Five for the Fifth November – SPY Edition

Happy Fifth of November, folks! Yes it’s Guy Fawkes day today, and I was tempted to write something related to V for Vendetta. But this day at FC means it’s time for another Five for the Fifth post… and since Bond is on my mind this week, I’m making this a SPY edition.

Well, you know the drill, I give you five random news item/observation/trailer, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic (you can do all five or just pick a topic).

So here we go:

1. Danny & Katia graphic novel

I mentioned this on my tweet earlier this week that I found this awesome graphic novel I used to read growing up. It’s a free download from an e-comic site, but unfortunately I can’t find hardly information as to the origin of the comic. I’m guessing it’s Dutch as back in Indonesia, we’ve got a bunch of them and my favorite is the TINA comics.

This Danny & Katia one I found is in Indonesian translation, here’s what it looks like. This particular story takes place in Paris (not sure what time frame) where the French Government is being threatened by a militant group who placed an atomic bomb ready to be detonated if they don’t comply with the terrorist’s demands.

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The two main protagonists are Mac Donald (a.k.a. Danny) and Katia. It’s not clear who Danny really is other than he’s a playboy of sort who somehow inherited a large sum of money from the owner of a conglomerate business magnate, and since meeting Katia who’s a Member of the International Intelligence Agency, they end up in being involved in various espionage cases all over the world.

The graphic novels are really fun and entertaining to read. There are plenty of spy-relation action and peppered with witty banters, not to mention the sexual attraction between the two. I really think the story would make a cool TV series or even a movie franchise if they’re done well. With the right actors to play the part and a competent action director, the possibilities are endless. It’s clear than in the comics, the look for Danny’s character is inspired by the young Robert Redford (perhaps from his role as CIA agent in Three Days of Condor?), and Katia kind of reminds me of Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me, but with more spunk.

So question #1 is: What comics/graphic novel you read growing up you think would make a good film/TV series?

2. Spy genre in Hollywood

The spy genre has quite a longevity in Hollywood. Seems like people will always be interested in seeing a good espionage story. Bond is no doubt the most famous spy, but there are other popular movie spies such as Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita, Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne and of course, the spy spoof Austin Powers. Oh, and for the more realistic take on the spy genre, there’s George Smiley in Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.

So question #2 is simple: What’s your ultimate favorite movie spy?

3. Bourne series

Just a couple of weeks ago I heard reports that Matt Damon isn’t exactly over Bourne yet. As you probably already know, Jeremy Renner is set to replace him for the next Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy (a decision I’m not happy with at all) In the Shortlist interview, he’s asked whether it’s “… a case of being traded in for a younger model…” He replied:

No, not at all. I was always fine with them doing another Bourne movie as long as it didn’t preclude me and Paul [Greengrass] from doing another Bourne. From what I understand, it doesn’t at all, so that’s fine. I really want to do another one with Paul and I’m sure it’ll happen someday, but for now they’re doing this. And I’m a huge Jeremy Renner fan. I’m sure he’ll be great.

I became a Damon fan after the Bourne series and whilst he’s being polite about Renner, I’m gonna flat out and say that I won’t watch the series with Renner in the role. I just don’t see what the fuss is about him and I certainly don’t think he’s an interesting/charismatic enough actor to carry the role. So there.

I don’t know who would be a good replacement but I’d rather see Damon reprise his role again than seeing Renner any day. So my next question is two-fold: Are you happy with Renner as Jason Bourne? If not, who would you rather see as Damon’s replacement?

4. Bond’s one-word title

The title of a Bond film is almost as newsworthy as other parts of the spy series. This past week the title of Bond 23 has just been officially announced. Skyfall. I think it’s a pretty catchy title. A bit enigmatic and sci-fi sounding but it has a nice ring to it. The last Bond film with one-word title was Goldeneye in 1995, so Skyfall is the sixth one in the entire series after Goldfinger, Thunderball, Moonraker, Octopussy and Goldeneye. I think if I were to pick my three favorite Bond titles, it’s be For Your Eyes Only, Goldeneye and The Living Daylights.

Now, what’s your favorite Bond movie title?

5. The actors who could be Bond

Ok, so it’s perhaps a bit premature to speculate considering we don’t know if Craig plans to retire after Skyfall. But it’s always fun to speculate isn’t it? Heck, I’ve done that in this post as far back as Sept 2010 in which I listed Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Henry Cavill as my dream super spy. I also would love seeing the likes of Eric Bana or Michael Fassbender in the role.

But back in September, Idris Elba was quoted as saying he would consider playing 007 if he got the offer. Hey why not? He’s tall, dark and British, believable in action scenes, popular with the ladies and looks dapper in a suit.

I’d say he fits the bill. I get what he’s saying thought that he doesn’t want to be called the Black James Bond. I’d probably call him the Bond with the Cockney accent 😀

So my last question to you is: Who would you like to see as the next Bond after Craig?

Well, that’s it for this month’s spy-edition of Five for the Fifth. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all!