Who’s your favorite Bond? I can’t make up my mind between three. They are Daniel, Pierce & Roger in no particular order at all. LOVE them as they play or played Bond during their time.
What inspired me to write this blog is that people tend to compare Bonds ALL THE TIME! Frankly, what IS the problem? I think the latest film, Quantum of Solace , starring Daniel Craig as Bond, is pretty exciting. Action packed! The Bond character is edgier, less flamboyant that the old Bonds, more cold, more calculated ….. but relevant to the times. !!!!! The key word being ‘relevant’, especially since we’re right in the middle of the Bourne-sque era. Even the publicity picture has changed with times … more 3 dimensional, more depth of field … Syiok!
Interestingly, here’s a list of NO’s for characteristics quintessential to identifying a Bond movie which was found lacking in Quantum of Solace.
NO FANCY GADGETS
NO LOVE INTEREST (ONLY 1 FLING)
NO CHEEKY SMILES, TWINKLING EYES (nope, not even when he was picking up Agent Fields … he just asked for the stationery .. very seriously)
NO OVER THE TOP DISPLAY OF FANCY SPORTS CARS (besideS the Aston in the opening scene, it was actually a range of 4WD Fords & Range Rovers … fancy that)
NO GROTESQUE IRON JAWED VILLAINS
NO SIGNATURE INTRODUCTION – I’M BOND, JAMES BOND……
OK, I admit, I do miss the list of NO’s to a certain extent, more so the absence of fancy cars & the signature intro …. but the action scenes in Quantum of Solace more than made up for what it lacked. Not to mention edgy, sexy Craig playing the lead role. No complaints there!!!!! The plot was a bit iffy, but I guess it was tough to live up to the benchmark set by Casino Royale. Critics were not overwhelmed by it with only a 66% positive rating. People even complained about the movie title, calling it lame & hard to remember……. on the back of impactful ones like Moonraker, Thunderball, etc. Perhaps “Another Way to Die”, the title for the theme song sung by Alicia Keys had a better potential as the title. Corny but more effective, no?! Check out the music video here. It’s pretty cool!
The Quantum of Solace picks up from where Casino Royale left off actually. It mainly focussed on Bond seeking revenge for Vesper’s death and this eventually leads him to meet headlong with the formidable gang leader of Quantum (played by highly acclaimed French actor, Matthieu Amalric) who ironically fronts as an avenger of the environment. He holds Bolivia’s water supply at ransom by damming and blocking it up. OK, so this guy is peanuts compared to shark rearing, iron jawed villains of the past. He’s actually more real. But like I said, relevant, remember? One thing for sure, the acting is superb. Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Matthieu Amalric. Olga Kurylenko, who played the mandatory female role expected in Bond films … well lets put it this way, is pretty & athletic looking, not the sexy bombshell types that you typically find in Bond films, especially if you compare her to the ones during Roger Moore times … Again, relevant!
Whatever the film’s shortcoming is, I will remain a loyal supporter of the James Bond franchise. Perhaps it is because it’s been around since forever. It’s a piece of my past, a piece of my present and for sure will remain a piece of my future. Viva la BOND!!!!
I’ve made up MY mind, its DANIEL CRAIG! Love his craggy faced, ugly cute looks – it’s cool & sexy & hey … he does his own stunts … so that puts him right in front of the list, for me anyway! So back to my question, who’s YOUR favourite Bond?
HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE MOVIES!!!!!
P.S. If you’re one of those who’s not a fan of the franchise … see if this trailer video can convince you!