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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

New Bond

I am no closet James Bond fan. I own all of the official Bond movies on DVD (I don't count the spoof of Casino Royale or Never Say Never Again as official). I frequently get suckered into watching any Bond movie that is on TV. If it's on, I have to watch it. That being said, I'm pretty interested in the new Bond.

My first reaction after hearing the name Daniel Craig was "Who?" My second reaction was "Good." I would not have been happy if Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, or Orlando Bloom got the job. They are all just actors, occasionally good actors, but just actors. I don't want to see James Bond and think of a heroin addict, Alexander the Great, or an elf. The less I know about the actor, the more he seems like James Bond and not just some guy playing James Bond.

Pierce Brosnan isn't happy
. He still wants the job. I think he was a decent Bond. He had the right look, the right attitude, and was a decent actor. He just got crappy scripts. Goldeneye was great. I think it's in the top 5 of Bond films. But Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, and Die Another Day just got goofy. There were a few good parts (like the opening of Tomorrow Never Dies) but they were letdowns after Goldeneye.

I hope Casino Royale is good. It's the last of the Ian Fleming books to be adapted into a serious Bond film. That is a positive because the screenwriters have solid source material to work from. The films that weren't based on novels tended to be the ones that got the most screwy. Stick to the book and it should be fine.

And for the record...
Best Bond: Sean Connery
Best Overall Movie: Goldfinger
Worst Overall Movie: A View to a Kill
Personal Favorite Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me
Best Villain: Goldfinger
Best Opening Song: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Best Bond Girl: Honey Rider (Ursula Andress)

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