This are just some of my random thoughts on the film before my review gets done very soon. There are no spoilers here. Well, there's one if you think 'It's bloody ace' is a spoiler.
*Even from the very first moments (a brilliantly staged chase sequence) everything just feels so right. This is Bond and he's back.
*Given the 50th Anniversary of Bond, it's appropriate that the film is basically a distillation of the entire franchise with bits that hark back to Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan. But Niven and Holness fans will be disappointed.
*Lovely line from Q: "You were expecting an exploding pen? We really don't do that sort of thing anymore,"
*Bardem is brilliant and actually might overshadow his performance in No Country For Old Men. He has the chops of the quintessential Bond villain but with some meaty motivation. And a fine line in creepy campness.
*Sam Mendes directs with aplomb. Everything feels so right and accomplished and there's so many bravura sequences that manage to stand out on their own without the film feeling like one huge fight sequence
*The humour is back. It's subtle but it's there. No matter what you think of Craig's first two outings (I think Quantum of Solace was a huge misstep) they suffered from being rather po-faced. This is still serious but it's not afraid to stretch for some subtle humour.
*There's tonnes more great stuff. But this is a stunning film. Perhaps the best Bond ever.