This article was written by member of the Amuse & Entertain Me generation who did not see the rise of the Christian-right, or the election of Trump. How old was Narayan Liu when Yeltsen was drunk on Vodka and the Berlin Wall came down? Liu declares the Bond franchise, dead. Did he see a Family Tradition coming to light? How about Family Values and genealogies? What he and others of his ilk, need, is a good Movie Spy, that can not just predict the future, but steal concrete data. How did Liu miss the Culture Wars? Why am I the only writer who discovered Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is related to Ian Fleming?
Liu and his generation contributed a insatiable boredom that became inflamed in the Era of the Mass Ticket Purchaser, and, Silicon Chip User. Little Dictators who play with their Celebrity Toys, that they break to pieces when the fun has been sucked out of them, or, the batteries have gone dead. Then what?
How about the assassination of ten Russian Military Officers who undermined the Democratic Party, and, poisoned an American Naval Hero because they thought he was going to get the Republican nomination? Ten Little Indians, one at a time.
Has Liu heard of Fancy Bear? How many of America’s enemies will rejoice when it is official? How many of America’s friends will cheer when they learn…………
“The James Bond Franchise – IS NOT DEAD!”
I am kin to Ian Fleming and I have been conducting cyber-warfare for several years. I don’t need gunslingers interfering and taking away from my efforts. This is – for real! Stop hurting the Family Brand!
John Presco 007
Secrets Stolen by Robert Hanssen
Hanssen made more than 20 drops. He turned over 26 computers with 6,000 pages of information. Some of the most damaging information compromised Russian double agents working for the United States, two of whom were executed in Russia and one who was sentenced to life in prison and released in an exchange of political prisoners. He also reveled the existence of a multimillion dollar eavesdropping tunnel under the Soviet Embassy in Washington D.C.; the location of the secret spot that American leaders would hide in the event of crisis; top secret codes and ciphers; and U.S. estimates of Soviet troop strength.
The Bond franchise pretty much shaped the spy genre, popularizing it worldwide. For decades, fans have been eager to see the new opening sequences, hear the songs that played over them, see who the new Bond girls were and generally enjoy the film viewing experience unique to a Bond film. High-tech gadgetry, over-the-top villains and spectacular last-minute escapes from death-traps were made famous by 007’s adventures, but since the days of Brosnan’s well-equipped secret agent, the franchise has had little new to offer. The Daniel Craig Bond films were laden with references to past films and iterations of Bond, and while that’s all good fun, it’s also a sign that the franchise might be on its last legs.
Filming hasn’t even begun on the next installment, and there have already been major issues, namely the loss of Danny Boyle as the film’s director over what has been reported simply as “creative differences.” At the present time, there are several reports as to what those differences might be; The Sun reported that, according to unnamed sources, the studio sought to kill the iconic spy in “dramatic fashion” and Boyle was strongly against it, while The Telegraph reported that it was due to differences on the nature of the film’s themes and central conflict with regards to the villain, citing concerns it was beginning to look a little too much like a modern-day Cold War. If these rumors are true, then it appears fans and filmmakers alike are faced with a problem concerning the franchise and its lack of impact and general relevance.
James Bond was introduced to the public in 1953, but Ian Fleming had been developing the idea for a long time before that. During World War II, Fleming had expressed his desire to write a spy novel and it’s clear that the war inspired a lot of his work. Many of the characters in the James Bond novel series — including Bond himself — were based on people in Fleming’s life. Bond is therefore the embodiment of the ideals and the overall social consciousness of that era. He works as the fantasy of what every man wanted to be back then as they fought against that which they felt threatened society, like the Soviet Union.
The novels and subsequent films did what any decent work of fiction does and dramatized the elements of the real world. That’s great, but the conflicts and ideals on which Bond was based are no longer relevant. Things are tense in a socio-political sense, and modern day conflicts might seem all too familiar, but not enough to justify the continuation of an antiquated fantasy spy figure and certainly not in the same way.
This isn’t news to anyone. The films themselves have shown an awareness of this issue. One of the questions raised in the Daniel Craig Bond films is the question of whether or not the 007 programme is necessary in this day and age. The plot of Spectre (directed by Sam Mendes) was notably heavy in its focus on how easily spies like James Bond could be replaced with technology.