Ran across this article on Yahoo! today. Why Can't James Bond Catch Jason Bourne?
I am of the Pierce
-as-Bond generation. Only caught a few Sean Connery
Bond films in between. Couldn't say I cared much. But I am aware of the culture that the franchise stood for. And what it called for. And what it cultivates. A suave spy (who isn't really a spy cause he flaunts who he is, right?) with the swanky tools, unruffle-able hair, no-crease suits, high-tech tools and scantily-clad women. 'Shaken, not stirred' is how he likes it, right?
To say I didn't enjoy the films, though, would be hypocritical of me. These kinds of films, you don't need a high IQ or even exert a lot of effort in thinking just to understand it. Just...go along with the ride. The fact that it objectify women does not even annoy me because COME ON. This is filmmaking, and if it rakes in the money, I can't blame the filmmakers. Hell, if I didn't like it, I'd turn away and not even watch a minute of it. I may not like some parts of it, or some implications of the film, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't enjoy it, right? (And I am one to talk against Bond films objectifying women; aren't I doing the same with my men? *chuckles*)
I saw Quantum of Solace last week and I've been seeing mixed reviews. Some wanted more sex. Some liked it for the minimal sex. Others enjoyed the action. Some thought it wasn't enough. What did I think? ( Everything should change with the times. Agree? )
Now on to the other (and better) JB. ...No, not me. But Jason Bourne. Jason Bourne
is one of my favorite characters from a book. While I don't really think much of Robert Ludlum
's writing or prose, I think he tells good stories, at least those that grip you. He does espionage better than anyone I've read so far.
I've read Ludlum's Bourne trilogy, and I thought everything should've stopped with The Bourne Ultimatum
, the third one. But no, some guy Eric van Lustbader
had to pick it up and wrote more Bournes (I've only read his Bourne Legacy
. I'm still wondering if I should read his Bourne Sanction
and Bourne Betrayal
. *sigh* I don't mean to put Lustbader down so low, because I kinda enjoyed his Ninja
series, but. I'm just saying Bourne is better left to Ludlum. ( Why I prefer Jason over James...or any other spy...OMG. Jack Bauer is JB too!!! )