Royale review by Tiff
did not live up to what I expected based on the critical and public
reviews I had read. I think the producers attempted to take it from one
genre (fantasy, tongue in cheek, action/spy movie) to another, (gritty,
serious, action/spy movie) and left it somewhere in limbo.
Most of the action, though gadgetless, was still so over the top as to
be unable to create any tension for me. The card games were more
gripping. Some realism was achieved with the violence but some of that
seemed a bit gratuitous.
I liked the idea of making Bond a bit more rounded and giving him extra
dimensions but exchanging suave action-man for violent thug was not all
that appealing to me. I liked the emotional involvement with the woman
of the piece played by Eva Green but was less than convinced by Daniel
Craig’s portrayal of it. In the romance area I thought Daniel
Craig seemed a bit matter of fact about this bolt out of the blue love.
I kept thinking of a couple of other actors who could have brought
everything to this Bond that Daniel Craig did, plus a bit more
intensity to his feelings, being tall and dark, and just a little bit
suave in a nice suit. Daniel Craig just did not have the presence
required for any version of Bond in my opinion. For me Clive Owen
stands out above all others as being currently suitable for James
I found some events and characters a bit confusing while watching it
and when it was all explained, it all seemed a bit of a weak story.
I quite like Gerard Butler but I don't think he is right for this Bond.
The only other one besides Clive Owen who grabs me for this
is probably an unexpected choice in Julian McMahon. Although his acting
ability can leave a little to be desired at times, I think he could do
the look and the personality of this Bond and some previous versions
By the way, when watching the movie, I figured out what my problem was
with Daniel Craig's body- building efforts. He had built his body up
too much for his slight frame, and his head is rather pixie like anyway
and looked too small for his new body.
Overall it was ok, but a bit of a disappointment. Even though Pierce
Brosnan looked like Bond for me, I always found him rather bland and
though this Bond character as written was more interesting than the one
written for Brosnan, I didn’t feel Daniel Craig met the
requirements of it.
I have no problems with the need to make James Bond tougher, grittier
and even grungier looking, but he has to be at least tall and dark.
And he MUST be at least 6 ft pleeease!
Editors Note: We
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