James Bond, of all people, has turned metrosexual. "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the genre—directed by Sam Mendes and opening in theaters Friday—has somehow turned the all-encompassing man's man into a kinder, gentler Bond. There are still the casual killings and car chases, of course, but Bond has been shorn of that subtly menacing blend of sadism and political incorrectness that set him apart from Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt and all the other identikit espionage heroes. By making Bond less personally dangerous, and even hinting at a bisexual past, the guardians of his brand are undermining
Saw the trailers for this Bond movie and since I only like Sean and Roger in the role,I will skip the short ugly dweeb they are foisting on us. My husband was a ringer for Sean Connery and of course my favorite Bond.
But the catholic church came out and praised this new bond. The fact that he cries a lot seemed to have great importance to them. Oh, by the way, this is the same catholic church that for weeks leading up to the election, told people, in an indirect way, to vote for the candidate/party who would protect and preserve life. And the Catholics voted for....obama.
I totally agree with #11. James Caviezel, from "Person of Interest" can carry off the attitude and uncompromising nature of Bond. Pierce Brosnan and the others who have come after him never have been able to do this.
Glad to see Jim Caviezel mentioned as the new perfect James Bond. He has it all. Not a Sean Connery clone, but as smart, sophisticated, classy and witty. And he has no problem dispensing with a bad guy. It would take no leap of imagination to see him as Bond.
"Person of Interest" is the most interesting and entertaining television series to come along in a long time. (And Caviezel the most interesting actor.) Those who watch it once are hooked (like us). Clever story concept, great script, casting, cinematography and editing. Original.
We get it on Thursday night. If you aren't watching it, do give it a try. And see if you don't agree that Caviezel would be a splendid Bond.
Up to now, Bond played by James Craig has been perfect for my taste. Highly athletic, nearly genius smart, ruthless and dark. There's little doubt if not a government agent, he'd still be maiming or killing people who got in his way.
If the producers want to turn him into Elton John, fine. I'll sit this one out.
#5 your disdain for the Catholic church is spot on. I'm a Catholic and the bishops did nothing to help us this election cycle. What will they do when this adminstration goes after their tax-exempt status?
First of all, how on God's earth did freaking Sam Mendes helm this film? OK, he is British, but please.
This guy had given us more obnoxious, downbeat, awful films with wimpy male figures in them that it surprises me very little that he would have some bi-sexual references in a James Bond film.
This guy did American Beauty (Middle aged guy throws away his career, smokes pot, hangs out with slackers, and is eventually shot in the head by his gay, self-hating military neighbor);
Revolutionary Road--young couple has it all, nice house, he a great career at the start of mainframe computer technology, she a spoiled, mentally disturbed woman who wants to run off to France, and when she doesn't get her way, gives herself an abortion and dies.
Jarhead--depicting Marines as a bunch of jerks floundering around in the mid east
and this guy does a Bond picture? No wonder it's awful.
For me, I stopped watching Bond movies because since the last Brosnan and all the Craig pictures, Bond movies stopped being FUN. All the Connery and even a good chunk of the Moore films were fun. Fun villains, great sets, great action pieces and gadgets. The new stuff featured betrayals at the highest points of Bond's organization, graphic torture, and unpleasant mayhem.
A press conference call by the activist group OUR Walmart turned awkward when the group was repeatedly unable to say how many Walmart employees had joined in the group´s long-planned Black Friday protests. Walmart itself put the figure at just 20. "I don´t have an actual count," said Our Walmart member Martha Sellers, a cashier at a Paramount, Calif., store, said in response to a reporter´s question. "I know Walmart is saying that workers are not participating. That is wrong. They are." Asked variations of the same question by two other reporters — one asked what percentage of protesters were Walmart employees
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Black Friday is upon us, which means trouble´s afoot across the nation. Overzealous shoppers will do anything for a deal, including lying, fighting, and dragging a police officer with a car. We know Black Friday deals are a sham. We feel terrible for the souls forced to work retail on the holidays, cutting short their own Thanksgiving dinners so the masses may shop at earlier hours every year in pursuit of that one budget-busting deal. And yet, every year, we´re greeted with more violence and chaos the morning after we come together as family. Aren´t the holidays wonderful? Two separate
The grumpiest celebrity I’ve ever interviewed? That would be my teenage idol, legendary radio raconteur Jean Shepherd — best remembered for writing the classic comedy “A Christmas Story,’’ celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release this month. When I interviewed him just before the film (which he also narrated and was credited on as a producer) came out in 1983, he dodged questions on just how autobiographical the story (based on one of his short stories) was — only reluctantly admitting that he, like the film’s young hero, Ralphie, grew up in Hammond, Ind., an industrial city abutting Chicago, during
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Israel’s transportation company has uncovered a 10,000-year-old house and a 6,000-year-old temple during a routine dig to expand one of the nation’s highways. Workers unearthed a the house, the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem, while digging for the planned expansion of Route 38, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The house dates back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, signifying the transition of society to “permanent dwellings,” or settling down rather than traveling in search of food, Times of Israel reports. State-owned Netivei Israel Company, which is in charge of the highway expansion, also said it discovered
Maybe it was something about what they served in the White House mess in the 1990s. Or perhaps it´s what happens to baby boomer Democrats more than a decade after leaving office. For whatever the reason former vice president Al Gore has gone vegan, just like the president with whom he once served. Gore´s recent decision to forgo animal products surfaced as an offhand reference in a Forbes magazine piece about Hampton Creek Foods, an upscale vegan product line carried in Whole Foods. Ryan Mac´s article, which posted Saturday, chronicled how wealthy investors including Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and Vinod Khosla
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Did the crafty Mitch McConnell just succeed in getting Democrats to damage their long-term interest by nuking the filibuster? I’ve always defended the filibuster (and still do) as a valid anti-majoritarian device, especially useful for when fitful voters make a mistake as they did in 2008 (with the help of the Justice Department in Alaska and Al Franken’s cheating in Minnesota) and install a large Democratic majority in the Senate. But consider the other side of this. Henry Olsen points out: For conservatives upset about the filibuster changes, consider this: since the nationwide direct election of Senators started in 1913, the Republican
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
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