The Defining Elements Of A Bond Movie
By Ellen Royce.
The Bond movie franchise started before most of us were born. Since the first movie, Dr No came out in 1962 based on Ian Fleming’s novels about the Secret Service 007 agent, 26 movies have been made. Some of them were more successful, while some were called an outright disaster. However, in any case, the directors and screenplay writers have always shown consistency in what makes a good Bond movie.
There are some key ingredients to the recipe of a trademark Bond film.
The Two Essential Elements Of A Bond Movie
1 – The Bond girl. The sexy agent 007 is always accompanied by a main female character that often ends up forming a romantic relationship with him of some sort. The tradition was initiated by the very first movie, Dr No, with the iconic scene of Ursula Andress stepping out of the ocean (this scene was then relieved by Halle Berry in Die Another Day). It became such a staple of the series, that it even turned into a term of its own. Some of the women were more significant than others to Bond himself, some were just passers-by. And the most recent James Bond movie Spectre features what was called “the Bond girls” since there were two women involved with the agent in this movie.
What else makes a good Bond movie?
Here are some other elements instituted by the Bond franchise:
3 – The rifle barrel. Every Bond movie traditionally opens with a rifle barrel scene, where the agent is seen through the barrel pointing a gun or making other cool moves. You know a Bond movie is starting just by seeing this iconic image.
Even if some of the elements are not present in every James Bond movie, most of the directors stick to them as the key elements of the movie’s success. They make us look forward to every next Bond movie.
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