The search is on for a new James Bond. The producers are looking for a younger actor to take over the role of everyone’s favorite gentleman spy. After Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 ended in spectacular style last year with the bittersweet finality of no time to die, Eon has some very big boots to fill with the next incarnation of the iconic spy movie franchise. Fans may have to wait a bit for the next Bond film, but Craig has left behind five action-packed gems to revisit in the meantime.
Some of the movies from Craig’s five-movie tenure as 007, like the heartbreaking Casino Royale and the pleasure celestial fallwarrant more rewatches than others, such as the inflated Spectrum and the mediocre Quantum of Comfort.
5 Quantum of Solace (2008)
After Casino Royale Craig’s tenure as 007 got off to a great start with some of the best reviews in franchise history, his second film Quantum of Comfort met with some of the worst reviews a Bond movie has ever received. This is by far the weakest film of the Craig era.
Shaky narration can be forgiven in Bond movies like thunder ball and Octopus who still have the franchise’s classic sense of fun. Quantum of ComfortThe biggest crime of is that it lacks the distinctive feel of a Bond movie. It’s just a generic action thriller with a generic industrial villain. If nothing else, this villain gets one of the show’s chilliest death scenes as 007 abandons him in the desert with nothing to drink but a can of oil.
4 Specter (2015)
If it didn’t have the distinctive Bondian feel that Quantum of Comfort was missing, Spectrum would give Quantum a run for its money as Craig’s weakest Bond film. After Sam Mendes blew them away with his first Bond movie, celestial fallfans were bitterly disappointed with his second. Spectrum is let down by its bloated execution and twisting plot that unnecessarily binds the entire Craig era together into one retroactive Marvel-style continuity.
Still, Spectrum has some fun stuff worth revisiting multiple times, like the Day of the Dead cold open, Christoph Waltz’s spooky turn as Blofeld, and 007’s brutal fight with Mr. Hinx on a high-speed train. speed (a visceral homage to Red Grant’s iconic fight in From Russia with love).
3 No Time to Die (2021)
The bittersweet finale of the Craig era, no time to die, has more of a sense of closure than any other Bond actor’s final performance in the role. It marked a welcome return to the classic Bond film structure, with an action-packed, globe-trotting adventure to a climactic showdown in the villain’s grand secret lair.
Rami Malek’s turn as Lyutsifer Safin, a traditional Bondian megalomaniac with apocalyptic plans to reshape the world, is more understated than the average Bond villain performance. With an autonomy pushing three hours, no time to die is a lot longer than it needs to be, but there’s so much exhilarating action that it doesn’t feel that long at all.
2 Casino Royale (2006)
Martin Campbell’s Hard Reboot Casino Royale reinvented the Bond myth from scratch. It’s an origin story detailing how Bond got his 00 status and license to kill, and also where his cold-hearted emotional detachment comes from. Casino Royale is one of the best-crafted films in the franchise. It’s pretty light on the action, but its plot is compelling enough to make up for that. Casino Royale gets off to a stunning start with the parkour chase, then slows down mid-act with extended poker streaks. Intermittent action scenes like the brutal stairwell fight and explosive airport chase keep audiences on the edge of their seats in this spy-focused section.
It’s all tied together by the Bond franchise’s most tragic love story since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 007 falls so madly in love with Vesper Lynd that he leaves MI6 to go on vacation with her. She betrays him, which breaks his heart. Then he learns that she only betrayed him to save his life, but before he can reconcile with her, he fails to save her from drowning in a sinking building in the city. devastating finale. It’s an emotional roller coaster. By the end of the film, Craig has become the 007 fans know and love.
1 Skyfall (2012)
The third entry into the Craig era, heavenly fallfound the perfect intersection between the gritty realism of Casino Royale and the wacky fun of classic 007 adventures. Sam Mendes brought back all the familiar hallmarks Craig’s first two Bond films lacked, like the Aston Martin, cheesy one-liners, and wacky gadgetry provided by the Q branch.
The plot is pretty absurd when put under a microscope, but the film’s thrilling action sets – beautifully shot by Roger Deakins – more than make up for it. From Bond’s near-death experience in the open cold to silhouetted combat in Shanghai to Raoul Silva’s decisive home invasion in the Scottish Highlands, heavenly fall is full of gripping footage that never gets old.
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