Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes re-team after the spectacular SKYFALL with mixed results. James is adequately brutal, Q is adorable, and there are as many enemies within Her Majesty’s government as without. In following on from more modern and successful franchises with more palatable heroes, the Bond series, like its protagonist, struggles to reconcile its history with the modern world. Canberra listeners: we are hosting a screening of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on 18 December at Palace Electric Cinemas followed by a live podcast episode. We’d love to see you there!