After Casino Royale’s all time high, it was perhaps inevitable that Daniel Craig’s second mission as 007 would be a disappointment – not that its shortcomings affected its box office takings. This time, the film seemed derivative of the Bourne films, rather than (positively) influenced by them, and one began to wish Marc Forster had spent as much time on the story as he did on the storyboards. Picture-wise, it’s everything you’d expect, but depending on your home cinema set-up, the stylized sound mix doesn’t necessarily translate. And what’s with that price tag?
EXTRAS: Even the bonus material – standard ‘making of’ featurettes, plus the Jack White/Alicia Keys music video – feel like an afterthought; although the film is less deserving of it, expect an extras-rich, Casino Royale-style Deluxe Edition some time next year.