“No Mr Bond, I expect you to Die”


 Unlike Diamonds, movies aren’t meant to last forever. What makes them ‘great’ is the ability to look back and reminisce on the classics. Isn’t it time we let go of #JamesBond? This isn’t simply because I can’t stand #DanielCraig’s portrayal of the character (looks as miserable and joyless as Timothy Dalton did in the role) or Mr Craig himself stated he would rather slit his wrist rather than make the forth coming #NoTimeToDIe 

Time to let go of Bond?
Time to let go of Bond?

This is about the constant attempt to update the character and bring him into line with current trends and world issues. This was admirable for a time. I grew up with #SeanConneryand #RogerMoore as my Bonds. Connery was always too cool for school and he knew it. All the ladies wanted him. He was brooding but still had charm to spare. Moore just always seemed over the moon to be playing the #World’sGreatestSpy, getting all the ladies and having fun with the gadgets. I fully appreciated the ability in which #PierceBrosnan was able to merge some of the best characteristics of those two portrayals’ to create a thoroughly enjoyable version of the #BritishSuperSpy. But even back then there were issues with ‘modernising’ Bond to meet current society specific norms and this has only increased as the years have gone on. Bond was a product of a certain time in history where it was ok to be #sexist, where the more gadgets you had the better. Where the world conflicts were very different as were the rules of engagement. Think about this, Bond has a #licencetokill from the #Queen

Not a licence to kill bad guys but a licence to kill anyone that obstructs his mission. And even with the bad guys, he wasn’t arresting them to face any kind of justice (how many villains has Bond arrested?) He just kills them-judge, jury and executioner, no trial or having their day in court. I’m fairly sure the Human rights lawyers would have a field day suing the British Government! You can’t update a licence to kill and if you take that away you are removing one of his core characteristics. Also, a super spy needs to be #covert, blend in, almost #invisible. Yet James goes all over the world telling everyone his name, never even attempting to conceal his identity. With current technology, most of the world governments would have him spotted and assassinated in a few hours. So to update the character would also involve adjusting those elements. But is he still Bond if he can’t walk into a casino and say ‘Bond, James Bond’. 

The Bond series is going through a major identity crisis. The producers saw the success of the #Bornemovies in the early 2000s’ and decided they wanted to copy that style because people seemed to like its ‘realism’. But there are reasons why James and his film series has endured as long as it has. #Bondgirls#Bondgadgets and great one liners when dispatching a bad guy. All these have been copied and emulated by Hollywood for years. Every action star from #Schwarzenegger, to #BruceWillisall have done this so much, it’s almost become a stable of #actionmovies to make a wise crack after despatching your foe. In trying to become more #Borne and be more serious/realistic, Bond lost his own identity and almost all his gadgets in tow (even though from the latest trailer they are trying to bring some back). In my opinion, any of the last few #MissionImpossible  movies have provided much better #Spy Cinematic entertainment. 

 We have all also become obsessed with whether Bond should/could be Black (#Idris) or needs to stay white? Or if we could have a #femaleBond. Or just who should be the next Bond all together   

Maybe the real question should be ‘Is 25 films not enough?’. Let collectors complete their #Boxsetsand put a bookmark on this series- let the legendary character actually become #legend! They have the option of investing the money in a brand new #Series, built for this generation that acknowledges current concerns like #HumanRightsIssues#ClimateChange and a lead character who can actually use a computer themselves! If they do it right who knows, they may get another 25 film series. 

For now, #MrBond, I think it’s a good time to die.

2 comments

  1. Moore was my Bond. And for me you’ve hit the nail on the head. For me, Bond films are about fun, excitement, action, gadgets, villains and bond girls…. with a bit of creepiness and camp thrown in! I can’t stand Daniel Craig’s portrayal. He either looks miserable or smug.
    I think there is still a place for Bond, but by remembering what made it great to begin with. If Daniel Craig is bored of doing it get rid, and get someone that actually wants to be there. (Sorry, that inadvertently turned into an anti Daniel Craig rant).

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