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December 04, 2002

Free Reads -- Salmon on Bond

Friedrich --

One of the deftest and funniest (in a low-key way) things I've ever read on the Bond movies is Felix Salmon's posting on Die Another Day, readable here.

Sample passage:

Brosnan, for his part, is at this point a master of the Less Is More school of acting. When he finds a Chinese secret agent in his hotel room, he merely hints at what he would do if he could be bothered to act: he knows that what we're doing is remembering Connery do the same thing, so he more or less fades into the background and lets our nostalgia take over.

Anthony Lane, look out.

Felix is also remarkably good on the new Mike Leigh film, but since I dislike most of Leigh's movies, plan never to watch another one, and wish the whole Mike Leigh thing would just go away, I'm going to be sulky and not provide a link.

Take that, Mike Leigh.



posted by Michael at December 4, 2002


Michael, I also find most of Leigh's movies tiresome and self-indulgent, which is why it behooves me to mention the one that isn't: Topsy-Turvy.

Great looking film, marvelously written and acted (Broadbent deserved the Oscar for this film, not the other one), and one of the great "behind-the-scenes" movies about the arts. A renter for sure.

Posted by: Sasha on December 6, 2002 1:49 PM

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