Steve and Friends,
SECOND UPDATE: Alternative gripes substituted
UPDATE: MATT ERRS IN FIREARM ID. Lawd. How funny is that title now? The following gripe is totally without basis (see gun link). But I leave it intact, like a coyote pelt on a fence, as a warning to others who dare to tread where they have no business.
A bit tangential, but I just saw the new Bond flick, "Skyfall," and enjoyed it. This latest installment is a return for the franchise to some of its traditional themes and trappings, and at least a half-turn away from the "James Bond as Jason Bourne" meme, where 007 was reduced to a martial arts expert and hired assassin. The villain of Skyfall, a severely disgruntled former agent played by Javier Bardeme, was the best, maybe, ever.
But I have a gripe, and I wonder if anyone else caught it?
- Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 actually a Subaru Outback with after-market modifications
- Ancestral Bond family home on Scottish moor actually a flat in East London
- Latest "Bond girl," model/actor Bérénice Marlohe actually actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis
At the climactic scene near the end, where an outmatched Bond and friends face a squadron of para-military killers, 007 is told by the family's Scottish gamekeeper, "The only gun we have left is your father's old hunting rifle."
Bond nods gravely at this news and picks up the offered side-by-side, breech loading shotgun, noting his father's initials on the stock. He then proceeds to test the accuracy of this "rifle" by shooting a can off a post from about 70 yards away.
I'm no gun guy and can't tell you if a shotgun could do that, but even I can tell you that the firearm Bond shoots couldn't possibly be his "father's old hunting rifle," and that no retired gamekeeper would claim it was, and no MI6 operative with a license to kill would accept that it was. It took me 10 minutes of non-stop gunplay after that line to get my head back in the story.
Hollywood...! All the millions of dollars spent on that movie, the dozens of writers and advisors and presumably weapons experts, untold numbers of viewings prior to release, and no one caught that line? Just one edit: "All we have left is your Dad's favorite bird gun," and the movie would be perfect.
Well, except for the ending. But I won't spoil it.