Dreadful James Bond Rejects

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I binge-watched a couple of TV shows.

‘Penny Dreadful’, a show with two James Bond-associated actors (Timothy Dalton and Eva Green), was entertaining and kept up the suspense by keeping us wondering what would happen to characters we already know from 19th Century literature (Dracula, Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dorian Grey etc). I’ve already commented to a friend that ‘Penny Dreadful’ is the dramatisation of Alan Moore’s ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ done better than the execrable 2003 movie with yet another James Bond alumnus Sean Connery.

I didn’t quite like the ending, seemed a bit of a damp squib, but I don’t regret the time lost watching it.

‘Hannibal’ season 1 and 2: well worth it.
As a fan of Harris’ books and the movies, I was curious how they would make a TV show from material that’s been adapted and parodied to death. They went off-piste a lot while retaining the spirit of the books. They turn Will Graham into a tragic figure, even more so than in the books, but it keeps you watching.

Mads Mikkelsen (another James Bond reject!) plays Hannibal Lecter in his own way. He is neither Anthony Hopkins nor Brian Cox. He is chilling and the epitome of good taste.

It’s nuanced and disgusting. Horror has never felt so visceral.

 

 

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