Super Ticket Episode 6 – Throw Me a Freakin’ Bone

The year of the Super Ticket sevens continues with double-oh-seven and SPECTRE. Beware SPOILERS ABOUND throughout this podcast – both for this film and the previous Daniel Craig installments. Matt Brown, Matthew Price, Kurt Halfyard and Andrew James serve up this Super Ticket Podcast dissecting the nuance and bombast that is the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise. General consensus is positive but there is some dissension within the group; despite Matt Gamble not being able to be present and shout everyone down.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

 

 
 


TIME TRACKS:

Opening Crawl: 00:00
Welcome/Roll Call: 1:19
SPECTRE (SPOILERS!): 5:25
Outro music: 1:21:29 – 1:21:56

 

LINKS:

Matt Brown’s review of Spectre
Matt Brown’s Super Zero podcast
Let’s scare Matthew Price to Death!

 

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Andrew James
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Can’t believe we didn’t bring up the Belucci in this discussion. Another wasted opportunity I felt. If you’re gonna have Monica in your movie, have her in your movie! I get she’s the first Bond girl in the film and they always disappear from the picture (in one way or another). And I don’t mean that she needs to be hanging around the whole time – I just found her character another lazy, shoe-horned moment in the movie.

Andrew James
Admin

I was looking over YouTube action sequences in Skyfall and Casino Royale… and wow are they fun and intense and interesting and trying new(ish) things. All of the action in Spectre just seemed so “ho-hum” and by the book.

Andrew James
Guest

Oh and I must respectfully disagree with Kurt on the opening songs. The Craig years have some of the best with Chris Cornell, Jack White/Alicia Keys duet and of course the pinnacle and probably best Bond opener ever, Adele’s Skyfall.

The Spectre one I’m kind of indifferent to. I didn’t mind it though.

Gerry
Guest

No Matt Gamble? Then it’s not a Super Ticket. A Super Ticket stub perhaps?

Matt Brown
Admin

We tried but his agent is a fucking dick.

Matt Gamble
Guest

They wouldn’t meet my rider.

Gerry
Guest

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I agree with Andrew that Spectre was lazy with generally uninspired action scenes.

I think the editor realised that the action scenes weren’t particularly exciting too and boosted the music levels during them. However, no amount of pounding action music can add sparkle to a run-of-the-mill action scene.

In the villains lair Blofeld said that a needle would stop Bond recognizing faces ….. nope.

Bond then proceeded to escape from the lair in three seconds flat, waving a gun around like a kid playing Bond in the playground, and then flying away. It was like they couldn’t even be bothered to phone it in. This applied to the villains motivations as well.

On the plus side I like the opening tracking shot and the film’s ending, though the helicopter sequence following the tracking shot seemed lazily thought out, in that the helicopter could have crashed into the crowds killing hundreds. It was like ‘who cares if Bond really would be so callous with the lives of hundreds so long as it creates tension in the scene’.

I hope they bring in a proper action director for the next film. Since I really liked Lucy’s energy, visual style and verve, my vote would go to Luc Besson.

I’m sort of in agreement with Andrew’s assessment of the whole film, though I’d describe it as mediocre rather than a notch below mediocre.

I didn’t hate it, but it seemed like a wasted opportunity especially as the actor who played C, Andew Scott, was so great in Sherlock and Pride.

I’m still not sure why they hired Christoph Waltz and proceeded to totally waste him in such tragic fashion.

Even Ralph Fiennes proved in The Grand Budapest Hotel that he has great comic timing. His ‘now we know what the C stands for’ joke made me laugh. I could’ve done with more of that, or with more entertainment value of any kind.

For me Bond films should be entertaining nonsense laced with fun, even when dealing with serious topics or the world in a serious state.

Andrew James
Admin

A Luc Besson Bond would indeed be a treat!

Just to be clear, I thought Andrew Scott was great. He’s creepy and has interesting facial ticks – it’s like he’s always conniving but can’t quite tell what he’s playing at. It was the script that made his moments terrible; which in turn made the Fiennes character terrible.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Epic disagree on both points.

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