CINEMA: SHAKY, NOT STIRRING

IN GOLDENEYE, Q'S STILL AROUND AND SO ARE THE VILLAINS, BUT MI5 HAS A FEMALE M, AND 007 LOOKS A LOT LIKE A BOND-OSAURUS

JAMES BOND MOVIES ARE AS STYLIZED as a Noh play--or should one say a Dr. No play?--and the 17th film in the series raises only one question. How well do Bond's established conventions survive after a third of a century's hard use, the post-cold war deglamourization of espionage and the arrival of yet another actor in the central role? The short answer is, on wobbly knees. But herewith some further reflections--007 of them--on a Goldeneye:

001 The Character Issue: Pierce Brosnan is not as gravely witty as Sean Connery, not as insouciant as Roger Moore and not a pompous twit like...

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