OK, I won’t call this a review. More of a discussion. I’ll not put any spoilers in here but I’d lay good odds as the discussions in the comments get going there will be a few.
Here’s my thoughts:
First it’s good. Better than most of the Roger Moore or his successors. It is, however, nowhere near as good as Casino Royale. There are several reasons for this.
The first is editing. There were some pretty fantastic action scenes. Too bad nobody could follow them. It was so choppy it made a meth addict seem like a Philip Glass devote. This was most apparent in the escape from the opera. It’s unfortunate since they brought in the guy who did most of the Bourne stuff. But this really is unlike Bourne. The director appears to want to let you know Bond is having these harrowing events but not really empathize with them. One might defend the decision by suggesting he’s trying to communicate how chaotic violence is. But if that were so why not go for the effect used in war movies like Saving Private Ryan. Here the action seems almost muddled and dream like. Fine in an art film. Not so fine in an action film. (This is most noticeable in the escape from the Opera)
That said I really like how they are introducing the SPECTRE like Quantum. And the movie stayed true to its roots.
There were a few other scenes I felt should have been expanded. For instance the seduction of the Fields character who was supposed to be minding Bond. In Casino Royale we see his charm. Here we’re just supposed to take it for granted.
I think it would have been a much better movie had there been more long shots and had there been more explanation for some events. It’s a film an extra 15 minutes would have benefited.