Wednesday, November 01, 2006

BOND WITH ME...

The world needs another Bond film like I need a rash on my ass. But strangely I'm looking forward to this one even if its still a few weeks away. First Daniel Craig is an awesome actor, anyone whose even seen Munich or that episode of the awesome British TV show "Sharpe" he was in, can tell you that. And second "God" Paul Haggis was involved in the script. Now to what extent he was involved I really don't know. I heard it was just a dialogue pass, which is still good since he really knows how to make his characters talk although i'm sure he would have had a hand in pointing out any potential plot no-no's as well as an afterthought. And thirdly. (Yes I know I f""""d it up gramatically but there is a third) that the movies are finally going back to the roots of the character.
Explaining why Bond is who he is.

Rather than pitting against every maniacal loser with cat and a death ray, The franchise has a more convincing plot having Bond gamble to prevent terrorism. Party Poker should use that as a slogan.

Bond, Chicks, killing and gambling thats what makes us Brits love him and thats what Casino Royale is all about. It's the first Bond novel, where Bond truly earned his stripes. It's a beginning, but also a means to an end.

Every magazine, paper and hatstand is throwing around the headline, "Bond Begins" like a T-shirt slogan, but is it in a franchise in need of a revamp? In financial terms no, despite the fact that Die Another Day stank worse than a Fish Market in a giants armpit, it still raked in a decent bank. So why the change now? Maybe the producers saw the success of a revamp such as Batman Begins and thought "ooh I want me some of that" or maybe they just realised the problem they had been chuckin around for twenty plus movies. They had made a character who couldn't die.

You see we all love Bond to the point of a meeting in a swanky hotel for a quickie. Regardless of gender or sexuality everyone loves Bond. Maybe a little too much. But the simple problem in the movies is that no matter what Enemy he faced he'd usually win. He'd come out without a scratch on him and a girl in tow, in terms of suspension of disbelief it was too much. One of the reasons why the Bourne franchise has become so successful is that the audience is fully invested in his character, Jason Bourne doesn't have much charm or much in the way of conversational skills, but he does know how to beat the shit out of a guy in three shakes of his wrist and make a bomb out of a magazine.

Plus he gets hurt BAD. Just like anyone of us would, he limps after a thirty foot fall, he cries when he loses the love of his life and he honest to god seems to regret all the killing he's done. Bond does none of this he seems to have little to no moral restrictions or attachments any more, and was becoming less and less human. We all loved him for killing and shagging across continents in the name of queen and country but it honestly wasn't believable any more. And with the cold war over we really wondered why we need this brand of Bond anymore. Or at least one that read like a hundred million dollar sitcom.

So finally were finding out who he is and what really screwed him up. I won't say what, (but anyone whose read the books should know) but I really hope they continue this character arch and finish it after three or four movies rather than dragging he franchise through twenty more meaningless ones.

Quite frankly the purse strings need not to be the factor, and shelf-life and character really need to be considered. Three or four movies tops. That's the way the Bourne franchise is shaping up, and from the way David S. Goyer was talking thats probably going to be the same with the current Batman arch. After that, then I hate to say it, but they should just let Bond die.

He needs a chance to evolve to live with pain and suffering and its something we all really want to see and then he should just walk of into the sunset on some beach in Jamaica being marginally but not completely content. Despite what purists will say The franchise has potential again. There losing the simple paint by number act structure which is usually only different in set-up and there finally focusing on the character.

Well Bloody Done Barbara, Martin, Paul, Neal and Robert its about time. I for one desperately want to see Bond thrive but at the same time live with some really pain, emotion and plausible human reason behind his crusades, which would then allow him to rest all the more peacefully.

IN MY DVD PLAYER TONIGHT: Still Scrubs season 4 (Havin a beer tonight at Rowing)
WHERE I AM IN MY SCRIPT: Heavy research into 13th century warfare

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