Posts Tagged ‘007’

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REPOST: “Skyfall”

November 11, 2015

Bond is back.

Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the 007 franchise, comes to us six years after Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond in Casino Royale, and four years after the interesting, but developmentally-compromised Quantum of Solace, and with itwe finally get the James Bond film we have been waiting for: a return to all the things that make this franchise so beloved—gadgets, girls, foreign locations, intrigue—but also a film possessed of an emotional nuance not seen before in the franchise. It’s also finally recognized what the past 17 years of Bond films have mostly missed: the best Bond girl is Judi Dench.
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REPOST: “Quantum of Solace”

November 11, 2015

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“The job is done, and the bitch is dead.”

Those words—Bond’s penultimate line of dialogue from Casino Royale– provide the engine for Quantum of Solace. The 22nd film in the franchise follows James Bond on a mission of vengence for the death of his lover Vesper Lynd, but also one of forgiveness and personal rehabilitation. Throughout the film, Bond seems to be desperately trying to believe those words, and finally contending with the emotional consequences when he can’t. In the end director Marc Forster uses that engine to deliver a fast, flawed, and occasionally frustrating movie, but ultimately the most fascinating addition to the James Bond canon.
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Now on DVD: “Skyfall”

February 11, 2013

[To coincide with the DVD release, here is my original review of Skyfall]

Bond is back.

Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the 007 franchise, comes to us six years after Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond in Casino Royale, and four years after the interesting, but developmentally-compromised Quantum of Solace, and with itwe finally get the James Bond film we have been waiting for: a return to all the things that make this franchise so beloved—gadgets, girls, foreign locations, intrigue—but also a film possessed of an emotional nuance not seen before in the franchise. It’s also finally recognized what the past 17 years of Bond films have mostly missed: the best Bond girl is Judi Dench.
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007 vs. Norman Bates: “ffolkes” (aka “North Sea Hijack”)

January 14, 2013

North_Sea_Hijack_(1980)So, with ffolkes (or North Sea Hijack, pick your choice of title), we see Roger Moore and Anthony Perkins squaring off in an effort to escape the iron-clad typecasting in which they found themselves in 1979. Moore was up to Moonraker in his Bond oeuvre—this after playing Simon Templar in The Saint TV series. Perkins had never been able to escape the shadow of Norman Bates and found himself doomed to play naught but villains and weirdos. With ffolkes, they played boldly against cast, with Perkins playing, um…a ruthless marine hijacker who holds the UK for ransom. While Moore took the greater leap to play, er…the heroic Naval commando who saves the day. Okay, guys, you’re totally doing that wrong.
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No American 007?

March 9, 2012

So, Safe House kind of got me thinking…well, no it didn’t really get me thinking, but I got stuck waiting for the SkyTrain with a dead iPhone, and before I could completely retreat to my happy place, a…kind of a thought took hold, and dammit I just couldn’t go complete zombie. I thought about James Bond—no surprise there, since thinking about 007 easily takes up, like, 30-40% of my thought processes (not just the conscious ones, either)— and I got wonder about the existence of the James Bond franchise in a world that embraces movies like Safe House.  Why has there never been an American James Bond? Could there ever be an American James Bond?

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An open letter to MGM/UA (or whomever)

February 7, 2012

I take it from the above-displayed photo that you didn’t read my Open Letter to Mark Forster (or Whomever), nor did you elect to hire me on the latest 007 film, Skyfall as a “special consultant on firearms and other awesome stuff,” as I advertised my services in my numerous daily e-mails to your corporate offices. Honestly, I feel your reply was somewhat uncalled for. Really, how does a franchise obtain a restraining order? I don’t think that’s possible. And Gunmonkey is a perfectly appropriate name—particularly when the owners of said franchise are named after a vegetable so reviled that a former US President went on record saying he refused to eat it.
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s hands traumatized me: “I Don’t Know How She Does It”

September 19, 2011

There are so many things wrong with I Don’t Know How She Does It, the filmed adaptation of Allison Pearson’s novel, it tough to know precisely where to begin. But then I had an experience at breakfast that made it all clear. See, I was having breakfast/brunch at my favorite Irish Pub—the place where I can get a decent eggs-and-bacon breakfast while pretty Thai waitresses endlessly refill my coffee and generally coo and fuss over me. Only there was some kind of a rugby or soccer game on and I found myself surrounded by foul-mouthed limeys screaming at the TV. Now ill-behaved Brits and Aussies aren’t a big shock around these parts—they’re as common as hypertension is in Midwest—but what really pushed me to the brink were their screaming, wailing children who ran around the floor while mom and dad cheered dudes on TV with silly names. It occurred to me that if I suddenly beat everyone senseless with my chair I’d be considered the bad guy. Because no matter how horrific your children are, the mere fact you have them makes you something akin to Mother Theresa in the eyes of society. And IDKHSDI not-so-quietly reinforces that idea.
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