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Matthew: With the end of the Cold War and the waning of communism as a
world wide threat (at least, for the time being), it's getting harder to
find Russian and Chinese villains for Bond to beat up on. The lack of a
substantial and common enemy has led to terrorists, political, economic and
religious, and often druglords, to become the main scapegoats for action
movies, including the James Bond series. The Bond films have also suffered
the fate of the majority of actioneers, in that they have sacrificed what
little plot and character they might have possessed in the past for
overblown action sequences. I don't envisage this trend will fade in the
foreseeable future, as the big screen/digital sound hightech cinemas now
being introduced into many localities need to be supplied with that type of
product.

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> From: Matthew Milam <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: 50s scifi and the cold war
> Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 11:05 PM
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> From: Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
> >.
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> >Bond's villains, though (including Dr. No, Goldfinger, Rosa Klebb,
> >etc.) are just fronts for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE
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> My father complained about the fact, that since the old days, making Bond
> movies is harder to come by because that era is gone. I may be wrong
> however, I mean, are the bond films of recent any good?
>
> Matthew Milam
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> >Don Larsson
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