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Nov 12, 2008 5:59 pm

[quote=2wheeledbeemer]Don’t know about you guys, but I’m about ready to cash in my 401k/IRA and buy an Aston Martin myself.  I know we’re talking about a depreciating asset here, but can’t be much worse than just about everything else we own, and it comes with rich Corinthian leather.

  Do it.  Especially if you're not married.[/quote]   If I did it, I would soon be not married.  Which is less expensive?
Nov 13, 2008 10:12 pm

Best Bond Girl - Honor Blackmon, Best Gadget - Gyrocopter

Nov 15, 2008 2:56 pm

Anybody see the flick last night?  I haven’t, yet.  Probably next weekend.  Reviews from any of our literate, erudite cinematic critics on board?

Nov 22, 2008 4:38 am

Just got back from date night with the lovely bride of my youth, and we enjoyed our $8.50 tickets to ride along with 007 for the evening. Picks right up with the story line from Casino Royale, and moves almost too rapidly as Bond zeros in on Vesper’s former confederates/betrayers. Lots more action, chase scenes, perhaps a bit too much exposure to all forms of motorized pursuit strictly for the sake of the pursuit, but still enjoyable. Still think nothing can touch the free-running scene from opening of Casino R.

Dame Dench really shines as M, as usual. She’s got that role for life hammered down hard. Jeffrey Wright also hits all his marks as Felix Leiter, bringing a sage weariness which plays well for that character.

No real gadgets to speak of in this flick. No appearance by “Q” at all. The PPK makes several appearances as Bond’s personal carry weapon, and the Aston Martin gets thoroughly trashed in the opening sequence. Speaking of transportation, James gets to prove his mastery over most forms thereof - boat, motorcycle, car, airplane, parachute. I think they left out trains, Big Wheels and donkey carts, but maybe not.

New fave for Bond girls, and it may just be a contact high I’m feeling right now, but Olga Kurylenko as Camille was terrific. Great mix of confidence, sensuality, capability, vulnerability, humor and sheer hotness. Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields has the minor throwaway Bond Girl role, and brings a proper stiff upper lip to her brief, although very Satisfying, appearances.

Good flick overall. Not quite as engaging as Casino R., but a solid sophomore effort turned in for Daniel Craig. Soundtrack not quite as groovin’ as CR, either. I’d give it four Call Premiums out of five, and recommend you see it on the big screen.