Although Bond girls are the
best, the original James Bond was really into birds. And I’m not trying to be
clever with some cockney slang, I mean actual birds with beaks, wings and beady
James Bond was an American
ornithologist who wrote the book “Birds of the West Indies.” Author Ian Fleming
had a copy on hand at Goldeneye, his Jamaican estate, and chose the name
because he was looking for a dull, plain sounding name for an exotic, exiting
new hero. Since then, James Bond the MI6 super spy, has starred in 22
theatrical releases and some fans claim the last one, 2006’s
, featuring Daniel Craig as a harder, tougher, blonder
Bond, was the best.
, opens Friday at the Village 8
and it grieves me tremendously to report that although this film picks up mere
this next chapter is not as good.
Which isn’t to say that the
newest Bond is a total loss. You’re still dealing with a bad-ass JB out for
revenge on whoever killed his love, Vesper Lynd. The usually suave Bond has no
problems knifing people in the throat and tossing dudes off rooftops. As well,
the film is chock full or action set pieces and car/boat/airplane/high crane
chase sequences peppered by explosions and gunfire. Plus there are two new Bond
girls, both hot, and a whole new organization of villains to hate on. So in
many respects Bond is back, but there just isn’t that much of a story tying all
this together, and that, ultimately, is James’ toughest foe.
Bond is out for revenge
against a new, secretive and dangerous criminal organization and he chases it
all over the globe, killing at will and pissing off his superiors back at MI6.
That’s about as deep as the story gets. Director Marc Forster (
Neverland, Monster’s Ball)
known as an action guy but he does a decent job with the exciting bits (a few
of the action sequences are jumpy and a bit speedy) but he also injects some
retro visual style and shots reminiscent of the old Sean Connery Bond movies.
Of the two new bond girls,
Gemma Atherton brings the most spark and energy to the film, playing British
Agent Fields, sent to keep an eye on
James. Her performance really zings and is also
a bit of a throwback to the old Bond. Stunningly gorgeous Olga Kurylenko, plays
Camille, a new type of Bond girl, one with her own agenda and not afraid to get
in the middle of things. Bond only nails one of them this time around but I’m
not saying which.
movie goers will definitely notice parallels between
revenge-driven James Bond and Jason Bourne from the
franchise and a few of
the action scenes appear, lets say ‘heavily influenced’ by those we’ve seen
do already. After
had high hopes for this one and was a bit let down with the lack of character,
smart dialogue and exciting villains. This Bond ain’t the best, but it still
easily beats any of the Timothy Dalton stuff.
DVD of the week is a new one –
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
. Director Guillermo Del
Toro brings such imagination and creative visuals to his dark and moody super
hero movie it makes most of Marvel’s flicks look like kiddie-fare for the kids
with no imagination. The last
movie sucked ass, this is how it should be done.