By all accounts, it seems as though Daniel Craig has done a really good job as the most recent actor to portray James Bond. I don’t know too many Bond fans that watched Skyfall and stopped themselves from thinking that they missed watching Pierce Brosnan order martinis shaken and not stirred. But for anyone who grew up playing GoldenEye and spent a few months saying, “I am invincible!” a la Boris Grishenko, Brosnan is still probably the first person they think of when they hear those distinctive trumpets blare the Bond theme song.
Since there is no chance Brosnan will pull a Grover Cleveland and get two nonconsecutive terms as James Bond, The November Man will have to satisfy fans’ desires to see him suavely killing terrorists. This new film, which will come to theaters August 27, stars Brosnan as an ex-CIA agent lured out of retirement for one last mission. Of course this time, it’s personal. He finds himself head to head with his former protégé, played by Luke Bracey. Judging by the trailer, Bracey won’t be wearing a mask for the majority of his screen time in this movie like he had to do playing Cobra Commander in GI Joe: Retaliation.
The film is based on a novel by Bill Granger called There Are No Spies, a book which presumably does in fact feature spies. That novel is just one in a series by Granger, called The November Man—which, of course, is where the movie gets its title. The film is directed by Roger Donaldson, who has proved himself adequate in making action films like this by directing movies like The Bank Job and The Recruit.
None of the previously described plot is very apparent in the trailer, though, which focuses more on a speech by Brosnan about how dangerous bullets are and how fragile love is, before a Bond-esque montage of explosions, gadgets and car chases. It’s always thrilling to see a movie that features somebody casually detonating a massive explosion while they walk away. I mean, I’m not Luke Bracey, but if I had to set off an explosion, I’d do it as far away as possible, in my car, with my reclining seat lowered to the floor.
If walking away from explosions without flinching or even looking back isn’t enough to entice you, maybe some of the following action movie tropes will. There’s a motorcycle chase through an outdoor café, rooftop snipers looking up from their scopes in disbelief and people diving sideways through a door while firing a pistol.
We also get a glimpse of a small drone, but it looks more like something out of the Call of Duty franchise than something Q would hand over to Bond. But maybe this movie takes place in more of a videogame-style universe. We also see Brosnan blow up a car just by shooting the gas tank with his pistol—something I only thought was possible in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If the movie does go with the videogame physics route, it’d make a lot of people happy to see Oddjob from N64’s GoldenEye sliding around on his knees in at least one scene.