The SPECTRE of Defeat

 Posted by on December 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm  Books, Film, Reviews & Discussions, Slideshow  No Responses »
Dec 152015
 

spectreWhen it was announced last year that SPECTRE would be the follow up to SKYFALL in the James Bond series, I could barely contain my excitement. Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond in CASINO ROYALE (2006) quieted the critics who loudly complained when he was cast. The film is very faithful Ian Fleming’s novel and a return to seriousness of the early Sean Connery outings. CASINO ROYALE goes further and portrays James Bond as a character with real feelings (something the Connery films never did). Furthermore, Vesper Lynd is no garden variety “Bond girl” and Le Chiffre is arguably the most fully fleshed out Bond villain since Auric Goldfinger. Many questioned whether or not James Bond could continue in a post 9/11 world. CASINO ROYALE answered that in the affirmative with an exclamation point.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, that was the zenith of Danial Craig’s Bond arc.

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Nov 252015
 

MZS, Amy Cook, and Roberta at BookCourt, and illustrations from Mad Men Carousel

MZS, Amy Cook, and Roberta at BookCourt, and illustrations from Mad Men Carousel


The swirl around the release of Mad Men Carousel is ongoing and big fun. Matt Zoller Seitz (MZS, ‘round these parts) kicked off his book tour in the NYC area, and Deborah and I, along with other contributors to the book, joined him for some of the booksigning/panel events.

On this Very Special Episode of Vulture TV, two of the events are featured, including BookCourt in Brooklyn, where MZS, Amy Cook, who contributed lots and lots of footnotes, and I, all talk about Mad Men.

Fun fact: podcasts are perfect companions to turkey prep. Enjoy!

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