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New James Bond music video: Pour Lui
Pour Lui

Title: Pour Lui (download here)
Fandom: Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace (James Bond movies)
Music: Even So by Rachael Yamagata
Stats: DivX (59.6MB) and WMV (32.1MB), 3:59
You're gonna hate me when I tell you everything.

Vesper POV; a note for James. Some notes under the cut and a more detailed commentary can be found here: Pour Lui commentary

Note: Did a minor re-edit on October 6th; uploaded new DivX and WMV files. If you're not sure which version you have, the re-edit runtime is 3:59 and the original was 4:00 flat.

"He sat on the edge of his bed and gazed out of the window at the peaceful sea. Then he stared dully at the envelope. It was addressed simply in a large round hand 'Pour Lui'." -- Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

She leaves a letter for him in the novel, confessing her double agent status and the reasons behind it and so on (M's phone conversation with Bond substitutes as an explanatory device in the movie). I didn't sit down with a plan to make the movie translation of her missive, but it didn't take long to realize that the song was shaping exactly that...and when it surged onto the timeline, I also realized that, whoa, I had this one bottled-up inside and all it required was a catalyst. Sometimes you don't know until you feel it at the tips of your fingers.

(and this isn't the Bond vid that I started months ago and have mentioned countless times in my posts. I guess that one's...not happening anymore? who knows.)

You're gonna hate me when I tell you everything
You're gonna question whether you really know me at all
You will revisit every smile, and where it fit into the day
I know this is how it will play
And I try, oh I try to think of all the things
That I could do to let you know that I love you
Even so

I was not looking to do you wrong
Was not looking for a change of scenery
Don't remember where, or when, or how I did
But I'm hoping that you'll forgive me
And I try, oh I try to think of all the things
That I could do to let you know that I love you

Do you remember how we used to run in the summertime?
Do you remember how we'd run?

Oh I try, I try so very hard
And I cry, I cry so very much
For I love you like you'll never let yourself feel again
I love you like a brother and a friend
I love you with my whole heart until it bends
I love you like a lover until the end

But I'll always think of all the things you did
to let me know that you love me
But you're leaving
Even so

a;sldkjf;ladjah;lkjs = both my incomprehensible relief and the backlog of classwork I now have to do :-) Feedback is wonderful -- thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to comment.

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destro From: destro Date: September 27th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is so. So. Good, wow. From the beginning and the beautiful intercuts of Bond and the car, both cold and mechanical and too calculating to hear what Vesper has to say, fully. And yeah, I think I'm a little in love how well Vesper's POV seeps into this, even as we're used to this being Bond's story. Just. Damn. Lovely all around.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks SO much for the comment! I love that QoS car footage...there's a great Mathis quote from the novel which refers to Bond as a "wonderful machine," and those shots are so good at communicating that notion. Really glad that you enjoyed Vesper's POV, too. It is his story, but he almost needs someone else to tell this part of it, since he's so shut down in QoS...and Vesper is the one who can say, yeah, he's broken and I'm responsible and I'm sorry.
sekkie From: sekkie Date: September 27th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. That is gorgeous. I agree about Vesper's POV.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! The combo of the song and her POV really flipped a switch. And KABOOM -- vid!
hazimir_fenring From: hazimir_fenring Date: September 27th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's wonderful, ty very much
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
You're quite welcome -- thanks for watching and commenting!
talitha78 From: talitha78 Date: September 27th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
All I know about these Bond movies comes via your vids, but Vesper seems like an intensely interesting character. You did a beautiful job of portraying her as both sympathetic and strong.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You're a star for watching and commenting even though you haven't seen these movies! I really appreciate it. And thanks for the compliments on the portrayal of Vesper -- I love her and Bond like mad and am still hoping those two crazy kids can work things out in the afterlife or something ;-)
From: dearshiori Date: September 28th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, geez. it took me forever to download the codec so i could watch this vid, and let me tell you, it was worth it! A+.

the sheer emotion, the way you capture bond's veneer cracking in the QoS scenes, the way it flashes from vesper's eyes to a shot of james to vesper looking upset, oh wow. so good. so good!

[goes to download the song nao]
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Whoops, I was slow on getting the Windows Media version done...sorry you had to go codec-hunting (though the DivX version is higher quality and therefore better-suited to the radiance of Vesper and Bond :-))!

Thanks so much for watching and commenting! I'm glad you felt that it was emotionally potent. It felt *very* raw to me, but I'm so far gone over these characters and know that my reaction to the footage isn't universal. Some might say "mental."

Feel free to ping me if you need help with the song -- the version in the vid is edited (I cut a piece and sped it up a smidge), but I have the original.
From: dearshiori Date: September 28th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
it's all good. i would have had to download the codec eventually. i commented to my ladyfriend as we were watching: "wow, probably the best quality video i've seen in a long time!" it made the viewing experience a lot more enjoyable.

thanks so much for taking the time to make it! i have no idea what goes into making a video, but even still. i'm a bit far gone over the characters too. :) hence the obsessive fanfic-writing and general fanservice going on in my lj.

i got the mp3 all right. :) say, if you ever feel the itch, you should add my journal!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad it was worth that extra bit of trouble. And you're quite welcome...I couldn't *not* make this one. Even real life couldn't crush it, and rl has done a damn good job of harshing any and all creative buzzes in the last year, so...*pumps a fist weakly in victory*

Adding you now, before I forget again! Will be around to check for more chapters of your fic soon!
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 28th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much! The vids are the only vaguely healthy way I can express my mad love for that movie :-)
girlguidejones From: girlguidejones Date: September 28th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sort of a fan of the inanimate object as a device to help tell a story (as you know!). And while I still haven't seen QoS *ducks*, I can say that I love how Vesper's necklace was like a companion, or even guide, though the story in your vid. I see someone else talked about Vesper sort of telling Bond's story...but I also kind of viewed this as the necklace telling hers.

I need to watch again for more tech-y stuff (what tech I actually get, anyway, *L*) but I am in love with the look and feel of it, and the lyric placements, and...well. Awesome!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 29th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The necklace is definitely a storytelling device in QoS -- it *is* Vesper. The only other option would have been for them to insert flashbacks, and really, the necklace is more poignant. As such, that shot of it discarded in the snow KILLS me!

(also, since my own loveknot is prized, it horrifies me to see such a precious thing in the faux snow -- pick it up! put it away carefully! respect the necklace! *g*)

I'm glad you liked it :-) I basically tossed my life aside for a week and am now picking up the rubble (just spent three hours on a quiz and there's no fucking way I'll finish the homework assignment)...but it was worth it. I needed that, and I appreciate you watching and telling me what you thought of it!
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 29th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, it means so much to hear that I might have given you a different slant on the source -- that's awesome! Thanks bunches for both watching and taking the time to comment!

I think CR is leaps and bounds above QoS, no question...but I also felt like QoS had some of the fallout that I was hoping for, more a coda to CR than a standalone. It's grim and humorless and as far as I'm concerned, that's because it's all about Vesper; he is broken in direct proportion to how important she was. So, that's the brush with which this vid is quite liberally painted -- and I'm really glad if it brought Vesper's character out in a good way for you because I certainly adore her.
enderwiggin24 From: enderwiggin24 Date: October 5th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
so sad and beautiful!
you reminded me, why I love the first part of the new bond movies so much!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 7th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thank you! I'm glad I could remind you of the parts you loved! And thanks for commenting :-)
hollywoodgrrl From: hollywoodgrrl Date: October 6th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You're just the queen of vidding James Bond, aren't you. :) Gorgeous vid as always. Very smooth, very clean. Fantastic!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 7th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*places crown on head* Ha, Queen of Fail, maybe! I really suck at all things vidding this year, but I'm glad I pushed everything aside for a week to churn this one out...still obsessed with the Bond/Vesper thing and this was very much a case of vidding-for-self-as-fannish-therapy or whatever. Thanks a bunch for watching :-)
tearful_eye From: tearful_eye Date: October 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, this is so gorgeous!
i'm not the biggest bond fan around (especially not the new stuff), but i really love this vid. your sense of musicality & motion is so absolutely stunning - even in this slow song here (or maybe the slowness even enhances it, i don't know) !

and... um, i hope you don't mind if i friend you :)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 7th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I like working with songs of different tempos and seeing what I can do with what each has to offer. This one was REALLY slow -- in addition to cutting a tiny piece, I also sped it up slightly...didn't want to alter the song's essential character, but if I can shave a few seconds off and tighten the pacing a bit *without* negatively impacting the song, I'm going to do that!

and... um, i hope you don't mind if i friend you :)

Not at all! Friended you back :-)
nascent_me From: nascent_me Date: October 7th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Found out about this vid from your LJ conversation with dearshiori and what a find it is!

This is truly a masterpiece. Everything worked beautifully from the song selection (I love Rachael Yamagata like woah!) to the sequencing and cutting of scenes. Frankly, watching this made me shed tears. It made the angst and love between Vesbond (quoting you) so fresh again in my mind.

May I friend *cough*stalk*cough* you?
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 7th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks *so* much -- I'm really happy to know that it moved you like that! I totally cried while I edited. I have a real problem with these two, and somehow, tapping into *her* perspective via this fab song made me an emotional wreck (also, I haven't had time to vid in ages, so creative emo gets a share in the blame). And it would be lovely to be friended up with another Vesbond lover (and by the looks of your icon, an Eric fan! LOVE ERIC. read all books this summer, now kinda hate show for all the ways they are trying to infringe upon his overwhelming book!awesome...but Skarsgard is too pretty to stop watching, so I watch and bitch)!
nascent_me From: nascent_me Date: October 8th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
zomg! Eric/ASkars is too scrumptious for words! And yeah, I too, totally bitch watching the show. Eric seems to be designated villain in it and this pisses me off because he's not evil - he's more layered than that. The only time I was pleased was when watching the whole Godric arc (Oh, Godric. T_T). I am so in love with Sookie's second dream of Eric. The first one was HOT but the second went straight into my heart.

Before I forget: from looking at the song selections for your other videos, may I say, you have excellent music taste! Because it seems to be the same as mine hahaha.

Friending right now.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 8th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I have gotten SO MAD over the show's insistence on making Bill into a hero (I don't hate Bill, mind you) at Eric's expense. Argh.

Before I forget: from looking at the song selections for your other videos, may I say, you have excellent music taste! Because it seems to be the same as mine hahaha.

Then I think I can state with confidence that *your* musical taste is (clearly) very discerning ;-)

Gotcha friended back!
missyvortexdv From: missyvortexdv Date: October 18th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
So beautiful.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: October 18th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much -- I'm glad you found it beautiful!
obaona From: obaona Date: November 17th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
That was beautiful - the song is perfect, but you also fit everything perfectly to the song. Like, in a way I can't describe. The cuts and everything, it just worked. Thank you!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: November 17th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a thrill to hear that it all came together in a way that really worked for you. Thank you so much for the kind feedback!
blitzed451 From: blitzed451 Date: November 22nd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
very late comment from someone who only gleaned who Vesper was from reading all the previous comments, which I agree with, every one! i'm really rusty at commenting so forgive the following incoherent attempt.....

the video is just gorgeous, the scenes so poignant and filled with regret. but your use of the music....the piano chords.....so beautiful in the cutting, so fitting in tone. I love the fast b&w cutting at 51-53; and the triplet cuts you make throughout which are just amazing (e.g. at 1.21, 1.31 and 2.58, just to take a few random examples). i mention these because i am physically unable to make cuts like these, try as I might....it's not in me. but it is clearly, and gorgeously, in you.

what a world, where a gifted musicality such as yours is made to focus on taxes....

be well, chasa!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, Blitzed, thank you so much for this comment, which was neither incoherent nor late :-) Casino Royale is a great movie, whether or not you're a fan of previous Bond films (I wasn't particularly crazy about them, but CR redefined the franchise for me). I heartily recommend it!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the vid and the musicality. This one wasn't big on effects, so the relationship with the music was all the more important. And you know, I try to keep in mind that what I do for a living need not define who I am or all the aspects of my personality (as Vesper says in Casino Royale, "Even accountants have imagination," and that's become sort of my motto)...hopefully I'll always have interests like vidding to keep me balanced!

Thanks again and you take care as well!
blitzed451 From: blitzed451 Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the vid and the musicality. This one wasn't big on effects, so the relationship with the music was all the more important.

You gave me pause to think when I read this (which, btw thank you!!!!) so out comes a bit of my own vidding theory to say that this is indeed an "effect" video (imo anyway).....
It's a complex audio/visual effect which you created by selecting this particular music and those particular scenes and then editing in counterpoint to the chords - I sensed this in the "triplet" cutting (3 scenes quickly intercut) running throughout, but you played around with this, so sometimes it was a doublet, or a quartet of cuts, and then sometimes only a simple cut from one scene to another....variations on a theme which I think count as an "effect" without ever interfering with the gentle pace of the unfolding story. I am glad you resisted any urge to "enhance" this with a lot of external "special effects". Sure there are flashes, and scenes that get blown out (at 2.00 and 2.10 e.g.) but those delicate sets of cuts underscore the fleeting nature of this relationship in a way that few "add-ons" could have done. Again, if what I'm saying sounds clumsy.....that's just me. :-)

I know enough of your vids to know also that you often revel in an unrestrained use of color (Moulin Rouge sparkles to mind, as does I Am the Drug) and here, except for Vesper (in her lipstick, the phone key pad, her bag, her dress) the color is all muted - this is also an effect but without any overbearing distractions. Are you getting that I've watched this several times and really love it? I hope so!!!!

"Even accountants have imagination," and that's become sort of my motto)
I believe it was Paul Gaugin's as well.

I believe we own Casino Royale, somewhere downstairs. I will give it a chance. Tho there's No Bond like the Old Bond! imho.

huntress1013 From: huntress1013 Date: March 13th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just saw the video and absolutely loved it. I still think that your "Skin" vid is one of the best fan vids I have ever seen and this one is also incredible. Rachael Yamagatas song was the perfect choice and the whole video is so poignant and very bittersweet. Wonderful job!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: March 16th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for letting me know how you felt about it (and Skin, too! wow, I had no idea and I'm honored!). I've had almost no time to vid in the last year and was really happy to manage this one, at least...still not over those two crazy kids, I guess :-) The song *is* just great, isn't it?
missmollyetc From: missmollyetc Date: August 17th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
So, just so's you know, crying in the middle of my living room? Tough to explain to the family! ::grins:: On the other hand, it's worth it for such a lovely elegy for Vesper. Beautiful song, beautifully timed cuts, and perfect clip choices. Thank you!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 17th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww, tears? That makes me really happy -- in the "so glad it had an emotional impact on you" and not in the "I get sick pleasure out of making people cry" way :-D I adore Vesper and as soon as I stumbled across this song, the vid was just...right there. Incredibly satisfying and emotional for me to make, even though I knew it wouldn't have a large audience. And the fact that it was never going to attract droves of viewers makes me all the more grateful for kind comments like yours, so thank you very much!
dlasta From: dlasta Date: August 17th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's all I got. *speechless*
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 17th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Going to hope it's the good speechless (*g*, as opposed to the "OMG, what a trainwreck" sort) and thank you so much for watching and taking the time to comment!
dlasta From: dlasta Date: August 18th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The very best kind of speechless, of course.:)

Really, thanks so much for making this. (Also, new music! Yay!)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 18th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Vesper a bit more than might be healthy, so it was truly my pleasure -- thank you again for the kind comment! And yes, yay indeed for new music...I feel fortunate to have stumbled across this gorgeous song.
bop_radar From: bop_radar Date: August 26th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw this for the first time at Vividcon (I've been internet-phobic for so long and missed so much good stuff, woooooooooe) and was absolutely blown away. Which I shouldn't have been because it is YOU and you always do that to me! I absolutely adore it and it has got to be one of my favourite vids from you now (which says a lot), and I can't wait to watch it more (even if it is terribly melancholy--so appropriately so!). Ohhhhh, Vesper! I love how much life you breathe into her.

chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 27th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yay, I'm glad that you got to see it at VVC and am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it! I love Vesper and loved making it. Not that I mind slaving over a vid for weeks/months (rather accustomed to it by now ;-)), but it's a revelation when one just drops on your timeline. This one was a sleeper agent in my brain or something because it basically unpacked itself as soon as I heard the song.

Thanks much for the kind comment! I'm so sad that I couldn't go to VVC year and missed the opportunity to meet you in person...but it sounds like you had a spectacular time!!
bop_radar From: bop_radar Date: August 28th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I would have loved to meet you! I can tell you what would have happened though: I would have said hi in a trembling voice and made embarrassing gushy noises at you while blushing at the start of the con, and been all over you like a bad rash by the end. ;) That was pretty much my trajectory with everyone. :)

That's amazing that this was a sleeper agent vid! It feels so natural--I have to say of all the vids in that show, this was the one I slipped into the fastest. No doubt in part because I'm drawn to her character too, but also I think in part due to the intuitive flow of it.
katy_did From: katy_did Date: February 15th, 2012 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
As I am at work I can't actually watch this without trouble - damn my cubicle-less office! But I wil watch it when I get home, I promise. I adore Vesper and am still (6 years on) so annoyed that she and Bond didn't get to sail into the sunset and live happily ever after.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: February 15th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I take comfort in the knowledge that I have company in being NOT OVER IT, even 6 years later! Hope you enjoy when you have a chance to watch :-)
mswyrr From: mswyrr Date: April 30th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I just rewatched CR and in the depth of my need for Vesper appreciation, circled back around to this vid. I'd been aware of it for years and I'd watched it before, but it keeps getting better. It's just so gorgeously done, really emphasizing Vesper's importance and agency in the narrative. Thank you so much for lending your talents to do it!
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