Activision has revealed the fifth and final James Bond film that will ship on-disc as part of October’s 007 Legends. Joining Die Another Day, Moonraker, Licence to Kill and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is 1964′s Goldfinger, the film that gave the world Pussy Galore, Odd Job (and his deadly hat) and actress Shirley Eaton covered head to toe in glimmering golden paint. Cue Shirley Bassey.
Along with those five classic Bond adventures, a sixth playable set of missions, based on the upcoming Skyfall, will be made available as post launch DLC, presumably in the wake of that film’s November 9th premiere.
Developed by Eurocom, who also did the honors on GoldenEye 007 and its Reloaded variant, 007 Legends was just added to the list of Wii U launch window titles, though whether that means it’ll be available on day one or in the following month(s) remains to be seen. Still, given the legacy of N64′s GoldenEye, it’s kind of heartwarming to know that Bond will be there for Wii U.
Activison is promising that Legends will be “the most diverse Bond video game yet,” and that may well be true. The new, Goldfinger-focused trailer at the top of this page features nifty spy gadgets, hand-to-hand combat and reams of gunplay. It even suggests that Agent 007 may be in for a little Uncharted-style platforming. Check out Activision’s description of Legends’ Goldfinger mission below.
“In 007 Legends, the Goldfinger mission finds the best undercover agent early in his career investigating Auric Goldfinger – a gold magnate thought to be behind a recent spike in gold prices – only to discover a larger plot to irradiate the entire Fort Knox gold reserve.”
“In order to thwart the plot, Bond takes action to infiltrate Goldfinger’s headquarters with help from a questionable acquaintance – Pussy Galore. Upon arrival at Fort Knox, 007 is tasked with defusing a nuclear bomb before it detonates, and the only thing standing between Bond and the bomb is Goldfinger’s henchman – Oddjob – and his notoriously deadly hat. Will Bond be able to defeat Oddjob? Will Goldfinger’s evil plans succeed?
I don’t mean to give too much away, but based upon my many viewings of the source film (I did mention that it came out in 1964, right?), I’d say that “yes” and “no” are probably the right answers to those questions. Apologies if I spoiled that for anyone.
Much less certain is how the game itself will turn out. Eurocom’s previous Bond efforts have been solid enough, but it’s tough to overlook how waxy, dead-eyed and stiffly-animated Daniel Craig is in the new trailer. For that matter, the incongruity of playing as Craig in films made famous by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby may be insurmountable for fans of the other Bonds. According to Activision, “007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline that explores the undercover operative’s journey from a newly-minted secret agent to the most beloved, or hated, spy legend there ever was,” and that may help fans to accept Craig’s presence in these iconic films. We’ll see.
Ranters, are you looking forward to 007 Legends? Which platform do you plan to play on? Most importantly, what’s your favorite Bond film? Let us know in the comments below.
007 Legends releases October 16, 2012, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and during the launch window for Wii U.
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