[Ed. note: This story contains major spoilers for No Time to Die.]
No time to die It is the strange name of a movie in which James Bond has been doing this in the world. The latest 007 adventure has undergone various major changes, but nothing is bigger than letting him be completely hollowed out by a Costco-sized missile at the small island lair of villain Safin (including giving a child to the world’s most important sex addict).
More than half a century later, it is almost impossible for James Bond to be killed, which is an intrinsic part of the character’s attractiveness. In a movie directed by Guy Ritchie, a few decades after the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes brought a winner to Reichenbach Falls ( Reichenbach Falls) blow him away. But the 007 we have enjoyed in the past 15 years can only meet a destiny, and this destiny awaits all of us at some point.
Bond does not necessarily mean death. His creator, Ian Fleming, never paid attention to this vodka-drinking hero 86, or he just never thought about it. Fleming died in 1964 at the age of 56. It was two years after the first Bond film was released, No doctor. There 13 complete Bond novels Fleming wrote, plus some short stories. He accomplished all this in 11 years. In contrast, Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes six years after introducing the character.Then he would succumb to public pressure and write the story of Holmes for another person 30 years, Became one of the first franchise butlers to fully resume their previous work in a few years. Enjoy it, George Lucas.
Fleming nearly killed Bond himself. In his last novel published during his lifetime: You can only live twiceThere, Bond was presumed dead after a climax showdown with Blofeld, which made him amnesia. In the previous story, About Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bloomfield murdered Bond’s new wife Tracy.Book version You can only live twice End with Bond thinking that he is a Japanese fisherman.He finally recovered his memory Golden Gun Man, But Fleming died before the book was published. As a result, Bond survived the page and forever got into our pop culture pantheon on the screen.
Movies make Bond greater than life, indestructible, and calm. He has gadgets to deal with every crisis, every mad villain has a witty word, and every story ends with a bed that can collapse. Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman of Eon Productions made Bond a superhero in a tuxedo.Film adaptation You can only live twice Abandon the anxiety and darkness of that book’s revenge story, discard the revenge plot about Bond’s dead wife and amnesia, and replace it with more space age spectacles. Eon follow up You can only live twice With the movie version About Her Majesty’s Secret Service Starring George Lazenby, but when Sean Connery replayed the role, the death of Tracy depicted in that movie was mostly forgotten Diamonds are forever -A movie mainly imitating the camp of the first six Bond epics.
Every Bond movie ends with the promise of “James Bond will return”, and the reason why there has been no obvious continuity between the various films for decades is because the global audience’s love for this character can’t see the end. Any recognition of reality may break the curse. But the mission statement of Daniel Craig’s era was to portray Bond as a person, a person full of emotions and resentment and a deep fear of being abandoned. The first three Craig films emphasized the need to remind the audience as much as possible that James Bond was an orphan and his parents died when he was a little boy. This poor guy tried to get rid of all his pain by becoming a government assassin, but he had to fall in love with Vesper Linde.She opened him during orgasm Royal Casino, He watched her die, and then coldly told M “The bitch is dead”-taken directly from Fleming’s cold novel.
Then, the Craig movie tells of a man who was seriously injured, he suffered so much, in order to survive, he had to shut down his emotions.His surrogate mother died of Heaven falls. His fake brother has shown himself to be a sadistic tyrant, leading a global terrorist organization primarily aimed at destroying his life. Bond fell into tragedy time and time again, but stopped to give himself another martini. Wherever this person goes, death follows him. He and the god of death are close friends-not only his willing servants, sending terrible deaths to a large number of nameless bad guys, but also observers of his works. So, why doesn’t his story end like this?
In Craig’s movie, Dr. Madeleine Swan played by Léa Seydoux has a similar purpose to Tracy in the novel. She was the one who let Bond finally get rid of Vesper. He can start to imagine his real life again. But in the novel, Tracy is shot and killed by Blofeld and Irma Bunt, and Madeleine’s alive gives Bond a taste of betrayal and abandonment. He thought she had always been a ghost agent, just like Vesper. Bond immediately closed again and continued to run. But his desire for a real life still exists. Even though Madeleine swears that she is not his child, he is happy to go home and make breakfast for Mathilde.Daniel Craig’s subtle performance in this episode at Madeleine’s house in Norway shows that his Bond is a man who desires peace as much as his literary opponent About Her Majesty’s Secret Service. He has completed a tempting fate, but the fate has not been completed with him.
Some people complain that Safin’s nanovirus plan does not seem to be particularly driven by any factors other than the plot design. But his nihilism is the point. Through these five films, Bond’s story tells a man who is at war with duality, just like a comic character like Batman. He is not only a timid little boy who wants to find someone who is not qualified to love him, but also an empty container honed by murder, chaos, and personal satisfaction. Bond himself is a nihilist, at least in a personal sense. When he is not killing for money, he will satisfy himself by drinking, sex and material wealth, without considering his health or future. Apart from feeling good right now, his life has no deeper meaning. Safin represents this extreme version of nihilism. He wanted to kill a lot of people because someone hurt him when he was young. Madeleine is also a victim of extreme childhood trauma (thanks to Safin). Her pain keeps her in a trembling nerves, which can hardly conceal the pain.
The main characters in this film are all refracted versions of Bond himself, a curved or distorted reflection of his own pain. This may not sound like the secret of escapism entertainment that we are accustomed to in the Bond series. In these five movies, some of the fun of the series seems far away, precisely because they are not “James Bond movies.” They are films about James Bond, which don’t care much about being over-intoxicated, but are more about exploring why one needs to use over-indulgence to enrich one’s life in the first place.
Craig’s Bond may long for a normal life. He might want to be a father. But he cannot have these two things. In the end, he only knew himself, and hardly knew it. The Craig series of Bond films is the first time in the series to address the fact that the protagonist is a narcissist. He completely uses himself as a defense mechanism to resist more heartbreak. In order to become a true hero, Bond must make a final, completely selfless act. He must die to save the entire world, but more specifically, to save the women and children he loves. True maturity is more than just getting old. It’s also about recognizing that there are other people besides the people you see in the mirror every day.
Of course, James Bond saved the day in all these movies, but that was his job. He got a lot of money to do this. He obviously also likes his work. If James Bond’s life doesn’t look interesting, he won’t be attractive as a character! But the willingness to accept death and sacrifice oneself for the one loved is beyond the scope of his work.We will never know whether Ian Fleming accepted his death before he died, but director Cary Fukunaga and No time to die He gave him the greatest creative opportunity and allowed him to make the final discovery. If James Bond has a time to die, that is when it means what.