Last night we saw a double feature of James Bond movies at Playhouse Square (Palace Theatre) complete with cartoons and the “Mighty Wurlitzer”! 🙂
In between, there was the inevitable discussion, comparing Bonds. After Sean Connery — of course — my husband still likes Roger Moore (whose “Spy Who Loved Me” was the second of the two movies), while I held out for Timothy Dalton, who I think is the closest of all the Bonds to the way Ian Fleming originally wrote him. We both like Pierce Brosnan (especially in “Goldeneye”) and neither has much use for George Lazenby’s turn (no offense, sir). What we also both agreed on was that Daniel Craig was wrong for the part. But we also think that his performance as Bond doesn’t take away from the fact that he is a very good actor. Our opinions are based in large part on his performance as Tuvia Bielski in Defiance.
I don’t suppose it’s much of a surprise that I’d never heard of the Bielski brothers and their fight for survival (along with more than 1,000 others) in Poland during the German invasion and occupation of that country. I’d bet I wasn’t alone, not by a long chalk. I suspect that for every Oskar Schindler and Tuvia Bielski, there were ten more tales of heroism that no one ever knew but the people involved.
Defiance tells the story of how the Bielskis (portrayed by Craig, the always-wonderful Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell (probably best known as the eponymous Billy Elliot)) fought to survive the German roundup, deportation and murder of the Jews in the forests of Poland, along with 1,000+ others they convinced to stay with them.
On the IMDB board, this movie stirred up a lot of debate as to how noble the Bielskis and those who fought with them really were, and there is one scene where you think “Did that really happen?” (a battle at the climax), but all in all, it is a fine story of courage in the face of evil and survival. I really was moved by it, and recommend it.