3 items from 2015
Directed by Martin Campbell
Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirsein
UK / USA
The Essence of Bond has been shaped and re-shaped constantly over its 50-year run and that has been due to its mostly successful ability to plug into popular zeitgeist and meld that aesthetic with what makes Bond, well, Bond: Q gadgets, adventure tourist locales, voluptuous ladies (assuming the role of both friend and foe) and a version of suave and sexist male masculinity first cultivated by Sean Connery in Bond’s first outing, Dr. No in 1962. In the the early nineties it was time again to re-invent Bond, or rather his universe as not only was Timothy Dalton moving on from the Bond Franchise but the politics on the international stage had changed drastically. It was time for Bond to integrate into a post-Cold War world and director Martin Campbell was brought on board, along with »
- Gregory Ashman
Between 1989 and 1995 the Bond franchise was in limbo due to a changed world. The Soviet Union had collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down, effectively ending the Cold War. Between those were legal troubles with MGM, owner of Bond distributor United Artists, and producer Albert R. Broccoli, the man who owned the Bond film rights and been involved with the series since its inception in 1962. This resulted in Timothy Dalton leaving the series and putting the next Bond movie in development hell. Given all these circumstances, people asked the question: was James Bond 007 even relevant anymore?
Bond’s boss M, now played by Judi Dench, directly addresses this question as she calls him “a sexist, misogynistic dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War”, in GoldenEye. Yet even still, the world needs its most famous secret agent as Bond »
- Ricky Church
The James Bond movies have a formula – gadgets, guns, car chases, fight scenes, and, most importantly, beautiful women whom Bond (improbably, it has to be said) seduces at every turn. It’s this very formula that has helped turn Ian Fleming’s super spy into a household name and global brand.
The ‘honour’ of being a Bond girl is bestowed upon few, and while they become part of a legacy, it can be hard for the actresses who portray the ‘girls’ to maintain a level of mainstream success. It’s all too common, sadly, to see women of a fine acting calibre unable to find new material, or to break out of the objectified roles altogether – actresses such as Britt Ekland, Lois Chiles, Barbara Bach, and Izabella Scorupco for example, failed to maintain the global success and exposure that a Bond film gifts.
However, fortunately, more and more Bond »
- Chris Haigh
3 items from 2015
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