NaBloMoPlo Day 23: Spectre.

Last night I went to the small independent cinema a town up from me and it’s always an experience. The old building gives an atmosphere of the cinemas forgotten, with mid way intervals and ice creams. It consists of only one screen and close chairs the whole tone is quite intimate, suited to the country town. I couldn’t think of a better place to see a legendary James Bond film. Bond is not a franchise that’s a light topic in my house, we’ve all grown up watching them, each having a different favorite Bond.

After getting from the car in the bitter cold to our seats mildly frozen, the film didn’t let us down. It kicks off with a boom, Bond has been sent to Mexico during Day of the dead by a cryptic message from the late M. Right in the first five minutes were thrown into a fast paced action scene. We see him blowing up a building, falling one story and landing on a sofa, its clear that this film isn’t going to be like the others for Daniel Craig. The Bond who brought back the franchise and is known for the darker more intelligent plots, is now including jokes?

His rebel outbursts are putting the double-0 programme in trouble after there merger with A, the leader of a surveillance organisation backed by private donators, whose cracking down on the new and removing the old. After going against M to say under the radar, he travels to Rome on a new lead, landing him at a funeral of a criminal. Meeting the widow Bond eventually uncovers an underground criminal ring Spectre and a secret of his past.

Every single villain we saw in of Craig new Bond: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall finds a mention here all ‘leading’ to Spectre and the one true villain CCTV… I mean Blofeld . Even some old Bond scenes get redone, like the action packed fight scene on the train taken from a Sean Connery film, ‘From Russia With Love’.

The stunning Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann is well acted but ok at best when compared to Eva Greens Vesper Lynd. The dialog between the two leads was unimaginative and cliched at times, compared to Vesper’s natural speech. Eva played a strong women who could stand her own against Bond. While Swann is a bit more homely and steady headed, even if there wasn’t quite as much chemistry between the two, I understand the decision after seeing the whole film.

It’s Craig’s last outing as bound and I’ll be sad to see him go. The cast and crew have done well to revive this English classic and I’m curious to see what will happen next.

 

SECRET SERVICE: Top 10 TV spies gadgets 

SECRET SERVICE week went to quickly and I thought how could I end it with out doing this post because what would a good spy be with out his gadgets.

1. The James Bond Aston martin.

Normally decked out with everything a spy could want, it can shoot, be remotely controlled, a back shield, an oil slick, rotating license plates and tire slashers . These gadgets and the model change through out the series of bonds we’ve had but one thing remains, its still the coolest car you could own.

2. The shoe phone from get smart.

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Its just so ridiculously perfect, that only  Steve Carell and his predecessor could pull off.

3.The Kingsman umbrella

Initially used by Colin firth’s character and passed on to Eggsy, it can deflect bullets while the user can still look classy.

4.Johnny English rings,

The truth serum and the muscle relaxer rings, which lead to one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever seen in a movie. If you haven’t seen Johnny English you NEED to, its brilliant both as a spy movie and as a comedy.

5.Rocket belt from Thunderball

Flying spies.. that’s all I need to say.

6.Magnet gloves mission impossible: ghost protocol

They magnetically stick to buildings and are basically every rock climbers fantasy, i think if I was that high I’d wouldnt of relied on them, or went out the window.

7. Neuraliser Men in black

For any spy staying secret is eye, but with thanks to this device they don’t have to try and be so subtle any more. In one quick flash any civilian can have there recent memories forgotten.

8. Shoe knife James bond/ Kingsman/ probably many more

Perfect for the spy with no weapons at hand, I don’t know if it would pass security at the air port though.

9. Explosive chewing gum from Mission impossible.

This has been altered in a few other spy films I’ve seen but I think mission impossible were the first to have the idea. Its a fairly simple idea, once activated the chewing gum blows up.

10. Golden gun James Bond The Man With The Golden Gun.

Its the only gadget on the list used by an enemy Christopher Lee, but its one hell of a stylish weapon. The Golden Gun also consisted of a pen, a cigarette lighter, and a cufflink Its random mix of add-ons make it more endearing. Its the embodiment of a stylish gentleman’s gun with the lavish over the top gold that its made out of.

SECRET SERVICE: Kingsman review.

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This film is very tongue and cheek like the classic James Bond movies, which are mentioned as a running gag .  The premise runs along the lines of the classic films with crazy plot points and cool gadgets. Oh and it had a camp Samuel l Jackson as a bad guy. It’s leads are Colin firth or Mr Darc, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine and Mark Strong who was also in the imitation game. Each character were charming in there own way especially the bad guy, camp Jackson.

I didn’t know going in to it that it wasn’t serious but it took all of 5 minutes to figure it out. With out giving to much away the premise is the Kingsman are a secret branch of spies out side the government, whose main cover is being tailors. When a mission goes dreadfully wrong one of the group sacrifices his life for the life of his comrades. That man was Eggsy dad, after the death of his father his life goes down hill and hitting rock bottom when his mum starts dating the local thug. After getting in trouble with the police Eggsy calls the emergency line of the Kingsman who is indebted to his father. After Harry Hart gets him released he introduces Eggsy to the world of the Kingsman in hope to straighten him out. After that Eggsy’s life would never been then same again. The film is a cross between the young James Bond and the Alex Rider two books that I read and loved when I was a kid.

I give it a 4/5 it was fast paced and funny, two of the things I look out for in a good blockbuster film.

SECRET SERVICE: The imitation game review.

for wordprescopyI’m kick starting secret service week with a review of ‘The imitation game’ Staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. It’s based on the great mathematician Alan Turing who broke the enigma code and helped save millions of lives. Who says the secret service is all about guns and fast cars?

The enigma code was the system in which the Germans sent messages to each other, it’s code changes every day via the enigma machine. These messages were easily intercepted as radio waves but with out the allies knowing which setting the enigma code was of that day, there was no way of known what it meant. It’s the story of Turing joining the secret team to crack it and how he went against nearly everyone’s orders and started to create Christopher, the machine to break the code.

I really enjoyed this film and was thoroughly entertain through out. As always Cumberbatch ‘s and Knightley’s performances were believable and heartfelt.The film shows you the logical side to how Turing thought and the emotional effects of years of torment from ‘Civilised gentleman ‘ of the upper class world. Ultimately Turing lead a very sad life even after saving millions of lives his government drove him to suicide with hormone replacement therapy. All because he was gay which is a despicable and disgusting way to treat anyone as it is but for them to do that to a man who help win the war is even more atrocious than I can believe. But this film shows better than many that one person can truly make such a big difference which is why I give this film 4.5/5.

THEMED WEEK: SECRET SERVICE!!!!

for wordpresscopyBeing British seems to go hand in hand with the secret service. With plenty of films, books non fiction and fiction a like all based around spies. It’s like we’re obsessed with it, with the  idea of being part of something bigger than ourselves, while on the out side looking like average Joes.
It all started with MI6 in 1909 to control secret intelligence operations in the UK and overseas, where they particularly looking at the growing Imperial German Government.  the real paranoia of spies grew during the Cold War, with the propaganda of Russian spies infiltrating sectors of the English government. This was found true in cases, but not as much as the nation wide panic would of suggested. However this inspired the writer Ian Fleming to create the infamous James Bond. Which is still going to this day, which is out the 6th November 2015 and has in turn inspired this weeks theme of posts.