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Commentary: Skyfall (with Faldor)

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Bond is back again already in his final turn for a while, with Daniel Craig renewing his contract (perhaps somewhat reluctantly) and seeming a bit weather-beaten. Faldor joins me again and we watch with enthusiasm as many of the tropes are trodden even while the series makes a careful return to form.

We delight in the reversals (Bond blows up his OWN LAIR this time! M is a Bond girl! [actually, that's kind of happened before]) and point out the soft spots (Silva is YET ANOTHER insider coming back to haunt M? Severine carries a gun and has bodyguards but they mainly just keep her from running away?).

We’re watching the region Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and Columbia logo with the car arriving, on the countdown.

Commentary: Quantum of Solace (with Faldor!)

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Bond is back and with Daniel Craig returns for revenge (more or less… eventually). Faldor joins me again, and we watch a decent story driven drunkenly into desert and left for dead by Mark Forster. We don’t hate the film, but it’s so lifeless, humorless, and Bourne-like that there’s just almost nothing to love.

I love the theme song; Faldor doesn’t. We both love the action but wish it had more tying it together. I feel like the villain is basically Roman Polanski and suggest he needs a henchman like Oskar “Blade Runner” Pistoria (the footless Olympic runner and alleged murderer).

Slight correction: Tim Pigott-Smith played a regular army captain in “The Claws of Axos” who arrests members of UNIT; he was not a member of UNIT himself. He also played a character named Marco in “The Masque of Mandragora”.

I’m watching the region Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and Columbia logo with the car arriving, on the countdown.

Commentary: Casino Royale (2006, with Faldor!)

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Bond is back, and Daniel Craig climbs into the saddle! Faldor from the Down in Front forum joins me again for this, one of the better films of the series. I complain that it doesn’t feel very much like Bond, which is one of the things he likes about it. We examine the concept of “soft” reboot and whether M has changed or if it’s just Bond.

I reflexively identify the cars, but it’s not like there are any big chases. The action is mostly on foot and felt, as Bond leaps and bets his way thru what amounts to two films: an action film and a gambling thriller. We compare it to the book and a little bit to other Bond films more. We speculate on Bond’s ability to reproduce and copyright an idea for an all-Bond-Junior movie starring several copies of Shia LaBeouf.

I’m watching the region Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and Columbia logo with the car arriving, on the countdown.

Commentary: Die Another Day (with Faldor!)

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Bond is back, and Pierce Brosnan takes his final bow. Faldor and I take it to pieces. We examine the unusualness of the opening prison sequence, parallels between Madonna and Margaret Thatcher, and if Bjork would have been better than either of them, the concept of a steroid overdose, and the complexity of the villain’s plan. We lament the awful CGI, double agents within MI6, Michael Madsen, and the lack of penguins in the Arctic. We speculate about Bond’s car being a hybrid so it can sneak up on people when invisible. And I do some near-perfect impressions of famous people.

I’m watching the region Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion logo with the gun barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: The World is Not Enough

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Bond is back, and Pierce Brosnan is at the top of his game—or perhaps just past it. This is not one of my favorites, but I find that on revisiting it my opinion changes in what I think is a very interesting way. Listen to find out at whose feet I lay the blame.

Our villain is kind of mushy. Our Bond girls lovely if a little hard to believe. I don’t have much trouble getting thru it even tho I find it quite flat, but you may find that I repeat myself too much and talk too much about the guns and whether or not Bond is sexist, misogynistic, or just a sex addict.

I’m watching the region 1 DVD. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: Tomorrow Never Dies

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Bond is back, and Pierce Brosnan is on for a second go. This is one of my favorites, despite what anyone else might say. It does have its weaknesses, tho, and I explore both its strengths and failings right along. I love the action, the addition of Wai-Lin, the music, and more. I don’t care for Elliott Carver’s plan all that much.

I’m watching an HD version off a movie channel, so hopefully it will sync with the new Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: Goldeneye

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Bond is back, and Pierce Brosnan is the man. Join me and my guest Faldor as we work our way thru this very enjoyable entry. Unfortunately, Boris hacked into our computers and screwed everything up*, so the second half is kind of weird, but still perfectly listenable, I assure you.

We wax philosophical about Bonds, Bond girls, and tank chases, and generally have a good time watching one of our favorites.

* Me. I— I screwed everything up. Sooo many times….

We’re watching a PAL version. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: Licence to Kill

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Bond is back, and Timothy Dalton is here to stay! (Until the end of the movie.) It’s the end of an era, with John Barry already gone, Cubby Broccoli on his way out, and a new Bond, M, Moneypenny, director, and writers waiting in the wings. It’s an action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, revenge tale like no other (except for every other ’80s action movie). The stunts are spectacular, the villains are unsavory, and the girls are absolutely to die for.

I compare the film to Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Raw Deal, Yojimbo, and The Beautician and the Beast (not really, but I should have). I suddenly notice that Bond has sex with Pam. I question Cubby Broccoli’s motives for “testing out” a see-thru swimsuit. I heap praise on it in nearly every respect, but I still don’t like it, BUT I admit that I’m probably being unfair, so your mileage may vary.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: The Living Daylights

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Bond is back, and he’s played this time by Timothy Dalton! It’s a terrific entry in the series, with spectacular stunts and little that it dumb and cheesy. Maryam d’Abo is the cellist/sniper/freedom fighter/pilot of his dreams—which is good because she’s the only beddable female in the film unless you count a much younger and hotter Moneypenny and Pushkin’s girlfriend, who suffers terribly considering that she’s completely innocent. He’s helped along by old friends Felix Leiter and Stewie Griffin.

However, I bemoan the rather clownish villains. I point out that Bond helping out Osama bin Laden Kamran Shah against horrible reasonable and affable Russians might not be the wisest strategy.

Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.

Commentary: A View to a Kill

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Roger Moore is back for his last rodeo as James Bond! It’s a rather slow, somewhat dull, kind of haphazard adventure filled with lovely women and also Grace Jones!

Honestly, there’s not a lot to say about this one. The whole formula is a bit tired and threadbare. I try to make the best of it and have fun by, for example, noting how stopping a guy from making EMP-proof chips available to the world is kind of a jerk goal for British Intelligence. I point out how Zorin is awfully clumsy about keeping his activities quiet when he puts his name on every chip and has them packed for shipping in his basement.

Start the commentary after the MGM lion, but before the Zorin disclaimer, on the countdown.