Darkweasel wrote:There hasn't been a good Bond film since Licence to Kill.
License to Kill???? That's one of the worst of the series!!! I would say everyone to their own opinion, but it's pretty much universally acknowledged as being dreadful!
Goldeneye and Die Another Day from the Pierce Brosnan's ones were way better (the other 2 PB's were poo though)
Brosnan's bond was a fucking Kays catalogue knitwear model. Dalton was twice the Bond he ever was and Licence to Kill was the last Bond film which actually had me excited during any part of it. It was a far grittier and realistic Bond without any of the done-to-death "I'm going to take over the world. Muahhahahaha!!" megalomania.
It's also the Bond film which taught me to completely ignore the opinions of other Bond fans. When it was in it's planning stages, Warners asked fans what type of Bond they would like to see and the majority said they'd prefer a more down to earth Bond than before. So the studio (foolishly, it seems) listened to them and made LTK. Then, when it was released, those same fans turned on it and said "But it's not like the older Bond films. It's too violent, wah wah wah"! and proceeded to slate the tone of the film which they had helped create. It was violent, it was downright nasty in places and Dalton was cold as fuck. A great film and sadly underrated.
With the modern movie climate the way it is, with more emphasis on realism than escapism in thrillers (Die Hard 4 an exception to the rule), it comes as no surprise to me that Craig is playing Bond more like Dalton than any of the other templates.