So here's a review through the eyes of a 007 fan, as opposed to a film critic!
More action, less plot would be the best way to describe the flaws in this movie. As much as we are both fans and love a great action movie (like the Bourne movies & classic 007), this was dizzying, confusing and relentless in it's pursuit of thrills.
As a result the plot was hard to understand, even now I am still unsure as to what the bad guys master plan was and he wasn't at all threatening!? Some of the action sequences, and there were many, were so fast your eyes had trouble keeping up - quite literally they were confusing, because the camera jumped around so much.
The usual things you expect from a Bond were missing; there wasn't a single gadget, no Q, no Moneypenny, only a short scene with a super car and no romance to speak of, although Bond was getting over a broken heart to be fair. There was also no humour that I spotted and a Bond isn't a Bond, without at least one great double entendre! It was just a relentless pursuit of the ultimate stunt and special effect, with little real substance.
Having said all that, we were entertained, even if we were also confused at times. Daniel Craig is still great as 007, he has a raw energy and dangerous edge that really add to the character. He also looks entirely believable in the stunts, as he just exudes fitness and strength from every pore. So for me he still shows the greatest promise since Sean as 007 and he really deserves a better script on the next outing. He also has great chemistry with Judi Dench as M, probably the mark of them both being great character actors.
So just okay for us, possibly the worst Bond theme ever and nowhere near as good as Casino Royale. But having said all that, we'll still be queuing up for the next one, which I really hope returns to a less manic pace and re-introduces the classic Bond icons.
Here's a totally indulgent piccie of the luscious Mr Craig looking all 'rough and ready' just for the ladies ;-)
Worst thing in this movie - a weak plot
Best thing in this movie - Daniel Craig