November 27, 2006

Casino Royale

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Casino Royale
4 out of 5 stars

Hmmm I haven’t been to the cinema for ages it seems. Having started watching Bond movies since I was 5 years old (every saturday on ITV, or Channel 3 if you’re Swedish [Ivan]), this was definately something I would make the effort to go and see, despite the fact Laura and I was given 30mins prior notice by Will and Matt.

I thought the story was a good one. No satellites that fire lasorrrrr beams. No jumping rocket cars. No invisibitily cloaks etc. Just back to basics, of punching somebody in the face with one’s fist, a vulnerable, sexy and muscular Aston Martin DBS9, the weapon was money, the tactics was texas hold-em poker and everything was believable.

There was a large amount of unashamed product placement. Sony and Ford mainly. I cracked up when he drove the Ford Mondeo to the hotel, at which every car in the car park was a Ford Premier Auto Group car: Volvo, Jag, Land Rover and of course Astons. Well I suppose it is “nice” to know that I use the same K800 mobile phone as James Bond, and the villan used my last mobile phone. I guess we’ll get to the stage where we’ll be using the same bog-roll as you see on the silver-screen!

Unfortunately the film ended on a “to be continued…” note which is as annoying as Carol Smilie’s smile. I’ve given it four stars, though it is biased cos my analysis was based on the fact that it had cars, guns, girls and Bond suaveness!

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  1. Excellent, that was quick, but now what I was going to comment has no relevance ;)

    28 Nov 2006, 20:09

  2. post it anyway

    28 Nov 2006, 20:21

  3. “I loved the product placement, the new Mondeo is uuuuuuuuuuugly, and did you also noticed that ‘chase’ occurred at the legendary Millbrook Proving ground”?

    The DBR9 is the car that Aston had some success in GT racing with. The DBRS9 is the white car we saw at Goodwood; it’s the customer version of that car, primarily as a track day toy. The DB9 is..umm…the DB9. The DBS, on the other hand, is apparantly not a souped-up DB9 (although it clearly is); instead it’s intended to be a new, standalone car that will replace the Vanquish as the Aston flagship.

    I’m pretty sure that when it first appeared on the screen, there was an audible, longing sigh in the cinema…and it wasn’t just from me ;)

    28 Nov 2006, 20:38

  4. In screen 1, Sunday Evening 9pm in Coventry Skydome, you could’ve heard me drooling like Homer Simpson!

    There’s 5 DBR9 teams in the world and about 3 DBRS9 teams
    I think the Vanquish is now starting to look a bit clumsy and old.

    28 Nov 2006, 20:46

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