I’m working on a screenplay that got me thinking about the cliches of the modern spy film (James Bond films, Bourne Identity series, etc.). I won’t go into what my screenplay is about, but what I’m trying to do is play against those conventions.
Here is a partial list:
- Weak females who always have to be rescued and usually get killed. Not that they’re ever interesting enough to make us miss them much.
- Hero never seems to age or get tired. Just once, I want 007 to be too tired: “Not tonight, Pussy. Henchman #8 really kicked my ass . . .”
- Hero has inexhaustible knowledge and consummate skills in…everything. Wine, weaponry, gambling, languages. You name it, he’s an expert.
- Villains are always over-the-top freaks. Nobody normal seems to gravitate to the world domination field anymore. Maybe we need a quota system.
- Villains are especially creative when it comes to torture or execution. Apparently the villains have heeded U.S. gun restrictions better than most criminals because you’ll never see them actually bust a cap in the hero.
- Villains are always happy to explain the “whys” and “hows” of their evil plan. I guess even bad guys like to a little recognition now and then.
Do you have any cliches you’d like to add?