On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

With their star gone, the makers were faced with a real dilemma. Obviously, Bond would have to be recast but should they acknowledge the fact openly in the film. In the end, they settled for a bit of a muddled approach that treated the change of the actor with a few nods and winks (‘This … Continue reading On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

Minions (2015) Review

I saw “Minions” accompanied by Mertmas and four of his friends as part of a 9th Birthday treat, so here’s their perspective: “Minions” pretty much hits its target market spot on. The Minions themselves retain their goofy adorability and their mix of slapstick comedy and inferred verbal repartee still amuses, as do moments of potty humour. Although … Continue reading Minions (2015) Review

Casino Royale (1967) Review

Psych! You thought we were heading for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", didn't you? Well, we will get there but as Craggus’ Bond Voyage makes its way through the movie history of the world’s most famous secret agent, there are a couple of stops off the main highway that are worth taking a look at. … Continue reading Casino Royale (1967) Review

Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

It’s mortality rather than Moriarty who stalks the world’s greatest detective in “Mr. Holmes”, Bill Condon’s quietly engrossing portrait of a legend in decline. Based on Mitch Cullen’s novel “A Slight Trick Of The Mind”, “Mr. Holmes” finds Sherlock retired and living is seclusion in a remote Sussex farmhouse, caring for his bees and attended … Continue reading Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

You Only Live Twice (1967) Review

Coming off the back of the biggest, most successful Bond film to date, what were the producers to do? Having had such major success in sticking closely to the source novels, they decided the best thing to do would be to take the title and setting of the last of Fleming’s Bond novels published before … Continue reading You Only Live Twice (1967) Review

The Watch (2012) Review

Some films never really escape development hell, and “The Watch” spent four miserable years stuck in rewrites and recastings before finally limping into cinemas just in time for its marketing to be hastily pulled in the wake of real life tragedy. In retrospect, they should have just let this slip ignominiously to a quiet direct-to-DVD … Continue reading The Watch (2012) Review

Spy (2015) Review

Much like “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” was for Spielberg, “Spy” is Paul Feig’s take on a Bond movie, based on the not unreasonable supposition that ‘they’d never let him direct one’. After seeing this, though, they just might. When the CIA’s top agents identities are compromised during an operating to recover a rogue nuclear … Continue reading Spy (2015) Review

Hit The Road: India (2013) Review

“Hit The Road: India” is a small scale independent travel/ adventure documentary chronicling the experiences of two friends, Richard Gazarian and Keith King as they participate in the Mumbai Xpress, a 12 day, 1,200 mile rickshaw race across India from Mumbai to Chennai. We’re introduced to Richard, our main narrator and ‘star’ (also an Executive … Continue reading Hit The Road: India (2013) Review

Thunderball (1965) Review

With Bond-mania in full swing and the coffers overflowing with box office proceeds, Eon Productions – with nary a thought of the legal shenanigans which would ultimately follow – put together a budget larger than the previous three films combined and set out to film Ian Fleming’s (but maybe Kevin McClory’s) James Bond in a … Continue reading Thunderball (1965) Review

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Resurrecting an extinct franchise is a tricky prospect. Can you preserve the DNA of the original to satisfy long-term fans while splicing in enough fresh ideas to delight audiences anew? By honouring the spirit of John Hammond, Steven Spielberg and even Michael Crichton, director Colin Treverrow has…uh…found a way. Twenty-two years after John Hammond’s first attempt … Continue reading Jurassic World (2015) Review

Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

Lava, along with quicksand and icebergs, forms a trinity of natural wonders that depressingly end up being far less of an everyday hazard than you expected as a child. Icebergs were mighty ocean tyrants, seeking out unwary ships and luring them to their doom with their deadly secret mass hiding below the waves while any … Continue reading Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

You Can’t Handle The Two’s: 22 Of My Favourite Sequels…

Two years ago today, I posted first review to What The Craggus Saw… so I thought I’d mark the day with a countdown of 22 sequels I enjoyed as much as or more than the original film. I’ve only allowed the first sequel (sorry, “Fast & Furious 6”) and I also disqualified the second parts … Continue reading You Can’t Handle The Two’s: 22 Of My Favourite Sequels…

Goldfinger (1964) Review

It’s still not Sean in the opening gun barrel sequence but pretty much everything else which makes a Bond movie a Bond movie crystallises here, setting a template and a benchmark which the series would follow for the next forty years. For the first time, Bond appears in the pre-credits teaser and what a teaser … Continue reading Goldfinger (1964) Review

And Now A Word To Our Sponsors…

If you’ll excuse a brief moment of confessional self-promotion and collection tin rattling, I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you that I’ve signed up for a charity fundraising ‘3 Peaks Challenge’, meaning I’ve given myself four mountains to climb. THE FORTY YEAR OLD VERGIN’ (ON MORBID OBESITY) I am, it must be admitted, not in … Continue reading And Now A Word To Our Sponsors…