I Didn't Know James Bond's Newest Nemesis Was Julian Assange


There was also that rumor that Assange was cruel to his former roommate's cat, which totally wouldn't fly in the Bond villain universe of films past.

If Assange has access to a computer, I'm sure he knows of a site or two where he can watch the film.
So, they based their story partly on real-life events? Amazing.

I'm guessing you don't watch Law & Order much.
That is the stupidest-looking computer room in the history of the universe. Um, temperature control, anyone? Power? That's a concrete floor. And for such a genius systems builder, that cabling is atrocious. Most importantly, where's the IT staff? I don't care how many arms and legs this guy is supposed to have, he ain't running that shop by himself.
@3 Thank you! I've never seen a server room in such shoddy shape.
What was worse Fnarf...that server room that looked that janky? Or the stupidity of hooking up the bad guys laptop to the entire MI6 network? Or the fact that this super secret list of hidden agents was on a laptop out in the wild?

Its a shame these small moments of bad reality were in such a otherwise gorgeous and great Bond film.


I kept thinking those were some sort of jury-rigged Faraday cages, because it was the only rationale for their presence in the film I could think of that made any sense.

As for the Assange connection, I can see how it probably was intentional in a somewhat tangential manner, although the film itself makes clear Bardem's character was in fact a former MI6 field op with a direct prior relationship to M. But, that probably had more to do with placing him in the proper Bondian context, as the entire move seemed like one long paean to past films, while simultaneously ret-conning the whole franchise.
I read the Roger Ebert review that mentioned Assange afterwards and felt stupid for not noticing that. Makes one wonders what the funders of the film contribute to the plot, perhaps similar to the Pentagon funding of the film "Top Gun". After all, it is an extreme and inaccurate portrayal of Assange that is similar to the one the media would have us believe.
The bad guy.

The worst part? He invented Rickrolling.
Assange is a good guy. Imperialists aren't. Every human on Earth has dark and light sides. (Aside, perhaps, a few Saints & Sages). Pure materialists may have a little more dark. People who know they are Soul's ever one with Spirit, I think lean toward the light. For myself watching James Bond films and Dexter makes me wonder about my Spirituality. The new conversation that because the Beatles seemed so light the Rolling Stones had to be the counterpart of darkness is a silly idea. What we are at birth we rarely are at death. Life chisels us into something more interesting one hopes. Jagger seems like a White Knight now. Less so during the 1960's. John Lennon probably had a dark side. I love him no less for it today. And his creativity would probably not has been so great. If we want to preach freedom, Democracy, choice, free will, truth, Love and Peace we might want to emulate it first. Shine a light first of all in our own darkness. Each one of us, with no one left out. One great esotericist teacher said "Politicians like Wall Street are the darkest of all matter."
Oh, come on!

It's uncanny!
@3, Fnarf --- Holy Mother of Godzilla, Fnarfart finally got something right!!!

Even my old, open cluster FPGA configurations looked decidedly more super-futuristic and sophisticated than the stuff in that trash film.

Assange a terrorist (according to VP Joey bin Biden)????

Seems I may be the only American who recalls that Canadian computer scientists, sometime back in 2009, discovered (and proved and verified) that China had hacked into at least 1,300 computers in embassies across the world, inserting malware and activating their cams and microphones, which they continued for just under 2 years --- that's a serious amount of financial intel and political intel.

What was the name of that company in Redmond which opened their OS source code to China in exchange for a slice of the China market??

Oh yeah, Micro$oft.....

Now, the real enemies:


[I realize this has now been overturned -- the above rotten legislation from the supposed democrat from Vermont, scumbag Leahy --- but be advised of his true nature.]






Oh yeah, you may recall this fellow below . . .

Brendan, I think you are confused about the shadows. Silva wants to exploit the shadows to his benefit, as does M, but in the name of "good". It's Mallory who wants to shine a big flashlight into the corners and calls the shadows antiquated. You and Cienna both disappoint me.
@9, 11: He does have the same nose... Please explain the rickrolling, though. I just saw this again at Central Cinema a couple weeks ago, and I still can't come up with what you're referring to.

@12: No doubt Fnarf overflows with joy to finally have your validation, wingnut.
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@14, not really. Especially since the problem with the setup in the film is not that is insufficiently "super-futuristic". Server rooms are in fact extremely boring -- racks of pizza boxes with little blue lights, little green lights, little amber lights. All the fun-looking stuff is, or ought to be, hidden beneath the floor panels (impossible here, because of the concrete) or channels.

The Good Sgt's gratuitous, Will-in-Seattle-like mention of "FPGA clusters" also makes no sense. They don't look like this either. Nothing looks like this.

If they are indeed Faraday cages, as Comte suggests, then this super-genius is actually an idiot; it would have been a million times easier and more effective to construct a Faraday ROOM, which still wouldn't have given off this one's steampunky vibe.
Also, if someone could explain to me how the roof of the dome exploded without any dust, and how the train then crashed through the open hole in a straight line as if it was on rails, which it wasn't, being in midair and all, I'd be grateful. Because the clip I saw looked like something out of a cartoon, not a live-action fillum.
The Cinerama has a balcony?
There's a pretty good version out on the torrents, if he wants to see it there's nothing stopping him.
@5, Utter stupidity in hooking up the bad guys laptop to the whole underground secret MI6 network.

And why wasn't the bad guy in lots of chains and in a cage that wasn't electronically connected to the MI6 network? Simple precautions that would have prevented his escape though it would have meant the end of the film sooner.
Spy movies and novels have always been propaganda mechines. The ones with Russians now seem so transparent. Now there are the terrorists in shows like 24. Assange may be a new twist, but very much in the same vain. Can't believe people keep buying into the bullshit.
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