I hate to say it, but... it... wasn't... all... that... good. Casino Royale was loads better to be honest. To me it felt very one dimensional, very humdrum, and ordinary. There were some cracking action scenes - although marred by the good old cover-up-your-lack-of-directing-skill-with-shaky-camera-thing. The opening scene in particular was terrific. But the irony for me, is that some fans have been going off it by comments about it apeing Bourne - sadly, I felt the same thing. Bourne is more realistic, brutal, humourless, and violent. This Bond seemed to lose it's characteristics that make Bond, well, Bond - and was sadly too realistic, brutal, humourless and violent. What was more of a problem was a rather modern, pointless, climaxless, and bland storyline that frankly could have been from Spooks. The implication of extending the Casino Royale story into another film, was that there would be/should be, a huge, fantastic, earth shattering revelation and climax to the plot. I'll not say what it was, but it was completely pants and mundane. Bond is bigger than any other super-agent, pot-boiler spy character. I just don't see why he should be so heavily influenced by inferior competition? I felt Casion Royale got the balance spot on - this has gone too far the wrong way. I'm sure someone will chime in with the old chesnut "But Ian Flemming's vision of Bond... blah blah blah". Problem: Aside from the first couple of movies, and in some ways the last one, Bond has become a completely independent character from Flemmings version now, and reinventing him so drastically at this stage, for me, is disappointing and unnecessary. The writers should look at what makes Bond great, what we think of when we think of Bond, and work out how to make it relevant and uptodate. I'm not saying he should still be Roger Moore, or god forbid, Pierce Brosnan - but stripping Bond of all his Bond-isms is going too far imho. Good points: - Some great set pieces - Pacey - Tightly scripted - Daniel Craig Bad points: - Horrible directing using NYPD Blue on meth technique - Awful song - Funny looking English Bond girl - Bond has become Bourne - Everyone was miserable - Almost no wise-cracks or humour of any sort - Too much realistic violence - Rubbish plot - No reason for two films for one storyline - A bollocks head villain - why did they cast Jools Holland for this? - Touchey feeley, tree hugging undertones - A lack of womanising, boozing, gambling, and arrogance One final point. We went to see it at 1pm yesterday - the cinema was full, but I'd say around a quarter of the audience were under 7-8yrs old The violence (and a suggested rape) is not what a kid that young should be exposed to.