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James Bond has a Spectre of a Chance at Being Contemporary, A Movie Review

6 Nov

SpectreBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

If Daniel Craig’s entry into the James Bond universe is supposed to be a reboot of a series which started with Casino Royale back in 2006, then the biggest question I have is in why are there nods to the past films? All of that is unneeded. I noticed hints which include a meteorite crater lair ala You Only Live Twice, and a huge fist fight on a train in From Russia With Love. When the series is supposed to look at a grittier Bond and be contemporary — reflective of modern times — I thought giving fans newer dangers and worries would be first and forefront than paying fan service. That might have helped trim the run time of 148 minutes to a meaner 120.

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[Victoria Fringe Festival ’15] Why Don’t You Stay Awhile at the Casino Royale? A Review

1 Sep

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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LOCATION:
St Andrew’s Gymnasium
1002 Pandora
Victoria , BC

SHOWTIMES:
Sept 2 | 5:45 pm
Sept 5 | 10:30 pm
Sept 6 | 3:00 pm

DURATION:
54 minutes

No fan of Ian Fleming’s work will want to escape from Casino Royale lest James Bond strips him or her cash bare. This story by Ian Fleming is what launched a franchise and this play directed by Ian Case (a very respected theatre veteran in Victoria, BC) and written by David Elendune (who is equally getting renown) did a great job in pacing out a story that works very well on stage. Usually cold war dramas are tough to manage in a medium outside of film, and for Bond … James Bond, the early works certainly looks very adaptable. His adventures were told in comic strips before. On stage, at the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, experimentation is highly encouraged!

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