Hi all, huge bond fan but fairly new to the site. Thought I would add to some of the great observations of the film on here.
For me SP is a huge missed opportunity. The film itself is very watchable to me if you don't take a lot of the obvious flaws too seriously. However, I do feel the same about the film as when I went to watch it first at the cinema.
The main story of this film is linking the previous 3 films with a very tenuous link (a ring linking every bad guy in the previous 3 films). To me this is just lazy story telling and when you spend however many millions on a film the last thing that should be compromised is the integrity of the film IMO! The franchise obviously secured the rights to the SP name and wanted to use It in some way but (as mendes did in SF) using bonds past and re inventing the story of bond is a very risky ploy when you consider the success of the series has been to allow the main character and his opponents to refresh for each film.
SF's link to bonds past is less risky and despite having its flaws the action and story is stitched together more effectively making the flow of the film much more enjoyable. Even bond emerging from a frozen Scottish loch without hypothermia to kill Silva doesn't ruin it.
For me in SP the Mexico scene is excellent. I didn't enjoy the Rome scene at all, it all felt too contrived. Mr white scene and hoffler good except the obvious lack of checking Hinx is dead. Train scene excellent, really feel bonds vunerability is shown here he is really on the ropes against a bigger more powerful opponent. The Blofeld lair starts well but ends far too abruptly meaning that the London scene is a little short on time. I otherwise enjoy the London finale other than its obvious flaws.
Allowing M, Q, and Moneypenny more screen time felt like a good move.Felt C's character not explored enough.
For me CR and SF are best in the Craig series with QoS and SP much weaker overall.
That being said, for me the DC era of films have been along with Connery the best in the series. I think DC has brought a ruggedness and realism to the bond role in general that is lacking in other eras. Bond seems much more fragile physically and mentally in his films making him a much for believable character. The costume design and feel of the film has changed for the positive in my opinion. Bond no longer dresses like my Dad and the physicality he has brought to the role are a huge achievement, bond feels like a 21st century spy! Having said that i would like to see bond do some actual spying in the films for a change, periscope in Russian embassy in Turkey in FRWL, springs to mind!
Hoping DC stays on for another outing!
This film should have been a defining moment in the DC era of bond but was tainted by a good story line ruined by lazy writing. This makes the films story feel very hollow and as a result the excellent acting, spectacular sets and in general good screenplay all fall flat. 6.2/10
And now we know what "C" stands for!