Sort of along those lines, Raymond Benson details in the James Bond Dossier how James Bond's actions in the movie Goldfinger are largely ineffectual; he's just along for the ride. His attempts to signal Felix Leiter and the CIA fail when the guy with the beeper is crushed in the car, he mainly just sits around and has… » 12/05/14 8:56am 12/05/14 8:56am

There was also an adaptation of this in the 2006 TNT series "Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes", with William Hurt as the hit man, Brian Henson directing, and Richard Christian Matheson screenplay. In a nod to his father Richard Matheson, there's a miniature Zuni fetish doll in a trophy case from the TV movie… » 11/01/14 1:58pm 11/01/14 1:58pm

I'm just trying to give some pointers to the ESA for showmanship. When the entire world has been referring to your comet as rubber-duck-shaped for the last two months, if you can't whip out a rubber duck at your press conference, jab your finger at its left eye, and say, "Here's basically where we're landing!", you're… » 9/15/14 7:04am 9/15/14 7:04am

So the first time I really remember encountering this in fiction was the Larry Niven Known Space stories, specifically the ARM police in the 22nd century, fighting organleggers, by doing surveillance, bouncing a laser beam off an "optically flat surface" in an apartment or whatever.
And yeah, it was a bit Big… » 8/06/14 3:52pm 8/06/14 3:52pm

so I'm all for this. George Miller has confirmed it is a reboot, despite earlier reports to the contrary.

I guess I'm looking at it from a Joseph Campbell viewpoint.What's the essence of Mad Max? Driving around in a Post-Apocalyptic Outback in his cool black car killing arguably badder people than him in fetish gear.… » 7/27/14 2:15pm 7/27/14 2:15pm