I can feel myself getting excited as each day passes since we’re getting closer and closer to the release of Skyfall, the new 007 movie. It may still be two whole months before I can see James Bond return on the big screen, but after waiting four years for such a thing to happen I don’t have a problem waiting for a few weeks to pass. The release of the new James Bond film will of course be accompanied by a video game which in this case is 007 Legends, the 007 mash-up game which pays homage to the series through retelling classic 007 films with a modern edge.
So far the films included in 007 Legends are solid (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker) but now I’m starting to question the whole classic angle the project is approaching based on the latest reveals. Activision has revealed that the latest additions to 007 Legends are License to Kill and Die Another Day. Uh yeah…. I don’t know how to feel about that at all.
As a movie License to Kill is good but was a bit too gritty and real as a 007 movie when it came out, thus the series went dormant since the reception was lukewarm. Die Another Day on the other hand is considered one of the worst if not the most disappointing Bond film in recent memory since it was the final film starring Pierce Brosnan in the Brioni suit of James Bond. The rationale for picking both films in 007 Legends has somewhat been boiled down to picking what makes for the best gaming experience; which in the case of Die Another Day still won’t elevate it beyond being silly as hell.
Brief rundowns were given for the new 007 Legends missions as the License To Kill stage will involve an assault on drug refinery which will then lead to a vehicle chase and final battle atop a moving tanker truck. The Die Another Day mission will play up the ludicrous plot of the film as it’ll involve Bond running along an elaborate ice palace before doing battle against a North Korean General turned Anglo billionaire all while an airborne jet is about to go boom.
It’s kind of odd that out of all the films that could’ve been chosen, at least of the Timothy Dalton & Pierce Brosnan eras, these are the two selections that are made. I won’t get too bitter about seeing Die Another Day adapted into a game even though it’s going to be slightly uncomfortable seeing and hearing Daniel Craig’s Bond in that setting.
I guess there’s not much for James Bond fans to do at this point other than hope that Activision doesn’t opt to choose Thunderball to represent the Sean Connery Bond era. On second thought I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens since there can be a whole underwater stage. My excitement for 007 Legends was once high but right now it’s beginning to wane.