TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited on screen in the James Bond film franchise
Over the last little while, I have been
rewatching all the old Bonds now that they are all streaming here in Australia.
Watching the old Bonds I have been struck by a lot of things, like how did they
ever get away with calling a film Octopussy? But the one really interesting
thing is just how much of the world James Bond visits in his travels. Indeed
back before air travel was as available as it is now, this was one of the core
drivers of the Bond franchise. Because you got to see exotic parts of the world
that you would never get to see in your lifetime and this is still the same today.
So with this map, I have tried to get
every location that I could find but this did lead to some issues. There are a
lot of places where there are no clear locations, indeed there are a few
fictional countries as well. With that in mind I have made some educated
guesses, and when there are not reasons otherwise I have used the actual
filming locations as a guide. It was also fun to see the locations that films
like coming back to like Hong Kong, Istanbul, Venice, and Austria. Well, without
further ado, here is the James Bond World Map.
TL;DR – “At one point a giant mech picks up a cargo ship to use as a cricket bat to take down a giant monster stomping its way through Hong Kong” you will probably know if this film is for you from that snippet alone.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Back in the relatively calm year of 2013, how five years can change the world, there was this little gem of a film. It was a homage to the mecha and giant monster films of Japan and at the heart was the simple message that we should all work together. Well, it has been years since I have watched Guillermo del Toro’s monster epic, well at least his giant monster epic, and with the sequel coming out later this week, now is as good as time as ever to dive back into the world of Jaegers* and Kaijus*.
TL;DR – Donnie Yen and Andy Lau are both amazing actors, and I just wish they had been given a better movie to show their talents in.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is a mid-credit scene
I knew nothing about Chasing the Dragon before going to see it other than it was set in 1960s Hong Kong. This was a really interesting time for Hong Kong, and so I thought it would be a great setting for a film. However, to be honest right from the start I did not enjoy Chasing the Dragon at all, I mean it is not that all films have to be enjoyable, but they should at least be captivating. Now I don’t like ragging on something that people have clearly put a lot of work into, but it is a film that has a lot of flaws, unfortunately. So today we’ll look at what went wrong, but also the highpoints as there are some throughout the film.