SZ – THE NEW BOND FILM

Swiss Weekly ‘Sonntags Zeitung’ Sunday Newspaper Issue From ‘Tages Anzeiger Zürich’ Clipping March 29, 2020, Written By Matthias Lerf & Illustration By Kornel Stadler. ‘No Time To Die’ Has Been Postponed To November – Tt Doesn’t Matter. To Bridge The Gap, We Present What Could Happen At Daniel Craig’s Last 007 Appearance

Classic start: The two white dots, the gun barrel that Bond targets. The agent who shoots back. Cut to James Bond holding a rifle. He aims long, focused. Finally he pulls the trigger. A buzzing sounds. Oh, we’re on a fairground, Bond has just won the main prize in air rifle shooting, a big fabric leopard. He gives it to his companion.

It is Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his former adversary Mr. White, with whom he drove away at the end of the last film “Specter”. Are you in Puglia, very much in love with this vacation, or is it even a honeymoon? When walking, you definitely visit a church where a wedding is taking place.

“Hello, Ms. Bond,” he says at the sight of the married couple, beaming at Madeleine. “You mean Mrs. Swann?” She replies. They tease each other and stroll through the alleys. They do not notice that a man in a cowl follows them. He has a package in his hand.

Later, in the room, Bond, as usual, wants to order a bottle of Bollinger champagne. Nobody answers on the phone, “Italy!” Bond says and goes down to the bar to get something. The man there wants to give him a bottle of Prosecco first, but Bond insists and gets involved in a conversation about the advantages of Italian sparkling wines (of course he knows everyone).

Madeleine, alone in the room, opens a knock and gets the package in her hand from the monk, who immediately disappears. She opens it and finds a mask. Her mood changes suddenly. She has tears in her eyes, runs her hand over this plastic face, which is missing part. And when Bond comes back, she’s gone. For this, the monk shows up again, there is a fight, very tangible. Bond finally takes care of him, the room is totally destroyed, he says when he leaves: “Hopefully at least the cleaning service will work in this house.”

“Why should I cheat on you?” Asks Madeleine
He drives his Aston Martin through the streets, he only finds Madeleine at dawn, she stands in front of a cemetery with a mausoleum. Finally she sits down with him in the car, which is immediately fired at. “Why should I cheat on you?” She calls at full speed. He: «We all have our secrets. Only that we don’t know yours yet. » A wild chase begins. When the enemies are shaken off, they fall around their necks; it is not clear whether these are caresses or quarrels. Bond can be duped, she opens the car door, throws him out, he rolls down a slope. And she rushes away.

Bond runs after Madeleine. He crosses an ancient Roman bridge, but there he is in a trap: a car rushes towards him from both sides. He jumps over the parapet where a rope is attached. He whizzes down on it like jumping a bungee. Bond lands next to a family picnicking. He wipes the dust off his suit, says “Buongiorno” and steals a motorcycle that is standing behind a tree.

Where? It goes through to the mausoleum. As a shortcut, he drives his motorcycle up an old staircase. When he finally arrives, it gets dark. Dead silence. No one to be seen. But shortly before the goal, he stumbles over a wire and triggers a huge explosion. Everything is on fire. The fabric leopard won at the beginning lies on the floor. On it a scorched note: “Forgive me.”

Five years later, Bond moved to Jamaica
“I should’ve known, I’d leave alone” now Billie Eilish sings for the opening credits; there are lines in the song like, “Was I stupid to love you? Was it careless of me to help? »

Then a tablet: five years later. (And because the film lasts 2 hours 43 minutes, but space is limited, only the most important from now on …)

Bond has withdrawn to the north coast of Jamaica in a seaside property. He no longer wants to have anything to do with the world of secret services. When his colleague from the CIA shows up to ask him a favor, he laughs at him.

“Where’s 007?” Calls his ex-boss M in London. But it doesn’t mean James Bond, but a successor named Nomi, who has taken over his license to kill. One night she is sitting in his living room. The villa is part of Bond’s pension and is still owned by the British state, she explains. She will now move to her listening post here because something is brewing in nearby Cuba.

Secret service activities are concentrated on this island because the population of a village has been exterminated from one day to the next. A virus? A biological weapon? Nomi should scout that. And because Bond’s household help Paloma comes from that place and has lost all of her relatives, he wants to go too. With a silent catapult glider they take off. But Nomi warns: “If you make trouble for me, I will shoot you in the knee.” And after a break: “In that which is still healthy.”

In Cuba, the two come across a biological agent that Q will soon be able to locate at headquarters: it comes from the villain Blofeld’s desert laboratory, which was blown up in “Specter”. Blofeld? He is still a prisoner in England, sitting in a glass cell. Bond is asked if he is not afraid before being admitted. “Nothing can shake me,” he replies. But begins to hesitate at the last word. Because Madeleine turns the corner in the aisles. In a doctor’s coat. And apparently as an employee of the secret service.

Madeleine, like her father once, always played a double game. But ultimately it depends – Blofeld knows – on a man who calls himself Safin. That is none other than her half brother. The relationship between the two is complex, she once lit a candle, which led to a room fire that destroyed half of his face. He wears a mask for public appearances.

Safin is a brilliant scientist, he has a laboratory somewhere in the north. He had once invited his sister there, but when Madeleine saw what he was hatching, she fled across a frozen lake. He chased her, the ice broke in, after a short hesitation he saved her. And made her the key figure in his deadly biological weapon system.

“History is not your strong point, Mr. Safin,” says Bond
He invented a disease that is transmitted with digital waves, just looking at a computer screen can be enough to infect. From its underground center, it uses huge servers to control which parts of the world are infected. Only Madeleine and he have an antidote in their blood; should both die, it’s over for everyone anyway. Safin wants to destroy humanity anyway. And then, with his half-sister, create better people on earth. Adam and Eve reloaded.

But he wants to celebrate the extinction with a big party. On one pretext, he invited half the world to the facility – politicians, crooks, celebrities. There is a casino, ballrooms, built especially for the occasion. “This is the Titanic of humanity,” Safin says to Bond, with whom he speaks openly. A push of a button is all it takes, then everyone who stares at a screen is doomed to die. And Safin is now pressing this button.

He invented a disease that is transmitted with digital waves, just looking at a computer screen can be enough to infect. From its underground center, it uses huge servers to control which parts of the world are infected. Only Madeleine and he have an antidote in their blood; should both die, it’s over for everyone anyway. Safin wants to destroy humanity anyway. And then, with his half-sister, create better people on earth. Adam and Eve reloaded.

But he wants to celebrate the extinction with a big party. On one pretext, he invited half the world to the facility – politicians, crooks, celebrities. There is a casino, ballrooms, built especially for the occasion. “This is the Titanic of humanity,” Safin says to Bond, with whom he speaks openly. A push of a button is all it takes, then everyone who stares at a screen is doomed to die. And Safin is now pressing this button.
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