Dec 272008

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano. Using his associates in the organization, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organization.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Sequel; Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.; Release Date: November 14th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Mathieu Amalric

Directed by: Marc Forster

Boy, I am way behind on blogging and reviewing movies. We saw this movie probably a month ago. More on my lack of blogging in another post, but let’s get on with the movie review now.

I admit to sharing the disappointment of some reviewers in the lack of a Q and all the gadgets of old. This film lacked most of the humor and double-entendre’s of the other bond films. In this movie, Bond was portrayed as a dark character driven by a sense of vengeance. As a Bond fan, I missed the older style.

However, it must be noted that the film is of an early Bond, not yet “matured” into the Bond of the later books (already done as films). So while I missed some of the traditional Bond flare, I still found this movie well done. The characters all played their parts well, and the action scenes (mostly fight scenes) were reasonable and well choreographed.

This movie is definitely worth a viewing, but be prepared for a very different experience than most of the previous Bond movies.

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