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You don't know what you're missing. I felt the same i wasn't a Damon fan at the time but he won me over. He's a legend now. I hated that abortion of a Bourne film plus Renner just hasn't got that amout of kick assery and vulnerabilty that Damon had. Best Trilogy along with Nolan's Batman films.
On the other hand, I really think the opening sky-jack sequence is the greatest PTS Bond never had! It's thrilling.
Bane is less comic bookish than Jaws I think, at least depicted by Nolan. But the villain that does not feel pain has been done before and a bit too often (with good to mixed results). Some aspects of Bane could be imported in a Bond's villain, henchman or maybe even main baddie: massive, ruthless and to the point in hand to hand combat, mercenary.
LTK pts says hi.
Compared to Jaws he was really a poor copy. Kudo's to Richard Kiel, a very nice and friendly person to talk to and meet.
All this comparing the recent 007 movies with the Batman frachise reflects poor on the EON franchise as they are quality wise superiour to the recent output of the Nolan movies concerning a Bat. imho
Like William Riker used to say: "I wholeheartedly concur".
I don't think anyone wants a comic book supervillain when they say they want a Bane-like character in a Bond movie, simply that they want a villain with some of the characteristics of Bane.
that was kinda shyte in TDKR so why repeat it in the 007 series?
I actually enjoyed TDKR, not as much as the previous two Nolan Batman and the movie had its flaws, but still a solid action movie, and Bane was certainly menacing (even though his demise was anticlimactic). A massive, cruel thug who could easily crush Bond physically and has for motivation to do exactly this, could work very well. Obviously he could not be too close to Bane, so people wouldn't drew parallels. Many made one between Silva ad the Joker, so this is obviously a risk.
I was hoping SF would treat us to a big fight with Javier Bardem but we never saw this.
We never seem to get both, the bizaare look and the physical skills wtih Craig's Bond.
The time is ripe.
About Silva, while Bardem could have played a villain that is a formidable physical opponent, as his background was of a computer expert, not an operative, it was more believable to make him die this way. But yes, the time is ripe, not only for a physical equal to Bond, but to a physically superior adversary.
Oddjob in GF
Tee Hee in LALD
Necros in TLD
Stamper in TND
Renaud in TWINE
Just to name a few. A brutal fight with the main heavy would be "radical". The fight with the knife whelding Kanaga in LALD is one of the few times we were treated to a real fight with the main bad-guy.
That and of course the Max Zorin axe set-to with James Bond atop the Golden Gate Bridge overlooking San Francisco. Such fights with the main villain were sadly very uncommon during the less-physical James Bond depicted in the Roger Moore Era (1973-1985).
There is also a fight against Largo in TB, against Blofeld in OHMSS, against Trevelyan in GE, against Zorin in AVTAK (as Dragonpol pointed out). And before all this, in DN, against Dr No. And Renard may have been labeled as a "henchman" by Michael Apted, but that is not so obvious in the movie.
That said, I am all in favour of a mano a mano fight with a big baddie, as long as he is not another Grant clone. Don't make him blond and Aryan looking.
Funny there were plenty of Grant clones (and like all clones lesser characters in their own right) and not many, heck not ANY Oddjob clones. That's what I liked about Tee Hee in LALD, he was an original henchman, a physical challenge for Bond but not like the ones we had seen before. Jaws was too much of a caricature for me to truly appreciate him, especially since he turned into a farce (and a good guy) in MR.
I suppose that the Oriental Chang in Moonraker was an Oddjob-type, as was the muscle-bound Sandor in The Spy Who Loved Me beforehand.
But they are barely there. Sandor does not come off as an overly challenging adversary and Chang is just second fiddle to Jaws. And anyway, they are both fairly different to Oddjob.
Chang was not Oddob. Oddjob was a big hulking muscle bound muther, while Chang is more of a Bruce Lee type. Panther-like physique and a martial arts expert. I actually liked him and found him the most menacing henchman in both MR and TSWLM combined.
Thinking about it a Chang-like henchman could work too. I am more in favour of a massive henchman, slow but deadly in cheer strength alone, but I wouldn't mind a Chang henchman showing up at some point.
Yes, well as one Bond film book noted, he certainly looked incongrous in Venice in his judo outfit. I can;'t argue with that, certainly.
Sorry but I'm always annoyed by this common complaint against Jaws. It happens with like ten mins left in the film. What's the big deal? He has a character arc! For a Bond henchman this is unheard and singular. I think its awesome and in the context of the film, makes a ton of sense.
How is he a farce? He's scary as hell.
Maybe farce is not quite the right word, I never liked Jaws's funny faces. He does get scary sometimes. But turning him into a good guy was just a poor choice, whatever the arc. It takes away a dangerous badguy, and based on what? Imagine Tee Hee, Oddjob or Grant turning side because they got lovestruck.