Talking Movies

November 30, 2021

Miscellaneous Movie Musings: Part XLII

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fergal Casey @ 2:20 pm

As the title suggests, so forth.

Why must Eon always burn the other cheek?

I was initially hostile to complaints about the new Bond film featuring yet another scarred villain, until I realised the defence was complete nonsense. Facially scarred villains have not been such a Bond staple as Eon would make out. Dr No has no hands, but it is not until we meet Largo in the fourth film that we meet a character with a maimed visage. Blofeld is scarred in You Only Live Twice, but then not scarred in the next two movies. Scarred villains really cease to be a thing with Bond … until Goldeneye. And thereafter the quotient of scarred villains gets out of control. It seems almost as if the new generation at Eon was so worried about living up to the legacy that they became fixated on one element of the past and magnified it out all of proportion as some way of proving their rights to the property.

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