Movie Review: Bond and anti-Bond

Bond

I tried to watch Spectre, but I got bored part way in and gave up. That usually doesn’t happen when I’m watching Bond. I love Bond. This one, though, was too shallow for my tastes.

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Daniel Craig made his debut in Casino Royale, which was a stark contrast to the previous Bond movies. Craig wasn’t the smooth, charismatic Bond character. He was hard, dangerous and off standish.  He really wasn’t very likeable. But, there was a backstory that provided the motivation for this harder version of Bond, which made this unlikeable character sympathetic.

In Spectre, Craig failed miserably at being seductive. It came off as forced and uncomfortable. He’s just not that kind of Bond. The previous Bonds, like Dalton, Brosnan or Connery were attractive both in looks and personality. They were Bonds you could see having meaningless flings with the flavor of the day. Craig, not so much. He’s got the looks, but he’s too stiff.

The small explosion that ends up taking out two buildings at the start of the movie was entertaining. But, it started to drag not too long afterwards. I moved on to more interesting things.

Wish the powers that be would just quit already and go back to Bond as the dashing spy who has a personality and is interesting to watch.

Anti-Bond

Next year, Triple X 3 – Return of Xander Cage comes out. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it doesn’t suck, because the little bit that I’ve seen promises some awesome cars and great action.

In the original Triple X with Vin Diesel (2002), the US Government vets criminals to work for the government. Why criminals? They’re expendable. (Common sense would say this is a bad idea, but anyway.) The opening scene of the movie had a dashing Bond-like character running from bad guys. In a typical Bond scene, he strips off his outer clothes to reveal a tux and escapes into a club. What a shock when he emerges into a goth/metal club with Rammstein playing. Enter the bad guys who are the anti-Bond

The opening scene of the movie had a dashing Bond-like character running from bad guys. In a typical Bond scene, he strips off his outer clothes to reveal a tux and escapes into a club. What a shock when he emerges into a goth/metal club with Rammstein playing. Enter the bad guys who are the anti-Bond

What a shock when he emerges into a goth/metal club with Rammstein playing. Enter the bad guys who are the anti-Bond villains. They aren’t the sophisticated villains of Bond movies. These criminals are cruel and vindictive.

Killing the Bond character is no more significant to them than killing a bug. The killing of Bond is also symbolic of the theme of “out with the old and in with the new” that repeats throughout the movie.

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Yes, there are plenty of cheesy parts that make you want to roll your eyes, but overall it’s a fun movie with lots of interesting stunts. And the cars are drool worthy. Vin Diesel isn’t bad to look at, but if it’s a toss up between him and the GTO. I’m going for the GTO. (Sorry Vin.)

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One of my favorite things about the movie is the soundtrack. The band playing in the opening scene is a German metal band, Rammstein. Love their sound and pyrotechnics, but glad I can’t understand German. (They are rather anti-religious.) Enjoy.

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