I, like you MM’57, also like a tough Bond. Shoot to kill! That scientist you referred to in "Dr. No,"
was also the guy who tried to kill Grace Kelly in “Dial M for Murder”
, and appeared to terrorize Doris Day in "Midnight Lace"
got the Bond treatment; straight...no chaser. Bond Connery seemed least concerned with the girls in his films if they were killed. Girls died around him...girls that were helping him on his mission and he barely gives acknowledgement that they’re gone. ( Paula
in “You Only Live Twice.”
) Bond Connery might be the most ‘Terminator-like.’ I can’t say I saw much conflict with him re: duty & emotion. But it is, as you say Miss G., shown moreso in the later Bonds.
I give a silent “awwwww” when I read from folks here how you watch a classic film with your child or how you try to slip one in there with them and the kidling enjoys it. I think watching classic films does a body good and those are among my favorite things to read here at the SSO. My only claim to fame in that regard since I have no children, is my three-year old nephew staying in the room with me as I watched “The Manchurian Candidate.” He’s 27 now, and has no memory of it, but I can still see his little legs swinging in the big chair as he quietly watched.* * * * * * * * * *“THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS” ( 1987 ) - John GlenTIMOTHY DALTON
is introduced as the next James Bond. And I can't help thinking it’s a dream come true for a boy now a man. But is it a dream or a nightmare for An Actor? Bond helps a General defect from the West; but when he finds he’s a turncoat, Bond goes about correcting his mistake. We go a couple of places in this one, Russia, London of course and our old pal, Afghanistan. I can’t say I have any outstanding feelings about this entry. I do like it...everyone seemed kind of vanilla in it and there is that rousing action sequence; a Russian airbase, bombs, explosions and horses. The group A-ha
sings the title song which I enjoyed better than the Jets'
"Live and Let Die." ( I meant to say Paul McCartney and Wings' "Live and Let Die." ) And yes...the opening title is quite an eyeful.THE CAST:MARYAM D’ABO
plays assassin/cellist Kara Milovy
who was duped by the love for a general. You can’t love a general, c’mon. She’s pretty enough, but her acting...meh!
I will say this, she was a catalyst for bringing out a warmth in this Bond...he was protective of her. They were kind of like...dating. Heck, he didn’t shoot her. She does get a little more aggressive in the end at the big airbase scene. General Koskov
is played by Dutch actor JEROEN KRABBE
( from “Choose Me.” ) He’s the General that Kara loves. He’s also an arms dealer and an opportunist. Whether he’s scared to go inside a tube that will jettison him through a pipeline into the arms of the West or eating caviar...he’s like Monty Hall. He just wants to make a deal. JOE DON BAKER
as another arms dealer Brad Whitaker
just comes off as an oafish redneck to me with his big ham head. Baker plays a different character ( Jack Wade ) in two other Bond films. A leader with his own agenda and very dashing indeed is ART MALIK
playing a jailed Afghani in a Russian prison, Kamran Shah
who with his band of rifle toting, horse riding troops will help Bond win the day. I really liked Gen. Koskov’s henchman. A tall lean blonde Aryan with not an ounce
of body fat, actor ANDREAS WISNIEWSKI
( great name. ) He had an air and personality about him even though he was a silent killer. Carrying his Sony Walkman, he uses his ear-budded headphones to strangle people. I loved Necros. He was like a glacier.MY FAVORITE MOMENT:*
The beginning action sequence when a paint ball training mission goes wrong when real bullets start flying*
The ending action sequence when the Russian air base comes under siege by one James Bond*
The Afghan soldiers racing across a bridge with Russians in hot pursuit...and Bond saves them*
The fight between Necros and Bond on the plane and where they both are hanging outside of it* * * * * * * * * *“TOMORROW NEVER DIES” ( 1997 ) - Roger Spottiswoode
I had a great time with this entry of PIERCE BROSNAN
as James Bond. There was a variety of action set-pieces that kept me hyperventilating. I guess you can tell when I really like a movie. I go on and on. In "Tomorrow Never Dies" the plot revolves around the 21st century scourge: The Media.THE CAST:
as Media Mogul Elliott Carver.
He carries the requisite maniacal gene but not played too too over the top. His means of world domination? Oh nothing as mundane as gold or oil or diamonds or hydrogen bombs. Pish posh...au contraire. Our ‘mad’ man wants to control the news...the flow of information. He wants to create the news and reach every one of the billions of people on earth with His news. Hmmm, in light of our 24-hour news cycle, I’d say this was very prescient. It does unnerve him that his wife had a relationship with Bond. You don't want to be a follow-up act to Bond. Carver's henchman is another tall blonde assassin Stamper
played by GOTZ OTTO
) He doesn’t quite have an outstanding personal touch like Odd Job or Jaws. His Neanderthal-features are very strong and he’s bulky. He follows orders without question or hesitation or glee. I don't think he did anything to make this character distinctively his own. Now someone who DID
do this with the moments he had in "Tomorrow..." is VINCENT SCHIAVELLI:
He’s absolutely wonderful in this as Dr. Kaufman
, master of torture. ( An intern of Dr. Mengele's, no doubt. ) What a droll bad guy. I think he could have been opposite Jack Benny in "To Be Or Not To Be." Schiavelli looked like he relished his small role. And I got the feeling that Brosnan enjoyed working opposite him.
There are also binders full of women in this movie and Bond shows he can naturally play well with all of them.JUDI DENCH
and very inspired casting I must say. What an actress, and she's so commanding. This is a great natural progression and changing with the times. My little 9-year old great-nephew will be growing up in a world where real and serious women are in charge ( more Hilary than Sarah...more Elizabeth than Michelle ) and it will be a very natural thing for him and other little boys. I simply love “M” and would follow her orders her to the “T
.” TERI HATCHER
plays Paris Carver
, the wife of our mad mogul. She’s also an ex-lover of Bond. She really was quite striking with her dark beauty. She got to Bond, and I believed her. Their scene is tinged with remorse and regret. She is Ilsa to his Rick Blaine. MICHELLE YEOH
plays Agent Wai Lin.
Another beautiful woman, Yeoh plays an agent as accomplished as Bond. Yay! And they get to kiss. See that's what I'm talkin' about. It's quite a feather in the Broccoli's cap to get this Martial Arts goddess. Knowing Yeoh as I do from other films, it was fantastic to see her in Bond’s world. And I was happy to see her do her thing! She dispatches a group of bad guys, alone. And if you know Yeoh’s talents, you know she needs no help. But hey, it is
so nice to have a man around the house. I wish more producers would use Yeoh because I also think she’s a “...damn good actress.”MY FAVORITE MOMENTS:*
The first set-piece of action: Bond taking out an armed missile bazaar; hijacking a plane and using it against the terrorists*
Bond sits and waits for whoever the Mogul will send in to kill him:Bond waits.
It's a small moment...gesture, but when the door opens...it’s the way Brosnan reaches for his gun, and then sees it’s Paris. Love the way he reaches for it and moves his arm back. Nice. Clean.*
“Q” hooks up Bond with a new car with gadgets. This time the car can be driven via remote control. And Bond needs it. Bad guys chase him in a parking lot. Bond steers the car from the back seat...via remote control. Exciting.*
Paris has been murdered, and Bond’s reaction to her death; the remorse. Before he has to leave to escape, he kisses her body. Sad.*
Bond and Wai-Lin on motorcycle, handcuffed together and chased by a helicopter.
Geez, this was
exciting!! The editing was great. And they used the landscape of the city they were in. Back alleys, little makeshift shacks. But when that copter dips down so the bad guys can shoot into the crowd...monstrous! The way the crowds ran was like something out of..."Godzilla." *
Love the last action scene, inside that stealth submarine. Henchmen, villain, and bad guys go down in a hail of bullets, explosion and water. The sound effects in Bond films are incredible. I feel them in the base of my throat.MY FAVORITE LINES:ADMIRAL: “I don’t think you have the balls for this job.”
M: “Perhaps. But I don’t have to think with them all the time.”
( Dench does the scene with her "As Time Goes By" co-star Geoffrey Palmer )
* * * *
Bond disobeys direct orders and goes after the bomb as the M-16 team and the Navy watch the action unfold on camera:ADMIRAL: “What’s your man doing?!”
M: “His job!” ( You could see she’s secretly so proud. )* * * *PARIS ( slowly walks towards Bond ): “What was it James. Did I get too close? Did get too close for comfort.”
BOND: “Yes.”* * * *CARVER: “The distance between insanity and genius is only measured by success.”
As I've usually done when I see these films in the theatre, I do not leave until the last name in the credits, the last film serial number scrolls up onto the screen and the house lights go on. When I saw “Tomorrow...” I heard and saw k.d. Lang’s name. She’s got a big full-throated voice singing the end song “Surrender.” Rumor has it that producers were a little fearful of a dent in CD-sales by having Lang sing the title song b'cuz of her lifestyle; so they had her sing to the end credits. I don’t know how credible that story is, but someone on YouTube used the opening credits and put k.d. Lang’s singing on top of it instead of Sheryl Crow's. Her voice and the images are really fantastic together. For one brief moment, it made me forget about Shirley Bassey.
Here, you be the judge. If you've read me this far ( and I thank you
) you surely have three-mins to check out this clip. By the by, Daniel Kleinman's opening title credits are great: