James Bond, James Bond and White House intrigue: movies and TV (#SFWApro)

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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) is probably my favorite Moore Bond (original review here) so it was fun to rewatch as prep for Sex for Dinner, Death for Breakfast. And it paid off—Barbara Bach’s Soviet spy Amasova really is much more formidable than I’d remembered, so I was glad to acknowledge that. And you know, it’s just plain fun, with Richard Kiel as the best killer since Oddjob. All rights to poster image with current holder. “Observe, Mr. Bond, the instruments of Armageddon.”

DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002) is a film lots of Bond fans hate but I really enjoy (again, original review here). It has a fun Bond girl in Halle Berry’s Jinx, good villains, lots of tributes (it was 40 years after Dr. No) and Bond’s capture in the beginning is absolutely gripping. Thumbs up, even if that’s a minority opinion. “I hope nobody here is superstitious because that’s one big mirror we’re about to break.”

I’ve never had much interest in the recent crop of political dramas, such as Madame Secretary, but I did check out a couple of episodes of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (2016). This ABC series has a decent enough premise — what if a terrorist attack wipes out so much of the government that the head of HUD (Kiefer Sutherland) is now the leader of the free world? In practice it comes off as a variation of the time-honored fantasy that if we could just get one ordinary guy to run Washington instead of a politician, everything could be straightened out with human decency and common sense (see Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Dave for examples). Thus, when the military demand Tom authorize an attack on a belligerent Iran, Tom comes up with what’s supposed to be a clever solution — he tells the Iranians we’ll attack unless they back down. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to be impressed by Tom being able to handle his first negotiation or by his cleverness, but I wasn’t either way. Through in a few political crises and conspiracies and we’ve got something that’s well, pretty dull. So I’m done. “You fired the head of the joint chiefs of staff and arrested a sitting governor!”

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