Parts are great, but time will tell whether this Bond has return-viewing power. I can't watch Casino Royale now, or when I do, I find myself hitting the Fast Forward button. I'm starting to miss the old formula of the classic DANJAQ / EON Bond movies.
I should have given this a higher score because it put 2 hours of my life in perspective and showed me how I was wasting them by watching this movie. Casino Royale was one of the best Bond films ever, and was stretched out to make this empty and boring movie. Leave the seriousness and parkour-like stunts for Bourne; keep the ladies, martinis and nonchalant attitude towards killing and blowing stuff up for the true BOND.
Not like other Bond movies. And if it's some while ago you've seen casino royal sometimes you have some questions here and there. But exept that a good movie whit a good daniel craig and some superb action scenes.
It's clear from very early on that QoS's director, Marc Forster, should not have been the man in charge of this. He has shown a propensity in the past for smaller movies, but with QoS he is lost. As a result, it's a disjointed mess where the action scenes are incomprehensible, the plot is labyrinthine in an uninvolving way, and the characters are uninteresting. It makes sense the interesting character in the movie appears for about 10 minutes before being unceremoniously dumped - twice.
Basically there are two main problems with this movie. As a follow-up to Casino Royale, it doesn't quite hold up and it doesn't seem like a Bond movie. It's a very fast-paced action movie with non-stop fighting and explosions, yet it manages to hold up in other aspects as well. The notion of quntum is interresting and Graham Greene is a really enjoyable villian. I quite dug the ending too. So in short, I can see why peopl don't like it, but it's definitely not a bad Bond film.
No longer does Bond have charming exchanges with beautiful women, verbal sparring sessions with evil villains, disposable uber-gadgets or epic battles with superhuman henchmen. Now he moves from place to place killing his targets with all the efficiency of a terminator. Some good action scenes but no plot, no Bond gimmicks and no fun.
This suffers from having to follow Casino Royale's act. It furthers this problem itself from actually being a direct sequel. People are going to go in and expect Casino Royale 2, but it's not. However, disregard Casino Royale completely and it's actually pretty sweet on it's own. References many older Bond films (Goldfinger reference stands out), which is nice. It feels like more of a return to Bond after Casino Royale's departure from the formula. I really liked it, despite it's flaws.