Wednesday, December 25, 2013

50 Years of James Bond

As some of you know, I have been watching every single Bond film and learning about the history of Bond, thanks to my good friend, Mr. Greg Van Cott. I had the fun and pleasure of watching License To Kill, which was Timothy Dalton's 2nd and last Bond film. I must say that I enjoyed it very much, and at the same time it's a very sad Bond film, considering how Bond sees his best friend go through the same loss he did, and how the theme of revenge has come back to haunt him. Not just that, but it's also the most violent Bond film to date, considering it has a rated R cut, which isn't a bad thing, but it was just very surprising, because I know that Bond is a hero, and I would've been scared by it if I was very little. With LTK, I must say that it kept me on the edge of my seat, and I love the emotional struggle he goes through in it. It is unfortunate that the studio went bankrupt after that, and there was a 6 year gap, and due to Dalton being anno
yed by the media he chose to quit. I truly enjoyed his performance as Bond, as I have with each. Now for Goldeneye, it is a very fun Bond film. It was made in 95' and people wanted to see Bond as a fun hero again, as opposed to how violent and gritty things got in LTK. For those of you who think Brosnan's era ended with a campy, cheesy, and kiddish quality to it, that all coincides with just how he was written. And yes, a small part of it deals with the fact that Brosnan liked playing that type of Bond from Goldfinger and The Spy Who Loved Me. However, it was also pre-9/11 and a lot of things in the 90s all the way up to 2000, certain action scenes were put in movies that had only a fun visual to them, but after 9/11 they have a much more different view, some of which symbolizes attacking liberty. Bottom line is Brosnan played a very smooth and likeable Bond. Each Bond is likeable in their own way. The theme of Goldeneye is revenge, again, but a powerful secondary theme is betrayal, and Bond hates nothing more than being betrayed. In this movie it was 006, and you need only look at his eyes to know that he feels that it's a tragic thing to have had this happen to a man, but having to stop him was necessary, because it's Bond's duty as a hero. All in all, a very good night of Bond last night.

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