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Hello from Pixilated Polly. Forgive the tone of this review, my pixies are in revolt. At their age, change is hard to accept. It’s just that—

Snap out of it, Polly! *Blonde woman slaps her black-mascaraed, dark-clothed, pixie-possessed alter ego * You have a review to write.

The World of Myth is a Science Fiction/Fantasy/ Horror magazine, so perhaps you’ll indulge me with a trip into the world of James Bond. Polly’s been a Bond fan since she stole one of her mom’s Ian Fleming novels and entered his forbidden world of spies, violence and sex. Movie sites dub 007 movies as “Action/Thrillers” but Bond is pure fantasy. Men enjoy the franchise because things blow up; cool gadgets, weapons and impossibly fast cars abound. But even more, men can imagine themselves in Bond’s shoes, the fantasy of becoming a man’s man who can kick ass and take whichever woman he chooses. Women enjoy the fantasy of the man himself.

Dashing as he may be, James Bond is an assassin. He may be debonair, but under that fancy exterior beats the heart of a killer. Six actors have portrayed 007. In Polly’s humble opinion, they’ve had varying degrees of success. When, in 1963, at the ripe old age of six, Polly’s parents took her to see Dr. No, her undeveloped hormones sprang to life at the sight of Sean Connery’s suave British agent. Handsome and dangerous: gambling in a fancy casino one moment, beating up the bad guy the next; Connery embodied the very idea of Bond. Ian Fleming thought Connery miscast… until he saw the movie. Images flickered on the screen. Connery said, “I’m Bond. James Bond” in that wonderful Scottish baritone and Fleming stood convinced. So did the movie-going public.

George Lazenby’s and Roger Moore’s portrayals of Bond lacked Connery’s edginess. In fact, Moore seemed a caricature of JB. Lazenby was a good enough actor, but he seemed too vanilla for the part. Timothy Dalton managed to convey more menace, and he did look pretty in a tux, but something about him didn’t gel with the movie audience. Previously, upon seeing Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan’s fans wanted him to play our British super spy. Polly was one of those fans. A few years later, he was cast. Brosnan did a good job. I believed his lethalness, along with his sexuality. Still, the whole movie felt somewhat apart from the movie audience. I can’t think of a better way to put it.

Connery was strong, violent and chauvinistic in a weirdly attractive sort of way. Lazenby was a bit too tame. Moore was smart mouthed, tongue in cheek, Dalton dark and mirthless. Brosnan was smooth, ingenious and a bit distant. All said and done, each Bond was a reflection of his time—of the era in which his movie was filmed. Which brings me to the present and Daniel Craig. When I heard he was cast as old JB, I was skeptical. A blond 007? Who was this guy anyway? I didn’t know much about him. The intro rolled and I was hooked. Action, action everywhere, to an extent I’d not witnessed in a Bond movie before. Craig was up to the job. (In Fleming’s novels, James Bond gets hurt, sometimes seriously. There is torture. In CR, I believed Craig’s life was at stake, something I rarely felt in the previous Bond flicks. I could hear his grunts of pain, see the wear on Craig’s body and imagine how it must hurt him.)

In Casino Royale, the viewer gets the inside scoop on “how James became Bond.” Despite all the action, CR is character driven. Bond falls in love. Bond gets poisoned, gives himself the antidote, straightens his tie and goes back into the casino like it’s all in a day’s work. His love commits suicide right in front of his face. Frantic to save her, Daniel Craig acts with all the honesty, the intensity, and the not-so-pretty masculinity of Bogie.

Quantum of Solace takes place ten minutes after Casino Royale ends. Bond is a changed man; it seems his compassion has hardened along with his heart. He is out for revenge. M doesn’t trust her spy. Has he gone rogue? No spoilers here. Just let me say he meets a “Bond girl” who is also out for revenge. The theme of the film could be “sometimes revenge is a dish where reputation outshines reality”. The ending surprised me. Bond didn’t do what I thought he would. Great character development because of that surprise.

Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace both get 4 howls of pleasure . The Connery films get 4 howls . The Brosnan films get 3 ½ howls . The Dalton films get 3 ½ howls . The Moore films get 2 . And Lazenby’s gets 3 howls of pleasure .

Okay, you knew this was coming. Polly, bless her romantic little heart, went to see Twilight. I devoured the books. And adored them all, since they brought out my inner adolescent: that love stricken Emo girl who lurks inside me. They made me feel young again. Therefore, I went to the movie with trepidation, hoping its viewing wouldn’t muddy my new-found fountain of youth.

There was a lot of talk about casting Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. You know him; he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . Could he ever live up to every female under the age of 90’s expectation of their tortured hero? And what about Kristen Stewart as Bella? Could she portray the dry wit and vulnerable strength of our heroine? Would Ashley Greene shine as little Alice? And would the rest of the Cullen clan ring true? What about Jacob, the hunky Native American teen who bears a secret of his own, a secret of which even he isn’t aware? The casting director did a good job. Each actor brought characters vivid in my imagination into believable existence.

Beginning to end, Polly was mesmerized by Meyer’s world of Forks, WA come to life on the big screen. Primeval Forests drip with moisture; clouds shroud the sun, giving everything an eerie, haunted effect. And high school appears more frightening than the forest. In the movie, it seems Bella is accepted too quickly, but this is due to time constraints. The book takes longer. Edward and Bella have a great “cute-meet,” when he acts as if something smells. Later, when they’ve fallen for each other, sure, some of Bella’s lines are hokey, but they sound just like how a 16 year old girl would talk to a guy she loves.

Be forewarned, Horror fans. There is very little gore in Twilight . No fangs flash, no necks are torn with ravenous abandon. Blood doesn’t fly through the air. Except for Edward’s fight with James, violence is kept mostly in the background. This is a movie for romantics who believe in true love. A movie for people like me.

Polly gives Twilight 4 howls of pleasure .

Well, guys, I guess this is my last movie review for The World of Myth as we know it. I spoke of change and it blows in the wind that howls fiercely through the eaves of our computers. There’s a new thing coming and yeah, it sounds like a good thing. But, since Polly is an obstinate woman, and since her pixies have control, she isn’t going to change. Our beloved Editor in Chief Steve Bolin has summoned me to the depths of the Myth Master’s chamber. I’m on my way. I wonder if anyone will get tortured.

Who knows, maybe the blonde woman who slapped me will take up my mantle… we’ll see. As for now, join me in the Myth Master’s chamber, won’t you?

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