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Every actor added something of his own to this familiar womanizing saviour of the (Western) world. I’ve seen quite a few of the old Bond films but would be lying to say that I was a fan of the franchise. That is, until Daniel Craig picked up the mantle. With him, the Bond franchise took a very peculiar turn. Of course, it wasn’t just the actor himself. It was also the producers, the screewriters, the directors who wanted to abandon the overly-used model and try something new. A risky gamble but a gamble well worth it in my opinion.

Daniel Craig has portrayed James Bond in four movies. All four act to deliver a single story (and character) arc. There’ve been clues in all four movies that his nemesis is a single entity, one that has been pulling the strings for a very long time.

The arc began with Vesper, a woman James falls in love because he’s impressed with her mind as well as her looks. In the end of Casino Royale, we can see that James genuinely loved Vesper and wanted to spend his life with her. Her death led to his quest of learning who was behind it.
This is how a man of action mourns his lover: by hunting down those responsible for her death. In Quantum of Solace, James is still in the early phase of mourning: he drinks heavily, he doesn’t sleep and he takes a very depressing view of the world. Above all, he follows the clues and eventually comes to the man who played Vesper into betraying James and had led to her death.

It seems his only reason of staying with MI6 is because this gives him data and resources to help in his hunt. He’s not working for MI6; MI6 is working for him. This would imply that James feels no sense of loyalty to MI6 or to M. But in Skyfall, James gets a chance to walk away from his double-0 life. He stays invisible for a time before he eventually returns to the fort. His reason: MI6 is under attack. While James fails the physical tests, M reinstates him anyway, going with her gut feeling that he is what the organization needs to survive. The film puts a lot of effort into showing that James cares about M and that M cares about James. While not romantic in nature, it is a very deep affection. M’s death causes James more pain and more determination to stay with MI6 and continue with the hunt for the mastermind that is pulling the strings.

In Spectre, James gets to the end of the long trail and punishes the man who was killing his loved ones. This is the closure James needed. The film ends with him leaving MI6 (possibly for good) and his current life behind. Madeleine, the woman he meets and bonds with, is just as scarred by Spectre as he is. Her father, Mr. White, is nothing but a projection of James himself if he kept to his current way of life.

James Bond remains one of the manliest characters of all time, but Daniel Craig’s portrayal has managed to humanize him. He is no longer an arrogant, bullet-proof prick but a tangible, flawed, fragile and resilient human being. For that alone, he’s worthy of our attention.

I’m not big in new year’s resolutions but it did remind me that I haven’t touched this blog in a while. There were plenty of others things for me to do this year but next year is going to be different. The Tribal Wars novel has been going on for quite some time but now I can safely say it’s coming to a close. In view of that, I will be looking for publishing channels soon, conventional or otherwise.

Also, I realized there are significant benefits from writing a blog. Blog posts are short pieces of text but arranged just as carefully as stories. The writing/editting/proofing process is much faster. While my worldbuilding and writing skills are honed daily, my editting and proofing skills could use some sharpening up. Writing the blog will be doing exactly that.

Off we go…

Finally…

No, I don’t write the blog as often as I used to. At least I have a good reason for it.

 

Tribal Wars: Episode 1

 

The wordcount will jump a notch when I inevitably add some words of description but the main text is finished.

Next step: finding beta readers.

I write.

I now see why so few people ever become professional writers.

It’s not just about taking a seat and writing. It’s about sitting down day after day after day, tirelessly working on a large project until that project is finished.

There are days of laziness, days of apathy, days of doubt in one’s own craft. Days with a sense of powerlessness. And yet you sit down. You write. Afterwards, there will be a few more letters and words that haven’t been there yesterday. If you haven’t taken a seat, they wouldn’t be there now. It’s not much. But you sit down anyway. You start with a single letter.
Then you write a word.
Then a sentence.
A paragraph.
A scene.
A chapter.
And then you realize you’ve barely begun.
But you do it anyway.
You write.

It. Is. Alive.

My but time does fly. January 3rd was my last post on this blog. I didn’t forget about it, I just had other stuff on my mind. First rule of time management is drop activities that are not rewarding. Writing this blog was one of them. I guess I’d rather interact with the real world.

No promises but I could start becoming more active. NaNoWriMo is back so that’s something to write about. Could also introduce topics other than fiction writing. Let’s wait and see.

After some helpful comments from my friends of the quill, I’ve redone the first chapter of Tribal Wars. Hopefully, it makes more sense now. It can be found here. Now I can finally start with chapter 2…

Oh, and a Happy New Year to everyone.

I just posted the first chapter of my new story here. It’s my own twist on a Tolkien-esque setting with some peculiar sociological twists. Read, comment, hopefully enjoy.

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