For the super-rich Bond villains of the world, OPA (Open Platform for Architecture) have produced this concept for a cliffside home straight out of James Bond. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this residence of concrete and glass makes little impact on the landscape besides a rooftop pool (which casts incredible ripples through its glass bottom into the interior spaces) and a set of steps. Follow the steps downward and you’re faced with a full-height, full-width wall of glass providing amazing views out to sea.
As would be expected from a brutalist concrete home, the interior features of Casa Brutale are minimal and spacious, all set below the most fantastic light show from the swimming pool above.
“I’m not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain though. Start campaigning now. I don’t think I could be James Bond though. I’d edge on the camp dangerous side I think. Javier Bardem was amazing. I thought Skyfall was a sumptuous film.”
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.)
“In [Vladimir Putin]’s first terms, he did things to the Russian economy that looked like he was using a cheat code. If he’d left after that, he’d have gone down as one of the most beloved leaders in Russian history. … Unfortunately, he’s less likely to leave than the Urals. Treating the constitutional law against more than two consecutive presidential terms as a minor technicality, Putin and Dmitry Medvedev swapped the presidency and prime ministership back and forth like mix tapes until Putin was president again, then extended the length of the presidential term from four years to six. Medvedev vigorously denied that he was a puppet, but political observers notice that his mouth still twitches every time Putin moves his hand.”