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Bland. James Bland.

I went to the new James Bond film, 'Die Another Day' last weekend. I've enjoyed Piece Brosnan's previous outings as Bond, and I'd been looking forward to this one for some time. I'm afraid to say that I was dissapointed.

I'm not saying it's a bad film. It's just that the hype was that they were doing something special for the twentieth Bond, and I'm afraid it just doesn't live up to my expectations.

There were some excellent action sequences - the final one for example, in the Korean aircraft, is classic Bond - but there were also some that just didn't work: The sword-fight scene was seriously over-acted, and the scene where Bond surfs among the icebergs simply doesn't look real and is, frankly, disappointing.

I wanted to add a big thumbs-down for the title theme song as well. I'm sure there are plenty of people who liked it, and music is a matter of taste, but I hated it. That said, it's not enough on it's own to detract from the film.

Back to the film itself. The plot does have some originality, but I felt that a lot of the key plot elements seem to have been blatantly stolen from previous Bond films. A device that collects the sun's rays and concentrates them into a devatstating weapon...? Anyone remember 'The Man With The Golden Gun'?

But the thing that really killed it for me was the sex. I know James Bond is supposed to be a womaniser, but this time it went over the top. He meets Jinx, they utter a couple of suggestive one-liners, and jump into bed. At this point he doesn't know that she's also an agent; he's simply after the sex (and presumably, so is she). In most Bond films he at least has the decency to seduce them for a reason (trying to get information, winning over the enemy, or whatever), but here the motivation is simply self-gratification; it was completely shameless. Maybe they were trying to make him more human, but for me it spoilt the image of Bond.

So yes, there are some good points, and anyone who enjoys good action sequences should have plenty to get their teeth into. But in the long line of Bond films, this will definitely go down as one of the weaker ones.

a/n: This is the first time I've tried to do a movie review. Think of it as an experiment. To me, it sounds way too formulaic, but I'll let you all judge it as it stands; see what you think.

Spudley Strikes Again

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The following comments are for "Bland. James Bland."
by Spudley


As a review this was pretty good. I am not an expert on such things...I don't even have lots of background knowledge, it just seemed alright to me. I haven't seen the movie however and have a feeling I would not care for it anyways. My favorite James Bond is and will always be Sean Connery and the rest of them I just don't care much for.


( Posted by: Drastine [Member] On: December 4, 2002 )

shaken not stirred
I really enjoyed this review, not because I love James Bond. But rather because I'm not so sure what all the hoopla is about. You did a good job of telling the reader enough about the movie to gather some opinion of it, without spoiling it for people who intend to go see it. And the title alone got you a 5 in my book. Good job.

( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: December 4, 2002 )

Thank you both for the comments. Hope I didn't put anyone off seeing the movie? :-)

ps - Dras: I like the new avatar. (mind you, I liked your old too...)

pps - Bart: as for the title... well, It's like I always say "A good pun is it's own reword". :-D

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: December 5, 2002 )

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