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Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?
The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »
The fourth feature by Bouli Lanners, the Belgian director, writer, and actor, opens the 28th Premiers Plans Festival tonight (22 January) in Angers with an out of competition slot but in the presence of Lanners and one of his co-stars Michael Lonsdale, a Bond baddie from Moonraker days.
The festival in the Loire valley, devoted to first films from all over Europe and including both features and shorts as well as script-writing workshops, will have its opening soirée supported by the Fondation Gan for Cinema whose funds are used to support scripts and projects by new talents. The guests of honour include Phlippe Delerive, president of the Fondation, Dominique Hoff, its managing director, Jérome Clément, the event’s president and Claude-Eric Poiroux, the artistic director.
Premiers Plans Festival poster
Lanners’ fourth feature film, »
- Richard Mowe
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