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PostSubject: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:58 am

http://haphazardstuff.com/TheBrosnanAgeGoldenEye.html

I've been following this guy's observations on the Bond films for quite awhile. Most of his videos covering Connery to Dalton were mostly just observations but watching GoldenEye I'm noticing that he's putting a lot more of his own thoughts on material more often than just observations. He says he'll revisit the earlier eras for more examination. I'm glad with this direction because I have been following many good video web critics such as sfdebris and of course the more famous Red Letter Media reviews taking on big series like Star Trek and Star Wars. But there were hardly any videos examining the Bond films on the same level and I always felt encouraged to one day start my own video review series because I believe it has proven to be far more effective to not only tell your thoughts but show them via clips. Looks like this guy is going more that route, though maybe not as much as I would have preferred.

Lazenby, I know you're gonna love this guy. At times I almost thought the guy was really you. laugh


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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:54 pm



^ 0.50... What a f***ing awesome moment. 8)

Makeshift Python wrote:

Lazenby, I know you're gonna love this guy. At times I almost thought the guy was really you. laugh

Wish I had the chance to do something like this. Hope my royalty cheque's in the post from this video reviewer guy though. That said, all evidence of my long-held opinions on GE are now eternally-destroyed posts (I could sit on them, but I couldn't take them with me, someone prone to s*** dialogue and characters might say), blew up like one of those sh*tty Brosnan flick explosions he always narrowly jumps away from.

I'd especially love to be let loose on TWINE in RLM fashion though, take the retarded f***er apart piece by sorry piece. :x
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:09 pm

The montage of Pierce Brosnan shooting up shit with automatic weapons spliced with footage from past flicks was awesome. I'm glad I'm not the only one to notice the overused trend of Brosnan's Bond constantly getting into boring machine gun play.

You know, it never occurred to me of Paris Carver's sudden switch from verbally berating Bond to immediately helping him keep his cover (only to have Bond blow it up himself a few seconds later). TND has always been the generic Bond, inoffensive compared to other flicks but so boring I hardly pay attention when watching it. But yeah, I always knew Paris was a poorly written character but the stuff he brought up really gets into the major issues. And the idea of having it be Anya instead is something that should have seriously been considered. It may not have saved the rest of the film but it would have given it an admirable element to it. But then again I'd hate to think how poorly written she might have ended up if that were to happen.

Anyway, I look forward to his take on TWINE. From the sound of things it may not be too positive given his observations of the first two flicks. It definitely is not looked upon as Brosnan's third charm like Connery's GF and Moore's TSWLM are in general.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:24 pm

Thanks for posting. The guy could use a bit more energy, but he makes a lot of good points. I lol'd at the machine-gun montage.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:13 pm

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I lol'd at the machine-gun montage.
Best part of that is the clip of Walken laughing, and Brosnan shooting down Tracy second. But yeah, while his delivery of the commentary isn't energetic I think his skills at editing almost make up for it. I like that he took the time to insert a lot of clips of the media hype of the times to establish the period the films came out and what the consensus was. The inclusion of clips from films starring all the Bond actors during the hiatus was a nice touch.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:24 pm

I like that he picked up on Brozzer's sighing and wheezing plus how skinny he was.
He rightly observes that Brozzer really didn't pull off the tuxedoed Bond. Said Brozzer looked more like a waiter than Bond.

Brozzer was a terrible choice as Bond. Just look at the wimpy Remington Steele clips. He comes across as a fancy boy.
Thankfully Brozzer did start to fill out his physique by TWINE and actually looked pretty good as Bond in DAD, but that had more to do with middle aged weight gain.Whatever works I guess.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:35 pm

I remember Gene Siskel once remarked that Pierce Brosnan looked more like James Bond's chauffeur. He really does in GE, but I do agree that by DAD he not only looked better but he was no longer had that boyish act, instead playing it more tough and nasty. At least during the Cuba sequence. And the scene where he shows no hesitation of putting a bullet in Frost the moment he finds out she's a traitor, while in TWINE he's all hot and bothered by a spoiled rich brat using him.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:09 pm

The Brosnan films are EONS better than those of Craig. At least Brosnan was dark haired, charming, good looking and tall. He also had the coolness required for the role. A thug is not cool, nor is he Bond.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:32 pm

Craig has the right swagger for Bond. Confident but not overplaying it. That's enough for me to get over the hair color. Brosnan only achieves that to an extent in DAD (again, the Cuba scenes). Before that he's just an overdressed boyish smooth operator, or worse he's whatever he was in TWINE.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:31 am

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whatever he was in TWINE.

The word you're looking for is "pussy-whipped". Then about 2/3rds of the way in, he straight up goes insane.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:55 am

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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:25 pm

Even though Craig does not have the right look for Bond and never should have been considered IMO, he is still a darn good Bond, that is when he's not being forced to deliver limp Haggis dialogue.
But he does have the Bond swagger and he can certainly fight and act. He just needs to learn to stand up to Babs. eg no more dressing in drag for her "causes"
Craig would benefit from a good sitdown with Sean.

Brozzer has the right look but absolutey nothing else. He gets an audition because he's got the look but then he should have been shown the door, after his audtion.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:48 pm

With the video that Lazenby posted here... I actually enjoyed the little Brosnan montage (that starts at about 8.17).
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:52 pm

The bit in the GE review with all the Bonds listening to Ladies First in their cars was good, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:54 pm

His entry for TWINE: http://haphazardstuff.com/TheWorldIsNotEnough.html
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:02 pm

Makeshift Python wrote:
His entry for TWINE: http://haphazardstuff.com/TheWorldIsNotEnough.html

I think he was being too nice but for most part he is right on the money.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:50 am

Besides his take on Brosnan's overall performance, I do agree with a lot of his thoughts. I always believed the Brosnan films had good ideas behind them but as HS said the filmmakers simply didn't take full advantage of what they had and just churned out typical Bond films instead in a mediocre fashion. TWINE is incredibly lazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:48 am

He made a comment about careless about other people, what made me curious about what he have to say about Casino Royale. Because i think this comment about careless on the Twine boat chase is a weak point, because that's what Bond doing all the time. With CR my problem isn't the bulding chase in CR but the the villian already give up and Bond killing him on a African Embosie without thinking.

Good the guy liked the story and chacter development ( For him a hugh update if you know his end conclusion of TMND) and changed his opnion a litle bit Richards whas't so bad at all.

As he said him self, you should step a side from somethings to be entertaint. Something what be more dificult with CR in my opnion.

I hope for the CR video i going to look back to his opnion of Elktra & Bond to Vesper & Bond and made meat (Dutch: gehakt) in specialy from this plot of CR and he also ask him self why Dryden is there. Because if he thinks Twine isn't enough advantage i hope he think the same atleast with CR and don't vergot CR need QOS. What his comments goinf to about No Moneypenny, No Q and some of lines in the movie.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:56 am

Another great review. Thanks for posting that, Python.

MBalje wrote:
He made a comment about careless about other people, what made me curious about what he have to say about Casino Royale. Because i think this comment about careless on the Twine boat chase is a weak point, because that's what Bond doing all the time. With CR my problem isn't the bulding chase in CR but the the villian already give up and Bond killing him on a African Embosie without thinking.
I do think Brosnan's Bond was pointlessly destructive more than the other Bonds. He's all about machine gunning and blowing stuff up and driving tanks through cities. Although Moore's 70s films often featured pointless destruction, as well.

I'm not sure you could say the same about Craig's Bond. Brosnan's Bond was careless in that he endangered lives for a cheap laugh ('oh tee hee, Bond destroyed that restaurant!'), whereas Craig's Bond deliberately killed Mollaka. A hot-blooded, vindictive choice, and a poor choice for sure, but at least Bond's character supported it (one less bomb-maker).

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Good the guy liked the story and chacter development ( For him a hugh update if you know his end conclusion of TMND) and changed his opnion a litle bit Richards whas't so bad at all.
I don't think he changed his opinion on Denise Richards so much as he realized that she was hardly the film's biggest problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:02 am

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MBalje wrote:
Good the guy liked the story and chacter development ( For him a hugh update if you know his end conclusion of TMND) and changed his opnion a litle bit Richards whas't so bad at all.
I don't think he changed his opinion on Denise Richards so much as he realized that she was hardly the film's biggest problem.
Exactly. And that's how I always viewed her in the grand scheme of things. She's like the character of Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, very annoying and definitely an easy target but there are far bigger issues to the films than a walking set of boobs and a screaming toad.

The deflating sound perfectly describes TWINE. It's not convoluted just incoherent. And the payoff at the casino always rolled my eyes because given how things played it with Elektra only being around for five minutes despite "looking for the people who tried to kill me", Bond never picks up on it until its too late. He should have immediately have interrupted: "ahem... excuse me, but what the fuck is really going on here?"
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:36 am

I listened to his TND review and he mentions rumours that Natalya was set to return as Carver's wife. Although it's quite far-fetched, I think it would have made more sense as the idea of Bond meeting an old flame would work well since the audience would have been familiar with her from GE and it would add some continuity to the Brosnan era.

I also liked the fact that he mentioned Dench calling Bond a "sexist misogynist dinosaur" in GE and then telling him to "pump" Carver's wife from information completely contradicting herself. I agree about his point that Brozza being a one man army when it came to the climax of his films in general but disagree about Wai Lin being the best thing about the movie since I still find her to have no chemistry with Bond and she comes across as a female Jackie Chan.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:13 pm

Wai Lin worked better as a partner for Bond than a Bond girl. However I think she along with Natalya beat the rest of the Brosnan Bond Girls because at no point does she ever really become annoying or offensive like Jinx and Christmas Jones. Besides the end where she's chained up, she's consistently shown to be the kind of Bond girl that really does not need Bond's help much like Natalya. However the big issue for her character is simply that she is underdeveloped and that the filmmakers never made use of her skills as a stuntwoman because she could do MUCH more amazing stuff than they allowed her.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:08 pm

I'm up to the title song for TWINE's review. So he says it's not particularly memorable, as it's boring, yet he likes the PTS because it's fun? He, like Makeshyft, also says there is no logical reason why Cigar Girl should be there. It doesn't take much to work out that she is there to kill Bond if he was to survive the blast. He talks about how Bond is reckless throughout the entirety of Brosnan's tenure. Do we forget about Moore skiing on a table at a restaurant? Do we excuse Craig for blowing up the embassy? Don't we remember how Moore tore the taxi in half, spoilt the stores and crashed the wedding, literally? What about Dalton, who drove through the tables during the PTS in TLD? I don't know, I think that some biases are prominent. So Brosnan drove around in a tank in GE, but just two instances of a tenure is much like Moore, is it not?

EDIT:

Watched a bit more, and while I really don't agree with what he's saying, it's still interesting. But honestly. Ok, so Gabor and Davidov are there with Elektra, so I think that they'll be able to protect her while Bond quickly zips out to do some investigation - and again, IF Renard was to strike. Zukovsky has helped Bond before in GE, so he goes to see if he knows anything about Renard. Yes, he tells us what we already know, but that's the point. He is coming off as a somewhat innocent character who knows people - much like in GE. But now, he is guilty of something, but doesn't admit it to Bond. And he does say something - Renard may be hired by a competitor - to throw Bond a bit.

Look who turns up. Elektra, as she does, with Gabor behind her, as security. So, Elektra wanted Bond to sleep with him, which is fine. Bond declines, because he needs to get on with his mission. He knows he'll get her that night anyway. So Gabor is with her. She plans to find whoever is trying to kill her by being around a lot of people, and tempting the assassin to kill her. "There's no point in living if you can't feel alive" is there. If she's locked in her house with some security guard, she may as well be dead. Come on people, it's not that difficult to decipher. Wait till we get to Chinatown. So now there is a mentioning of the card game. So, if she wants Bond to be with her all the time, why would she postpone the pay off? Where was she to slip the money from. Her sleeveless dress? And now he's saying that she could have been paying off her father's debt. Ok, so Sir Robert was a regular there - he had his own table. Bond began to suspect Elektra, but a pay off in a casino isn't much to go by. So, that's why he waits.

Renard is a waste too, so they say. The only demonstration of his inability to feel pain is in his introductory scene - apparently. Do we forget about the bullet in his arm in the bunker? Do we forget about how his declined emotional well being is being more than enough compensation for pain? Do we forget about how he pulls shards of glass out of his hand without actually feeling pain when he got them in there?

I might get to part 2 on the weekend. This is ridiculous.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:45 am

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I'm up to the title song for TWINE's review. So he says it's not particularly memorable, as it's boring, yet he likes the PTS because it's fun?
Where's the contradiction in that?

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He, like Makeshyft, also says there is no logical reason why Cigar Girl should be there. It doesn't take much to work out that she is there to kill Bond if he was to survive the blast.
The blast wasn't supposed to kill Bond. And Bond wouldn't have been near it anyway. Cigar Girl had no way of knowing whether or not a hole would be blown in the MI6 wall, or if Bond would poke his head out of it. Considering the bomb had been planted inside MI6 and done its duty, shooting at Bond was a foolish move that served only to kickstart an action sequence. As per usual in TWINE, the action is not woven into the story.

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Do we forget about how his declined emotional well being is being more than enough compensation for pain?
Do you want to put that in English, for those of us who don't speak spy?

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I might get to part 2 on the weekend. This is ridiculous.
Keep going, you're really devastating his review.
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PostSubject: Re: Haphazard Stuff Reviews   Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:57 pm

bondfan06 wrote:
I listened to his TND review and he mentions rumours that Natalya was set to return as Carver's wife. Although it's quite far-fetched, I think it would have made more sense as the idea of Bond meeting an old flame would work well since the audience would have been familiar with her from GE and it would add some continuity to the Brosnan era.

I remember reading this internet rumour as well. Downside would be we'd have to sacrifice Natalya for Wai Lin.

bondfan06 wrote:
I agree about his point that Brozza being a one man army when it came to the climax of his films in general but disagree about Wai Lin being the best thing about the movie since I still find her to have no chemistry with Bond and she comes across as a female Jackie Chan.

Agreed.
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