James Bond villains and their love of post-Soviet architecture

For JSTOR, Jonah Goldman Kay examined the preferences of James Bond villains for post-Soviet architecture and it came from Sir Ian Fleming and his disdain for modernism:

In particular, Fleming objected to modernism’s obsession with utopia, which was antithetical to his conservative ideology. Fleming saw the ideal world as existing in the past, within an already-existing power structure. Modernists like Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe believed that architecture could be used to create a better, more ideal world, full of new conceptions of power. The Western world ran with modernism as a way to remove inefficiencies, construct a more prosperous society, and generally live out the principles of capitalism. In the USSR, modernism came to represent the goals of the communist project: leveling, equality, and a strong presence of the state.

Fleming’s distrust of modernism and utopia played out in the ideologies of Bond villains, which tend to be grounded in a distinctly modernist idea that technology and utilitarianism can radically improve humanity. Part of the reason that modernists were so drawn to utopia was that they shared a twin interest in the end of history. In creating the villains of the Bond franchise, Fleming took this theoretical idea and made it quite literal: nearly all of them harbor an obsession with ending history, usually through mass destruction.

For more on post-Soviet buildings, check out Frank Herfort’s “surreal photos” and, if you want to branch out to general pop culture, NSS Mag published an article in January about the evolution of post-Soviet aesthetics.

Would you binge-watch all 24 James Bond movies for $1,000?

Nerd Bear’s proposition:

To celebrate the release of the 25th (official) James Bond film, No Time to Die, Nerd Bear will pay one super fan $1,000 to watch all 24 movies starting from Dr. No right up to Spectre. That’s over 51 hours of films, 7 different 007s, and too many martinis!

No Time To Die was due to be released in April but now has been pushed back to September 30 2021. I know. We’re disappointed too, but we hope this dream job will keep you going while you wait!

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Fan-made Bond trailer starring Pierce Brosnan

pierce brosnan as james bond

If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for No Time To Die, go do it now. And then come back to this and imagine a world where Pierce Brosnan came back a la Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again.

YouTuber kristopherm3 made his own trailer using snippets of Brosnan’s Bond films, including his head superimposed onto Daniel Craig’s body for a few scenes. While a deepfake might have looked more convincing, this still works for the most part and I always liked Brosnan’s interpretation of Bond so I enjoyed it overall.

If you could bring a Bond back, who would it be and in what movie? Let us know in the comments.

Pierce Brosnan Returns as Bond! What if... No Time to Die Trailer

The new trailer for No Time To Die

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die

The new trailer for No Time To Die is out and it looks like the best James Bond film yet. People are always going to pick Sir Sean Connery or Sir Roger Moore as the best Bonds but I’ve really enjoyed Daniel Craig’s adaptation. He’s added a human quality to the character; tired and wounded.

But I’m more excited to see Lashana Lynch as “Nomi”. And Naomie Harris again. And Rami Malek’s portrayal as the Bond villain looks intriguing.

No Time To Die is scheduled for release on 12th November in the UK and on 20th November in the US which means if I leave the house by then, I might go and see it.

NO TIME TO DIE Trailer (New 2020) James Bond, Daniel Craig Action Movie HD