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So right away we’ve been steadily reaching pre-war levels of grunty jingoism – as evidenced by the United States president who campaigned on “Build A Wall.” Not to mention that our current attitude toward immigration is very similar to that of the early 1900s – a time where we actually turned away Jewish refugees because we thought they were spies.

Then there’s the technologically driven stockpiling of weapons. While militarization can’t be blamed for starting the first World War, it’s hard not to have a big pretty pew-pew fight when you’ve been stockpiling WMDs like a Bond villain with a hoarding addiction. This was the result of the late-1800s industrial revolution, which not only caused countries to innovate and increase their armaments, but undergo a populist backlash to globalization. Hey, that’s a thing we have now too!

So yeah – we’re kinda in the same spot as before. The final missing ingredient is some kind of incendiary to get that firework flying. Historically we’re talking about people and events like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Pearl Harbor, or that Hitler fellow the Alt-Right is so fond of.

So that leaves the clear question: what will be our incendiary? Let’s look at the contenders…

6 Honest Assessments About The Chance Of World War 3

Let’s Movie Nerd-Out About (00)Q in SPECTRE

Because gay subtext is about more than just the eye-screwing, which is admittedly copious in this film.

There are a couple good reasons to be interested by the development of our new Q, played by Ben Whishaw, over the course of his two installments in the Bond franchise. Not only have Skyfall and SPECTRE given the character a much-needed update, but director Sam Mendes has succeeded in deconstructing several of the established tropes regarding the 007-Q interaction – and with them, a lot of prior assumptions about loyalty, identity, and sexuality in the Bond universe. It’s really fascinating to see the ways in which Whishaw’s Q is continuous with and a subversion of different types of characters from Bond’s extensive history, from the Bond Villain to the Bond Girl, from the original Q to Agent 007 himself. So the time has come put on some Sam Smith and nerd out about character psychology and aestheticized homoeroticism. (Major Spoilers, obviously.)

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What “Kim Possible” taught me about people...

This popular cheerleader…

is not only a straight A student, she’s outgoing, friendly, helpful, and best friends with the most unpopular kid in school. She has skills that most Olympians can only dream of and saves the world on a regular basis. All she asks for is a ride in the future.

She also suffers with social anxiety, gets nervous around her crush, worries about popularity, obsesses over clothing labels, tends to be over competitive and bossy, and overextends herself with activities.


This Jersey Rat Mullet Man…

calls everybody by annoying nicknames, left his job because they wanted him to cut his hair, and breaks into random air guitar solos.

He’s also a genius mechanical engineer. Seriously.


This dowdy looking woman…

Collects stuffed animals, bakes cookies, and is “all about cute and cuddly.”

She’s also a bio-geneticist able to genetically engineer monsters.


This distinguished looking gentleman…

pretty much became a Bond villain because he was bored and had too much money. He views villainy as a hobby and is soft spoken, affable, and polite.

He’s also an X-Games level athlete.


This freckle faced dork…

has been rejected by almost every girl in school. He loses his pants daily, struggles with grades, is an accident prone klutz, is terrified of monkeys, frequently has juvenile interests, and may smell like overripe fruit.


He’s also…


a sidekick…


a culinary whiz…


a performer…


an athlete…


someone who bucks trends…


a superhero…


a super villain… 


the answer to a prophecy…


twice…


a best friend…


a big brother…


a warrior…


the savior of the planet…


and the guy who gets the girl.

cantfakethecake replied to your post:

I’m watching Casino Royale again and hooooooooooly…

Given that I’m still dying over the thought of a genderswapped 007 AU with Vex as Bond and Percy as…a Q/Bond Girl hybrid? 11/10 would fancast again, holy cats.

I am so into this. So. Into. This. Maybe I’ll write a short one :’D

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When it came time to cast Kaecilius, Mikkelsen was the first and only choice.
“You look at Mads’ body of work and, yes, people know ‘Hannibal’ and the James Bond villain,” Feige said. “But if you look at his Danish work, he’s amazing. He can be funny, he can be romantic. And that’s what we want: Actors who, when it comes to villains, can bring pathos to it.”


[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-doctor-strange-mads-mikkelsen-20161028-story.html]

When Christopher Lee made a Heavy Metal Opera about Charlemagne

Sir Christopher Lee is perhaps one of the most interesting men in the world.  He was former WWII intelligence officer who worked with the SAS, master fencer, and legendary actor whose famous roles include Dracula, Count Dooku, Lord Saruman, and James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga.  Perhaps for someone like Lee, it is not unusual that in his late 80’s and early 90’s he would make a series of heavy metal albums, after all, he was a singer who had a background in opera and had worked with some metal bands in the past.  But a heavy metal opera about the Medieval Frankish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne?

 In 2010 Lee released the album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, a Symphonic Metal Opera based on the life of Charlemagne.  The album included Lee himself, who played Charlemagne, as well as a number of guest singers and musicians who played roles such as Pepin the Short and Pope Hadrian. Lyrics were composed by Marie-Clarie Calvet while music was composed by Marco Sabiu.   The album was released on March 15th, 2010.  For his work on the album, Lee received the Spirit of Metal Award from the 2010 Metal Golden Hammer Gods Award, the award being presented by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi.
In 2013 Christopher Lee released a sequel album called, Charlemagne: Omens of Death, which featured music arranged by Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner and Guatamalan guitar virtuoso Hedras Ramos.

“Funhouse dungeon” is a good term for an old style adventure with no logical “ecology”, just a series of rooms full of monsters with treasure, especially one with lots of traps and puzzles.  As Matt Colville points out, S2: White Plume Mountain is a classic example of of a funhouse with encounters designed as puzzles for the players as much or more than for their characters.  This room full of charmed monsters feels like it was designed by a committee of Bond villains, with alternating land and aquatic creatures in giant aquariums.  (David Sutherland illus. from S2 by Lawrence Schick, TSR, 1979)