The SPECTRE of Defeat

 Posted by on December 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm  Books, Film, Reviews & Discussions  Comments Off on The SPECTRE of Defeat
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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Jul 192015
 

As a permanent tribute to our live Mad Men open threads, this is where we keep the weekly Basketcase conversation alive.

We kick off a topic, but feel free to chat among yourselves however you see fit (respecting our guidelines, of course).

Okay so I watch Buffy in an almost constant loop. My newest observation, going back to the earliest seasons, is that Xander and Willow were entirely plausible–both as the nerds no one wanted, and as they transformed into hotties.

We’ve seen it over and over–Rocky taking off Adrienne’s glasses, Sabrina, all the Supermans….what are some examples that you think really nailed it, or were utterly ridiculous?

(Here’s a few more of mine: Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles–nailed it. Claire Danes in My So-Called Life, which I thought was the more evolved version of the Molly–I had a harder time with this. She was just so luminous.)

Go.

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