While others are contemplating who should play the next Bond, I contend we’ve already seen the future of 007, retirement.

Rob Cohen needed a scene to show why his hero Xander “xXx” Cage was necessary in the modern age of espionage.  The movie going public has been brainwashed into thinking spies are stylish and educated men who drink martinis and wear tuxedos to everything.  And that was the stereotype Cohen killed in a Rammstein concert as a Bond-esque spy stuck out among the rainbow coloured mohawks, tattoos and piercings.  Cohen literally killed Bond because he was the wrong tool for the wrong job.

James Bond’s origins are based in the espionage of WW2 and adapted to the Cold War.  James Bond is in many ways a period piece and the further you get from the origin the less he makes sense.  Even future Bond Roger Moore’s The Saint was less dependent on the ideas of mid-20th century history.  As time went on, Bond seems less a spy and more of a superhero with gadgets that seem less impressive than very contrived.  Bond has basically outlived his usefulness.

The problem with the movie xXx is that it just replaces Bond with a modern “extreme” Bond, but the same trappings are all there… girls, wealth and ridiculously specific gadgets.  Other movies have shown modern espionage based on intelligence and not toys and support organizations.  Movies like Ronin and the Bourne series show people who live by their wits and much more spycraft than deus ex machineguns in the hero’s breast pocket.

Sure real spies are a lot more boring than in the movies, but the template of the gentleman spy supported by an organization to supply him with tailor-made gadgets is just boring now.  And no swap of lead actors is going to breathe new life into a tired idea.  Time for Bond to retire to the South Pacific and start collecting his government pension.

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While others are contemplating who should play the next Bond, I contend we've already seen the future of 007, retirement. Rob Cohen needed a scene to show why his hero Xander 'xXx' Cage was necessary in the modern age of espionage.  The movie going public has been brainwashed into thinking...