On the occasion of the release of “Die can wait”, we wanted to offer you the ranking of the James Bond films worn by Daniel Craig. Five more or less appreciated opuses, ranked from worst to best!
N ° 5 – 007 Specter
In 2015, crowned with the success of Sky Fall, filmmaker Sam Mendes backs up behind the camera to direct Spectrum, the fourth episode worn by Daniel Craig. This 24th film James bond is the first opus since GoldenEye where Judi Dench does not play Mr. She is here replaced by Ralph Fiennes, who then returns in To die can wait. Direct suite from Sky Fall, Spectrum is the least popular opus of the Daniel Craig era. Episode considered too long (2h30 all the same), it accumulates sluggish and often endless action sequences. Léa Seydoux’s failed performance has also often been singled out, while Christoph Waltz played a strong antagonist.
007 Specter thus drags in length, lack of breath and thickness of the script. In lack of freshness, the spectator quickly suffocates in the face of an approach that is too tired, and a tone reminiscent of the episodes of yesteryear (years 1970-1980), especially those with Roger Moore (which also pleased some of the fans). Fortunately, Daniel Craig is always flawless in Agent 007’s shoes and Sam Mendes offers some imperial sequences like the opening scene in Mexico.
N ° 4 – To die can wait
Daniel Craig’s latest episode as James Bond struggles to climb to fourth place. This fifth part, even longer than the previous one (2h43), suffers from the same faults as its predecessor. Especially in the midst of his enduring story a soft stomach symptomatic of a blockbuster that stretches for no real reason. After a very pleasant first hour, the film gets bogged down in an endless plot, punctuated by unnecessarily talkative dialogues and heated situations. The secondary characters are unfortunately lacking in thickness, whether it is the new 007 played by Lashana Lynch or the big bad of the grotesque story as possible. Rami Malek totally collapses in the skin of Lyutsifer Safin, the worst antagonist of the Daniel Craig era, victim of a failed writing and an interpretation completely absent from his actor.
Fortunately, To die can wait can count on the precision of Cary Fukunaga who still offers impressive action sequences, a perfectly paced first hour and above all a truly mind-blowing conclusion. The filmmaker takes unprecedented risks, and signs the most ambitious outcome in the history of the license James bond. An epilogue of unprecedented emotional power, which will divide fans, but which has the merit of offering something revolutionary. Note also the superb performance of Ana de Armas, which absolutely made everyone agree (our review here).
N ° 3 – Quantum of Solace
After the incredible experience of Casino Royale, Marc Forster is responsible for directing Quantum of Solace. An unloved episode of the Daniel Craig saga, the fact remains that Quantum of Solace offers some absolutely memorable action sequences. More common in its themes, more superficial in its scenario, the film suffered above all from the comparison with Casino Royale. But with the passing of time, Quantum of Solace deserves to be revised upwards. So certainly, Mathieu Amalric embodies a cartoon villain, certainly Olga Kurylenko is not the most unforgettable James Bond girl, and the secondary characters are all extremely weak.
But it does not prevent that Marc Forster offers a very engaging reading of the action, which finds its quintessence the time of the sequence of the opera, absolutely fascinating, and a mastery at all times!
N ° 2 – Sky Fall
Released in 2012, Sky Fall marks Sam Mendes’ entry into the 007 franchise. The filmmaker is hired to take over from Marc Forster. And for many, Sky Fall is quite simply one of the best James Bond of the whole saga. It must be said that the film takes risks, abuses our hero, kills the famous M, and offers an unforgettable villain played by the talented Javier Bardem.
Of astonishing plastic beauty, Sky Fall is sensational entertainment. A feature film filled with nostalgia, which takes a melancholy look at a decades-old saga. Or how to kill the hero to better bring him back. It is a meta work, which recalls what the identity of James Bond is while modernizing the subject.
N ° 1 – Casino Royale
It is obvious. With Casino Royale, Martin Campbell totally dust off the franchise James bond. He who…