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James Bond - Die Another Day
clever and dangerous. He never gets old, and he never stops fighting criminals,
falling in love, or saving the world. He’s the most popular movie character of
the last forty years – and he’s coming to a cinema near you this
month. His name is Bond. James Bond.
the new Bond film, is the twentieth Bond film since the first, Dr. No,
was made in 1962. Pierce Brosnan is Bond for the fourth time, and Oscar-winning
actress Halle Berry is an American Secret
Madonna, sings the film’s song. The adventure starts in Hawaii and moves
quickly across the world to Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, and Iceland. Will British
Secret Agent 007, James Bond, save the world – again?
course the answer is ‘yes’. Everyone knows that! And everyone knows that the
film will have something for everyone: an exciting story, exotic
beautiful women, funny and clever conversations, interesting and strange
science, romance… But if all Bond films are the same, why are they still
popular after forty years?
world was a different place in 1953 when British writer, Ian Fleming, first
introduced James Bond to the world. In Fleming’s books Bond fights against
Communist criminals. But the filmmakers wanted the films to be more
international and less political. They made a small, important change to
Fleming’s work: in the films the criminals usually work for their own power
and money – not for their countries. This means that the stories are always
believable, even as world politics change.
films are not serious, but they often show the important opinions and problems
of their time. Sometimes they can make people think about the world they live
in. In The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) the British and the Russians work
together against the international criminal, Stromberg. People liked this idea.
It was different and hopeful at a nervous time in international politics. In the
1990s money was more important than politics. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
and The World is Not Enough (1999) are both about international business.
Maybe some people watched these films and thought about the power and danger of
money in the real world around them.
knows that Bond will save the world in Die Another Day this month. But
they also know that the film will be modern and fresh. Bond films have changed and
stayed the same for forty years. This is the secret of their success.
,Copyright © Pearson Education Limited 2002
,Photograph courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
cool: tenang dan tidak gugup
Oscar: Penghargaan yang diberikan setiap tahun untuk film, aktor terbaik, dan lain-lain dalam industri perfilman Amerika Serikat
secret agent: agen rahasia
superstar: bintang terkenal
exotic: kelihatan berbeda, atau menyenangkan yang berasal dari negara asing.