Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 19, 2021, or: A Quick Update on Bond 25, and Notes from a Quiet Sunday Afternoon

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon on Sunday, December 19, 2021, here in Lithia, Florida. It’s a warm early winter day. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 13 MPH (28 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 86˚F (30˚C). The forecast for today calls for light rain throughout the day. The high will be 83˚F (27˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy, and the low will be 66˚F (16˚C).

Last night I watched No Time to Die on the HD (1080p) Blu-ray out in the common room. It is one of the best James Bond films I’ve seen, and since I now own all 25, I am in a good position to judge. It works well as a standalone film, but it is far better appreciated if you have seen all of the Daniel Craig films, since they have a complete story arc that begins with Casino Royale and ends with, well, No Time to Die.

If you have not yet seen No Time to Die, fret not. This is not a review, and I will not reveal any plot or character points. Suffice it to say, however, that Daniel Craig really shines as Ian Fleming’s Agent 007, and fans of the franchise will love how No Time to Die not only wraps up the “Spectre” arc but also tips its hat to some of the earlier Bond films.

My only quibble about Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s home media Collector’s Edition is that the extra features are on the 4K UHD Blu-ray and only on that disc. I’m sure that if you buy the Blu-ray only version, you’ll get the behind-the-scenes stuff, but I question the lack of extras on the 1080p BD in this 2-disc set. A minor quibble, to be sure, but I was disappointed that I can only watch the making-of stuff in my room and not in the more comfortable common room. (My personal TV is the only working 4K set here, but it’s too small for the home entertainment center we have in the bigger family room area.)

Other than that, I don’t have much to write about. I will receive my copy of Score: A Film Music Documentary later this afternoon, and I will probably read a book or watch something on my time offline. At least, that’s the plan for after when I take my shower and change into fresh clothes.

This brings to the close of another installment of A Certain Point of View, Too. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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