Bond in Azerbaijan
very surprised to see Azerbaijan International magazine afford
publicity to the latest James Bond film. Encouraged by your favorable
review, I watched the movie and was quite shocked.
The plot is about an Azeri (played in the film by a French national)
with shady ex-KGB allies who has what is presented as an "insane
plot" to build a pipeline to export oil through Turkey at
any cost. This "insanity" is prevented by the British.
The film explicitly names Azerbaijan itself - usually against
a background of industrial desolation or immoral excess.
I can think of many people in Azerbaijan-beginning at the highest
levels-who would be morally offended by this. In addition, the
little actual footage shot in Azerbaijan shows Baku as a wasteland
of old oil derricks and abandoned oilfields, and Azeris are shown
as gambling fiends. Villagers are portrayed as Russian-speaking
Christians. Is this really the image of Azerbaijan that you think
should be promoted?
(7.4) Winter 1999.
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