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She had a fly on her tush
Or maybe she just had some "sweet candy" on her can, like in that episode of The Simpsons?:






I saw this. I have seen all of Daniel Craig's Bond films, and to me, this ranks somewhere in the middle. I think it was better than "Spectre" and "Quantum of Solace," but nowhere near as good as either "Casino Royale" or "Skyfall." Although I surprisingly didn't feel that the film dragged even though it is the longest James Bond movie in history, it still felt like not everything in it was necessary. The film could have been a good half an hour shorter and not lost anything, in my opinion.

This is a very different Bond film than they've ever made before, and I've seen most all of them, with the possible exception of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," the one and only George Lazenby film. It is much darker, much more somber, it is much more stripped down, and the action feels much more personal and much smaller in scope. I also felt like it was missing the humor and the fun element of the Bond movies that I typically enjoy, though I did enjoy Hans Zimmer's musical score. They also jettisoned both his womanizing and his excessive drinking, which felt noteworthy to me, and different than the other films in the series.

I think it wraps up Daniel Craig's arc well from a character perspective, but I think the serialized stories in many of the Craig Bond films were a little bit of a mistake. It constrained the story in ways that weren't present in the other Bond films. I found Rami Malek to be a very weak villain, but thought centering the story around the type of weapon they did felt timely and smart. I don't think the way they ended the film really made sense. They did something that they've never done before, and the rationale for doing so did not make much sense to me.

Overall, I thought it was a decent, though pretty unremarkable Bond film. I do like the series, so I'm looking forward to who they choose next, and the direction that man takes the character. I hope they bring the fun and lightness back to Bond.