The Bonds of Our Times

Every actor who’s played Bond has brought something of his own to the role making it an extension of his persona and style . It had something to do with the times they were around on the screen too.Most of us root for Connery,rightly so.Brosnan was suave enough to adjust his tie during an underwater dive.Its etched in my mind as his defining Bond moment.Moore was cheeky and was around for a while.Dalton was the brooding bond ,I’ve been told and Lazenby to me was the original but short lived version of the hard edged ,physical,emotional Bond that Craig is.A Bond for every era i guess.



Scorcese vs Mann

Only Scorcese could give Michael Mann a run for his money when it comes to urban thrillers.The city is where almost all Mann and Scorcese protagonists live, kill and die in, on the wrong side of the law.Mann’s frames with their metallic hues,glass structures, night lights and post modern architecture somehow reflect his sophisticated uber cool heroes, who are professionals with rules. Rules they break for the women they fall for.Scorcese’s gritty men bleed on the “mean streets”, literally.William Fichtner is not the only reason why its been said that the bank heist scene from The Dark Knight is a tribute to Heat.#blackhat


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There are actors and then there’s Peter Lorre.There are director’s and there’s Fritz Lang.Now this is from 1931.Imagine.. 80 odd years ago that’s a serial killer explaining his mess of a psyche to a “mob” jury ,literally.The movie is a ready reckon-er for all things cinematic.Even the extra cast have more depth,presence and relevance to the theme than most main protagonists of movies that hit screens these days.Makes you realize that in the eighty years since this movie cinema hasn’t grown much in terms of screenplays and sheer acting prowess.