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James Bond’s Legacy Has No Time to Die

21 Dec

No Time to Die is available to pre-order nowBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

4K Collector’s Edition available to purchase on Amazon USA

Everybody has their preferred actor for James Bond. When he has No Time to Die, just who can play him next depends. There’s no formal announcement yet, but the producers promises there’ll be more in the coming years. I firmly believe just why he’s so long lived is because he’s not just one person. The sixty year franchise isn’t a proper passage of time. When one mission puts a version into retirement in the span of a handful of adventures–Never Say Never Again included–another takes his place.

Yes, James Bond is code name, much like 007, rather than the identity of a specific person. 

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G.I. Joe: Origins From the Perspective of a Long Time Fan

28 Jul

Snake Eyes G.I. Joe Origins Movie Poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

Trying to rejuvenate interest in a more than a half century old toy line can be tough. Not even Snake-Eyes–the most popular character–can save the franchise. He’s not even a G.I. Joe in the self-titled Origins film. It may be the first in a series which redefines key characters, and giving them a history to make them edgier than the typical cartoon portrayal. 

Just where Snake-Eyes (Henry Golding) learned martial arts is still a mystery. This  movie shows him as a diamond in the rough and this actor certainly knows how to play that up. There’s a lot of emotional baggage he has to shed before he can be that Ultimate Ninja. He first has to learn the way of bushido, and perhaps his heritage too. The latter is quickly revealed, but I hoped for more. I find the story really odd since it barely scratches the surface in what this individual knows as honour.

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Nobody Ever Said No. 6 Can’t Be Kickstarted as an Action Hero, er Figure!

19 Apr

“I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own. I resign.”

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Prototypes of No. 6 and 2 from “Free foe All” – (c) Wandering Planet Toys

… and ready to show how Patrick McGoohan can be imprisoned (well, his character of No 6 actually) is with Wandering Planet’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the first-ever officially licensed action figure line based on The Prisoner! This cult classic television show starring and created by this actor/producer still continues to influence to this day. The campaign will run from Monday April 19th until Wednesday, May 26th at 6:06 PM PT.  

In 1967 the cult classic TV series, The Prisoner burst onto the screen. The series, about an unnamed British intelligence agent who awakes to find himself trapped in an idyllic seaside village, was not only an instant hit with viewers at the time, it went on to be watched and re-watched obsessively by fans, quickly gaining cult status. And while there have been several collectables released over the decades, The Prisoner has never received a line of officially licensed action figures… until now. Wandering Planet Toys, appointed by ITV Studios, will bring to life 4-inch retro style action figures that celebrate Patrick McGoohan’s brilliant series. 

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From Him to Her, Katie Batchelor’s Spy Name Is… Savage!

4 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Published by Paper Movies and ComicMix

Comic book artist Gil Kane is a pioneer. not only is he the co-creator of Green Lantern (and many other fan favourite characters) but also is a tour de force. He’s been in the industry since the 40s. In the late 60s, his independent work His Name Is… Savage gave birth to the graphic novel format and a little more than 50 years later, Katie Batchelor is bringing back that legacy with her own interpretation, Her name is… Savage.

This modern take is co-authored with Shane Riches and drawn by Jesus Antonio Hernandez Portaveritas. Not only are they involved in bringing all the hallmarks of a Gil Kane work–to be treated like a cinema—to life, what’s presented presents the violence to something you’d see out of a John Wick movie. We also see a vulnerable side to this protagonist. Her motherly instincts will kick in. It’s not about seeing the flat end of a frying pan when you cross her. With a license to kill, she’s not simply protecting everyone who is close to her.

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Come Visit Dark Horse Comics’ Spy Island April 1st!

26 Mar

null 7By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
On sale April 1st, 2020

Spoiler Alert

When writer Chelsea Cain and illustrator Lia Miternique of Image Comics’ Man-Eaters fame reunites to bring more thrillers to life, all fans need to know it’s going to be good. Spy Island is heading to a second print run, and I’m seeing shades of classic James Bond in the preview. When this piece of land is located at one of the tips which define The Bermuda Triangle, anything can happen!

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