Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bond Villains - Part 3

GoldenEye (1995)

Alec Trevelyan: We're both orphans, James. But while your parents had the luxury of dying in a climbing accident, mine survived the British betrayal and Stalin's execution squads. My father couldn't let himself or my mother live with the shame. MI6 figured I was too young to remember. And in one of life's little ironies, the son went to work for the government whose betrayal caused the father to kill himself and his wife.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Dr. Kaufman: This is very embarrassing. It seems there is a red box they need in your car, only they can't get it open. They want me to get you to tell how to open it. I feel like an idiot, I don't know what to say.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Skyfall - The Re(al) - view

M: Quoting Tennyson's poem Ulysses: Though much is taken, much abides; and though
M: We are not now that strength which in old days
M: Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are...
M: One equal temper of heroic hearts,
M: Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
M: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Daniel Craig's portrayal of James Bond has been the most practical of the series; though views/opinions have differed on his take of the iconic character; his has been my favourite. Skyfall follows Quantum of Solace and  Casino Royale, in depicting a character that has yet to master the art of espionage, thus there are some telling flaws like depression and the obvious loss of his shooting prowess; yet there's no question to where Bond's loyalty lies (although it would seem like its M rather than Queen & Country).