Posted By Shaun K. about 8 months ago
Moonraker. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. License to Kill. Die Another Day. Skyfall. 5 movies. All centered around a character who in the last fifty years has proven himself to be one of the most enduring and adaptable in all of fiction. I speak of course of James Bond but the previously mentioned films also have one more thing in common: they are each to be featured in what might just be the most ambitious idea for a James Bond video game ever put into production.
That idea? Take six James Bond films (as it turns out in this case one from each of the eras of the six actors to play the character over the years) and put them in one game with a new interlocking narrative to tie them together into one (in theory) cohesive whole. Up until today however only five of the six intended films to be adapted for the game had been revealed but at last that final pick stands revealed and it is a choice that will likely be of little surprise to anyone: Goldfinger.
While actually the third theatrical outing for the Bond character (not to mention the third time that the man who to this day remains arguably THE definitive Bond, Sean Connery, stepped into the shoes of 007), Goldfinger is still almost universally credited as the first true Bond film. From featuring the first pre-credits sequence with only a tangential link to the main story to introducing the idea of Bond making heavy use of technology and gadgets throughout his mission, Goldfinger set what has essentially become the standard template for a Bond film even all these years later. It was also the movie that introduced the world to two of Bond’s most iconic opponents: the titular Goldfinger and his (arguably even more memorable) henchman Oddjob, he of the deadly throwing hat. And let us face it, without Oddjob would any anniversary project dedicated to James Bond truly feel complete? Check out the reveal trailer for Goldfinger below and get your first glimpse of how Danial Craig’s James Bond will take on the daunting task of filling in for the legend:
And with that, all that is really left to do now is speculate about just how developer Eurcom is going to try to successfully tie these disparate narratives into one overarching tale. Hopefully they have a plan that will go further than just a couple lines of dialogue or the like each mission as lip service. I mean any Bond story that features the likes of Oddjob, Jaws, Goldfinger, and Blofeld should be about as epic as it gets.
I suppose we will find out on October 16 in the US and October 19 in the UK and Europe when 007 Legends arrives for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. A Wii U version of the title is also in development with a release date yet to determined. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of the game and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.