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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
On Saturday, I was unsurprised to see that HBO MAX now had a collection of Bond movies. I knew that I left off during the Brosnan movies but couldn't remember where, so I re-watched both Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. But HBO didn't have the next two Brosnan movies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, which I nicknamed Bond Another Bond. Since I still haven't seen those two, I have paused my Bond viewing again, to be resumed at some future date when one of my streaming services carries them. It appears that HBO still has all the Daniel Craig Bond movies, so it's tempting to skip ahead.
Since I came of age during the herpes panic, which was shortly followed by the AIDS epidemic, I have long been annoyed by Bond's jokey womanizing. During the early Brosnan movies, Bond finally receives some criticism for it, though he deflects with humor. The Craig Bond still engages in a bit of womanizing, but it feels less glorified and is finally dispensed with by the second Craig movie. Although this is possibly a sign that the producers and writers are trying to adapt Bond to modern mores, it's possible that the passing of long-time Bond producer Albert Broccoli and his subsequent replacement by his daughter Barbara were the real driver of change.
None of it is ever really expressed as negative interaction, but consensual.
I’m not religious, I don’t have any “moral” objection to people having sex for fun, and women aren’t any different in their desires than men. I wouldn’t say these are examples of positive sexual expression but they don’t seem to me to be negative either.
I’m not entirely disagreeing, but in my own life experience there are plenty of women that treat men as casual sex objects to be thrown away; it seems outdated or perhaps even misogynistic in a way to not acknowledge women as sexual people who always need a deeper connection or longer term relationship out of sex.
It’s certainly a social sexual bias and double standard, stemming from a desire to keep women controlled, to portray them as being genuinely different in sexual desire. Liking sex isn’t bad. Bond is always fit and handsome, exciting and self-confident. He’s a sexual object himself.
Yes, he’s an assassin and it’s dangerous to be around him. Yes, women who sleep with him end up dead, but for so many of them the goal is to kill him or to be involved in whatever dangerous thing he is doing.
I think a lot of people grow up in a body-negative, sexuality-negative environment, especially when it comes to women, and they don’t necessarily acknowledge that women like sex too. Or attribute a desire for intimacy, security and commitment as only something women want and that men are inherently casual and even predatory. It’s more complex than that, and we should stop equating sex and sexual expression as subjects of morality.
IMO A View To A Kill has it beat. It's terrible.
Msample wrote: DIE ANOTHER DAY might be the single worst Bond movie of them all, so you're not really missing much . TWNE is OK, probably third best of the four Brosnan movies but still way better than DAD.
The movie is okay. The first hour is a bad war movie, but then it turns into an intense horror movie, especially if you have claustrophobia. Boll is still a bad director, except that he seems to have a knack for horror. And I suspect that he read the same book that I read, or at least comparable works. If you value realism in your war movies, you should probably pass on 1968 Tunnel Rats. But if you are looking for some novel horror, this movie is worth the trouble.
I dunno. I like depressing work but none of the film resonated emotionally with me. It was just a difficult, sad watch. I get that it was an elaborate analogy for the irish civil war and senseless conflict more generally but boy, there wasn't much to glom onto besides that for me.