Have we mentioned it’s Bond-like?
Of course! Every wanna-be spy franchise launches with that blurb attached!
That said, I genuinely like Greg Rucka. His Queen and Country comics and novels are really top drawer espionage with a foot firmly in the real world. And The Old Guard showed he could go in a more visceral fantasy comic book direction while retaining a lot of the same elements.
I’ve only read his comic work, but it is goooooood.
The film definitely has a good starting point.
Rucka is one of the authors who largely avoid the trap of 007 cliches while delivering very solid, action oriented genre pieces. Think more Spooks in its early good seasons. Moreover, Rucka can and does deliver a female spy who isn’t merely Bond-on-oestrogen with vastly balletic fighting/shooting skills. And he’s absolutely not above wildly realistic jokes only modern life will throw at us, like SIS personnel having to defend themselves at home with toy guns.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this project. I think it has potential.
Well, they can’t do any worse than EON did with their non-Bond effort, so they have that going for them.
Gadot is a solid choice to lead such a franchise, but maybe they should worry just about getting the first one right before setting their sights on challenging the likes of Tom Cruise and the Bond films.
I imagine actually being able to release helped…