Better than my birthday! More exciting than Christmas! Spectre hits U.S. theaters today! This latest installment in the James Bond 007 series could very well mark Daniel Craig’s last turn in the lead role, and by all accounts, it’s an explosive swan song. I’ll be seeing the movie today, and I am thinking multiple viewings will be in order for this one.
I thought it might be fun to list a number of thematically related movies to watch either before, or after, you catch Spectre. Of course, re-watching Mr. Craig’s first three Bond epics should be a must to get yourself tuned up for this one. The slick scripts, gritty energy and amazing action in Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall make Mr. Craig my favorite Bond of all time. Beyond Bond, what else might we watch to scratch that kick-butt action itch?
The Long Kiss Goodnight — This 1997 action romp features Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. Ms. Davis leads as an amnesiac assassin who suddenly remembers she’s a stone-cold killer. Starting the film as a small town schoolteacher, she undergoes a startling transformation when she realizes a lot of dangerous men are trying to kill her. This one holds up well.
The Bourne Identity — Matt Damon and Franka Potente star in this super-slick adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. Amnesia again figures into the plot, as Mr. Damon plays a U.S. government black ops agent gone rogue. The more he learns about himself, the less he likes! This film also sports a brilliant soundtrack by Moby.
Shoot ‘Em Up — This clever deconstruction of the action film genre features Clive Owen and the luminous Monica Belluci (also one of the Bond girls in Spectre). Mr. Owen plays a gun-toting killer with a heart of gold in this underrated flick that features dizzying action sequences. It’s a ballet of violence no self-respecting fan of the genre should miss.
The Equalizer — Denzel Washington plays McCall, a shadowy ex-government type who now lives a quiet life. When the people he cares about become victims, McCall balances the scales with extreme prejudice. Mr. Washington brilliantly captures the mood and movements of this tragically haunted and fundamentally badass character.
This little list offers just a sample of the awesome action fare you can find in our extensive online catalog. Enjoy!