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With the final trailer for No Time To Die having been released, we’re finally on the cusp of Daniel Craig’s grand finale as James Bond. It’s been a long and mostly successful run for Craig, with the upcoming release set to be his fifth film in the franchise.

As the anticipation builds, now seems as good a time as any to look back on Craig’s work to date and rank his best films as 007.

4. SPECTRE (2015)

Spectre is a film that attempts to tied Craig’s previous three installments together and explain them in a way they perhaps don’t need to be explained. The plot is somewhat convoluted, but it essentially revolves around Bond discovering that his recent misfortunes and the villains that brought them to pass can all be traced back to the criminal organisation SPECTRE. SPECTRE is run by Ernst Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), and Bond ultimately teams up with one Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) to attempt to bring the organization down.

The film looks wonderful. The opening sequence in which Bond thwarts an attack at the Mexican Day Of The Dead festival (albeit with plenty of collateral damage) is breathtaking. Moreover, additional sets and action sequences meet that bar throughout the film. Unfortunately, plot cohesion and character development are lacking. SPECTRE’s involvement seems too convenient and its motivations are poorly explained. Waltz is more or less the same compelling eccentric he’s been in other films. And Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann is a pale imitation of Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale. She’s built up as a deadly but alluring femme fatale, yet winds up neither as capable nor as sympathetic as Lynd.

The end result is a film that’s very easy on the eyes but is ultimately, as one review aptly labeled it, a forgettable journey, according to Movie Freak.

3. Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Quantum Of Solace is perhaps the strangest film from Craig’s run, in that it plays out almost like an add-on final act to Casino Royale. There’s a whole, bizarre plot concerning Bond’s takedown of the mysterious Quantum organisation. This begins with Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), whom Bond captured at the end of Casino Royale. And along the way it involves fresh villain Dominic Greene (Matheiu Amalric), new “Bond girl” Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), and struggles over Bolivian leadership, water supplies, and oil stockpiling. But in the end, when all of that is taken care of, Bond goes off on a solo mission to find a criminal con artist who had been Vesper Lynd’s lover. At that point it feels as if the whole film existed to get Bond to a place of closure over Lynd’s demise.

It’s actually a fairly intricate film that’s better on a second or third watch. It’s certainly not bad. But it feels almost unnecessary in the grand scheme of things, and there’s something just a little stylistically off about it that’s always difficult to pinpoint.

2. Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale was Craig’s debut, and it’s a masterful one at that. The film depicts a new beginning for Bond as 007, and — after a few early detours in the form of stunning action sequences — sees him tracking a terrorist financier named Le Chiffre (Madds Mikkelsen) across the globe. Along the way, for what seems like possibly the first time in the whole franchise, Bond legitimately falls in love with one Vesper Lynd, who accompanies him on his missions. And delightfully, Bond’s pursuit of Le Chiffre largely boils down to an ultra-high-stakes poker game.

Said poker game takes place at the titular Casino Royale in Montenegro, and it’s really what sets the film apart. The game is organised by Le Chiffre, and Bond is staked by M16 (and eventually the CIA) in order to enter with other high rollers — the idea being to defeat Le Chiffre and force him to seek refuge from the powers to which he is indebted. The scene, however, draws out for a fairly large portion of the film and makes for some of the best poker action we’ve seen on screen. The game itself is sophisticated enough that an understanding of Texas Hold’em is legitimately useful. The film shows Hold’em as it’s really played, trusting audiences’ knowledge, whereas many poker movies take a less sophisticated approach. And the staging of the game (from the layout of the table to the attire of the characters) is oozing with the richness that makes us want to live in Bond films.

Surround a scene and plot point like this with terrific action, a shockingly compelling debut by Craig, and a real romance, and you have one of the truly great Bond films.

1. Skyfall (2012)

Finally we have Skyfall — Craig’s third effort, and more or less an undisputed masterpiece. This film focuses on the idea that Bond is slipping, framing him as an agent in decline, only for MI6 to be targeted by another former 00 in Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). In what feels like the most personal conflict yet in the franchise, an ongoing duel between Silva and Bond (as well as Judi Dench’s M) plays out all the way to Bond’s remote childhood home.

The only real negative thing that can be said about Skyfall is that it borrows heavily from a few other films — namely, The Dark Knight and Heat. But given that these are terrific films (and that director Sam Mendes has been open about the connections to The Dark Knight), it’s hard to be bothered! In its performances, action sequences, and sense of story, as well as its ability to make Bond something deeper than we’ve been before, Skyfall is a triumph.

Article by Janisa Blaken.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Spectre,’ ‘The Crow’s Egg,’ ‘5 To 7,’ 99 Homes,’ ‘Secret In Their Eyes,’ ‘Now Add Honey’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’. This episode also contains interviews with Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Andrew Garfield, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth Dave Jackson (Cat Sick Blues), Dee Wallace (Monster Fest), Ivan Malekin (Made In Melbourne Film Festival), Cameron Cairnes (Scare Campaign), Colin Cairnes (Scare Campaign), Ursula Dabrowsky (Inner Demon), Joe Bauer (Australiens) and Rita Artmann (Australiens).

Also  take a listen as the boys launch a brand new giveaway thanks to Ursula Dabrowsky. Take a listen to our interview with Ursula to see how you could win a signed copy of her new film Inner Demon.

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Melissa Benoist

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Melissa Benoist
  2. Maureen O’Hara
  3. Alexandra Daddario
  4. Emilia Clarke
  5. Bryce Dallas Howard
  6. Lea Seydoux
  7. Jaimie Alexander
  8. Monica Bellucci
  9. Daisy Ridley
  10. Naomi Grossman
  11. Katy Perry
  12. Tom Hardy
  13. Margot Robbie
  14. Steven Yuen
  15. Daniel Craig
  16. Alicia Vikander
  17. Thora Birch
  18. Christina Ricci
  19. Jessica Chastain
  20. Chris Pratt
  21. Shantel VanSanten
  22. Johnny Depp
  23. Chyler Leigh
  24. Sarah Dumont
  25. Ana de Armas

Spectre Poster

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  4. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  5. Supergirl (2015) – Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan
  6. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  7. The Flash (2014) – Greant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
  8. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  9. The Last Witch Hunter (2015) – Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Olafur Darri Olafsson
  10. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  11. The Ridiculous 6 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Julia Jones, Taylor Lautner, Whitney Cummings
  12. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  13. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey
  15. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  16. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  17. Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (2015) – Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont
  18. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  19. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  20. Love (2015) – Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra
  21. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  22. Hocus Pocus (1993) – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz
  23. Sherlock (2010) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves
  24. Suicide Squad (2016) – Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck
  25. Back To The Future (1985) – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Star Wars The Force Awakens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  2. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  3. The Walking Dead (2010) – Anderew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs
  4. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  5. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  6. Back To The Future (1985) – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
  7. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux
  8. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
  9. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  10. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  11. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  12. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thonrton, Martin Freeman, AllisonTolman, Colin Hanks
  13. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Aaron Burns
  14. Back To The Future II (1989) – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
  15. The Last Witch Hunter (2015) – Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Olafur Darri Olafsson
  16. Beasts Of No Nation (2015) – Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  19. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  20. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  21. Steve Jobs (2015) – Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels
  22. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  23. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dokata Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  24. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  25. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  3. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  4. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  5. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  6. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  7. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  8. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Amas, Aaron Burns
  9. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  11. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  12. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  13. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  15. Stars Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  16. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  17. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  18. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  19. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  20. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  21. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  22. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  23. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  24. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. American Horro Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  3. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  6. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  7. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  8. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  9. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  10. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  11. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  14. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  15. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  16. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jamimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  21. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  22. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane
  23. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  3. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  4. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  5. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett SMith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, THomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezana
  8. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  9. Jessica Jones (2015) – Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
  10. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  11. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie ALexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  12. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  14. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  15. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
  17. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  18. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  19. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  20. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  21. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  23. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Godron-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  24. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, ALfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
  25. The Revenant (2015) – Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Spectre - Dave Bautista

A new Spectre vlog has surfaced The behind-the-scenes footage focuses on a car chase with the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75, featuring Director Sam Mendes, actor Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx), Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell, and Action Vehicles Technical Coordinator Neil Layton.

Also released was a brand new shot of Dave Butista portraying Mr. Hinx. Bautista features in the film alongside Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Jesper Christensen.