to suspend my disbelief over Vesper stumbling upon Bond and knowing exactly how to fix his defibrillator. Hey, last movie had a freaking invisible car, so they're coming along. Liked the score -- as retro a true nod to John Barry's original theme as the series has had in decades.
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  3. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Seems like it was a good idea to point out that there will be spoilers on this thread. If the Mods want, they can merge them.

    I liked the movie, though it did fall short of my expectations a bit. The poker scene was entirely too long (and I love playing and watching poker), while the car chase was entirely too short. I was terribly disappointed in the car chase.

    Funny how everyone noticed Bond driving a Ford. It was a bit disconcerting to see him in what looked like a Focus. If you noticed, though, every car in the movie was from a Ford division -- Aston Martin, Land Rover, etc.

    I liked the touch of having one of the villains driving a 1964 Aston Martin, which I'm pretty sure was the car Connery drove in the first Bond flick (Dr. No).

    Craig was good and they really developed him well. I liked seeing his confidence get shaken and seeing him growing into the role of a 007.

    Good job overall and a much better entry into the series than the last few Brosnan flicks (Goldeneye was awesome but they got progressively worse each film thereafter).
  4. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Well, Vesper was probably able to "stumble" upon Bond because she probably knew where the car was and that it had all sorts of stuff in it that was useful for when Bond got in trouble, which he clearly was in.

    As for having the guy driving the 64 Aston Martin -- that is the Aston Martin Connery first drove. Perhaps not literally the same car, but that was meant to explain how Bond comes to own that car.

    And he's bled before, just not nearly as much or as realistically. Even Connery had a bloody nose or lip at some point.
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