Does she taste like strawberries? We don’t know and I guess we’ll never find out. Hurricane Fields rushed by so quickly, she’s a blink-and-miss obstacle in my appreciation of QOS. It could have been great though. Gemma’s a very beautiful woman and from what I’ve seen her do in other films, she’s a fairly decent actress. I like her looks, voice, line reading and her stamina. QOS, however, didn’t, for its script left hardly any space for Gemma or her character to breathe.
There’s a lot of love for Gemma and her Fields character. I may be risking my life as I’m openly criticizing her part in the 22nd Bond film. I suppose many gasp for air when she appears in her stripper outfit halfway through the film. It’s no surprise to me that a woman of such elegance has that effect on people, and in fact there’s a lot more woman to indulge when Fields fills the screen versus when Camille squeezes her bones through two layers of air. However, beauty alone isn’t satisfying (anymore). She needs some personality on the side as well. Unfortunately they give her so little to do in QOS, she’s virtually an object used to somewhat advance the story (but not all that much).
Allow me to demonstrate of how little importance she is in the story and how clumsily her character was developed. She firstly fails to deviate Bond from his course. She awaits his airport arrival in order to send him back home, but little can she do. Bond ends up in a hotel he would have picked anyway. She later attends Greene’s party with Bond (note that it was Mathis who got them in), where she ‘saves Bond’ life’…? So what if she trips Elvis! The guy could never have touched Bond without losing two arms and a leg. Yet the film shows Elvis from a ‘menacing’ point-of-view, as if at that point he could really harm Bond. Who is he? Spock? Could he have touched-and-stunned Bond? Clearly not. So why she even bothers tripping him is beyond me. It unnecessarily exposes her and Bond was never in any danger anyway.
But we needed her death, didn’t we? Makes Greene such a bad boy we can justify his brutal death at the end of the film. It also gives M an excuse to – again – lecture Bond on his irresponsible conduct. Yet they don’t show us anything. I don’t see her getting caught, tortured or killed. I don’t see her show ‘true bravery’. She trips the only person at the party who is even less dangerous than toothpaste and she didn’t even have to have done it. Also, where are those scenes that allow me to emotionally invest in her character? The way things are now, her death barely affects me. Who is she? The sum of a cute face and three scenes she’s accidentally and quite purposelessly part of. I was more taken by Mathis’ death (and mostly thanks to CR).
There was room for more Gemma in QOS. At least fifteen or twenty more minutes could have been added to the film anyway, so a couple of extra scenes featuring Fields wouldn’t have hurt us at all. For now I keep wondering: who is Fields? How come she feels to me like no more than a failed attempt at establishing another glamorous Bond girl? What’s with the lack of personality? Clumsy screenwriting or lack of ambition from the filmmakers? Either way, she could have been the film’s key gem, yet now she’s just another <i>wanna-coulda-shoulda</i> in a film that offers little besides precisely that.
Maybe you agree with me. And then maybe you don’t. ;;)