Talk about a kick in the butt for this slacker…Bond, James Bond. What a pleasant way to get me inspired. A month of our favorite British spy too!
How am I to decide my favorite Bond movie? I grew up in the Roger Moore days (just like the current Bond, Daniel Craig, has said in multiple interviews), but I have a certain respect for Sean Connery, the original. You HAVE to respect Sir Sean. I think it’s a law somewhere. But as a kid, my favorite Bond was Roger Moore. He was my first. I dug the campiness of those Bond movies made in the 70s and 80s. Timothy Dalton was easier on the eyes than Roger Moore, but I felt like I was cheating on Roger. Then came Pierce Brosnan. I didn’t want to like him, but I did. However, I was in a state of flux and really couldn’t decide who my favorite Bond was. I was older, more mature (at least in theory), and probably felt that Sir Sean was my favorite Bond given the perspective of 17 Bond films to choose from. Then “Tomorrow Never Dies” happened. While that is not my favorite Bond movie, it’s worth an honorable mention. I liked Michelle Yeoh as his Chinese counterpart. She was too smart and talented for me to relegate to simply being a “Bond girl”. Plus it still has a relevant villain. No, I don’t mean Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver per se, but rather the influence of M&M. Not the wonderful chocolate candies but the ultimate evil, Money and the Media. And lest I open up a whole nasty-a$$ can of worms about the power of Money and the Media wield over our political system, I do think the movie is dangerously close to the truth which may be why it’s not my favorite.
My second favorite Bond movie held first place until recently. “Casino Royale” with Daniel Craig making his debut as Bond. I mean, doesn’t this image just say it all? (Please oh please let this picture show up!)
Allow me a moment to sit and stare and my screen.
Sigh. What? Huh? I’m drooling? Oh, excuse me.
I still remember which movie theater I went to for “Casino Royale.” My husband had come home for the weekend (was stationed in VA while the kids and I stayed in FL near family) and we had a date night. Honestly, I wasn’t up for seeing a movie, much less another James Bond movie. I liked them well enough, but I was exhausted and probably would have preferred a date with my pillow given my life at the time. (Three kids aged 8 and under, teaching full time, and a long-distance hubby.) But this was also a chance for a date with the hubby, so we were off for dinner and a show. We’d heard the rumblings about this new James “BLOND”, but the movie was getting good reviews. Oh. My. God. I was in love with this new, grittier Bond. Still am.
Which brings me to my favorite Bond movie, “Skyfall.” It has Daniel Craig. It has Judi Dench as M. It has Javier Bardem as a delicious villain. It has an adorable new Q (Ben Whishaw). And it has a kick-ass Oscar-winning song by Adele. ‘Nuff said. I’m not going into any more about why it’s my favorite Bond movie. Just go watch it. Now. I’ll still be here. Staring at that picture and listening to Adele.