Caught it on cable late one night.
The movie started with its signature finish to the previous mission. Only in this one, he gets caught.
In a lot of other ways this wasn't a Bond. In addition to getting him caught, some of the fights were a lot grittier than is normal for a Bond picture. More scratches, more sweat. Just nowhere near as sterile as is usual. I guess this was not the first one where he's had to "go rogue."
Other parts of it were standard Bond. Hot womenz, of course. A bikini-clad Halley Barry in particular. Yummy. The other chick was pretty hot, too.
They had the stock super-meglomaniac multi-billionaire who people seemed to know surprisingly little about. Some of the backstory is that he built his empire over quite a long time. Yet everyone acts as though he just showed up a year ago. They had a space-based super-weapon and the standard strangely exotic location, an ice palace.
I had forgotten that John Cleese is playing Q, now. He does well, but he's really too big a personality for that part. His part feels really short-changed. It's not a case of leaving the viewer wanting more. The part is just too small.
They have some fun silly Bond toys. His car now has a Predator-like camouflage capability. Plus the usual weapons. And some stuff that they really couldn't have planned for, like a way for the car to right itself when it was sliding upside down.
The finale was predictibly silly. During the final confrontation in a plane, I guess flying on the edge of the super-weapon, falling apart while it's flying. And they manage to contrive a way for them to escape. *heavy sigh*
On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Pay Per View. In some ways, too realistic for a Bond film.
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