James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.
Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? Written by
This film marks the first time since You Only Live Twice (1967) that Bond does not introduce himself with the catchphrase "Bond, James Bond." The line was shot for several different scenes but was completely cut out as Forster and the producers found it unnecessary. (The Bond films From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965) also do not use the line) The other staple Bond line stating a "vodka martini, shaken not stirred" does not appear in this movie either. See more »
During the aircraft "chase" scene the left engine of the C47/DC3 is shot out. Bond then sets both engines to full power and pulls back on the yoke to initiate a climb. Being that the left engine is the "Critical Engine" for the C47/DC3 Bond's course of action would not have resulted in a climb, but instead resulted in the C47/DC3 performing a roll to the left onto it's back and most likely crashing. Critical Engine Definition per the FAA: The engine whose failure would most adversely affect the airplane's performance or handling qualities is the critical engine. On any airplane with both engines rotating clockwise the left engine is critical. Aerodynamically, this is due to asymmetrical thrust or "P" factor. The center of thrust is offset to the right side of the propeller hub, creating a greater distance (ARM) from the longitudinal axis to the thrust line of the right engine. This longer arm in turn creates a greater yawing moment, and with rudder deflection fixed at its maximum value, airplane speed must be higher to overcome the effects of "P" factor. Failure of the left engine, therefore, creates the more "critical" situation (need for higher Vmc) See more »
Italian Police Officer:
Station from Patrol 48 - grey Aston Martin followed by a black Alfa Romeo driving towards the quarries. Gunshot fire.
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The iconic "James Bond gun barrel" sequence, not seen in its traditional format since Die Another Day, is incorporated into the closing credits. See more »
Excellent movie, I won't add spoilers, but be aware, it's a sequel to Casino Royale and is necessarily darker in tone. Bond has shut down emotionally as a consequence of Vesper's death and is driven to investigate and, to some extent, avenge her death.
Daniel Craig further extends his takeover of the role, he exudes a sense of sadness with a ruthless drive to move forward with his mission. Mention should be made of Judi Dench - she delivers another excellent performance as M.
Would heartily recommend watching Casino Royale on DVD beforehand if you own it, specifically to prepare and remind yourself of the odd plot point as they certainly will be relevant here.
Bond fans rest assured it's fantastic entertainment. It has to be agreed that it is lacking in old-school quips and innuendo, but in my opinion it is entirely in keeping with Bond's situation in this movie. There are some beautiful locations though, especially in Italy and the Aston looks great, for a little while!
As Bond himself says, "you don't have to worry about me". I'm not worried about the franchise and the third part of this trilogy will be worth looking forward to.
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