Have you ever noticed that even when a Bond villain says, ”Goodbye, Mr. Bond” in the 007 series, the agent never dies? The same goes for the franchise. During the end credits we’re always told that James Bond will return. The series will also return — one way or another.
Why take potshots at Timothy Dalton? Rather than nearly wrecking the franchise, he reinvigorated it, bringing Ian Fleming’s complex character to life around the same time Daniel Craig could first legally order a vodka martini.
I’d nix all of your choices for a new 007 and give the role to Inception’s Tom Hardy, who fends off the bad guys on a snowmobile — it’s all straight out of a Bond flick!
Men of Mystery
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse shouldn’t be surprised that some fans were unhappy with the Lost finale. For six seasons, we watched as puzzle pieces were doled out, waiting to see how it all fit together. What did we finally get? A puzzle with huge sections missing.
The exec producers should be proud of the ending. Lost was about asking the great questions, not serving up deliberate answers.
Jane Elia Schwartz
I find it funny that The Hurt Locker and the Lord of the Rings trilogy would fail the Bechdel Test, while Caged Heat and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! would pass.
East Lansing, Mich.
Movies are supposed to be a medium in which rules are broken and quotas are nonexistent. In the end, it’s all about entertainment: There’s definitely no need to add women to a film if their presence doesn’t further the plot.
Julie Ann Frank
Mount Joy, Pa.
Your story on Christina Applegate was insightful, but you left out her brief sitcom Jesse. It may not have gotten critical raves, but I enjoyed watching her use her growing comedic skills and timing.