Eter­nal Bond

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“De­spite be­ing Bri­tish, James Bond is, in many ways, the pro­to­typ­i­cal Amer­i­can ac­tion hero. From his very first movie out­ing in 1962, the char­ac­ter’s ex­ploits set the tone for the mod­ern ac­tion film. For four and a half decades now, he’s been blow­ing away bad­dies and bed­ding beau­ties. [. . .]

“Over the years, Bond has ad­justed, if some­times clum­sily, to the cur­rent mood, and here he con­tin­ues to change with the times. Just as he pro­vided the orig­i­nal in­spi­ra­tion for the mod­ern day spy ex­ploits of ‘Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble’ and ‘24,’ th­ese newer sources now in­form their pro­gen­i­tor. Hav­ing spawned decades of copy­cats that, in turn, in­flu­enced Bond’s present in­car­na­tion, you might think of this re­born 007 as his own grand­kid — the child of his suc­ces­sors.

“Hints of both Ethan Hunt and Jack Bauer can be found through­out ‘Casino Royale,’ though they’re al­ways served with a twist of one­up­man­ship, as if to re­assert the pri­macy of Bond as the orig­i­nal tough guy su­per­spy. It of­ten seems like the movie is de­liv­er­ing an ac­tion hero’s chal­lenge.”

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