Well - let’s start with the best bit - the opening sequence is great. The helicopter flying is literally breath-taking, but even here the problem with the film starts to show. The building collapses under Bond, but he ends up landing on a sofa… And that’s how it goes on, there are several great moments but the, somehow, there is little sense of danger. The worst culprit is the car chase - very disappointing.
And the most annoying thing is that there are all the ingredients for a great film in there! Every actor does a great job, we know Sam Mendes is a great director, the film looks fantastic - but I think here-in lies the problem. Everything is too smooth. And predictable. And NO ONE DIES - on Bond’s side that is… Casino Royale had Vesper, Quantum of Solace had Mathis and in Skyfall, M. In this you just seem to know everyone will be alright.
Then we come the bit that annoys me the most - Bond shooting down Blofeld’s helicopter with his Walther PPK - which is bad enough - but from how far away and how far below? A Lotus Esprit submarine is more believable...
It’s such a shame, instead of having a film that is greater than the sum of it’s parts, we have the exact opposite. So many good bits, but you come out feeling you ate too much Christmas dinner. The food was great but you overdid it.