Friday, March 10, 2006

Ready to go to the Casino

I'll admit, I was a bit ... skeptical ... when Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond on that old WWII vessel under London Bridge last October. You might even say I was angry - even offended.

But, in the time since said announcement, my anger has abated (even though, for other vocal fans, it has definitively not) and one might even venture to say it has ... 180-ed into ... pure and rampant fanboyism. This has nothing to do with Craig, per se, but it has everything to do with the fact that there is a new James Bond movie coming, and after the deluge of recent interviews, pictures, and video clips, it looks to be really, really good.

Just check out this quote (my italics for emphasis) from Barbara Broccoli, Bond producer and heir apparent of the franchise:

We're going back to the origins of the character and the story, but we feel that even though it's rougher and more complex. We're still making something, which is what we call heightened reality. It's more realistic and it's not as fantastical as the last couple [movies] have been or we've made through the series [Editor Note: invisible cars in Die Another Day much????]. There were times, when the films got very fantastical like with Moonraker and things like that. You change because you change with the times. At the moment, I think everybody is feeling very serious about the world and they don't feel frivolous about the world, and I think it's the right time to tell this story."

Now that, coupled with statements from everyone across the board that they are going with more grit and stuntwork as opposed to CGI-laced action, the addition of a script from Paul Haggis (He just won Oscars last week for writing, producing and directing the "Best Film of the Year" Crash), and the fact that Daniel Craig is regarded as a really great actor, has got me excited. To say the least.


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