BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
I had missed this one altogether, but (thanks to the much-missed-by-me CBS LATE MOVIE, which also offered up my first viewing of PRIME CUT some thirty years ago) I was aware of an insane late '70s teenage female Bond, Gidget Bond if you will, in LOVELY BUT DEADLY (the opening theme song concluded with the lines "Lovely but deadly/That's what you are!" sung in that manner I think of as Vegas Smug). And, thanks to MST3K, with Neil Connery's turn as 007's brother. Despite a pomo photographer's JANE BOND project mentioned in AMERICAN PHOTO a while back, I'm not sure anyone's bothered much with the distaff insatiable superspy; the best, closest example I can think of is the mommy-track spy in THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, and that very late in the 1990s (an underappreciated film, I maintain). I mean, Honey West was a detective (of sorts) and the Girl from UNCLE, definitely not the Woman from UNCLE, seems from what little I've seen to might as well've been the Girl Scout from UNCLE...
Gidget Bond? Now that's practically irresistible all by itself.I'm a big fan of Geena Davis, and I love The Long Kiss Goodnight. But then I even like Cutthroat Island.
Ah, it seems my memory was somewhat hazy...she's more like Gidget with a Death Wish, only she's more than a match for the drug dealers at her high school. I imagine this might've nudged along the thinking of Joss Whedon...certainly, I see a goofy, ruthless ancestor of Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars here. Wonder whatever happened to Lucinda Dooling.I, too, am a reasonably loyal fan of Geena Davis, though I would much prefer watching her qualify for the Olympic archery team than watch, say, COMMANDER IN CHIEF (or even CUTTHROAT ISLAND). The *koff* auteur of CIC would be another of my highschoolmates...who's had a career that also includes similarly goofily preachy films and television.
I confess to skipping Commander in Chief. Even Geena's charms weren't enough to tempt me.
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