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007 is back again in this Spectre Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review from the cinema and today I’m finally getting around to talking about the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. To say that I’ve been forward to this film would be an understatement, and after the great sense of satisfaction and fun I had with Skyfall, I was ready for more. So how’s the latest Bond adventure? Well read on and find out in this spoiler-free review.

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The story can be described as the following:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

The story in this film was quite interesting with a great deal of mystery, intrigue, death and more connection’s to Bond’s past coming back haunt him in the present. Like Skyfall, this was another personal tale for not only Bond but also the characters who surrounded him and it was great to see another character-driven adventure. The humour is also back with a lot of great one-liners and visual humour, oh and the call-backs/references to the former Bond films whether they be visual or verbal were awesome and it was the kind of material I had kind of missed from these newer films. However, for me the story was at its strongest when it found was referencing the previous Bond films and tieing them in with the current story, it was smart, well-thought out and allowed for some interesting continuity not only from the last film, but also all the way back to Casino Royale. The only nitpicks I had were that I thought that this plot wasn’t as captivating as the last, the pacing was a little slow at points and there was certain decisions made with the story that I wasn’t as keen on.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. Firstly there’s Daniel Craig as James Bond, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? Craig did a terrific job, he’s smooth, sophisticated and badass, but also focused, aggressive and thoughtful. Léa Seydoux was also great as Dr. Madeleine Swann, I didn’t know that she’d be so integral to the plot but she had a great backstory and had an interesting relationship with Bond. I’ve seen Seydoux in a few films here and there but she did a wonderful job here and damn she is gorgeous woman. Oh and of course Christoph Waltz was good as Franz Oberhauser, this character has a history shrouded in mystery and once he came into the light things got a lot more interesting. Waltz is a great actor and he had a lot of his charming and intimidating traits that made him cool in Inglorious Basterds, but I wish I’d seen more of him and I didn’t find him as memorable as Raoul Silva.

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Ben Whishaw was good as Ql, in this film I felt like Q’s appearance was expanded as he had more to do and had some pretty memorable moments whether it was for the sake of humour or story. Naomie Harris was also good as Eve Moneypenny, like Q, she had some interesting moments with Bond and was key to the story. I really liked Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, all I can say is what a beast! From the time Hinx steps on-screen he leaves an impression, he’s a man of few words but is tough as nails, tenacious, scary, smart and resourceful. Bautista was so cool and intimidating in this role and when he wasn’t around I missed him. Ralph Fiennes did a good job as M, he had a lot to deal with the changes in government and Bond’s personal ventures, but I appreciated how he was central to the plot and had some great lines. As a fan of Sherlock I enjoyed seeing Andrew Scott’s performance as Max Denbigh, his character was smart, witty and a bit of a prick but very relevant to the plot. Monica Bellucci was beautiful as Lucia Sciarra, however like Bérénice Lim Marlohe her presence wasn’t as large and she wasn’t utilized as I’d hoped. And finally Rory Kinnear as usual was good as Bill Tanner and it was nice to see Jesper Christensen return as Mr. White.

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When it comes to the presentation it was lovely. The visual presentation was good with some wonderful cinematography and pretty awesome action sequences. There are a lot of memorable sequences including one with a helicopter, a really cool and tense car chase or another hand-to-hand combat sequence later on which was really crazy, intense and badass. And Thomas Newman returns again to craft the film score and it is great, Newman’s soundtrack always has this great level of energy, drama, sensuality and has the right sound for the right situation. One thing I was happy about was the inclusion of one key theme from Skyfall returning in this film (“Mother” I believe is the name of the track) it was my favourite piece from the last Bond film and I’m glad Newman brought it back. As for the new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith I’m a little indifferent to it, on one hand it is quite lovely, subtle and Smith’s vocals shine through, on the other hand the song’s a little too light on the instrumental side of things and I do prefer my Bond songs to be a little more epic.

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In conclusion Spectre is another solid entry in the Bond franchise, it has all of the great elements that make the recent trend of Bond films fun to watch, but it also features a lot of cool throwbacks to the older films too. I will admit that there were certain narrative and character choices that I didn’t agree with/would have handled differently, but putting my issues aside, this is still a very good film and if you’re a fan of this franchise it deserves your attention.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch Spectre? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Spectre Teaser Trailer

Howdy people of the internet, time for an unexpected trailer review as the teaser for Spectre dropped online and so I have to talk about it. So far every bit of news for Bond 24 has been ticking all the right boxes, but now we have some footage to work with. So what’s the teaser saying? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

So what are my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Nice, very nice. I’m getting very dark, harrowing and mysterious vibes from this trailer and I like it.

It seems like the next Bond film will continue the codes and conventions that have been presented since Casino Royale came out with more serious and realistic stories, darker tones, important characters and beautiful locations. From what I’ve seen, it looks like we’ll be getting another personal story with James Bond with him keeping secrets from people (MI6 probably) and coming into contact with people he’s known in the past. This is not a problem for me as I’ve always preferred stories that are closely tied to the main character, that’s why I LOVED Casino Royale and Skyfall. Bond also looks like he’s obtained a ring (or circular object) with the Spectre logo on it and is talking to someone who he knows about it hoping to get answers, and it seems like he’s aware of something. And while we don’t see him in the light, Christoph Waltz’s villain seems to welcome Bond sounding quite polite and cool, just from his dialogue I’m getting nice vibes from him too.

Looking at this teaser I’m seeing that the beautiful cinematography will be coming back in full force. Skyfall‘s visual presentation was simply gorgeous with some incredible camera work during action sequences, but even more impression was the static shots that showcased the scenery with such wide-angle shots full of detail. And looks like this film will be continuing to show off these great locations of the world in a very beautiful way.

Here’s a few other points I wanted to highlight like:

  • The shot of the MI6 building after the explosion is a heavy reminder of the drama in Skyfall
  • Seeing Naomie Harris talking to Bond about him having secrets leads me to believe that there will be more close moments between the two of them
  • Among Bond’s belongings recovered from the MI6 building, there is a burnt picture, I wonder who the people are in the photo. Parents or old friends? Or possibly the man in the following scene?
  • The man who resides in the cabin in the snowy woods, he looks rough and tired. Who is he, what’s his connection to Bond and how does fit into the grand scheme of the plot?
  • Bond’s travelling on a boat in a very cold snowy mountain location, looks very pretty
  • Bond’s attending a funeral, and we see Monica Bellucci who’s there too. Looks like a melancholy moment for sure
  • Seeing Christoph Waltz’s character in silhouette is so cool, imposing and mysterious, it’s nicely done

This looks like it will continue the same tone and feel from Skyfall but take things in a different yet even darker direction. I mean I could be wrong and everything I’m saying is speculation, but at this state it’s always nice to question things before more details come to light. I’m just curious to see how all of the other cast members will fit into this film like Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista. Sam Mendes done such a good job with the last film and I’m already feeling like this film will be another winner.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer for Spectre looks very intriguing for sure, from what’s on display here it seems like we’ll be getting another dark and personal chapter in the Bond series. Sure it there is not much in the way of action or many of the cast members, but it is a teaser and gave me just enough to get me excited even more than I was before. I cannot wait.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Spectre? Are you hyped more or less after seeing this? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

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This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.

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Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. Léa Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Christoph Waltz Reportedly Playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24

Howdy ladies and gents, I return today will some more film news. A little while ago it was made known that Christoph Waltz would be rumored to be in the next James Bond film. Now there is a new bit of news relating to Waltz’s involvement in the film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Just two weeks after initially reporting that two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz would play the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 24, The Daily Mail is back and reports that Waltz will play none other than James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Production is expected to begin on the sequel next month.

It was revealed over a year ago that MGM had settled with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous SPECTRE organization, which sparked rumors they could appear in future films, and now it appears that could be a reality. Blofeld has been heard or seen in six of the previous James Bond films and was previously played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray.

Set for release on November 6, 2015, the Bond 24 will see Waltz join Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. Sam Mendes returns to direct the film, which is produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

Okay, so I was already reported that Walt would be in this film, which already had my approval and now he’s set to play an iconic villain from the past? That’s pretty cool. Ernst Stavro Blofeld isn’t exactly one of my favourite Bond villains and I’ve only seen him in You Only Live Twice, I’m more of Goldfinger, Jaws and Oddjob kind of guy. But the villain is classic and if you want to get a great actor to play him, Waltz is not a bad choice at all. Good stuff, if this proves to be official, then I’ll be super happy.

Anyways, how do you feel about this reported news? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to leave them below, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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BIG NEWS PART 2: Dave Bautista Is Apparently Joining The Cast Of Bond 24!

Howdy ladies and gents, this is second part of my big news stories of the last few days, so today I want to talk about a smaller, yet still relevant story in the world of film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Back in August, the rumor broke that Sam Mendes’James Bond 24 was looking to cast an “iconic henchman.” Now, Latino-Review reports that role has been filled by none other than Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista!

“Whoever wins the role,” reported MI-6 in the initial rumor,“will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 throughout the film and also a driving sequence. Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone ‘very unusual’… The goal is to find the next Jaws or Oddjob – a henchman so different to anything that has gone before that they will become instantly iconic in the film series.”

The same report suggested that the character was going by the name (or codename) Hinx behind the scenes, but that that name could potentially change prior to production.

Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24thBond installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce. Lea Seydoux is also reportedly joining the cast as a new femme fatale.

Still without an official title, Bond 24 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2015.

I came across this story a few days ago and I had to check it twice just to see if it was real or not and while there is no official word from Same Mendes or anyone at the studio about whether this is real or not, one can assume that it is more than just a rumour, and if so then WELL DONE Bautista (or Batista, the internet likes to change his name on different sites)! This guy has advanced so far in the last five years, but clearly he is making the right choices and being Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy has definitely helped raise his profile in the world of Hollywood and if he does become someone of villain status in the new Bond film then that would be awesome. Bautista definitely has the frame and look for a good villian, that being said if it requires acting, it is going to be a different story since Bautista is still learning, that and he has to follow up Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva in Skyfall in 2012. Either way I can’t wait to see how he comes into play in this new film.

So what do you think of this news? Be sure to comment below and let me know! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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James Bond 24 to Start Filming in October

Hello to everyone on the internet tonight, I return again to give you some quick thoughts on some film news relating to the next film in the James Bond series. The following info comes from superherohype:

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James Bond 24 will start filming later this year, Ralph Fiennes said in an interview with MTV.

“It’s meant to start shooting in October,” the actor said, not able to offer much more than that. “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.”

The 24th installment, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015. Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are back. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing.

Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was also the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray.”

Trust Ralph Fiennes to have the scoop on when the next Bond film start production, that guy is so cool. 🙂 Anways… So it seems like everything is in place to get the next instalment of the Bond series underway and to that I say, “Good, give it to me now.” The Bond film series is one of my favourites and even though I haven’t seen each one, I do love the ones that I have watched. Skyfall in 2012 was a big deal, made stupid amounts of money for this series of films and for good reason, it was a very good, compelling and entertaining film. While it is a bit overrated when people called it “THE BEST BOND TO DATE!” I guess film is subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion (unless they are clearly wrong). Can’t wait for production to start on this next film, it’ll be interesting to see what Mendes, the writers and actors can bring to the table in 2015.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Sam Mendes Returns to Direct Bond 24!

Alrighty then time to post up some news and boy is it some good news. There hasn’t been much new information on the next installment in the Jame Bond film series and who the director will be, but it seems like we have some new developments on those issues as you can see from the following article from superherohype:

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Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of SonyPictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond filmand Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015 (currently the same date as Ant-Manand Peanuts).

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “Following the extraordinary success of ‘Skyfall,’ we’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct ‘Bond 24.’ I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time,” said Mendes.

Barber added, “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.” He added, “As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”

Lynton and Pascal said, “It’s a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to ‘Skyfall’ and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.””

Okay all I have to say is, YES! It seems like after all the reports of Sam Mendes openly stating that he would not return to direct another Bond film he has just decided to do it anyway. I am kind of surprised considering how adamant he was that he wouldn’t return due to numerous factors that he listed, but hey he’s back and I’m not complaining  To be honest I think this is really the best option for the Bond series, don’t  get me wrong I would have loved to see another director helm the famous spy series, but when you have a great director like Mendes that practically gave you the most commercially successful film (Skyfall) in the series’ entire history, you’re gonna want him back to do it again right? Skyfall was wonderful and I liked what Mendes did with it, I can’t wait to see what he and Daniel Craig get up to in the next installment. Now we’ve got another film to add to the year that is 2015, fucking hell that’s gonna be a BEAST of a year yo! 😀 XD

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews: GoldenEye 007

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #29 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. And today we have one of biggest games from the 90s, one of the most talked about games in history and probably the most well-received movie-in video game of all time. Welcome to legendary game known as GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64!

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Okay now we are talking big, I mean this game is one that everyone and their father knows. Obviously it’s based on the success James Bond film of the same name that came out two years before, but the game in a lot of ways is much bigger than the film. It carries its own history. And if you don’t know about the original you at least know about the remakes on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 right? GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was one of the most successful games of the decade, it was critically acclaimed by many gaming publications, won several game awards and propelled developer Rare into the stratosphere. The legacy this game left behind is massive and constantly comes up in “greatest games” or “most influential games” lists. This game was and still is hot property. So what’s the deal? Well read on to find out.

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So GoldenEye 007 was a first-person shooter game developed by Rare which was exclusively released for the Nintendo 64 in the year 1997. The game was obviously based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, but featured a few variations to the story. In the single player campaign you took control of James Bond as he fights to prevent a criminal syndicate from using a satellite weapon against London to cause a global financial meltdown. The gameplay took place in a 3D free-roaming environment, and in each level you had to complete a specific task in order to advance. This could be anything from collecting or destroying specified items, or rescuing hostages, or meeting with friendly NPCs – and then exiting the stage. You also had access to a variety of weapons including pistols, throwing knives, assault rifles and grenades, there were also points where you’d be able to use certain gadgets for specific missions too.

In addition to the single player you also had a split-screen multiplayer mode in which up to four players can compete in different types of deathmatch games. The modes that could be played were as follows: Normal, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights (Flag Tag), The Man With the Golden Gun, and Licence to Kill. And you could also customise the choice maps, weapons and set the winning conditions too.

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GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was big deal when I was young. I don’t really recall when I first came across the game, but I remember it was through my school friend that introduced me to Bomberman 64, Snowboard Kids and Mario Kart 64 among other things. Me and my friend would normally take on the single-player campaign in turns or in co-op (I’m sure you could play the single-player in split-screen co-op). It was amazing to see all of the scenes from the film recreated in the game and I loved how diverse the gameplay was from stealth missions, to blasting stuff in a tank to the chase after Trevelyan before having to kill him off, man this game had it all. And then there was the multiplayer. MY GOD! Back in the day the multiplayer for this game was so addictive! With all four people the multiplayer just turned into chaos! And when you set the rules and set which weapons would be available for matches, then things would just turn into filthy madness! Matches with just rocket launchers was the best, that was when I developed my suicidal method of playing FPS games by running up close to people and blowing both of us up! I really liked playing this game with my friends and it was fun to pick camping spots in your favourite levels just waiting for someone to come by and then go and take them out!

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In conclusion GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was a big deal. It was the first successful movie-in video game, it also set a new standard for first-person shooter games and did I mention the fact that the game kicks ass? The game had varied and interesting gameplay, graphically it was the top dog on the N64 and the music was bloody impressive too. Many of us 90s kids lost anything from hours to days playing GoldenEye 007 either in single player or in split-screen multiplayer. If you want a game that’s the definition of classic and nostalgic that still holds up pretty well after 15 years, look no further than GoldenEye 007. It is some badass stuff, play it now if you have yet to experience this legend of a game.

Well that is video game review 29 done, tomorrow we will conclude this month of video game reviews with one of my favourite game ever. 🙂 I’m sure some of you out there must have played this game at some point back in the day so share you memories in the comment section below! And make sure to come back tomorrow for your last piece of nostalgic pie! 😀 😀

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Game Reviews, Media, Reviews, Video Games

 

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Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews: James Bond 007

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #14 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. And today we have a funny little hidden gem from the late 90s on the Game Boy in the shape of James Bond 007.

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The 90s was a good time for Bond, the film franchise got reinvigorated with GoldenEye in 1995 and then got a game based on the film in 1997 which went on to be one of the biggest games in history for the first-person shooter and movie-tie-in game genres. However outside all of this hype, there was a little James Bond video game for the Game Boy in 1998 that came along and while it was probably not remembered by many, for me and those other fans in the world who used to own this game there was some fun to be had with this game.

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So for those not in the know James Bond 007 was an action adventure game released in 1998 for the Nintendo Game Boy that played more like The Legend of Zelda for NES rather than the GoldenEye on N64. In the game features a story where Bond travels from country to country coming across characters from previous Bond films, such as Oddjob and Jaws. When it comes to gameplay you played the game in a top-down perspective and as James Bond you could dispose of your enemies with weapons or karate. And like the NES Legend of Zelda you needed to find and use items at certain points in the game in order to solve a puzzle or beat impossible odds.

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For me this game was frigging awesome, and that wasn’t because it was some really amazing and memorable game. It was simply because it was simple and fun to play and I used to play it repeatedly. I guess liked this game because you went from one place to another taking out enemies with your fists and guns with ease and I also liked finding items which would advance the story too. Also sprite work for this game was funny and the music, man the music for this game was so badass! From the title music which was a simplified version of the James Bond theme to all of the other kick ass music in the levels, I just thought the soundtrack was so cool back then. I think I stopped playing this game after 2003 when I got my Game Boy Advance and I never came across it again until I watched a walk-through of the game on YouTube last year. I was just chilling in my uni accommodation and remembered James Bond 007 on Game Boy and then looked for it online and then the nostalgia just came flooding back! 🙂

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While this game is not a mandatory play I’d say still give it a try if you could find a copy or watch a playthrough on YouTube. James Bond 007 is a funny little game that is pretty enjoyable if you give it a chance. 🙂

Well that’s another review done, hopefully you liked it. Remember to comment and remember to come back tomorrow for more nostalgic games! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Game Reviews, Media, Reviews, Video Games

 

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Skyfall Review

I have waited a very long time for this film and not since The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have I been this hyped for a film. I feel like the wait for Skyfall has been a very long and painful one, but now it’s here and I’ve finally seen it. So was it worth the effort? Well I can easily say that this is one of the best films this year.

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The premise for the story in this film goes something like this:

“Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

The plot in Skyfall is very good, the script is well-written and there’s a surprising level focus on the characters that was very welcome for me. What I mean by that is that this film’s story really does center around the main characters of Bond, Raoul and M, as the plot thickens things get more complicated for each of them and there is a great deal of drama and revelations to discover. I also liked how much danger there was in this film, and as seen in the trailer the identities of undercover agents gets leaked online, MI6 HQ is attacked and then there’s the obvious fact that Bond gets taken out of action then has to get back into his groove when all of this chaos is going on around him. There are also some interesting secrets to discover in Skyfall and some great nods to the past for fans to enjoy.

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But what’s a good story without a good cast? Luckily Skyfall has a brilliant cast in place. Let’s start with Daniel Craig as Bond. Now he’s been playing the character for 3 films over the space of 6 years and since Casino Royale he’s become one of my favourite actors. In Skyfall he continues to show me why I think he’s so badass, Craig is totally relaxed in the role and displays Bond in some of his coolest and most badass moments, but also at his most emotional too. Now let’s talk about Javier Bardem, he has always been known as this badass in most of the films he’s been in and his acting skills are pretty damn good. I still haven’t forgotten his awesomeness from No Country For Old Men and in Skyfall he is just the best guy ever as Raul Silva he was intimidating, had a great presence and a level of charisma that makes him stand out from many previous Bond villains. Bardem is just simply wonderful in this film, I loved how his character interacted with Bond and M, and I do believe he’s the best Bond villain for a while. And Judi Dench as M was wonderful, I’ve always liked Judi Dench as M, but this is the first time where her character has come to the forefront of the story and been very relevant to happens, all I can say Dench was wonderful in the film.

Then there’s Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Fiennes is just badass in everything he’s in and that’s no exception here. While his role isn’t as big as say Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, he was still cool in the film and had his moments to shine. Naomie Harris as Eve was pretty awesome, I thought she had good chemistry with Bond and it was great to see not only a female MI6 agent, but also a Bond girl who could handle herself in the field of battle. Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine was totally classy and sexy, I liked her part in the film and I just wish her character had been in the film a lot longer. And lastly Ben Whishaw as Q was awesome, I don’t really recall about the old Q to draw up comparisons, but I thought that Whishaw brought a lovely well of intelligence and wit to his role and I liked his conversations with Bond, they were pretty humourous.

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When it comes to the presentation, Skyfall has all bases covered. The action scenes and sequences are really great, with some great camera work and some really crazy and creative scenes for the good guys and bad guys to work with. But it’s really all about the cinematography in Skyfall. The cinematography is insane! I loved a lot of the scenery from the scenes in Istanbul to London, but I really loved the scenes in China, that’s when the cinematography comes alive. The use of lighting, colours and shadows is especially impressive! Also the soundtrack by Thomas Newman was great and very memorable which I was very surprised about. Now obviously David Arnold handled the previous two Bond soundtracks and while Casino Royale‘s soundtrack was awesome, Quantum of Solace‘s wasn’t very memorable at all. Newman’s soundtrack for Skyfall is very different in tone and feel from the previous Bond films, but it sounds undoubtedly sexy, cool, emotional and most importantly it sounds like a Bond soundtrack! And obviously I made my thoughts clear on the song “Skyfall” by Adele, if you haven’t read that post you can see it here. But in short I think it’s pretty good, though I feel like it could be better.

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Its been said by some critics that Skyfall is the best Bond film since Daniel Craig starred as the character back in 2006 and in a way it really is. Sam Mendes was a great choice to direct this film because of his understanding of the Bond series and also because of his great film career too. There is many things to love about the film like how there is this central link between Bond, Raoul and M or the way Skyfall manages to fuse the newer Bond film elements with some of the older elements from the former films and just I loved the level of nostalgia in this film whether it be visual or audio-based. For me while this film is clearly better than Quantum of Solace, I still feel like Casino Royale was superior, why? I guess it’s because it first Bond film in a while to be really different, edgy and dark, plus I’ve watched it so many times already haha.

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In conclusion Skyfall is a great return to form for this series, this film feels bolder, darker and connects with you on a much deeper emotional level. And with brilliant direction from Sam Mendes, awesome action sequences, fabulous lead performances from Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench, and sexy presentation both from the visual and audio standpoints, Skyfall is a great Bond film to watch at the cinema and I highly recommend it!

Happy 50th anniversary to the James Bond film series, it kicks so much ass!

Rating: 8.5/10

Well there’s my review peeps, thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments below! Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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