Who Should Be The Next James Bond?
The next James Bond is a topic that has become a cauldron of discussion by everyone from the producers and directors of the Bond films, the current cast members, the potential replacements themselves, the acting community in general, celebrities not in the acting field and people on social media. James Bond is the creation of the brilliant Ian Fleming and has been successfully transferred from the pages of his books to the cinema screens seen by millions for over half a century.
The favourites are Damian Lewis, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. Personally, I would prefer if none of them got the role as James Bond. They are all great actors and I love them in some of the films and TV shows that I have witnessed their considerable acting abilities in. These three are the favourites because even though James Bond is a British book and film series, it is increasingly pandering to the global audience it now reaches rather than the formula that made it successful naturally. Lewis (Homeland), Elba (The Wire) and Hardy (Mad Max) have each made a name for themselves in America, which is why they are the favourites for the role of James Bond as SONY and MGM would probably want a Brit who has cracked America to give them a better chance of making it a hit at the box=office. Continue reading
Now that the queues have died down a bit at Leicester Cathedral I thought I would wander down there to see the tombstone of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King and also the last British monarch to die in battle (Battle of Bosworth). As I am lucky enough to come from Leicestershire and having worked at the Leicester Cathedral for a year, I felt it would be an opportunity missed if I did not go down on Bank Holiday Monday in the glorious sunshine to visit the person that has given Leicester worldwide attention. Continue reading
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
3.5 / 5
The Hobbit franchise reaches its conclusion in this epic battle finale that concerns all the good and bad of Middle Earth. Men, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs and Wargs and the Eagles all come together to fight in this huge battle in front of the Lonely Mountain which contains an almighty treasure.
I first read The Hobbit around 10 years ago and I have reread it a couple of times since, and I must say that I prefer it to The Lord of the Rings books, it is one of my favourite books and I have on the whole enjoyed the portrayal of Tolkien’s brilliant book into 3 fairly entertaining films, though they have their flaws. Most notably is the length of the trilogy in comparison to the actual book.
The Imitation Game
5 / 5
Powerful, fascinating and utterly outstanding.
The incredible and true story of Alan Turing, an unbelievable man who cracked the impossible Enigma machine and shortened the war by at least 2 years and saved 14 million lives. In The Imitation Game, his life is explored more deeply, and Benedict Cumberbatch plays an Oscar-winning performance as the lead.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3 / 5
A solid film continuing Bilbo’s journey across Middle-Earth.
The second instalment in this film franchise of J. R. R. Tolkein’s novel ‘The Hobbit’ is a satisfactory continuation on from the first film. I found the film had made a good attempt at transforming this classic and brilliant novel to the big screen, however, I felt there were some unnecessary introductions to the film which did not feature in the book and did not add anything important to the film. Despite these reservations I felt the film was a decent attempt at bridging the beginning and the ending of the remarkable journey of Bilbo Baggins together. The journey took them to the Elvish kingdom, Mirkwood, Laketown and the Lonely Mountain. And they also encountered many creatures such as orks, elves, a bear, men and a dragon.
An aspect which was particularly spectacular was the special effects and the set designs that were involved in the film. The Elvish kingdom left myself and the audience awestruck as the labyrinth and the countless stairways created a setting which was encapsulating to watch. Another location which was just as incredible and magnificent was the Lonely Mountain, the home of the dragon Smaug, voiced by the terrific Benedict Cumberbatch. The vastness of Smaug’s treasure is endless and the scenes within the walls of this awe-inspiring place where exciting and kept me unblinking throughout the action.
I felt the film was a good film but it wasn’t an edge of the seat thriller that I was hoping for. I had been anticipating a series of films just as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and equalling The Hobbit book, but I feel the first two films in The Hobbit franchise have not been quite as good as I had hoped. There seems to be a spark missing somewhere, which I hope features in the final film, because the cast is a brilliant line up, and Peter Jackson is the perfect director for these films. Therefore, I feel this film has been used more as a build up to the final film so inevitably this film has sacrificed an explosive finale in order to set the third film up for the compelling conclusion.
I would recommend this film to anyone that has read The Hobbit novel and is a fan of Peter Jackson’s work with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a film that has its moments of action and entertainment however it won’t go down as a classic movie or even among the top 3 of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.