Tag Archives: Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Live and Let Die [1954]

The James Bond we meet at the start of Live and Let Die is not quite the same man we left at the end of Casino Royale. The Bond in Casino Royale was a gambler happy to take a 50/50 split, who … Continue reading

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Casino Royale [1953]

Last year I wasn’t too kind about the most recent James Bond film, Spectre, and a couple of years has eroded the mildly positive feelings I had about Skyfall, and before that I didn’t like Question of Sport much at all, but … Continue reading

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Spectre [2015]

Over the past decade I’ve gotten used to talking about a post-Bourne bond. The Bourne Identity represented a seismic shift in how “we” thought about the action spy. We moved from the total impervious quipper into something a little more visceral and a lot … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible II [2000]

I was recently bed-ridden with illness for a few days and lacking the capacity for anything useful I re-watched the Mission: Impossible films available on Netflix (1, 2, 4). Each of them is interesting in their way, but this time … Continue reading

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The Jennifer Morgue

I always say that any work that juxtaposes two radically different genres should aim to be an exemplar of both, as well as using that juxtaposition to tell us something about each of the genres that isn’t (as) available from … Continue reading

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The Big Four [1927]

I’d hazard that most of the major writers of Spy Thrillers owe a lot of their story mechanics to the Detective genre. Jason Bourne pieces together the puzzle of his life by fitting together fragmentary memories and following information trails. … Continue reading

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Gendering the Action Hero

In my previous post, I argued that: Female action heroes face an additional hurdle to their male counterparts, that they need to remain women…. If a filmmaker simply switches the gender of their lead, they’ve done no real harm, but … Continue reading

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