Bring it on, Bond Girls!
I was deprived as a child. Growing up, we were the last house on the block to get cable and our TV viewing was strictly monitored by my parents. The only shows I remember being allowed to watch were M*A*S*H and Happy Days, and only those because they were my mother's favourites. Joanie and Chachi got me through my formative years. We were told to "make up games" while other kids feasted on The Flintstones.
The sense of freedom (and rebellion) I felt when I got my first apartment with my own unlimited television is palpable to this day. I couldn’t get enough. Is it any wonder I make my living in TV?
And as I’ve written recently in this space, the invention of Apple TV and Netflix has further fuelled my addiction. My latest discovery? Old movies. Have you seen any of the early Bond flicks? I watched Dr. No last night and it’s remarkable how much faster pace the movies became by the time Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig arrived. More evidence of how we always seem to need more, faster, louder and bigger.
I also watched the first Terminator, which is just as good today as it was when it first came out in 1984. And Planet of the Apes? Now that was a seriously groundbreaking movie for its time. You must put it on your list.
I saw the recently re-released 3D version of Jurassic Park. Yes, that movie is 20 years old. Watching it now, it’s clear this flick set the stage for a whole new level of computer generated imagery. And the movie holds up amazingly well even today.
The differences in the way movies were produced back in the day is amazing to observe. Scenes were longer. Pace was slower. Lighting was moodier and a lot of the acting was so dramatic and overdone it’s almost funny. How Ursula Andress won a Golden Globe for her role as the first Bond girl is beyond me. Standards were different back then. But I did like that her bikini came with hunting knife and she had exceptionally good beach hair.
Please send me your recommendations for old flicks and don’t forget sometimes it’s important to appreciate what’s old to really understand the value of what’s new.
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