I love the Obanno fight, which was and remains shockingly brutal.
But I’ve got to give it to Hinx, because Bond gets his butt handed to him. At this point in the series, Craig has bulldozered his way through legions of adversaries and smashed them like some kind of unstoppable machine. I used to call his films “Terminator in a Tux.” Finally we see his usual strategy – strike first, strike hard and get it over fast – fall to pieces. He puts everything into it from the start and Hinx shrugs it off. As the fight wears on, Craig’s got nothing left. He’s exhausted because he’s not used to things dragging out so long and he’s not as young as he used to be. For the first time, I was really considering maybe Bond is not going to survive.
I’m not generally a fan of Bond being saved by someone else – I never liked in TB even though it’s from the novel – but in this case, it works for me.
That said, out of context maybe it’s not his best fight: you have to know how his fights normally go to appreciate how differently this one unfolds. But I’m still voting for it.