There are many times each week when it seems there is no end to the onslaught of irresponsible actions from the White House, sports personalities proving they have too much money and not enough character, and science deniers wishing we all would drink their Kool-Aid. There comes a time when we all need to be reminded that in spite of all the up-side-down world which seems to be our new norm, there are some things which have remained true to what we always knew.
Such as James Bond.
It is important, at this time in America, that we have places where we can escape, such as a dark movie theatre, if for no more than a couple hours, so to be enveloped in a storyline where we know good folks prevail, and certain traditions and customs remain. Shaken not stirred.
Since 2015 I have discussed this larger issue many times with various people, and always it is told to me how inundated people feel about the amount of news and chaos which gets reported each day and how it makes them feel. There is a tipping balance for many people, and at some point, there needs to be a place where respite and a retreat from the bombast and craziness can be found. In such times people like to head to a comfort zone.
A James Bond movie is such a place where there is no need to question the basic assumptions that we need to confront outside the theatre. Of course, Bond is a fact-driven man who knows justice is paramount. There is up and down, heroes and villains. He also knows that the cultures of others are important, and knowing more than one language is a sign of intellect. He is well-bred and confident in his own skin.
One of the reasons Bond is the perfect antidote to the times we live in this nation is that he has the cool ability of self-control. While Trump is not able to control any of his base instincts Bond masters his life based on manners, being a gentleman, and when required deadly effectiveness for the job at hand.
No Time to Die with Bond will hit theaters April 10, 2020. It may seem like a long time away, but it might be just the type of promise we need to keep in mind to make it through this week where many more insane tweets are sure to come from this White House. The movie trailer was released this week.