Bond… Jane Bond?

Despite the fact that bookmakers in the UK are so convinced that Tom Hiddleston is going to be donning the mantle of Bond that they have stopped taking bets on the matter, X-Files star Gillian Anderson has decided to throw her hat into the ring and become the first female Bond.

 

And why shouldn’t we have a lady Bond? This is the 21st century, with films like Spy, Salt, and Hunger Games and television shows such as Blacklist, Homeland, Game of Thrones  and many more showing us that the world is ready for tough, strong, female characters and what surely a lesbian Bond (if we insisted on keeping Bond girls instead of switching to Bond guys) wouldn’t raise that much of an eyebrow… would it?

 

And obviously whilst I would prefer it to be Jennifer Laurence (whocandonowrongever) Anderson has been acting in a number of genres and styles over the years often to critical and fan acclaim. So, I thought I would make some bullet points about what I feel are the main questions that may be asked before we decide whether or not to let her take the role.

 

She’s a Woman-So what? I don’t care if the person playing Bond is a man, woman, chicken or rock as long as they are the best person for the role and neither should you

 

She’s not English-  And? Whilst she was born in Chicago, she’s lived in London for years. And let’s not forget that in the books, Bond is half Scottish and half Swiss. Not to mention that fact that he’s been played by an Irishman, a Scotsman and an Australian. Anderson can also do flawless accents when required.    

 

Sex and Style Appeal- No complaints here.

 

Is Anderson too well known? Now, this one might have a point. Whilst the other Bonds had all been working fairly solidly before landing Bond, they weren’t tied in public consciousness to one particular role.  Therefore, they were cheaper, and were able to mould the character (who doesn’t really have that many character traits to begin with) into something of their own making- in a similar method to The Doctor. Anderson might not have that freedom, or, she would have to work extra hard to distance herself from Dana Scully.

 

Action Scenes- To the best of my knowledge Anderson doesn’t really have that much of a history with fight scenes and to be honest, fight scenes where she takes on several goons at once might be slightly unbelievable. I don’t believe for a second that she won’t put in the effort or training to make it look as believable as she can- look at Colin Firth in Kingsman I do worry that this could prove to be a weakness.

 

Box Office- Female lead action films are very rare in the film world and are something we desperately need. However, they don’t tend to do terribly well at the box office and, if Bond girls are to remain part of the franchise, this would hurt sales in some parts of the world.  Anderson makes good films, however none of them have exactly set the box office on fire and she has never been considered a large enough draw to have her name be the main appeal of a film in say the way that Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Laurence is.

 

My Opinion As long as the person playing the role is the best for the role then I neither mind nor care. If the producers feel that Anderson is the best fit then I will support that, ditto Hiddleston or Elba or Lewis. But, does Anderson even need to play the role at all? Surely it would be better to create a new spy for the 21st century, rather than give get such a talented actress to play a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur- a relic of the cold war”?

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Review

 

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth Liam Hemsworth
Woody Harrelson Woody Harrelson
Donald Sutherland Donald Sutherland
Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman
Julianne Moore Julianne Moore

Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Review 

Is that it?

In the last six months I have seen that trailer (which naturally contained all the films best bits bar none) more than I have seen my own mother. When the previous film was boring me to a stupor that threatened to become a full on doze at least I comforted myself that this film was going to be more action-focused.

Wrong.

Oh, and about those previous movies…. The film assumes that you’ve watched them straight before this one as no effort is made to introduce the plot, characters, situation….

There is a lot to like about this film. James Newton Howard does his usual sterling job on the soundtrack, a lot of the shots are exquisite, its clear that the costume designers were told “go nuts” and are having the time of their lives.

All the actors are putting in good performances, and I liked the way that it wrapped up all its lose ends.

But I was still bored stiff.

How can I put this? The heroine was useless. If Katniss and her unit/group of red-shirts had stayed at home playing Monopoly then the plot would not have been impacted in the slightest. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, films like Saving Private Ryan and Fury have proven that this can work, except in neither of those film was a character meant to be “the one” who can save the world.

The budget for this film was allegedly 160 million dollars and I have no idea where the money went. In the cinema, I was mentally trying to guess the budget and I came up with half that amount. The action scenes are small, with no stand out moments, most of the filming takes place on empty streets so where did all the money go?

Walking out of a sold out cinema, the atmosphere was lukewarm, no-body was discussing their favorite moment or how clever the satire was. It was on, it didn’t offend me, it stopped. Except, I was expecting more. I wanted the action, I wanted the suspense, I wanted a villain who didn’t seem to know from minute one that the game was up.

In short?

I want the film that I was promised in the trailers.

My Score- If Nothing Else

Final Note:

On February 6, 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that there could be a potential fifth film in the Hunger Games franchise – a sequel or a prequel.