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Bond V + VI

March 24th, 2013 § Leave a Comment

We’re on the precipice of the end. All good things must come to an end; if not, how would you ever know how good you had it? And I’ve got to say, it’s been pretty good.

Two more Bonds this week, both coming from the golden dawn of the blockbuster. Do you really think it a coincidence that new, fan-favorite villain Jaws arrives two years after the highest grossing summer film of 1975? And that two years later Bond goes to space in order to one-up the next highest grossing film of 1977? This is perfect film spectacle in a race to the top, and Bond is squared off against beautiful spies, a physically superior villain, and great set pieces. I liked the Connery Bond, but you can perfectly see in these two films how Bond was set up with nowhere else to go but an action hero scramble to the top. Brosnan’s dive for the plane at the beginning of “GoldenEye” is directly prophesied by Moore physically wrestling a parachute off a man in free fall out of a plane. Yeah, the bar was raised here.

At first I didn’t think I liked the Moore Bond, his quips started off a bit shaky in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” There were some good action scenes, but he seemed a little less suave and physically capable. In “Moonraker” nearly every one-liner had me laughing out loud and continued to surprise and delight me throughout, though you really do enjoy it more after seeing “The Spy Who Loved Me,” if only for the building of the character Jaws which has big payoffs in the next film.

Oh Drax, now you done it.

Oh Drax, now you done it.

You still have time to catch them both today! Albeit with “Moonraker” first, but hopefully you made prudent use of your Friday/Saturday and are set up for a fabulous matinee.

Was it good for you?

—Moore Bond, Roger that, dan

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